Last Updated on October 28, 2022
EDITOR’S NOTE: Our solar lantern stopped lighting up after one year. We had planned to contact the company that services the warranty, but we missed the one-year warranty cutoff date, so our lantern is now just a nice decoration in the garden, but it does not light up.
If you want decorations for your yard or garden without spending a lot of money, the middle aisle at Aldi is a great place to hang out during the spring and summer months. Whether you want classy solar lights, elegant and colorful peacocks, or kitschy garden figures in the shape of frogs or gnomes, you’re bound to find something you’ll like.
The latest bit of garden bling I picked up at Aldi was this decorative solar lantern.
The Belavi Decorative Solar Lantern (product code 700388) cost $14.99 at the time of publication.
This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. It’s exclusive to Aldi, and Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials, so once this sells out at your local store, it’s gone until next year.
Here’s more information on the solar lantern:
- Illuminates up to 6 hours
- Available in Butterfly, Hummingbird, or Quatrefoil designs (I bought the Butterfly pattern)
- UV-protective coating
- 6-lumen output
- Solar powered
- One-year warranty
- Made in China
The one-year warranty is serviced by CTM International, which sells holiday decorations, lawn and garden products, and hardware at a variety of retailers such as Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, ACE Hardware, Lowe’s, Menards, and Rural King. This company also has after-sales support for the Gardenline Lattice Planter Aldi sold during the summer of 2020.
The warranty contact information on the tag for this solar lantern is so tiny it’s ridiculous, but it says that for service you can call 1-866-231-8893 or email [email protected].
To charge the lantern, the label says to place the lantern in a sunny area. Push the power switch to the ON position. A photoreceptor on the light detects when it’s dark and turns the light on automatically.
I moved this around a bit in my yard until I found a spot I liked, which happened to be in the raised bed where my everbearing raspberries — an Aldi purchase from a couple of years ago — are growing.
I had some trouble figuring out whether the power switch was on, so the first day I had this lantern it didn’t actually charge. After trying again and getting a full charge on the second day, it lit up promptly as it got dark.
It does not emit a large amount of light, but it creates a nice glow that adds some ambiance to the garden. When it’s lit up, you can see an outline of small lights on a string inside, similar to a fairy light string. We’ll see how long it lasts, but so far I like it, and several family members commented that it looks pretty.
The Belavi Decorative Solar Lantern comes in several designs and casts a soft glow wherever you place it in your yard or garden. If you’re looking to add a pretty touch to the outdoors, this is worth considering.