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Our Best Top 5 Solar Lanterns of October, 2018!

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Shining the Light on Solar Lanterns

Solar lights are economical, ecological and adaptable – at their best, they will light up your home beautifully while cutting your electricity bills.

These lights are great for outdoor spaces, but the solar panel (which is often independent from the light itself) needs to be placed in a sunny spot in order to soak up as many rays as it can. Once fully charged, you can expect up to 8 hours of shine time.

Every light contains a rechargeable battery that holds the solar energy. These generally last for 2 years or more before replacing, which is great news for saving those dollars.

Let’s get down to it. Read our picks for the Best Solar Lights of October, 2018:


1) InnoGear Waterproof Solar Lights


This is a good little set of four lights that can be used virtually anywhere. They arrived quickly and were all nicely wrapped up. Here at The Gadget Nerds we’re always impressed when batteries are included, and they were in this package.

What We Like

We tested these lights in multiple outdoor locations including our office garden, around the front driveway, and fixed to the walls for security lighting. They are so simple to move, and although the solar panel is attached to each light, they are unobtrusive and will just sit there quietly until dark, when they suddenly light up the entire neighborhood .

What Needs Improving

From an aesthetic point of view, the solar panel is a little unsightly, but honestly, you don’t really notice it.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

These are fantastic. A stellar product for a decent price.

InnoGear Upgraded Solar Lights 2-in-1 Waterproof Outdoor Landscape Lighting Spotlight Wall Light Auto On/Off for Yard Garden Driveway Pathway Pool,...

Last update was in: August 2, 2018 1:12 pm
$47.99 $145.95


2) Maggift Hanging Solar Lights 2 pack


We loved the look of these, and were not disappointed when we unpacked them. They’re unusually charming, nicely made and with an equally nice price tag.

What We Like

We had a really windy night whilst we were trying these lights, and when they swung gently, a lovely effect was created – the light and shadows moving across the pathway in a really pretty way. This is enhanced when they’re hung from the tree branches.

Maggift have very kindly included the batteries with these lights – great.

What Needs Improving

They could do with being a little bit brighter. The light given off is more of a soft glow than a ‘there are no shadows to hide in’ glare. But for the cheap price, we’re happy.

9.1Expert Score
The Final Verdict

We really liked these ornamental 2 for 1 lights for their atmospheric effects, but to actually see anything, they need more lumens; however, for the price, a very nice product.

MAGGIFT 2 Pack Hanging Solar Lights Outdoor Solar Lights Retro Hanging Solar Lantern with Handle, 4 Lumens, White

Last update was in: October 8, 2018 8:47 am
$26.99 $30.99


3) TANSOREN Camping Solar Lanterns


These lights are a great bargain buy if you love doing any outdoors activities that involve being in the dark. They seem solidly made and shine bright even in bad weather.

What We Like

Neat, lightweight and practical pretty much sums up this 2-pack of solar lanterns. Incredibly simple yet effective. There are three ways of powering up these lights, which is extra convenient. There is a solar strip, battery supply and you can even charge up using a USB connection. You even get 100,000 hours of lightbulb life meaning they never have to be re-charged.

What Needs Improving

These are super affordable so of course you could get even brighter lights by investing more, but in all honesty, we doubt you’ll need to. A great set of 2-for-1 solar lanterns.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

These lights are like a good friend – they sit waiting, patiently and unobtrusively, and then, when you need them, there they are! For the cheap price, you can't go wrong.

TANSOREN 2 PACK Portable LED Camping Lantern Solar USB Rechargeable or 3 AA Power Supply, Built-in Power Bank Compati Android...

Last update was in: October 8, 2018 8:39 am


4) Mason Jar Solar Lights 4 Pack


This year has seen the rise in popularity of mason jars in everything from fancy cocktails to interior design. These solar powered mason jar lights are right on trend.

Moreover they feel well made and durable.

What We Like

These super fun mason jar lights are simple to install and look amazing in any space. The lights are 100% solar powered and there is one AAA battery that you can put in as a back up.

They seem to last a long time from a day’s sun exposure, and, although not super bright, give off a lovely soft light.

What Needs Improving

Given that these lights are at the more affordable end of the spectrum, they’re not as dazzlingly bright as the more expensive counterparts.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a very nice set of lights, perfect for dinner parties and get togethers' in your backyard. For lights that look good all year around for the price, it's ideal.

CHBKT 4-Pack Solar-powered Mason Jar Lights (Mason Jar / Handle Included),20 Bulbs Jar Hanging Light,Garden Outdoor Solar / Hanging Lantern,Decor...

1 used from $26.99
Last update was in: October 8, 2018 8:54 am
$29.98 $38.99

5) INNOKA Floating Glow Ball LED Lamp


In truth, we had to calm down before we could even open the box with this Innoka glowing ball of magic. A short sit down later, and we were holding the Globe of Enchantment in our hands – wow!

It looks and feel sturdy and well worth its heftier price tag.

What We Like

It glows, it flashes, it fades, all in a multi-colour magical experience – enough said!

We’ve had a wonderful time testing this light. We floated it in our small pond, which lit up in an ethereal glow.

We’ve hung it from the trees lining our garden, and the glowing globe is mesmerizing to watch.

In the winter months, we even placed it on an office desk. The result? Well, maybe not the best for our productivity, as we were too busy staring at glowy ball.

What Needs Improving

Word of “caution”. Innoka lights are addictive! Once you buy, you won’t be able to stop. And it’s well worth it.

9.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Modern, innovative lights that are of superior quality. With so many ways of using them indoors and outdoors, we will be buying many more!

INNOKA 15.75-inch Waterproof Rechargeable Floating Glow Ball LED Lamp w/Remote Control, Multiple Lighting Effects, Hanging Hook, Grass Stake, Perfect for...

1 used from $73.70
Last update was in: August 28, 2018 10:03 am


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