The 14 Best Solar Tiki Torches

By Kami Turky

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Are you craving to create a relaxing ambiance in your outdoor oasis? 

Or perhaps you are looking for an intimate evening with your partner? 

Solar tiki torches are the perfect solution to providing a beautiful, cozy ambiance with no mess or danger.

Installing them is effortless and you won’t have to worry about any hazardous fires.

So without further ado, let us take a look at some of the best solar tiki torches available on the market today!

Best Solar Flicker Flame Lights

Key Features

  • Material: ABS
  • Height: 43 inches
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Brightness: 35 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
TomCare Solar Lights Upgraded, 43" Waterproof Flickering Flames 96 LED Torches Lights Outdoor Solar Landscape Decoration Lighting Auto On/Off Pathway Lights for Garden Patio Yard Christmas, Black(4)

The first item on today’s list is the famous TomCare solar tiki torch. 

What made me choose this one as an Editor’s Choice? Well, I could say the quality, the design, or even the durability, but most of all I chose it because of its real flame-like dancing light. It’s like having a real flame in your backyard without the worry of a fire hazard!

It’s not easy to make LEDs recreate the illusion of flames. Even the tiniest misalignment can ruin the whole effect.

That’s why TomCare carefully placed 96 LEDs in a precise pattern to make the light dance like actual flames.

In fact, the dancing flame effect is so real that it hypnotized my cat to stare at it for hours.

Well, to be honest, Luna (my cat) can stare at pretty much anything for hours… but this is still impressive.

Each light gives off about 35 lumens, which is just perfect to set the mood without being too bright.

And the best part is that they can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

The torch itself is 43 inches tall, so it’s tall enough to stand out no matter where you place it or the look of your décor.

Throw in the IP65 waterproof coating and you have a solar light that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions.

There is only one thing I don’t like about these solar flicker flame lights, which is the poles. They are made of plastic and can snap easily if you’re not careful.

Overall, I think the TomCare solar tiki torches are a great choice for anyone looking to add some flair to their backyard.

And they come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose by giving them a try.

Pros

  • Realistic dancing flame effect
  • Up to 10-hour run time
  • 35 lumens output
  • IP65 waterproofing rating
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • The poles are made of plastic and can crack easily
  • Quite expensive compared to other solar tiki torches

Key Features

  • Material: ‎Plastic
  • Height: 43 inches
  • Run Time: 12 hours
  • Charge Time: 12 hours
  • Brightness: 35 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
Aityvert Solar Lights, 43" Flickering Flames Torch Lights Outdoor Waterproof Landscape Decoration Lighting Dusk to Dawn Auto On/Off Security Flame Lights for Yard Garden Pathway Driveway 4-Pack

If you are not a fan of the TomCare solar tiki lights, then your next best option is the Aityvery torches.

These solar lights are just as impressive as Tomcare’s, so you won’t be missing out on anything.

They have 96 flickering LEDs, 35 lumens output, IP65 waterproof rating, a 1-year warranty, and even a similar design.

The only difference is that the Aityvert solar torches come with a 2,200mAh battery, while  Tomcare’s only has a 1,500mAh battery.

This means that you can get up to 12 hours of run time with the Aityvert torches compared to only 10 hours for the TomCare torches.

But there is a catch: both lights have a similar solar panel size (0.88W).

So while the battery can run the lights for 12 hours, the solar panel won’t be able to fully charge it during the day.

This means that you’ll still end up with approximately 10 hours of lighting on average even though you have a bigger battery.

I feel like I’m nitpicking at this point, but I do really hate this marketing technique, where the seller just throws in a bigger battery to advertise a higher run time (it’s more common than you think).

Anyhow, a bigger battery isn’t actually that bad, especially if you live in a very sunny area, like California or Texas where you get more than 6 peak sun hours per day. 

But it’ll only be useful in the summer months when you have the most direct sunlight.

Still, I think these solar tiki torches are a great choice and they deserve the runner-up spot.

