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The Best Automatic Dog Feeder To Make Your Life Easier

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An automatic dog feeder can make your life easier. Of course it is convenient to have a device that feeds your dog for you while you are home, but think of how much easier it would be to go away for the weekend without having to worry about finding someone to feed your pet for you.

Do you feel bad that your dog has to wait for you to get home from work before he can have his dinner? That's not a problem if you have an automatic feeder.

Let me tell you, these things have come a long way. There are fully programmable models that can dispense from one to 12 meals per day. There is even one that allows you to have a live HD video chat with your dog, from anywhere in the world, while he eats as you broadcast the event on Facebook Live. This is not a joke.

We have reviewed several automatic dog feeders here, from the most basic to the most wondrously advanced. One of them is the right feeder for you.

Comparison Table

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder

Power

4D 
Batteries


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$35.95

Rural King Dog Feeder

Power

None


Dog Size

Medium, Large

$29.99

Arf Pets Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

3 D Batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$79.99

Petmate Replendish Gravity Feeder

Power

None


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

NOTE:

BUDGET PICK

$22.99

SureFlap SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder

Power

4C Batteries


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$149.99

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

4 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$169.95

PetSafe 2-Meal Automatic Dog Feeder

Power

1 AA battery


Dog Size

Small, Medium

$24.95

WOPET Timer Programmable Smart Feeder LY-97

Power

2 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

Power

4 D batteries OR 110V


Dog Size

Small, Medium, Large

NOTE:

BEST OVERALL

$89.95

How We Reviewed These Automatic Dog Feeders

There are many automatic dog feeders on the market. We found many that were poorly made. The biggest problem we found was flawed design. Some models seem to dispense random amounts of food rather than what they are programmed to deliver. So we made sure to rule out poor and overly complicated designs when compiling this list.

We picked out a couple simple designs that will appeal to you if you allow your dog to eat freely whenever he wants to. These simple automatic feeders are durable and hold a lot of food, so they are great for when you take a weekend trip. One of them holds 25 pounds of dry food.

There are a couple smart feeders on this list that can be programmed from your phone or other device. We found several great smart auto feeders, but we only included the two best here. Our biggest concern with these models were simplicity. Anything that would have made feeding your dog a complicated process didn't get a second look.

We really wanted to recommend an automatic feeder that is capable of dispensing canned food, but we can't. We'll go into more detail about this in the FAQs.

The Best Automatic Dog Feeders Reviewed And Compared

Arf Pets Automatic Dog Feeder

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Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs, Cats & Small...
  • Automatic Food Dispenser Makes Feeding Hassle Free for Pets’ Dietary Health & Wellbeing
  • Dispense from 1-10 Portions Per Meal, Each Portion is 24ml, Set Up to 4 Daily Distribution Alarms; Simply Pick Your...
  • Blue Lightup LCD Clock & Display Provides Easily Adjustable Settings; Magnetic Lock Lid

This feeder is programmable to deliver up to four meals per day, and dispenses from one to 10 25ml portions per meal. This makes it great for very small dogs like chihuahuas. The upper end of 250ml will work well for medium sized dogs like boxers and larger terriers. The total capacity of the hopper is 1.1 gallons. That's a few days worth of food for most smaller dogs.

The keypad is easy to use. You just set the meal times and portion sizes. You can even record a special meal-time calling in your own voice.

You refill the hopper by simply lifting the lid and pouring more food in. The lid has a magnetic lock to keep your dog from helping himself to an extra meal. Trust me, you must have a dog-proof lid on an automatic dog feeder.

PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder

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PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Dispenser, 5 Meal with Digital Clock or 2...
  • Custom mealtimes: Schedule mealtimes down to the minute to serve your pet up to 5 meals per day
  • Feeder capacity: Each compartment in the removable tray holds up to 1 cup of dry or semi-moist food; Use this feeder to...
  • Helps manage pet's weight: Schedule smaller meals throughout the day to help keep your pet healthy; Best for cats and...

This automatic dog feeder has a pretty cool design. The bowl is divided into five sections. You fill each section with one meal portion. When it is time for a meal, the bowl rotates to allow your dog access to that portion. You can set it to serve as many meals per day as you need to.

You can make every meal automatic. Or you can use this feeder just for one or two feedings per day, like when you are at work.

PetSafe claims that this feeder is suitable for all size dogs, but we disagree. If you have a large dog, like a German shepherd or a golden retriever, you would have to program the feeder to dispense all five portions in one day in order for the dog to get all the food it needs. The sections of the bowl are just too small for bigger portions. It is perfect for small to medium size dogs though.

Petmate Replendish Gravity Feeder

Petmate Replendish Feeder with Microban Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder 4...
  • AUTOMATIC FOOD DISPENSER: Cat and dog gravity feeder dispenses dry food as pets eat, prolonging refill time & perfect...
  • MULTI-PET HOUSEHOLDS: Pet food dispenser has an 18 lbs. capacity to accommodate multi-pet households & larger breeds....
  • FOOD & WATER: Keep pets fed with fresh food & water with a variety of our products. Check out our airtight dry food...

Here is a basic and affordable automatic dog feeder that uses a simple design to keep food available at all times. It is not programmable at all. You keep the hopper full and it keeps the bowl full.

This is a great choice if you allow your dog to eat however much he wants to when he wants to. It will also come in handy if you have multiple dogs.

The entire feeder is easy to clean with mild detergent. And it is made of antimicrobial plastic.

The model that we reviewed here is the medium-sized feeder, but Petmate makes four other sizes of this design, from extra-small to extra-large. Smaller sizes are cheaper while larger ones are a bit more expensive.

Rural King Dog Feeder

Let's take a look at another simple automatic dog feeder.

This one operates on the same gravity-feed principal as Petmate's Replendish. The biggest differences are the design and the capacity.

Think of this as a big steel box that holds up to 25 pounds of food. When your dog is ready to eat, he pushes the magnetic door out of the way with his head to get to the food. When he's done eating, the door swings shut and locks to keep pests out. Don't think you will have to train your dog to use this feeder. He'll figure it out.

We like that this feeder can be set on the floor or hung from a wall. Hanging it on a wall keeps it out of the way and makes it tip-proof. Its galvanized steel construction makes it ideal for outdoor use.

