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HN-ST028 Smart Solar

Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain

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Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Smart Solar
Dimensions
18L x 18W x 25H inches
Features
Solar
Height (in.)
25
International Shipping
Canada
Light
No
Location
Outdoor
Material
Concrete
Style
Pedestal, Column, Bird Bath
Type
Solar, Floor
Usage
Residential
Water Sound
Low
Weight
20 lbs.

Care

Troubleshooting tips for all solar pumps:

1. Remove filter cap from bottom of pump (has Brillo-like pad attached).
2. Remove the impeller piece that resembles a fan blade from the metal shaft.
3. Blow into the pump to remove any dust or debris.
4. Clean off the metal shaft with a cotton rag or tissue.
5. Re-insert the impeller back onto the metal shaft just like it was removed.
6. Connect the panel power cord to the pump.
7. Hold the panel up to the sunlight, and hold the pump to your ear to listen for motor noise.
8. Place the pump underwater and give the pump 1-5 minutes to engage itself.

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  • Available as a standard solar-powered bath or with Solar-on-Demand
  • Solar-on-Demand stores energy longer; sold here exclusively!
  • Durable bath and pedestal with fountain head
  • Dimensions: 18L x 18W x 25H inches, 20 lbs.
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Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain
 
4.2

(based on 589 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (290)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (225)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (34)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (520)
  • Easy to install (467)
  • Durable (371)
  • Attracts birds (306)
  • Easy to clean (81)

Cons

  • Poor design (26)
  • Does not retain water (23)
  • Flimsy (7)
  • Needs full sun (6)
  • No cons (4)

Best Uses

  • Backyard (377)
  • Landscaping (289)
  • Front yard (253)
  • Garden (69)
  • Home (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (230), Midrange shopper (211), Practical (146), Stylish (72), High-end shopper (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The birds love this birdbath!

I decided to try a solar powered birdbath made out of resin since it would be easier to clean. Last year I purchased a birdbath made out of aluminum, and it was painted;...Read complete review

I decided to try a solar powered birdbath made out of resin since it would be easier to clean. Last year I purchased a birdbath made out of aluminum, and it was painted; it uses a 110 volt pump. I buried a power cable underground with a timer to turn the pump on and off and that worked great. I also bought a DIG EZ Program Hose End Timer that fits on a faucet and uses a 9 volt battery to add water to my birdbath four times a day. I ran underground a 1/2 inch drip hose and then tapped into it with a 1/4 drip tube and three 4 gallon emitters. I have set the timer to add water for a minute to top off the water in my birdbath. In the summer, I increase the timer to run for 2 minutes. This is an excellent way to add water to your birdbath.After all the work I did, I was very disappointed that after three months the paint started to chip off of this birdbath, and it was awful to clean. At that time I thought of replacing it with a resin birdbath but decided to wait.I have seen the reviews of the Portsmouth birdbath, and most were very positive and decided to buy it. [...] I had it in place in less than 20 minutes. Since it runs on solar power, all I had to do was tap into my drip tubing and add another line to this birdbath. As the DIG timer goes on, it fills both birdbaths and I never have to worry about them getting low on water.I placed my Portsmouth birdbath in the front yard but have a small Pygmy Date Palm about four feet away from the birdbath. I have noticed with fall approaching that when the sun hits the solar panel at 9 AM I start to see the pump working, and by 3 PM the birdbath is shaded by the palm and the fountain stops working. I don’t mind that because I still have my other birdbath, and the birds still come to this one to bathe and drink water. I found that the spray head scared away the birds and so I just have the water bubble from the top.I have been really happy with this birdbath until last week when the pump stopped working. I cleaned the pump and impeller twice, and it still does not work. I have only used this for two weeks, and I am very disappointed that such a great product has such a cheap faulty pump.I called Smart Solar the company that makes the pump, and they said that they will mail me a replacement but that it is on backorder [...] !It is very bad that a company puts out a nice quality birdbath and then supplies a cheap pump. [...] I have decided to buy another pump to use for now until my replacement pump comes in. I decided to order a pump with a separated solar panel that I can put out in the sun to get power to the pump for a longer period of time.I have some photos of the birds bathing in the birdbath that was taken out of my front window. Overall, I like the birdbath and the resin material. It is easy to clean and will not be a problem like my painted birdbath is. I would recommend this product, but hopefully they will make an improvement in the pump design so that it will last longer than two weeks.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solar Bird Bath

The surface of the bath is flaking off, otherwise I would have given it full marks. It doesn't look good now, and I don't know if it is still safe for the birds...Read complete review