Pros

  • Realistic flame effect
  • Up to 12-hour run time
  • 35 lumens of light
  • IP65 waterproofing rating
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Pretty expensive

Key Features

  • Material: Metal
  • Height: 39 inch
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Brightness: 35 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
TomCare Solar Lights Metal Flickering Flame Solar Torches Lights Waterproof Outdoor Heavy Duty Lighting Solar Pathway Lights Landscape Lighting Dusk to Dawn Auto On/Off for Garden Patio Yard, 4 Pack

TomCare has done it again! This time delivering a heavy-duty metal version of their popular solar tiki torches.

If you had a problem with the plastic construction on the other models, then you’ll be thrilled with this one!

I think this new model is a good example of the manufacturer listening to customer feedback and going out of their way to improve the product.

Like their plastic cousins, the 96 LEDs on these lights flicker just like a real flame. 

However, the light output is still 35 lumens, with a run time of up to 10 hours and 8 hours of charge time. And you’ll get the same IP65 waterproof rating and 1-year warranty.

Standing at 39 inches tall, they are a bit shorter than the other models. But it is still tall enough to add a cozy ambiance to your patio or garden. 

One thing holding this model back is that the poles are still plastic. 

This can pose problems as the metal top can be quite heavy for the pole, making it ‘bobbleheadish’ once you attach it.

Anyway, they are worth every penny and I think they deserve the best heavy-duty metal spot, even though I’m still not a fan of the plastic poles.

Pros

  • The flames look real even from a distance
  • Up to 10 hours of run time
  • IP65 waterproofing rating
  • 1-year warranty
  • Metal construction
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Metal top construction is way too heavy for the mounting poles
  • On the expensive side, but still worth it

Best Bang for the Buck

Permande Solar Torch Lights

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: 22.8 inch
  • Run Time: 8-10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
Permande Solar Torch Lights with Flickering Flame, Fire Effect Garden Light, Auto On/Off Dust to Dawn, Outdoor Waterproof Landscape Decoration, Solar Powered Security Torch Light for Patio, 8 Pack

Sometimes, you don’t need the best and most expensive solar torches in the market. 

You just need something that works with your budget and is adequate for the task at hand.

This is exactly why I chose Permande’s Solar Torch Lights as our Best Bang for the Buck pick. 

These lights are a great value, giving you many of the same features as the other choices in this list. 

But at a fraction of the price!

Unfortunately, they have only 33 LEDs so they are a bit dimmer than the others. But they are still enough to add a cozy ambiance to your outdoor space.

Although the battery capacity is only 600mAh, the lights can still last up to 8-10 hours on a single charge, which is decent for its price range.

And you get the same IP65 waterproof rating as the other models along with a 1-year warranty. 

On the downside, plastic construction isn’t as durable as metal. And at 22.8 inches tall, these lights are a bit too short for my taste, but I won’t deny that they still can do the job. 

Even though it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its competitors, this model still manages to deliver a good performance at an affordable price. 

What We Like

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • IP65 waterproofing rating
  • 1-year warranty
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Short

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: 43 inch
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
EOYIZW Solar Outdoor Lights, 43" (2 Pack) Purple Flickering Flame Halloween Decorations Solar Lights -IP65 Waterproof Solar Tiki Torches for Outside Halloween Decor for Garden Porch Yard Patio

Moving on to the Best Color pick, we have the EOYIZW Solar Outdoor Lights. These lights feature a mesmerizing purple color that pops out of the darkness like a beacon in the night.

But that’s not the only thing they have to offer!

This model also has 99 LEDs, a significant upgrade from its competitors. 

Thus, you’ll get more light output with an even more realistic flame effect. 

At my last Halloween party, I put them behind a black curtain and the flames looked like they were floating in mid-air!

And like most solar torches, these lights can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. 

With an IP65 waterproof rating and 1-year warranty, you’re guaranteed good performance for a long time.

Unlike the last model, you won’t have to worry about the height here. At 43 inches, these torches are tall enough to give your outdoor space the perfect touch of ambiance. 

To top it all off, the price is still decent, so you’re getting the best of both worlds.