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

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PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed - Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder - Slow...
  • SCHEDULE YOUR PET'S MEALS: Conveniently schedule up to 12 meals per day for your cat or dog; best for cats and small to...
  • FLEXIBLE PORTIONS: Schedule 1/8 cup to 4 cups per meal depending on your pet’s unique needs; requires 4 D-cell...
  • WORKS WITH MOST KIBBLE: Feeder works with dry and semi-moist pet kibble that is up to 3/4 inch in diameter

This design is a little different from most of the others on this list. It has a conveyor inside that brings the food up to the chute above your dog's bowl and drops it in. We think that's pretty cool. This design will even dispense moist food, but <strong>not</strong> canned or "wet" food. Please, never try to use canned food in an automatic dog feeder.

The hopper holds up to 24 cups of food and can be programmed to dispense up to 12 meals per day, each ranging from 1/8 to 4 cups. Yes, we said <i>12</i> meals per day.

Does your dog eat too fast? This model has a "slow feeding" mode that slowly dispenses a meal over a period of a couple minutes.

PetSafe 2-Meal Automatic Dog Feeder

PetSafe Automatic 2 Meal Pet Feeder with Battery Powered Programmable...
  • FEED YOUR PET ON TIME: Use the dial timers to schedule 2 pre-portioned meals for your pet up to 48 hours in advance, in...
  • FEEDER CAPACITY: Each food tray holds up to 1.5 cups of dry or semi-moist food; best for cats and small to medium sized...
  • PORTION CONTROL: Use the feeder to schedule pre-portioned meals for your cat or dog; a 48-hour timer allows you to feed...

The award for simplest design has to go to this feeder. The unit consists of two side-by-side trays, each with its own lid. You fill each tray with a portion of food and set the timer on each tray. When it's time for a meal, the lid opens. That's it.

This would work great for a small or medium dog that eats twice per day. It can also be set to provide one meal per day. That's good if you can't be home for one of your dog's daily meals.

The trays are easy to remove and clean. Actually, the entire feeder is easy to clean. Once the trays are taken out, you just wipe the feeder down with a damp cloth.

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog Feeder

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PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder - Smartphone - Wi-Fi...
  • Feed from your phone: Feed your pet anytime from your smartphone with the smart feed app; App requires an iPhone or iPod...
  • Personalize your pet's meals: Schedule up to 12 meals for your dog or cat; The feed Now option allows you to feed your...
  • Flexible portions: Meals can be dispensed in portions of 1/8 cup to 4 cups to fit your pet's needs; Slow feed option...

It's official: Smart home technology now extends to automatic dog feeders. We knew it would only be a matter of time.

This feeder can be programmed to dispense from 1/8 to 4 cups of food up to 12 times per day. Of course, you program it from your phone or tablet. You must have at least an iOS9 or Android 5.0.

The instant feed option is pretty useful. You can now give your dog an extra feeding with the push of a button from almost anywhere in the world.

You can elect to receive alerts when food is dispensed in case you just want to be sure that the feeder is working. And there's no need to worry about WiFi failure. If your internet goes down, the feeder will still dispense meals at the set time.

This model shares the same conveyor-based design as the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder, so it can be used for moist food. The bowl, bowl holder, lid and food hopper are all top-rack dishwasher safe. The base can be wiped with a damp cloth.

WOpet SmartFeeder Automatic Dog Feeder

WOPET Timer Programmable Smart Feeder LY-97

We expected this one to be capable of bathing and brushing dogs. But it isn't, not yet anyway.

It is a smart feeder, operated by the Pet-U app for iOS7.5 and above or Android 4.0 and up. As with the other smart feeder on this list, it can also give an extra meal at your command from anywhere on this planet.

Now let's look at some of the other things it can do.

There is a HD camera above the bowl so you can watch your pet eat. There is also a speaker so you can talk to him while he dines and a microphone in case he wants to talk back. The app allows you to record it all so you can relive these precious moments again and again. Or you can post the footage on social media.

It dispenses from about 10 to 40 grams of food per meal, and it can be programmed to feed several meals per day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Canned Food In An Automatic Dog Feeder?

Can Automatic Feeders Be Used Outdoors?

The Final Verdict

One of the gravity-feed models on our list may be your best bet if you are looking for a simple automatic dog feeder at a good price. But keep in mind that these are not programmable. They just keep the bowl full.

The others dispense portions of the size you set at the time you set. All of these feeders that made our list are easy to program and are dependable. Be sure to keep your dog's size in mind when choosing which one you want.

Check out our smart automatic feeders for the ultimate in control and convenience. They are truly advanced auto feeders that can make your life easier while making your home smarter!

Best IP Camera To Make Your House Smarter And Safer

IP Camera

Best IP Camera To Make Your Home Smarter

IP cameras are the most basic smart-home essential. They offer enhanced security and peace of mind. It is unbelievable how many models are available, and it wasn't easy to sort through them all. But that's our job, and we loved doing it! Read on and decide which IP camera best matches your needs.  

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Indoor

Resolution:

1080p

Canary

Customer Rating

Indoor/Outdoor:

Indoor

Resolution:

1080p

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Indoor

Resolution:

1080p

Foscam FI9928P Dome Camera

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Outdoor

Resolution:

1080p

vitorcam outdoor waterproof wireless IP camera CA-FI24W

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Outdoor

Resolution:

960p

Looline

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Outdoor

Resolution:

720p

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Indoor

Resolution:

1080p

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Indoor

Resolution:

1080p

Faleemi 720p Pan/tilt Wireless WiFi IP Camera Home Security Surveillance Video

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Both

Resolution:

720p

Note:

Budget Pick

Customer Rating:

Indoor/Outdoor:

Both

Resolution:

1080p

Note:

Best Overall

How We Reviewed These IP Cameras

We categorized all of the best cameras on the market into three categories: indoor, outdoor and spy cams. Then we identified the most practical and useful models in each category. After that, we vetted each of our selections to make sure that the manufacturer's claims are true. Finally, we wrote up a short review to point out the features you want to know about and the shortcomings you must be aware of.

