It must be in full sun to work! At all. Does not work at night. Got for my two red foot tortoises. They seem to love. If it’s a cloudy day it spirts here and there. In full sun water spout gets high maybe a foot 1/2 -2 feet. Tried to capture different spirts from tiny with shade or clouds to full sun. Update bought in feb last year and still works. Only thing I changed I took the fancy heads off because wind blows the water out my pond. Love this thing
Received a clean, brand-new in box solar fountain as advertised. I set up a kiddy pool to test it out before I install my permenant water statue. Upon walking it in the direct sun it began to work immediately, no waiting on charge time. It is very light weight, gentle and moves with the slightest wind. The shower head effect is enough to keep the water surface breaking and gentle enough that my hummingbirds & honey bees can enjoy their water resource. The height of the water spray is about 8" to 12" depending on wind conditions. For the price, so far upon initial installation I'm overall thrilled with the results. I hope it brings long lasting enjoyment. I recommend this product & I also receive an unexpected $10 Amazon gift certificate! A very happy surprise!!! The reason I have wine corks in my kiddy pool is to provide life rafts for the bees, it prevents them from drowning & it's a great way to upcycle those wine corks! By the way, I did not receive this Solatec fountain in exchange for a review, I flat-out bought it & this is my unbiased review.
I gave this product five stars because it works as I expected it would. I use it in a birdbath that I placed in a sunny spot. It has to be in the sun for it to work. The technology of this solar fountain is not the same as that of solar lights. It does not keep the charge. It works directly off the sun. It stops pumping once the direct sun is passed. I anchored the fountain by placing it on about 3"x 3" granite tile so that it does not float. I think that it works better that way. It looks very pretty and I love sitting near the birdbath listening to the water.
Everything looks ok... there are no electrical outlets or wires required which makes this perfect for use in my small garden! I've been wanting a small fountain for sometime now and since the sound of water attracts birds of all kinds this will help to draw more hummingbirds which are delightful to observe.