Pros

  • Colorful and eye-catching design 
  • Decent Price
  • Up to 10 hours of run time 
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • A bit on the expensive side, but worth every penny

Key Features

  • Material: Metal
  • Height: 8.3 inches
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Brightness: 25 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year

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TomCare Solar Lights Metal Flickering Flame Solar Lantern Outdoor Hanging Lanterns Lighting Heavy Duty Solar Powered Waterproof LED Flame Lights for Patio Garden Yard Christmas, 2 Pack (Bronze)

And TomCare is still at it, bringing us the best lantern pick on this list. I have to say, they really went all out on this one!

This torch is a bit different from the others because of its old-fashioned look. 

The metal construction gives off a vintage vibe that’s perfect for decks and patios. 

But don’t be fooled by its old-school look, this lantern is still packed with modern features. 

Its 25-lumen brightness is enough to flicker in the dark and cast a cozy ambiance.

All you need is to place it in the sun for 8 hours and it can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. 

With an IP65 rating and a 1-year warranty, you can trust this lantern to stay lit for years to come.

And if you’re worried the metal might rust over time, don’t be!

TomCare has treated the metal with a special layer of protective coating to protect it from the elements and keep it rust-free . 

Also, this model’s dimensions are no joke. At 8.3 inches tall and 4.7 inches wide, it is small enough to fit on any table or shelf without being too intrusive

But the good cannot last forever, and I’m afraid the same goes for this lantern. The price can be a bit steep for some, but if you can manage to get past that, you’ll never regret it. 

Another issue is that the four sides are plastic, so it’s not the most durable.

One last thing – the charge time could use some improvement. 

It takes 8 hours of sun exposure to fully charge the battery and after that, you only get a maximum of 10 working hours.

But all in all, it still manages to deliver great performance at a decent price. 

Pros

  • Vintage metal construction 
  • Just the right size
  • Real flickering flames
  • Rustproof body 

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Long charge time

Best for Fences

Aityvert Solar Flame Lights

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: ‎7.09 inches
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
Aityvert Solar Flame Lights Outdoor, Waterproof Flickering Flame Solar Lights Dark Sensor Auto On/Off 66 LED Solar Powered Wall Mounted Night Lights Lattice Design for Patio Deck Driveway

Another great pick from Aityvert Solar Flame Lights. If you’re looking for a torch that’s low-profile and subtle, then this is the one for you.

It has a sleek plastic construction which makes it ideal for fences and railings. When I tested it out, I was amazed at how well it blended in with my white fence. 

And like most of our picks, this torch gives off a realistic-looking flame. With its 66 LEDs, you’ll get an orange/yellow glow that looks like real fire. 

The best part? It has a built-in 2000 mAh battery that will store enough energy to keep the flame burning for up to 10 hours. 

And when it gets cloudy, no worries! The battery capacity is big enough to get you through gloomy days.

Plus, it’s IP65 waterproof, so no matter what Mother Nature throws your way, this torch will stay lit.

Throw in the model size – ‎2.09 inches wide and 7.09 inches tall – and you’re looking at a great low-profile torch that won’t eat up your garden or balcony space.

On the downside, these torches come with a plastic frame, so don’t expect them to last as long as some of our metal picks.

But I’ll still give Aityvert props for delivering a great performance at a decent price. 

Pros

  • Realistic flame 
  • Affordable price
  • Up to 10 hours of run time
  • IP65 waterproofing rating
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Plastic frame that is prone to breakage over time

Best for Walls

TomCare Solar Wall Lights

Key Features

  • Material: Metal
  • Height: ‎7.7 inch
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
TomCare Solar Lights Outdoor Flickering Flame Metal Solar Lantern Anti-Rust Waterproof Solar Wall Lights Hanging Outdoor Lighting Solar Powered Decorative Flame Lights for Patio Porch Yard, 2 Pack

TomCare is back with another pick, and this time it’s all about walls! With its sleek metal construction, this torch would look great on any surface. And when mounted, it fits right into the wall like a piece of art. 

It has a beautiful metal construction with a retro style that will add a bit of flair to your décor. 

Plus, it has a sturdy frame that prevents it from tipping over. 

But here’s the kicker, this torch is constructed of aluminum so it won’t add any heft to your load.

And with their included, durable hanging hooks, you can easily mount them to the wall without any trouble.