Best IP Cameras Compared And Reviewed

Indoor IP Cameras

YI 1080p Dome Camera Review

This high-resolution IP cam has a wide angle camera and rotates 345 degrees horizontally, so it can basically record 360 degrees all around it. With its advanced motion detection and tracking capabilities, it can be set to recognize movement and automatically turn to follow the action while storing up to 80 hours of this activity on your computer.

Pros

Cons

  • You can only access images through the app - No browser support
  • Playback cannot be paused

Utalent Home Security Camera Review

Utalent's answer to YI's solid IP cam has better night vision. It captures a clear image in total darkness at a distance of 20 feet. This is a good low-light range for indoor IP cams.

It also allows more viewing flexibility. You can view live and recorded video on an app or on any web browser. This is accomplished through a static IP address, which is available, usually for free, through your ISP. To access the camera, you type the static IP address into the browser. This makes it easier for multiple viewers to view footage.

While it can send a movement alarm to your phone, it does not automatically pan to track and record the movement.

Pros

  • Accessible through browsers
  • Enhanced night vision

Cons

  • Must be plugged into a 110v outlet
  • Cam does not automatically move to track movement

Canary All-In-One Review

Here is a truly smart IP camera.

It not only detects motion, but it learns what motion is normal and what is not. It also arms itself if you leave and forget to activate it.

This camera monitors temperature, humidity levels and air quality and sends alerts to your phone to let you know of changes to any of these conditions. You can choose which alerts you receive and set parameters for the various climate and air quality alarms.

There is no pan or zoom capability, but the 147 degree view can easily monitor an entire room. It is amazing how much of your house you can monitor with careful placement.

Pros

  • Monitors climate and air quality
  • Loud 90 dB panic alarm
  • Check Circle
    Fully-customizable alerts

Cons

  • Cannot pan or zoom
  • Desktop streaming and 2-way audio requires paid monthly membership

Outdoor IP Cameras

Foscam Dome Camera 

Pros

  • Monitors climate and air quality
  • Loud 90 dB panic alarm
  • Check Circle
    Fully-customizable alerts

Cons

  • Cannot pan or zoom
  • Desktop streaming and 2-way audio requires paid monthly membership
This outdoor dome camera offers an impressive nighttime range of 196 feet. That is amazing! It pans 355 degrees and zooms optically up to 4x.
We like the image correction feature. It is designed to enhance low-light images so you can make out facial features with ease, even from a distance.
When it detects movement, it alerts you by email or the app and automatically stores video of the event that caused the alert. 

Pros

  • Great night-vision range
  • Cloud storage
  • Check Circle
    You can choose areas around your home to ignore so you don't get many false alarms
  • Check Circle
    Easy app-guided setup

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • Limited vertical movement - 80 degrees

Vitorcam Outdoor Dome Camera Review

This model compares to Foscam's, with a few exceptions. This dome cam only offers night vision out to 68 feet. But it's 5x optical zoom is better than the Foscam's 4x maximum. That makes this a good choice is you want close-up low-light video but are only monitoring a small area. But be aware that this cam's resolution is only 960p, which is quite a bit lower than the Foscam's 1080p.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Nice zoom

Cons

  • Limited night vision range
  • No audio recording
  • Low resolution

Looline Doorbell Camera

Sometimes, all you need is a simple doorbell cam. This is a nice one with night vision and two-way communication. You can answer your door from your phone even when you are not home. This is a great way to screen your visitors.

The 4x magnification and wide 166 degree lens shows a good view of the visitor's face as well as both sides of your porch.

It is powered by rechargeable batteries that are said to last for a year with normal use of this device, but we were unable to confirm this claimed battery life.

You can set it to function as a traditional video doorbell or as a motion-detecting alarm that sends alerts to your phone.

Pros

  • Easy wireless installation
  • Simple and intuitive operation

Cons

  • No pan or zoom
  • Little information available about battery life
  • Not vandal-proof

Hidden IP Cams

You may be considering installing a hidden camera to keep tabs on your babysitter.

It is legal to install hidden cameras, or "nanny cams," in your home and record people without their consent or knowledge. It becomes illegal only if you record people without their consent in private areas of your home, like bathrooms or any area where someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Keep in mind that laws can change, so double-check your local laws before installing a hidden camera!

YCTONG Wall Clock Spy Cam

It looks like a normal wall clock, but there is a tiny camera hidden in its face.

In its motion-detection mode, this cam alerts you through its app when it detects movement by sending you three snapshots of the room.

As an IP camera, it continually records 1080p video on a five-hour loop. You can watch in real-time via its app.

The clock itself is powered by two AA batteries, but the cam is separately powered by a rechargeable battery. This is a drawback, but we like the other features of this clock so much that we still consider this model to be among the best of its kind.

Pros

  • Stealth
  • 1080p resolution
  • Check Circle
    Detects motion

Cons

  • No night-vision
  • It takes five hours to recharge the battery, and this only provides five hours of operation

PNZEO W2 Mini-cam

This is a tiny and versatile spy cam that can be placed or hidden just about anywhere. You can view in real-time through the app or set it to record about an hour and a half of video at a time. The app offers more storage than that, but the battery lasts for only 90 minutes of continuous operation. If you want it to function around the clock, like an IP camera should, you can use the AC power adapter. This will somewhat limit your placement options, though.

Pros

  • Very small and easily hidden
  • 1080p resolution
  • Check Circle
    Motion detection alarm
  • Check Circle
    AC adapter included

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • No night vision

Our Favorite IP Cams

We've listed these reviews separately because they work well as indoor or outdoor IP cams, and because they just so happen to be the stars of this list!

Faleemi Security Camera - Our Budget Pick

There are cheaper IP cameras available, but none of them met our standards. This one is decent, but it does have some flaws that would have kept it off of our list if it were not for the great price.

It can be used indoors or outdoors. It can even be moved back and forth with a little time and effort. The night vision, with its 67-foot range, is good for the price.

There is no automatic record feature on this model. It does detect motion, but it sends a single snapshot as an alert to your phone when it detects movement. You have to hit the record button on the app to save video. One strange thing that we found out about this camera while researching it is that it can only enter night-vision mode when commanded to through the app.

Pros

  • Great price
  • The best value we have found among indoor/outdoor IP cams

Cons

  • Short night-vision range
  • AC only
  • ban
    Only records when prompted
  • ban
    Only enters night vision when prompted

Canary Flex - Best Overall

This is a versatile IP security cam that can be used indoors or out and can be powered by battery or AC adapter.

