Solar Powered Water Fountain

Solar Powered Water Fountain Pros and Cons

Solar Powered Water Fountain
Anself Solar-power Fountain

A solar powered water fountain can be a great addition to your pond, swimming pool, bird bath, or anywhere in your backyard where there is standing water. Moving water adds life and fun to your outdoor environment. The key to getting water to move is that you need a water pump. The problem with traditional water pumps is that you need to either place them where you have a powered outlet or you need to cleverly install them where the cables cannot be seen in your yard. Also, traditional powered water pumps require electricity, consume energy and therefore cost money to run.  Wouldn’t it be great if they made solar-powered water pumps that you could place anywhere and didn’t need any cabling or electricity to run. The good news is that they do make them, they are pretty inexpensive, and they work pretty well. Below are my advantages and disadvantages on these inexpensive solar powered water fountains.  There may be more expensive models which trade-off cost for some of the disadvantages I’ve outlined below. This review is on inexpensive solar water fountains ranging from $15.00 to $40.00.

Solar Powered Water Fountain Operation


  • You can put them any where there is sun and standing water and you will have an instant water fountain.
  • Small (6-8″ in diameter) and fit nicely in a bird bath.
  • They are inexpensive
  • They do not require electricity to run
  • They do not require cabling
  • They are a breeze to install
  • With sun, the operation of the pump is instantaneous


  • They require sunlight.
  • The flow is intermittent in indirect sunlight. (Operates best in direct sun)
  • Unlike Solar Lights, they do not hold a charge. When the sun is gone, the water fountain doesn’t function.
  • They require direct sunlight for continuous water fountain flow.
  • Bird Baths and other small areas require refilling with water as fountain splashes the water out from them.

As I mentioned earlier, perhaps bigger, expensive models bypass some of these disadvantages. The model pictured above is the Anself Solar-power Fountain Brushless Pump which sells for only $14.00 on Amazon. Most of the solar powered water fountains that I found in this price range are from 6-8″ in diameter which makes them the perfect size for a bird bath. The pump only produces an intermittent flow unless the sun is directly shining on it. In indirect sun or with even so much as a leaf shading it, the water flow slows down to an intermittent pace. I’ve demonstrated this the best I can in the two videos below. All in all, the inexpensive solar powered water fountain is an excellent and convenient way to add some ambiance to your backyard. For the price, I could see having a couple of these or more. 

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3 thoughts on “Solar Powered Water Fountain

    • No on and off switch. All you need is direct sunlight and water. Make sure the protective, transparent plastic is taken off the top solar panel. That could be blocking the sun.

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