As an upgrade from their last lantern, the four sides are now made of thick glass, so you can count on them to last longer. 

Turn it on and you’ll see why TomCare is the leader in solar flame lighting. Once it gets dark, this wall torch will emit a classic and warm orange/yellow flame. 

Similar to the other picks, they will stay lit for up to 10 hours. But the charge time takes 8 hours of sunshine which is a bit of a bummer.

Despite how pleased I was, one aspect that wasn’t as satisfying is its size. Although 7.7 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide can be decent, I would’ve loved it more if it was bigger. 

Despite its short stature, I think it’s a great pick for those who want to add a bit of warmth and character to their walls.

Pros

  • Aluminum body with a retro style
  • Thick glass sides
  • Realistic-looking flame 
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Too small for large walls

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: ‎10.75 inches
  • Run Time: 8-10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Waterproofing: IP55
  • Warranty: 6 months
Solar Post Flame Light, Outdoor Deck Fence Post Cap Top LED Light wih Flickering Flame, Waterproof, 4x4 5x5 6x6, Outdoor Garden Firefly String Lights, 30 Leds, (Pack of 2)

Post lights are all the rage these days, and Blueyang has definitely stepped up their game with this one. If you like the feel of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, then this is the torch for you!

It has a unique swirled construction with 30 LED-lit flames that look like they belong in an enchanted castle.

The battery is no slouch either. It stores enough power to keep the light burning for up to 8-10 hours on a full charge. 

And better yet, it’s 10.75” tall and 5.51” wide, so it won’t be a huge eyesore in your garden. 

Also, this size can fit 4×4, 5×5, or even 6×6 posts, thus making it versatile enough to fit your needs.

One changing point is the waterproof rating which is only IP55. So while it should be fine in light rain or snow, don’t expect it to last forever if it gets hit with a heavy downpour.

Also, the warranty period is only 6 months, so you may want to factor that in when deciding on a purchase.

Although I liked that the glass enclosure is sturdy, the base is a bit flimsy. And the plastic construction can be a bit brittle if you’re not careful. 

But overall, I think this is a great pick for anyone who wants to add a touch of magic to their backyard. It looks beautiful day and night and will bring out the kid in all of us. 

Pros

  • The flame effect is very realistic
  • Up to 10-hour run time
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • The top-heavy design makes the plastic base prone to breakage 
  • Short warranty period 
  • Lower waterproof rating (IP55)

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: ‎6.35 inches
  • Run Time: 10-12 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours 
  • Waterproofing: IP44
TWINSLUXES Solar Post Cap Lights Outdoor, Flickering Flame Lights, Waterproof LED Fence Post Solar Lights, for 3.5x3.5/4x4/5x5 Wood Posts in Patio Yard Landscape Decoration, Deck or Garden Decoration

Something from the old world is back with a modern twist! 

TWINSLUXES has brought us a classic Crackle Glass torch that will turn heads in any garden.  

I have to say, it looks like something out of a dream!

The globe is made from crackle glass which makes this torch look like it came straight from the 1800s, but with all the modern features we love. 

Once you turn it on, the four flickering LEDs will be sure to cast a spell on you.

Their orange/yellow hue and realistic flame movements will make any space look like an enchanted kingdom. 

Best of all, it’s easy to mount on a fence post. The 6.35” tall and 5.33” wide design is just enough to make a statement without overpowering the space.

But there are some drawbacks. The IP44 waterproof rating means it can be damaged if left outside during a rainstorm. So you’ll have to take it down when the weather goes south. 

Another issue is the light. It’s too dim for use as an area light. Yet, it’s still enough for an accent light that’s sure to add a touch of old-world charm.

Overall, this is an excellent choice for anyone looking for something with a classic feel that won’t break the bank.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Stylish crackle glass design 
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Not bright enough
  • Lower waterproof rating (IP44)
  • No warranty, just a 30-day return policy

Key Features

  • Material: Metal
  • Height: ‎6.1 inches
  • Run Time: 6-10 hours
  • Charge Time: 6-8 hours 
  • Waterproofing: IP44
  • Warranty: 6 months
Solar Table Lights Outdoor Waterproof - Dancing Flickering Flame Lamp Black Metal Tabletop Light Solar Powered Decorative Lighting Lantern for Desk Bedroom Patio Garden Pathway Yard (1 Pack)

If your coffee table or outdoor dining area needs a touch of ambiance, then you can’t go wrong with PearlStar’s Solar Table Lantern.