It offers high-resolution video, superb night vision, motion alerts and one-touch access to emergency services via its app.

Place it wherever you want inside your home for a clear wide-angle view of an entire room. If you want it outside, just pick it up and stick it to any ferrous object. It has a magnetic base! The camera swivels for easy adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will IP Camera Footage Hold Up In Court?

Whether or not it will hold up depends on several factors, but home surveillance footage is routinely used as evidence in cases involving burglary, assault, trespassing and other crimes.

Is It Legal To Record My Babysitter Without His or Her Consent?

Yes, as long as you do not try to record in parts of your home where a visitor would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Do Wide-angle Lenses Distort The Video Image?

All of the IP cameras on our list offer some type of image correction that negates the distortion of wide-angle, or "fish-eye," lenses.

The Final Verdict

As far as outdoor IP cameras go, it would be tough to beat the Foscam dome camera. It offers great video clarity in all light levels. You can even select which areas of your yard to monitor. The Vitorcam outdoor model has some shortcomings, but it costs roughly half as much as the Foscam. If you just need a simple doorbell cam, the Looline will exceed your expectations.

Canary, the industry leader, impressed us with their All-In-One IP cam. It is loaded with features and is among the easiest-to-operate indoor security cameras. Utalent's offering is much cheaper, but it must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Hey, Utalent: Redesign this one with a rechargeable battery! The YI indoor dome camera is a basic model with some features that are unexpected at its price. It really gives the Utalent cam a run for its money.

Thinking about a "spy" camera? The YCTONG Wall Clock Spy Cam is easy to setup and may be a good choice for you if you don't want to spend any time hiding a camera. The PNZEO model we feature here is your best bet if you want better performance and more placement options.

Our pick for the best overall IP camera went to Canary's Flex because it offers the best in versatility and value. We are particularly impressed with how easy it is to move it from inside to outside and vice versa. With no wires to worry about, moving it is as simple as picking it up and putting it where you want it.

Our budget pick, the Faleemi Security Camera, is a basic IP cam that can be used indoors or outdoors. It actually has features that cameras twice its price lack.

A Look At The Best FM Antenna To Make Your Life Easier

Channel Master CM-2020

FM radio is still free, and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest! One of the keys to great FM reception is antenna selection. Without a good antenna, even the best radios and most expensive tuners are useless. Take a good look at these great antennas for your car, home and office.

How We Reviewed These FM Antennas

We split the review section here into two sections: one for home antennas and one for car antennas. We included a variety of models, each with its own distinct advantages, in each section. One of them is sure to fit your needs.

As we decided which antennas to include in our list, we kept in mind what people are looking for. Some people want a cheap antenna that will pull in a decent signal, so we included a budget pick for both car and home antennas.

Some want a really good top-of-the-line antenna, even if it means spending a little more money. The Terk FM50 and the Metra car antenna will appeal to you if you are wanting to up your FM game to stratospheric heights.

We found that most of the people who are in the market for a new FM antenna, whether it be for their home or car, are simply looking for a high-quality antenna that is better than what they have now. The rest of the antennas we reviewed here fit that bill nicely.

No matter what, we always kept quality, value, performance and the manufacturer's reputation in mind.

COMPARISON DATA - HOME ANTENNA

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

1byone Wing 80 Mile Amplified Digital HDTV, Outdoor

Dimension:
18" Diameter

Gain:
4dB


Dimension:
8"H x 3"W x 7"D

Gain:
0-29 dB



Dimension:
17 1/2"H x 3"W x 4"D

Gain:
10-15 dB


Terk FM50

Dimension:
57"W x 2"H x 1"D

Gain:
30 dB

Best Home FM Antennas Reviewed And Compared

Terk Edge

This is our pick for the best overall home FM antenna. It fits nicely on a bookshelf and has a six-foot 75 ohm slip-on coax cable that will fit most tuners. A push-button transformer adapter is included with this and all other Terk models on our list for multiple connection options. Also included is the necessary AC/DC adapter that powers the integrated amplifier.

The Edge pulls in FM broadcasts from all directions at a distance of up to 50 miles. The amplifier boosts weak signals for clearer reception of stations that are usually ridden with static.

​Terk Tower

The Terk Tower also features a built-in amplifier, but it is not quite as powerful. It is still miles ahead of the old extendable metal rods and dipole wires that come with most radios though. The truth is that you will only be able to tell the difference between the Edge and this model if you are trying to tune to a station that is difficult to pick up. In that case, the Edge would be best. But if you are just trying to get better reception than you are currently getting from your rabbit ears, the Tower is the way to go.

The Tower also receives AM broadcasts.

Terk FM50​

Terk FM50

This is an amazing antenna that can be mounted indoors or outdoors. It has a powerful amplifier that pulls in distant stations from up to 80 miles away with unsurpassed clarity.

We like the power injector. The plug-in power line joins the antenna wire at a point close to where it connects to your tuner. The antenna gets its power from the antenna wire. This way, you do not have to wires running to the antenna.

If you want to expand your reception range, the Terk FM50 is the way to go.

1byOne Outdoor FM Antenna

1byone Wing 80 Mile Amplified Digital HDTV, Outdoor

This is a non-amplified antenna, but it provides great reception because of its design. Think of it as an old-school TV antenna, but it's for FM radio. Its range of 50 miles is comparable to some of the better indoor amplified antennas, but there is no need to provide power to it. There is only one wire, and that is the antenna wire itself.

Many people mount this type of FM antenna in their attics, just like HDTV antennas. Doing this is almost sure to enhance your reception because you will be pulling signals from a greater height where there are less line-of-sight obstructions.


COMPARISON DATA - CAR ANTENNA

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price


Length:
3"

Reception:
Average

Metra 44-UT30B

Length:
38"

Reception:
Enhanced


Length:
11"

Reception:
Average


Length:
17"

Reception:
Enhanced

Best Car FM Antennas Reviewed And Compared

Asa Electronics Dipole Wire Antenna

Let's start with our car antenna budget pick.