The surface of the bath is flaking off, otherwise I would have given it full marks. It doesn't look good now, and I don't know if it is still safe for the birds to drink!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love Hayneedle

By Diane

from LasVegas,NV

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Attracts Birds
  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy to Install
  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backyard
    • Front Yard
    • Landscaping

    Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

    I recently ordered a solar powered fountain and am so thrilled. It actually arrived a day earlier than anticipated and when it arrived it was easy assembly, it looks fabulous and I am extremely impressed with hay needle and their products and customer service!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Attractive, but poor quality

    By Christopher

    from VA

    About Me Budget Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy to Install

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

      Received promptly, but when assembled it would not stand level. The solar panel worked great, but for only one season. The finish on the bowl of the birdbath began chipping off within one week of use. I would not recommend this birdbath to a friend.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By William

      from MELROSE,IA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Attracts Birds
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy to Install
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscaping

      Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

      Very nice unit for the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Smart Solar Portsmouth Birdbath

      By Dacia

      from FortPierce,FL

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

          At first I didn't know how this worked but your coMpany put me in touch with the manufacturer and all is well!!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Happy : )

          By Richard

          from PortCharlotte,FL

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to Install
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backyard

            Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

            This Fountain/Bird Bath was everything we expected it to be for the price. HUGE PLUS was how Quickly We Received Our Merchandise. We ordered it after we order 2 other products from 2 other companies and its here and running we are still waiting on the other products and they all came from the same distance away..

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for the birds

            By Laura

            from SEASIDE,CA

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attracts Birds
            • Easy To Clean
            • Easy to Install
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backyard
              • Front Yard
              • Landscaping

              Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

              I previously purchased a different solar birdbath and sadly the raccoons knocked it over and cracked it. So I ordered this one to replace it. There weren't a bunch of options being that is was so late in the year. I am including a picture of the old broken one as well as the new one because they were both purchased from Hayneedle and both served their purpose. I must say though that the hummingbirds prefer the new smaller one to the old larger one.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Useful Necessity for My Birds

              By Sonia

              from Allentown,PA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Attracts Birds
              • Easy to Install
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backyard
                • Landscaping
                • Mood Setting As A Decor

                Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

                The Solar Smart bird bath makes me feel glad to be part of the "green" environment that does not need electricity nor batteries It is so pretty and does sound soothing and relaxing The birds find the depth of the bath dish acceptable and safe. I chose the option solar on demand bc I like the idea of turning it off at nights or during very cloudy days anyway.

                 
                5.0

                Very well made bird bath

                By Linda

                from OMAHA,NE

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Attracts Birds
                • Easy To Clean
                • Easy to Install
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backyard
                  • Front Yard
                  • Landscaping

                  Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

                  Bird bath is very sturdy and easy to assemble.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Vicki

                  from OMAHA,NE

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Attracts Birds
                  • Easy To Clean
                  • Easy to Install
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backyard
                    • Front Yard
                    • Landscaping

                    Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

                    I love this fountain so much...this is my second one! I purchased one several years ago and over time, the pump went out. I still use it as a bird bath...even painted it a brighter color. The finches love it! In the morning...there is a solid ring of birds drinking and taking a dip. I hooked it up to my automatic watering system so it's refilled every morning.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Super Solar-Fountain Bird Bath

                    By Katherine

                    from OMAHA,NE

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Attracts Birds
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Easy to Install
                    • Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backyard
                      • Front Yard
                      • Landscaping

                      Comments about Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain:

                      The bird bath is attractive, the solar powered fountain is perfect, and the construction is solid and heavy enough to resist tipping. The birds love it and I love the look in my backyard garden. Quality and good looks go together to give the birds a great place to bathe.

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                      Customer Q & A

                      29 Questions About This Product
                      Q: "How much water does this bowl hold?"
                      A: This bowl holds about 1 gallon of water.
                      Q: "Can the spray pattern be altered?"
                      A: Yes, there is a 2 inch extender tube at the base that can be removed to decrease the distance the water shoots out.
                      Q: "Is this solar panel attached to the bird bath or can you set it up a few feet away?"
                      A: The solar panel must sit in the bowl of the bird bath. It is the dark square that is shown in the picture.
                      Q: "Does this pump get bogged down by a lot of build-up or by being in a high humidity environment?"
                      A: This pump does have a filter to prevent build-up. However, it should still be cleaned every month or two, depending on the level of build-up.
                      Q: "Is the pump replaceable if it breaks?"
                      A:

                      The pump is replaceable.

