Charging the battery:
To charge the battery, follow the instructions that came with the feature, or watch the video here.
The battery is Lithium, so is quick to charge, in approximately 3 hours.
As the feature only holds a small volume of water the level will gradually drop due to splash and evaporation. It is important to check, and top up, your feature regularly, to prevent it drying out. If the feature dries out and the pump runs dry it will cause pump damage.
Upgrading to the Solar Panel:
Adding the Solar Panel Upgrade to your Liberty feature allows you to harness the power of the sun to run your feature. The unique ‘run and recharge’ technology, along with a Lithium battery, mean that, in good sunlight the feature should run continuously for many days without having to be charged indoors.
Follow the instruction manual for installing the Solar Panel to your feature, or watch the video here.
Keeping the pump clean:
The pre-filter foam on the pump is there to prevent small particles getting into the impellor and blocking the running of the pump. You should check the pump foam occasionally to ensure it doesn’t block, and slow the water flow down. Clean if the flow reduces or every few weeks, otherwise. It is also advisable, while you have the pump open, to pull out, and rinse the impellor.
Keeping the feature clean:
Over time the feature may pick up every day dirt and grime. Clean the feature by wiping down with a damp cloth or sponge. If the water gets dirty, simply poor out and refresh. If you have problems with algae on your feature and prefer to treat it, use a product such as Blagdon Feature Algae Control. However, if you prefer to treat the feature with something wildlife and pet friendly, then use a product such as Blagdon extract of Barley Straw which reduces cloudy green water, cotton wool algae and filamentous algae.
Running from mains power:
Although the Liberty Features are designed as cable-free, they can still be run from mains power, if you prefer. If the low voltage, 5m charger cable does not reach your socket, you can use a Liberty mains extension cable, available as an accessory. See the 'How to' page for videos on running from the mains and extending the mains, or solar cables. If you run the feature from an indoor power socket you can add a timer to the plug which will give you the option to run the feature when you desire.