This solar garden solar powered light is part of the Kodiak range by the Solar Centre. The Kodiak is designed to be hassle-free and cost nothing to run. Due to the Kodiak being solar powered you do not have to run cables or get any kind of external power source to make it work, it simply charges itself via daylight. The Kodiak garden light compliments the wall light and look great as a set; the wall light can be found here.
The Solar Centre have designed the Kodiak to work in UK winter weather which means it does not need an overly large amount of daylight to charge. The Kodiak series has a clever trick up it's sleeve, a pop-up secondary solar panel. With a simple lift and twist mechanism the top solar panel moves to reveal another, this helps reduce the charging time of the rechargeable batteries.
To add to the hassle free use of the Kodiak it will turn itself on and off depending on light levels which means it will come on by itself at dusk so you don't have to do a thing. Again when it gets light it will switch off and start recharging the internal battery, hassle-free.
Powering the Kodiak range is 2 rechargeable AA batteries; these are included in the package. If you were ever to have an issue you would not need to find any special kind of battery, just your standard AA rechargeables.
Unknown (Submitted on 30th Apr 2018)
After so many disappointments with solar garden lights, I thought I'd pay a bit more for a couple of these to see if they really are better and last longer than those I have had previously.
So far, the lamps have illuminated the surrounding area with a nice soft glow but I haven't yet been able to determine when they run out of juice. The panels seem to be better waterproofed than any lamps I have had before but the hinge does seem a little fragile and I have already had to clean pigeon muck off one of them so I hope the crows and pigeons don't make a habit of roosting on the opened top.
I was disappointed that the ground spike and mounting plate seem to be made from the same kind of brittle plastic as used in cheap lights so I shall take care when manoeuvring the lawn mower near them. It seem like a lot of money for a couple of solar lamps but if they last considerably longer than the cheapos, they will have been a worthwhile purchase.
I must emphasise that the light produced is very nice, soft but bright and not at all like a spotlight.