This lantern is small but mighty, with a unique metal construction that gives it an elegant feel. You won’t worry about it rusting or breaking, even in the toughest weather conditions.

Once the sun sets, it will cast enough light to turn your backyard into a magical land. The flickering flames create the perfect atmosphere for entertaining friends or having a romantic dinner with your special one.

In reality, this torch shines with a soft light that is not too overwhelming for star gazing. It provides just the right balance of brightness for a relaxing evening.

And all you need is to place it in the sun for 8 hours. Once that’s done, you can expect it to last for up to 10 hours straight! 

But keep in mind, the waterproof rating is only IP44, meaning it won’t be able to handle a heavy downpour.

Another catch is the size. I know that its small size can be a plus for some, but still, I expected it to be a bit bigger. 

Despite these minor flaws, this torch is ideal for you if all you want is something to entertain your guests or enjoy a lazy summer night.

Pros

  • Stylish metal construction 
  • Realistic dancing flame
  • Affordable price
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • The size is a bit small for some people’s taste
  • Lower waterproof rating (IP44) 

Key Features

  • Material: Metal
  • Height: 12.2 inches
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Brightness: 25 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
  • Warranty: 1 year
TomCare Solar Lights Outdoor Upgraded Metal Flickering Flame Solar Lantern Outdoor Hanging USB Charged & Larger Size Decorative Lanterns Waterproof LED Decorations Lighting for Patio Garden, 1 Pack

Remember when I said I was upset about the small height of the previous TomCare metal lantern? 

Obviously, TomCare has heard my prayers and has recently released the upgraded version of the same model and I am absolutely in love. 

This new version is much taller, measuring 12.2 inches, which makes it perfect for accent lighting for any outdoor living space. 

Yet, it’s still easy to hang it anywhere or just place it on your tabletop.

Not only that, but this lantern is also dual-chargeable. 

You can find a hook or hanger to hang it on and charge it up with the sun, or you can just use the USB port and plug it into an outlet for a quick charge.

And both ways you’ll get the same amazing results. It casts a bright light of up to 25 lumens that will last for up to 10 hours straight. 

Similar to its cousin, the waterproof rating is IP65 and you don’t have to worry about rain or snow ruining your lantern.

Plus, with a one-year warranty included in the purchase, you can rest assured that your investment is in good hands.

Despite it can a bit on the pricey side, I have to say that it’s worth every penny.

Pros

  • Dual chargeable (solar or USB) 
  • Modern metal design
  • Realistic dancing flame 
  • The height is suitable for any space
  • IP65 waterproofing
  • 1-year warranty
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • A bit pricey, but totally worth it

Best Garden Decoration

TomCare Solar Stump Lights

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Run Time: 10 hours
  • Charge Time: 8 hours
  • Brightness: 35 lumens
  • Waterproofing: IP65
TomCare Solar Lights Outdoor Upgraded Larger Size Flickering Flame Solar Stump Lights Outdoor Decorative Solar Lantern Waterproof Patio Lights Decoration Lighting for Deck Garden Christmas, 2 Pack

I swear TomCare hasn’t paid me to recommend their products. I just happen to love them all! And this one is no exception. 

Their amazing Flickering Flame Solar Stump Lights will make your space look like a natural oasis.

These red fire logs will get you ready for a camping night in your own backyard. It’s like a mini bonfire, but without all the smoke and mess.

Speaking of lighting, this torch has 35 lumens of brightness, enough to serve as an accent light for a garden party or a midnight gathering with friends. 

And as we used to with TomCare, you can expect it to last for up to 10 hours with a single 8-hour charge. 

Also, you won’t have to worry about water damaging your torch, thanks to the IP65 waterproofing.