This simple antenna is a lot like those wire antennas on cheap home radios. You are probably thinking: "Those cheap radios don't get good reception, so why would I want an antenna like this in my car?" Well, have you ever noticed that even low-end car radios usually get better FM reception than some high-dollar home stereo systems? That's because car radios are designed to work with cheaper antennas!

You just plug it into the antenna port in the back of your radio. The wire is the antenna, and you can lay it anywhere. Let it sit on your floorboard, route it up behind your dash or even coil it up behind the radio. It may take some experimenting to find the best way to lay the wire, but you can save quite a bit of money if you go with this antenna. Its reception is not quite as good as the old 24" mast antennas, but it should do fine in any city. Don't expect much if you live and drive more than about 20 miles from the main broadcast towers.

GTP Universal Carbon Fiber Antenna​

This is a 3" antenna that replaces the whip or mast antenna on just about any car. Its reception ability is a step above Asa Electronic's wire antenna and is comparable to the stock antennas that come on most new cars today.

It comes with several threaded adapters. Installation is simple: you try the different adapters until you find the one that matches the threads on your car's antenna mount. Then you just screw the adapter into the mount and screw the antenna onto the adapter. It's that simple.

LinkStyle Flexible Mast Antenna​

This flexible antenna is designed to be mounted on the roof of a car, but I see no reason why it can't be used to replace a fender-mounted or trunk-mounted antenna. LinkStyle claims that it is a universal replacement antenna, but that is not the case. It may fit most cars, but some cars will need an adapter to go between this antenna's threads and its antenna mount. Once installed, it adjusts forward or backward 30 degrees. This type of adjustment doesn't effect the reception ability of car antennas much, but some people prefer a roof-mounted antenna to be swept back to some degree.

We are impressed with its durability. It can literally be bent in half without breaking. The reception is equally impressive. It outperforms the OEM antennas that come standard on most of the luxury cars rolling the assembly line this year.

This is our pick for the best car antenna because of its exceptional value. It is hard to find the durability, sleek style and great reception that this model offers even in antennas at triple the price.

Metra 44-UT30B Universal​

Metra 44-UT30B

If you are in your thirties or older, you probably remember seeing these long whip antennas on just about every car on the road. Good news: They still get the same great reception!

Length is not the only factor that decides how well a car antenna can pick up FM signals, but longer antennas do generally pull in distant stations better than shorter ones. They also tend to give clearer sound. This simple antenna is 36 inches long, which is about 30 inches longer than most antennas seen on the road today. If you don't mind having a three-foot mast antenna sticking up out of your fender or out of your trunk, you may love this signal-sucking whip! It really pulls in FM broadcasts out in rural areas far away from broadcast towers.

This is a top-mount model made for a one-inch hole, but Metra offers similar models with different mounting options.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use A Home FM Antenna To Receive TV Broadcasts?

No. All FM stations fall into a relatively narrow transmission band. Nearly all HDTV antennas are capable of receiving FM broadcasts, however. If you use a good antenna to watch free over-the-air television, you may be able to use that same antenna to listen to free FM radio as well.

Is An Integrated Amplifier Necessary In A Home FM Antenna?

Maybe. What do you have now? If you are using a non-amplified antenna and you are getting a lot of static on the stations you want, then an amplifier will probably clear those stations up.

An amplifier also extends the range of an antenna by boosting weak signals. So if you want to try to pick up some extra stations, try an antenna with an integrated amplifier.

Why Does My Car Radio Sound Better Than My More Expensive Home Stereo System? Is It The Antenna?

We covered some of this earlier, but here are some more details.

First, car radios are designed to be paired with cheaper antennas.

Car radios are also designed to maintain decent sound while on the move with different obstructions constantly blocking the radio transmissions.

Simply put, even ordinary car stereos are usually designed better than home systems.

Trying to use a car antenna on your home system will not work. Not only would it be hard to hook up, but the quality of sound and reception would be lacking. If you want better sound or more range from your home stereo system, try using either an outdoor FM antenna or a good indoor antenna with an integrated amplifier.

The Final Verdict

FM antennas come in all shapes, sizes and prices. We sure have come a long way since the rabbit ears and short wire antennas of yesteryear.

There are many cheap antennas available for both cars and home radios. Sometimes they will do just fine. If you live in or very close to a major city with several broadcasting towers, a cheap antenna may be all you need.

Most car antennas are very reasonably priced. There really is no reason to spend more than $25 on one.

Home antennas are a different story. Some of the best ones are priced well below $30, but we have seen some impressive antennas that cost over $100 and are worth every penny. The Terk FM50 is one of them.

Best Automatic Chicken Door To Make Your Life Easier

Coop Tender Automatic Chicken Door, Coop

The Best Automatic Chicken Door To Make Your Life Easier

If you install an automatic door on your chicken coop, you will not have to go out to your coop to open and close the door in the morning and evening. And you won't have to worry about predators getting in if you forget to close it at night.

There are many types of automatic chicken doors on the market today. We want you to get one that you will be happy with for years to come. Read on so we can help you make the best choice. 

NOTE: BEST OVERALL 

How We Reviewed These Automatic Chicken Doors

We only considered products that have been proven to be dependable and well-constructed. Some doors that we looked at are only capable of keeping chickens in at night and cannot keep predators out. We will not recommend any doors that do not keep your chickens safe!

Other doors that did not make our list were made of cheap plywood. Plywood does not stand up to the weather. All of the doors on our list are made of metal or treated wood.

We included products for everyone. You may just want an opener that attaches to your existing door so it will open and close automatically at sunrise and sunset. Or you may want an automatic unit that includes the door, frame and motor. We have the best of both worlds on this list.

We even included a kit that you put together yourself and a motor that will attach to any door. Check out the reviews. You are sure to find what you need below.

The Best Automatic Chicken Doors Compared And Reviewed

Ghost Controls Automatic Coop Door Opener Kit

CKBT AUTOMATIC COOP DOOR OPENER WITH BATTERY KIT

This kit easily mounts to any coop with a 16"-30" swinging door. Its photocell detects the outdoor light level and automatically opens the door at sunrise and closes it at sunset. Once installed, it needs no programming or input of any kind from you.

Installation is simple and all of the hardware you need is included with the kit, except for one 2x4. You attach two hinges to the back of the door and the operating arm with the attached motor to the front of it.

