Solar tiki torches can provide your garden or patio with a nice tropical and island feel. The added advantage is that, when you think about where to position them, you don’t need to worry about installing electrical outlets to the units. Also, unlike torches that employ real fire, you don’t have to be concerned about accidentally burning down your building structures.
On the flip side, if there is no sun, the unit will not be able to recharge and you will be without light for your patio.
The simplest of these types of solar lamps come in sets of 4. They are easy to assemble and install. And, because no wiring is involved, they can be set up practically anywhere that has access to sun during the daylight hours.
The rechargeable batteries included with these units are usually powerful enough to provide the lamps with enough electricity to provide approximately 6-8 hours of night time lighting with each full charge. As the solar collectors become cheaper and more powerful, we can expect to see the number of number of night time hours extended. We can also expect to see the number of daylight hours required to fully charge the batteries decrease.
Before installing your solar powered tiki lamp, you will probably have to place the solar collection component out in the sun to allow it to fully charge. The batteries use the power of the sun to build up their energy throughout the day. Then, at night, the lights come on automatically providing your garden with the perfect accent. The following video shows this in detail.
One thing to be aware of is that many of the units being sold today are rather flimsy. Fortunately, however, new models are coming onto the market every year. Be sure to do your due diligence before investing in your own solar tiki torch.