The only issue I had was that its 8.1-inch height wouldn’t pop off from too far. If only it were a bit larger, like an actual statue, wouldn’t that be something?

However, the overall natural design and realistic dancing flames will definitely make up for it. 

Pros

  • Natural look and real fire log design
  • Realistic flickering flames
  • IP65 waterproofing 
  • 35 lumens of brightness
  • Easy to install 

Cons

  • The small size might not fit big outdoor spaces

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: 14 inches
VP Home Welcome Surfboard Tiki Solar Light for Home and Outdoor Decor Welcome Tiki Solar Powered Flickering LED Garden Light Backyard Surfboard Tiki Halloween Decoration

This time we’re going a little bit off the beaten path and bringing in some Polynesian vibes. 

Meet VP Tiki Solar Powered Outdoor Decor LED Light, the perfect addition for any luau or beach party.

With one LED light, they give off a soft and natural glow that will make your outdoor space look like a tropical paradise.

But there are some issues with its height. At 14 inches, this figure is smaller than I expected and might not fit most outdoor spaces.

And when it comes to the plastic material, I faced many problems, including cracking and discoloration after a few months of use.

But I won’t be too harsh on this one, it’s still a great addition to your outdoor parties and get-togethers.

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Soft ambiance
  • Easy to install 

Cons

  • The small size 
  • Plastic material isn’t very durable
  • A bit expensive for a plastic figure
  • No warranty, just a 30-day return policy

Key Features

  • Material: Plastic
  • Height: ‎5.71 inches
  • Run Time: 8-10 hours
  • Charge Time: 6-8 hours
  • Brightness: 8 lumens
Tryme Solar Outdoor Volcano Fire Torch Lights Dancing Flickering Flame Lantern Decorative Waterproof Powered Landscape Decoration Lighting for Garden Decor Table Deck Pool Bar Yard Patio

Let’s finish this list with a bang! Introducing Tryme Solar Outdoor Volcano Fire Torch Lights, the perfect accessory for your outdoor volcano theme.

It comes with realistic flickering flames that look just like lava flowing down the mountain! You’ll feel like you’re on a real-life adventure.

Once the sun is down, these torches will keep your space lit up until the morning. It runs for up to 8-10 hours with a single 6-hour charge.

But I have to admit that the 8 lumens of brightness won’t even make a dent in the darkness. You’ll need more than one to light up your space.

Another issue was its size. The volcano measures 5.71 inches, which is a bit small for my taste. 

But all in all, I still think this is a great way to spruce up your outdoor space and add some fun adventure vibes.

Pros

  • Realistic volcano design
  • Flickering flame effect
  • Easy to install 

Cons

  • Low Brightness (8 lumens) but enough for an accent light
  • Small size

How to Choose the Best Solar Tiki Torch?

1. Real Looking Flames

A solar tiki torch is as good as its flame effect.

You can pick the best battery, the best design, or even the brightest lights, but if the flame isn’t smooth enough, it will be a huge letdown. 

I tested each light on the list individually to ensure a smooth dancing flame effect that imitates natural fire. My tests show that the TomCare Upgraded Torch Lights have the best effect of them all, so if you’re looking for the most realistic light, it’s this one.

2. Torch Height

Most solar tiki lights are 32.6 inches with an extra ground stake that extends its height to 43 inches.

Generally speaking, this is a great height for many outdoor spaces. It’s tall enough to stand out and provide a nice ambiance, but not too tall that it looks weird.

Still, you should pick one that fits and blends with your outdoor space. For instance, if you have a narrow garden, then a smaller torch will be enough.

If you have a big open area with furniture, on the other hand, then a taller one will be better.

Either way, you should always consider the torch height before making a purchase.

3. Run Time

If you don’t want your torches to go out after a few hours, you should pay close attention to the run time.

A solar torch’s run time mainly depends on 2 factors:

  • The Capacity of the Battery: The bigger the battery is, the more charge it can hold and the longer it will last.
  • The Wattage and Number of LEDs: The higher the wattage of the LED, the more energy it’ll consume and the faster it’ll drain the battery.

Now, you should know that the advertised run time is usually the maximum time, so take it with a grain of salt.