                      Q: "Can I just buy the solar pump and not the whole birdbath?"
                      A: Unfortunately we do not offer the solar parts separately.
                      Q: "I live in the Northeast and its freezing outside now. Does this birdbath actually run water in the freezing temps? If so, how? Can you describe for me the installation for this birdbath without using electricity for the colder temps? Thanks?"
                      A: In winter, the Solar Bird Bath Water Fountain's pump and panel must be stored in a dry and frost-proof environment.
                      Q: "I am looking for a solar powered bird bath that uses the solar panel for heating, so that it won't freeze in the winter months. I have not been able to find one, but I did notice that some products have "winterizing plate". What is that? will that keep the water thawed in the winter? Any help will be greatly appreciated?"
                      A:

                      Our solar fountains are not used to heat as the solar panel is used as an energy source to run the fountain.  It will require direct sunlight.  A winterizing plate is a cover for the indentation in the top of the fountain where the pump and solar panel rest.  During the winter months if you leave the fountain outside you will need to remove the solar panel and pump and put the winterization plate in. This will prevent water from getting into the reservoir, freezing and then cracking the bird bath.

                      To heat the water in the winter months, we suggest purchasing a separate bird bath heater, such as item API016.

                      Q: "How many hours of sun does the solar birdbath need to run"
                      A: The solar fountain requires direct sunlight to operate it does not store energy for use later.
                      Q: "Must you use distilled water?"
                      A: We recommend distilled water as it contains no minerals. Over time, mineral deposits from tap water or non-distilled water can cause water pump failure and discoloration of the fountain.
                      Q: "Do you sell a solar bird bath that has an on/off switch?"
                      A: We do not offer a solar bird bath with an on/off switch. They will only run in direct sunlight.
                      Q: "Can you put chlorine in the water or will it ruin the pumpr or filter cap?"
                      A: We do not suggest chlorine as it is harmfully to animals.
                      Q: "What is the weight of the birdbath, or can you add weight to it? Just so it doesn't flip over and break.
                      A: This bird bath weighs 20 lbs.  You can add some additional landscaping to assist in stabilizing.
                      Q: "Can I just buy the solar fountain without the birdbath? Thanks?"
                      A: Unfortunately we do not sell the solar panels separate. 
                      Q: "Can a light shining on the solar plate generate enough power to operate the pump in the evening?"
                      A: At this time no light can simulate sun light so this will not work.
                      Q: "Can the base be filed with sand to be more stable?"
                      A: There is no place to add sand.
                      Q: "how much direct sun a day is required to operate this fountain?"
                      A: The solar panel must be in direct sunlight in order for the fountain to work.
                      Q: "Where is this product manufactured?"
                      A: The Portsmouth Solar Bird Bath Fountain is manufactured in China.
                      Q: "Do they sell just the solar plate for my existing birdbath to turn it into a fountain?"
                      A: We don't sell any single or independent solar panels like the one used on this birdbath, however we have some solar fountain kits that could work for you, items ST057 and BNP060
                      Q: "Do you offer replacement parts for your solar fountains?"
                      A: Unfortunately we do not offer replacement parts. Please contact Smart Solar directly at 813-343-5775.
                      Q: "What color is it & what is it made of?"
                      A:

                      This birdbath is a gray resin material.

                      Q: "Does this fountain only work when the sun is shining on it, or does it have a storage devise? If so, what time capacity?"
                      A:

                      Our On-Demand option will store energy for use when the sun isn't shining.  We have included this info in our product information.

                      Q: "Does the water fountain have an automatic pump shut off if water is low in the reservoir,or will the pump run dry and be permanently damaged?"
                      A:

                      There is no automatic shut off for water level.  The pump will stop running when not in direct sunlight.  You will need to routinely check the water level in the fountain.

                      Q: "Why do fountains loose water - i seem to have to refill my almost everyday?"
                      A: Evaporation from the sun or animals/birds drinking the water.
                      Q: "Can the base be filled with sand for stability?"
                      A: There is no access to add the sand.
                      Q: "Is there a battery backup for this product available?"
                      A: There is no battery backup available.
                      Q: "Can you run the pump continuously or do you have to limit the operation on the pump to 8 hours or so?"
                      A: The pump will shut off when not in direct sunlight.
                      Q: "How deep is the bowl of the Portsmouth solar birdbath?"
                      A: The bowl is about 2-3 inches deep.
                      Q: "How do you fasten it to the ground?"
                      A: There is nothing included that will fasten this fountain to the ground, but it will be heavy enough with water that there should be no problems with tipping.
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