M16518 - Whiskey Barrel Solar Fountain by Smart Solar
agree with "worst purchase ever"
we were very disspointed in this product. would not work unless it was in direct sunlight and then when the water did come out it was a very small stream
Worst purchase ever
Very disappointed in this item - certainly not what was depicted on TV. Doesn't work unless the sun is directly on it when it worked at all. I can see why it is no longer offered. It worked fine for about a month - called the manufacturer for a new pump and that only worked for about a month. The water barely makes it through the sprayer!
Great Little Fountain!
Read all the reviews about the panel only working when in direct sunlight so I was prepared for some disappointment when the fountain arrived (I mainly purchased it because I thought the whiskey barrel was really nice looking). I was prepared that if the fountain wasn't so great I could use the barrel as a planter but it is MORE than worth trying it on clearance and in payments! Doesn't bother me that it needs direct sun because when it gets it this fountain really works beautifully! I love looking out of my kitchen window and seeing this sweet little fountain on my deck. The design is really nice and the colors are tastefully done. Looks just like a real whiskey barrel! Picked this design over the milkcan because that one didn't look as authentic in my opinion. Very pleased with my purchase! Would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind the attention it requires regarding sunlight and keeping it filled frequently so as not to burn out the pump. I love it!
Love my little fountain!
I've had this fountain for about a month and it made a wonderful addition to the small garden I have in front of my house. I do have to fill it daily as the water does evaporate after a days end. You do hear the water flowing when you keep the extra top piece off. The water "only" goes on when the sun is directily hitting it. It does not charge and then stay on. If its cloudy, it will not work. I love it b/c it puts a nice touch in the garden with very low maintainence.
What a waste
I got this the first part of summer, put it on my deck, thinking I would be able to hear water babbling away. What a dissapointment. Would have sent it back, if not for the freight charges. Do not waste your money. Maybe I can use it as a planter this year.
Bought this because the price was right, (reduced). Live in Nevada so there is lots of sun. I wanted a higher level for the fountain part so I went to the local big box hardware store and bought a piece of vinyl tubing for 20 cents, cut off a piece about 2" and put the fountain top on that. It works great! It runs all day and the finches love to take a bath in it. We enjoy watching them.
Save your money
This product worked well for almos two months then it just quit. We have cleaned the solar panel and the pump as instructed and it still does not work. It sits in the direct sun all day. It was nice when it was working but now it is just a birdbath.
This adds just that little extra something to my yard. You do have to add water daily if you live in high heat area like I do. Have had no problems with the pump at all.
The birds love it as much as I do.
Received this the other day. Really very easy to put together. Worked immediately. Most of the negative reviews are because it only works in direct sun. The description and on air presentation told you that and they also said it was plugged in to the electricity on air. It looks like a real whiskey barrel and some people have thought it is. Live in Texas and it has been in the 100's so do have to fill the small reservoir on top a couple times a day but that is a small job.
My problem is with the warranty in the writtn description it says 2 years limited warranty. When product arrived there was a card inside saying 1 year limited warranty and when I called customer service they said one year also. I had them go to QVC.com and see it says 2 year and at this time QVC product management is looking into the matter hopefully it will be solved soon. Just be aware of the difference. Have had Smart Solar before and they are really great about sending replacement part both during and after warranty (you pay after warranty). I will keep the fountain because it is so nice and hope the warranty problem is solved.
No Shade Allowed!
I purchased this product because I thought it would be a great addition for my patio, I love the way it works when they show it on QVC, which shows it working all the time. I found that if the sun is not COMPLETELY OVER IT, IT WILL NOT WORK! The shade of just my arm stops the water from working. I'm going to enjoy what I can until after the 4th and then it's going right back to QVC. It is definitely NOT worth the money paid. Maybe if they could get the solar system to work like they do the lights they have, it would be a GREAT purchase, unfortunately this is not the result. Whiskey Barrel being sent back! Truly wished it worked!
Not too dep
This has been a great addition to my garden. The only issue I have with the product is the resevoir has to be refilled every day, sometimes twice a day. Perhaps for future fountains of this sort the pump could be set lower in the resevoir to ensure the pump does not run dry.
Only works if sun is directly over and bright. Also, the pump is located close to the top of the water reservoir, so when water level evaporates (and it does so very rapidly) it no longer works. Very disapointed...this was highly rated when shown!