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Can you use regular batteries in solar lights?

Can you use regular batteries in solar lights?

If you are looking for a straight answer to can I use regular batteries in solar lights, the short one is no.

Solar lights need somewhere to store the energy they absorb from the sun, which is why they require rechargeable batteries. Regular batteries cannot store energy the way NiMH and NiCd batteries do, resulting in damage to your solar lights. Alkaline batteries also only power your solar lights for a short period of time.

NiMH and NiCd are the two primary forms of solar light batteries you will encounter when looking to replace damaged cells.

Both batteries are available in local stores, so when the time comes to replace your solar light batteries, finding options should be an effortless task.

However, there are many interchangeable batteries in the market, which can create confusion for some users.

As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t keep regular batteries on your solar lighting system for more than a week. 

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