I spent a lot of time researching and testing different solar tiki lights and made sure to only recommend the ones that can provide you with at least 8 hours of run time in the summer and 6 hours in the winter months

Out of all the 14 products on this list, Aityvert Solar Tiki Torch Lights have the highest run time potential with up to 12 hours of continuous lighting, but it also needs 12 hours to charge because of the small solar panel.

4. Charge Time

Without a doubt, the most important part of a solar light is the solar panel.

If you have a small, inefficient panel, it won’t generate any electricity for your lights to run, leaving you with a relatively expensive piece of junk.

I made sure that all the solar torches on this list have efficient solar panels that will provide you with at least 1 hour of lighting for every hour of sunlight.

5. Material & Quality

Most solar lights are made of ABS plastic, which is good enough for the job and can last for 2-3 years without any problems.

However, if you want your tiki torches to last longer, you should go for stainless steel with a UV protection layer, such as the TomCare Solar Metal Lights.

It’s a little expensive, but you’ll be sure that it won’t break or fade in the sun after a few seasons.

6. Weather Resistance

For any sort of outdoor lighting, weatherproofing is a must.

The ability to withstand elements is measured by an international standard called “IP rating”. The higher the rating, the better your tiki torch is at handling any sort of weather condition. 

Generally speaking, most high quality solar torches have an IP rating of IP65, which is enough to withstand heavy rain.

However, some other solar dancing flames might have a rating of only IP44. This means that it can only handle small splashes of water, but not a heavy downpour.

If you intend to keep your solar tiki torches outside all year round, then you should go for one with an IP65 rating or higher.

7. Brightness

The flickering flame of a tiki torch can create an incredible atmosphere.

But this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the brightness of the LED bulbs. 

You don’t want your lights to be too bright that they cause glare or too dim that you won’t be able to see the dancing effect.

From my experience, 35 lumens is the sweet spot for most solar tiki torches, around 20 lumens for solar lanterns, and 5-15 lumens for figurines.

8. Light Temperature

The color of the light plays an important role in creating the right kind of atmosphere.

Solar torches usually come with a warm orange hue, similar to a candle flame (1900K).

I personally find this the ideal color temperature for outdoor lighting, as it’s more realistic and creates a soothing atmosphere.

If you prefer a more vibrant and energetic feel, then you should go for the EOYIZW Solar Outdoor Lights. It’s available in many colors, from warm yellow to cool blue and even purple.

9. Warranty

Last but not least, it’s essential to look for a tiki torch that offers some sort of warranty.

The thing is, the warranty period gives you the peace of mind that if anything happens to your tiki torches in Australia, the company will replace them without any issues.

I made sure that all the lights in this article have at least a 30-day return policy, so you can test them out and see how they look in your place risk-free.

FAQs

Do Solar Tiki Torch Lights Get Hot?

Solar tiki torches don’t get hot, as there is no heat produced by the LED bulbs.

What Are the Best Solar Flame Torches?

The TomCare and Aytivert Solar Tiki Flame torches can get on top of the list as they provide a bright and realistic dancing flame, a high waterproof rating, and a generous 1-year warranty.

How Long Do Solar Tiki Torches Last?

Most solar tiki torches can last up to 8-10 hours on a full charge. Their lifespan, however, depends on the brand. But most of the time, they can last for at least 2-3 years.

Do Solar Tiki Torches Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Solar tiki torches can somehow reduce the presence of mosquitoes in your area. However, if you want to completely keep these pesky creatures away, they are not enough. 

Conclusion

Phew! That was a lot to go through! 

But hopefully, now you know the best solar tiki torches are there and what factors to consider before you buy one. 

Just make sure to check the dustproof and waterproof rating, lumen output, color choices, warranty period, and finally – your budget. 

I hope this article was helpful enough for you to make the best choice for your needs. If you still have any questions, feel free to drop us a comment!

Kami Turky

Kami is a solar engineer with nearly a decade of experience in researching, testing, and reviewing various solar products. He has also provided technical consultation to several organizations on the best ways to incorporate solar energy into their operations. When he’s not busy helping others find the best solar solutions, Kami enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and exploring the natural wonders of his home state.

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