Then you attach the control box, which also houses the battery, to the coop and connect a wire from the box to the control arm. You will need an outlet somewhere nearby to plug in the AC transformer. 

The control box features an override button so you can open or close the door manually whenever you want to.

This is an easy-to-install kit that can make your life easier by eliminating one of your chores. You won't have to wake up early to let your chickens out or remember to go out and let them in at night!

Ghost Controls Solar Automatic Coop Door Opener Kit​​​​

This kit has all of the same features as the one in the review above, but it eliminates the need for a nearby electrical outlet or wiring.

Instead of the 110v AC transformer, it comes with a 10w monocrystalline solar panel that easily plugs into the control box. Mounting the solar panel is simple. You simply use the included hardware to mount the panel somewhere near the control box and plug the wire in.

This is a good option if you need a simple automatic opener for your swinging coop door but don't have an outlet near your coop.

Nopec LLC Standard Pullet-Shut Chicken Door

Standard Pullet-Shut Chicken Door Solar/Battery/Photo Combination

This is a complete automatic swinging door unit that includes a frame and door. Everything is made of aluminum, so it is strong and light.

The frame is 1 1/2" wide and requires a 18 1/8" x 14 3/8" opening in the coop. You will also have to cut out a 4 1/2" opening for the control box. The door itself measures 11"x15". Installation is pretty simple and straightforward. You just attach the frame/door unit over the opening in the coop and plug the control box into a standard 110v AC outlet.

The unit opens automatically at sunrise and closes at sunset. You can also program the motor to adjust the times that the door opens and closes regardless of the outdoor light levels. This is a bit tricky. You have to go out to the coop at the time of day that you want the door to open and hold a magnet over a precise spot on the motor to "teach" it what time to open. Repeat this process to set the closing time.

This is a good choice if you need a door and frame.

Nopec LLC Small Pullet-Shut Chicken Door

Small Left Pullet-Shut Door

Here is a frame/door combo that is similar to the standard Ghost Control automatic door featured above, but this one is smaller. It needs a 13 1/4" x 12 1/8" opening and a 4 1/2" opening or recess for the motor. It is made of the same strong aluminum. The door size is 10 1/2" x 9 3/8", which is perfect for bantams and other smaller chickens.

This is a great automatic door for mini-coops.

Fleming Outdoors Basic Automatic Chicken Coop Door

Automatic Chicken Coop Door - Basic

This is a sturdy unit that is installed over a 12" x 10 1/2" opening to create a big door for your chickens. It is made of tough 3/4" aluminum-covered composite material for years of use.

The entire unit measures 33" x 12" x 3" and attaches over the opening with only four screws. Then you just plug it in to a 110v electrical outlet. There is a solar add-on kit available as well. To install it, you just mount the panel and plug the motor's AC plug into the solar panel's outlet.

It is easily programmable to open and close at the times of your choosing. Programming is as almost as simple as setting a thermostat. All of the set-up instructions are displayed on the control panel, so you don't have to fumble through pages of paper instructions.

There are no exposed wires, and the motor is concealed for a neat look.

You should consider this model if you want a good-looking automatic door that is easy to program.

Automaticchickencoopdoor.com Automatic Coop Door Kit

Automatic Chicken Coop Door (Complete Kit)

If you can install trim, you can save a little money with this automatic chicken door opener.

This model is similar to Fleming Outdoor's, but it takes a bit more time and effort to install. The frame/door unit is installed between 16" studs, but the interior and exterior trim takes a bit of hammering. But the trim helps to insulate the coop, and it gives the door a beautiful and professional look.

The motor operates on a simple timer. The face of the timer looks a bit like a clock. You snap little tabs into notches that correspond to the times you want the door to open and close. The door can also open manually.

This is a handsome door that is easy to program. It can also be a fun project to install this unit!

Add-A-Motor - Chicken Coop Automatic Door Accessory Motor

You can save even more money if you go this way, but you have to have some DIY skills or know a good handyman.

This is a motor kit. The motor attaches to your coop beside the door, and the door attaches to the motor by way of the operating arm. What makes it more difficult is the fact that it is not made for any particular door. So while it can work for any coop door, it will probably take some modification to your door or coop to fit properly.

There is no timer included with this motor. You can get any kind of timer you want to go with it. Simple timers cost around $20 and are available in every hardware store.

If you are not confident in your ability to take a project like this on, you can hire a handyman and probably still save money. I called my local handyman for a quote, and he said he could install this motor to my coop for about $30.

Coop Tender Automatic Coop Door W/Wifi & Predator Detection​​​​

Coop Tender Automatic Coop Door

This impressive unit is by far the most technologically advanced coop door we ran across during our research into dozens of automatic chicken doors. It is fully programmable by its control panel or your smartphone or computer.

It can be set to open and close at sunrise and sunset or at any other times you choose. You can also set a lower temperature limit so the door does not open to let your chickens out when it gets too cold.

Using your device, you can:

  • Check outdoor and coop temperatures
  • View door open and close logs
  • View your current settings
  • Open and close your coop door manually

When a predator is detected near the coop at night, two bright LED lights flash to scare them away and you get an alert on your device. Wow! 

Installation is surprisingly simple for such a high-tech unit. It just screws onto the exterior of your coop over the opening. The 26 1/2" x 13 1/2" frame can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Then you just plug it in and download the app.

This is a fantastic choice is you have several hundred dollars to spend on an impressively advanced piece of equipment for your coop. It may be well worth it if you are concerned about predators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Automatic Chicken Doors Hurt Chickens?

That's doubtful. None of the doors we reviewed here close fast enough to catch a chicken. The motors are mounted high on the units, so the chickens cannot hurt themselves that way either.

Raccoons Can Open Trash Cans. Can They Open Automatic Doors?

When deciding which doors to include in this list, we paid special consideration to protection from predators. They all resist tiny prying paws. If you go with the Add-A-Motor, you have to make sure that there is no gap between your door and the coop's frame.

Will The Photocells That Work The Sunrise/Sunset Models Work If My Coop Is In Shade?

Yes.

How Much Time Do Automatic Chicken Doors Save?

They save more time than you think. If it takes you two minutes to walk out and open or close your coop door, an automatic door will save you two hours every month. That's an entire day every year.

