We here at Solarsons Media recently had the chance to review the Flipo solar led strings lights sent to us by SolarChristmasLights.com. The Flipo branded lights are actually wholesale products available through Flipotv.com and can be purchased by businesses and wholesalers for resale. They are currently sold online through Plumstruck, SolarLightStore.com, SolarChristmasLights.com and several other online retailers.
The Flipo solar led string lights are available in 7 color variations: blue, green, orange, red, white, multi-color and red-white-and-blue. Almost all of these came in either 50 or 100 bulb lengths.
The common features of the Flipo solar string lights are:
- A plastic, weather resistant box containing the solar panel and AA NI-HM rechargeable batteries (which last for about 500 recharges);
- A flat mounting bracket and screws for affixing to a wall;
- A connector, ground tube and pointed stake to drive into the ground;
- A mode selector that includes 6 different flashing or blinking sequences;
- An extra 9 feet of lead string for flexibility when locating the solar panel and;
- Super bright LEDs rated at over 100,000 hours of light.
We received the 100 bulb (actually there are 102 bulbs) solar LED string light to try out. Catherine Ward, one of Solarsons Media’s consumer reviewers, provides an extensive video review below.
Full retail price for the 100 bulb string Flipo solar lights (regardless of color) is approximately $60. The 50 bulb version is approximately $35.
However, both the SolarLightStore.com and SolarChristmasLights.com offer the lights for substantially less – and SolarLightStore.com even includes free shipping. Their prices are:
Flipo Solar String Lights – 100 LED Lights
$34.99 with free shipping
Flipo Solar String Lights – 50 LED Lights
$24.99 with free shipping
Flipo Solar LED String Lights Consumer Review
Hi I’m Catherine Ward. I’m a consumer panelist for Solarsons Media and I review solar products. Today, I’m going to be reviewing the Flipo solar LED string lights.
I’m going to take these outside and we’re going to open up the package. Well, let’s open it up right now. This is how it arrived in the mail — just like this. Let’s see what we have inside. I have the screws and the panel. Here’s the panel and there’s the little protective film over that. It’s all inside the plastic bag and this is the string of 102 lights. It says a hundred and two bright LED illuminating string lights.
And it also comes with these three plastic pieces. This, I imagine is probably for mounting it. And this is likely the stake that fits together — just stake it in the ground. That looks like that fits right on the back of this panel. . . okay. If I wanted to mount it on the wall or on the side of the house, I’d use this. And there are. . . here are the screws. I should look at the directions and see how that would mount. It looks like the screws fit in here — inside these holes, these pre-drilled holes. Put the screws in and mount it to the wall and then add the panel, okay.
On the back it looks like there are a couple of switches here. There’s an “on/off”; it’s on the “off” position right now. And then there’s this mode and auto switch. I looked at the directions and for the mode, it will go through the sequence of modes and then when I find the sequence I like, turn it “on”, turn it. . . excuse me. . . turn it “off”, “off” and “on” and then that will select the mode that I want: flashing or constantly on.
So, I’m going to take these apart and then we’ll take them outside and put them on my evergreen shrub in the front. And it’s a nice sunny day and we’ll let these get charged up. These are going to have to charge, it says depending on the amount of sunlight and it’s a nice sunny day here where I live and we’ll see how long they charge and when they come on. And then I’ll give you a. . . I’ll [video] tape it and you can see how they work. Okay, I’m going to take these outside.
Okay I’m outside now. I’m not going to mount this to the side of my house so I’m just going to set that aside. And I’m going to stake this right on the ground so I’m going to connect it. There’s a nice amount of lead line here. It looks like, you know, maybe 8 or 10 feet of lead line, which is good. I am putting these so that the lights will be facing south and the sun is going to be hitting to charge them up. And that’s easy enough. I’m just going to patch that right in the ground, okay.
And now I’m going to just string this on to my little evergreen bush here. Put the screws in my pocket. And I’m just. . . I’m just going to wrap them around a little bit. The lights are small and I’m not quite sure how bright they’re going to be, but we’ll see. We’ll let them charge up today. They’re not tangled at all which is good. I’m just going to wrap them around a little bit and unwind as I go. It’s how I decorate for Christmas. Now well put them all over the front of this. There are a hundred and two lights on this set and it’s covering a little more than I thought it would. Let’s wrap it around a little here. Do it all over the front so it gets a good charge from the sun. Now a little tangled here but I think that’s my doing.
Okay, I’ve got all the solar lights on the shrub now. I’m going to remove the protective film from the outside of the panel. The panel is facing south so it gets a good charge and I’m going to turn it “on”. And it’s turned “on” in order to charge [correction: the battery will charge in both the “on” and “off” position]. So I just flip the “on” switch. And now we’ll see how long it takes to charge. It’s just a few minutes before noon, so, we’ll get the good afternoon sun and I’ll let you know how long it took.
Hi, it’s Catherine again. The solar Christmas lights are on. They’re cycling through their different modes right now. This is the constant on. It only took a few hours for the lights to charge up. We had it on a sunny day and within a few hours they turned on. They burn pretty brightly and they stay on all night and I find that when I get up in the morning about 5 am when it’s still dark, they’re still on. And then as soon as the sun gets a little higher in the sky. . . then they’re off. So these are the different cycles that it goes through and to choose the mode that you want, you just pick up the panel and you can just switch it “off” and [back] “on” — in the back — when it’s on the mode that you want and it will select it.