Comparison Table

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

Swinging doors 16"-30" wide

Opens/Closes:

Automatically at dawn and dusk

Power:

110v Trickle-charge battery

Product name:

MSRP:

Β  Β 

Fits:

Swinging doors 16"-30" wide

Opens/Closes:

Automatically at dawn and dusk

Power:

Solar-charged battery

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

18 1/8"H x 14 3/8"W opening

Opens/Closes:

Automatically at dawn and dusk

Power:

110v trickle-charge battery/ solar option

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

13 1/4"H x 12 1/8"W opening

Opens/Closes:

Automatically at dawn and dusk

Power:

110v trickle-charge battery/ solar option

Product name:

MSRP:

Β  Β 

Fits:

Any chicken coop door

Opens/Closes:

You add timer

Power:

110v AC

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

12"H x 10 1/2"W opening

Opens/Closes:

Programmable

Power:

110v AC

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

Between 16" studs

Opens/Closes:

Programmable

Power:

110v AC

Product name:

MSRP:

Fits:

Any size opening

Opens/Closes:

Programmable

Power:

Solar-charged battery

The Final Verdict

All of the doors that made it onto our list of the best is durable and dependable.

If you have basic home improvement skills, you can save some money by rigging your existing coop door with Add-A-Motor's motor kit. If you want a more complete kit that comes with a door and trim, check out the door at www.automaticchickencoopdoor.com.

The high-tech Coop Tender door is expensive, but it offers convenience and protection from predators that no other automatic coop door currently on the market can match. There is no close second.

The Ghost Control items on the list attach easily to almost any coop door for automatic opening and closing. They are great if you want a way to automatically open and close your coop door at sunrise and sunset or a set intervals. Nopec's kits are similar, but they come with a door. Choose one of them if you want to replace your coop door with a durable aluminum one.

One of these automatic chicken doors is sure to suit your needs and serve you well for years to come.

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The Best Solar Lamp Post To Make Your House Smarter

solar lamp post

Solar-powered lamp posts can enhance your home's security and greatly add to its curb appeal. Most kinds of outdoor lighting can do those things, but solar has many advantages that none of the others have.

There is no need for wiring of any kind with the solar lamp posts that we will detail here. That not only makes for easy installation, but they can be easily moved whenever you feel like changing your yard up a bit.

These lamp posts automatically illuminate your yard or your entryway, depending on where you put them, so you don't have to worry about the electricity you are wasting by leaving your outdoor lights on while you are away. They come on at dusk and go off at dawn without you even having to set a timer. These are truly simple smart lights that don't even require an app!

Read on to learn about the best solar lamp posts on the market today. They can make your home smarter and save you some money on electricity.

COMPARISON DATA

Product

Image

Details

Rating

Price

Gama Sonic Royal Triple Head Lamp Post

Gama Sonic Royal Bulb Solar Outdoor Triple Head Lamp

Height

89"


Construction

Aluminum


Finish

Weathered Bronze

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Height

71 1/2 "


Construction

Aluminum / Steel​​​​


Finish

Black

Price not available

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

Height

5"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

Price not available

PSW Lamp Post and Planter

6.6 ft (79 in) Tall Solar Lamp Post and Planter - 3 Heads, White LEDs, Black

Height

80"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

iGlow Streetlight Style Adjustable Lamp post

iGlow Outdoor Garden Solar Lamp Post Light w/ 2 Bright White SMD LED Streetlight Style Landscape Path Deck Dual Purpose

Height

78"


Construction

Aluminum/

Plastic


Finish

Black

Kanstar Mini Vintage Adjustable Lamp Post

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

Height

48"


Construction

Aluminum/

Plastic


Finish

Black

NOTE: BUDGET PICK

Price not available

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

65" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Leds Bulb Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Height

65"


Construction

Steel


Finish

Black

Kanstar Triple Head Vintage Adjustable Post Light

72" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Triple Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Height

74"


Construction

Plastic


Finish

Black

NOTE:

BEST OVERALL

How We Reviewed These Solar Lamp Posts

We sifted through dozens of models to come up with this list of eight of the best. We excluded any that didn't have their panels built in. Why mess with running wires if you don't have to?

The most common complaint about outdoor solar lights is the quality of the light they put out. We traced this problem to the LEDs themselves. Inferior LEDs give off a harsh bluish light that really grates on the eyes. So we weeded out the lamp posts that incorporated these cheap LEDs into their design.

The second most common complaint is that the light only shines at maximum brightness for a few hours. Then it gets dimmer and dimmer until it just goes out, often before the sun rises. We narrowed the causes of this problem down to two culprits: low-quality solar panels and cheap rechargeable batteries. It wasn't too difficult to identify the lamp posts with bad panels so they could be kept off the list, but we had a real problem when it came to finding out what kind of batteries come with each particular model of lamp post. But this is not a huge problem. If you buy one of the lamp posts on this list, you can be assured that it has a high-quality solar panel. So if you notice it losing brightness quickly, go buy a good pair of rechargeable AA batteries. Get a name brand, and make sure the package indicates that the batteries are best for low-drain devices.

Another thing we had to look out for is poor craftsmanship and materials. We even ran across a few models that had numerous complaints about the lamp heads not fitting correctly onto the post! This usually indicates poor machine work on the threads. Don't worry: We took the time to make sure all of the lamp posts we considered for a review here are well-made out of good materials.

The Best Solar Lamp Posts Reviewed

Kanstar Mini Vintage Adjustable Lamp Post

Let's start with our budget pick from one of the leading sellers of outdoor solar lamp posts.

These post lamps are so affordable that you can get several of them to line your driveway or grace your garden. The lamp head is plastic and the pole is aluminum, which is surprising because we expected a lamp post of this price to be made entirely of plastic. Don't think that these are cheaply constructed lights. They are durable and put out a good amount of light. And they look great.

The adjustable pole that is included allow height adjustment up to 42" tall. This is about chest-high on most people, which is a good height for light saturation at ground level.

The single-watt LED automatically comes on at dusk when the switch is on.

Kanstar Vintage Adjustable Garden Lamp Post

65" Street Vintage Outdoor Garden Leds Bulb Solar Lamp Post Light Lawn - Adjustable

Here is another Kanstar lamp post. It is similar to our budget pick, but it adjusts to 65 inches instead of just 42. All of the other specifications are the same.

The extra height allows these lamp posts to illuminate a larger area, but the LED wattage is the same. This means that less light actually reaches the ground. Think of these as area security lights and the shorter ones as landscaping lights.

iGlow Streetlight Style Adjustable Lamp Post

iGlow Outdoor Garden Solar Lamp Post Light w/ 2 Bright White SMD LED Streetlight Style Landscape Path Deck Dual Purpose

This is a super-bright lamp with superior light-casting ability. The old version of this model had only one LED. This newer version has two. You can light up a section of your yard for the kids to play in the dark with this lamp post.

Another improvement that we like is the crystalline solar panel. It charges the battery much quicker, so you can have bright and long-lasting light even on nights following rainy days. This new panel also makes this model better for areas of your yard that are in partial shade during the day. They are just that much more efficient.

The aluminum post adjusts up to almost 79 inches tall, so you can spread all of that light around.

Kanstar Triple Head Vintage Adjustable Post Light

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We awarded this lamp post the distinction of "best overall" on our list because of its value, elegance and light output.

Each of the three light heads have one bright LED. The coverage area is truly remarkable. Imagine this beauty lighting up a bed of night-blooming jasmine or moonflowers!

Gama Sonic Royal Triple Head Lamp Post

Gama Sonic Royal Bulb Solar Outdoor Triple Head Lamp

This is a stunning triple-head solar lamp post. It is made entirely of aluminum with a weathered bronze finish. It is not meant to provide a little background appeal to your yard. It is meant to be an eye-catching focal point. We had to double-check to make sure this was really a solar lamp because almost every other solar model has a black finish. Its nice to see a little variety coming into the market, and we hope to see more of this in the future.

The light output of this model is similar to Kanstar's triple-head lamp, but these have better LEDs. Their light is a more natural warm color instead of the typical cool bluish LED light that you would expect.

The one drawback of this lamp post is its price. Is it worth it? You will have to decide that for yourself. This is a premium light at a premium price. We can tell you that it is worth every penny if you want a high-end solar lamp post with great light output and unrivaled elegance.

Kemeco Solar Lamp Post with Planter Arm Hook

Kemeco ST4221SSP4 LED Cast Aluminum Solar Lamp Post Light with Planter...
  • AUTOMATIC: Solar powered, turns on automatically at dusk and off at sunrise
  • SIMPLE SETUP: Easy assembly, all you need to do is follow the installation guide and build the solar street light with...
  • EFFICIENT DESIGN: dimensions- 71.6 H x 17.3 L x 17 W inches, four large solar panels for maximum sunlight receiving, LED...

Here we have a nice solar lamp post that casts a decent amount of light <i>and</i> has two hooks for hanging flower pots.

We were a bit skeptical at first. Could the post support the weight of two heavy hanging pots? Well, this lamp post comes with a big square plastic planter that can double as the base. You attach the base of the post securely to the bottom of the planter. Of course, you then fill the planter with dirt. The result is a very sturdy lamp post rising up from the midst of a gorgeous planter full of flowers. It would be interesting to plant some climbing vines, like morning glory, in the base planter and allow the vines to twist their way up the post. Kemeco sent us a picture of that very thing after we contacted them with questions about their products during the research stage of writing this list.

The price of this model is a bit high compared to similar solar lamp posts, but this one can become the focal point of your yard when the base planter and two hanging baskets are in bloom.

PSW Lamp Post and Planter

6.6 ft (79 in) Tall Solar Lamp Post and Planter - 3 Heads, White LEDs, Black

We like the planter base on the above lamp post so much that we just had to include another like it. PSW's planter lamp post attaches to the bottom of the planter, just like Kemeco's, but it also has a brace that goes around the post and attaches to the inside of the planter near the top for extra stability.

This lamp post features three lamp heads, all with one bright LED. The lamps don't actually hang, but they look like they do. That's actually a good thing. Lamps that actually hang tend to start squeaking in the wind after a while.

Another difference: This planter is round, not square. This, along with the hanging-style lamps, lend this lamp post a more informal feel.

iGlow 4 Pack Fence Light

iGlow 4 Pack Black Outdoor Garden 4 x 4 Solar LED Post Deck Cap Square...
  • 1 Ultra Bright White LED. Last up to 100,000 hours. Pre-installed Rechargeable AA Battery, Last up to 2 Years Before...
  • Automatic Sensor Activates at Dusk with NEW and IMPROVED Solar Panel for Superior Charging Performance
  • Weatherproof – Designed to Protect the Lights from Natural Elements. Easy to Install. No Wiring Required. All Fence...

This product is not actually a lamp post, but we included it here because it can go with some of the lamp posts we reviewed to give your yard a more complete look.

These are small solar lights that are meant to attach to the top of 6" square posts. They can also be anchored to the ground along your driveway, walkway or porch. Use your imagination for a minute and you will want this four-pack of solar lights!

Attaching them to the top of 6" fence posts is simple. All of the hardware you need is included. Of course, you can attach these lights to other size fence posts, and just about anything else. It just takes a little measuring and perhaps some additional hardware.

Anchored to the ground in front of a flower bed or row of pretty shrubs, these lights will illuminate the colorful flowers or green leaves in the most interesting way, from below. Imagine the possibilities! That's one of the great things about solar lights. They can be put just about anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There Any Wiring Involved With Solar Lamp Posts?

What About Rainy Days?

How Long Do The Bulbs And Batteries Last?

The Final Verdict

All of the solar lamp posts on our list are dependable and designed to last for years. Picking the right one for you depends on what you want it for. If you want to illuminate a large part of your yard, you should check out one of the lamp posts in our list that feature three lamp heads.

If you are after a more decorative look, think of what you can do with one of the two models here that include a planter base! You have to imagine not only how colorful they will be when the showy flowers bloom in the summertime, but think of the possibilities with mums in the autumn!

The fence post lights offer a lot of versatility. They can be secured just about anywhere for accent illumination.

Keep in mind that some of the solar lamp posts on our list are adjustable for height, and some are not. The height that we give for adjustable models in the table is the maximum height.