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Decent tea lights
on January 7, 2013
While I have not seen the IKEA tea lights (which may or may not be better than these, per other reviewers), I can tell you this:
- They ship in a plastic bag and will take some abuse during the shipping process
- I've had 1 or 2 leak from the bottom.. the metal container is very thin and may be damaged in shipping
- I find that they last for an inconsistent 2-3 hours (times vary significantly - used 25 as luminaries and some went out much faster than others)
- Most seem to leave 25% of the wax unused by the time the wick is used up, potentially due to poor design of the bottom
Overall, they did what I needed them to do, and I did not want to go all the way to IKEA just for tea lights. I will consider stocking up next time I'm there and comparing them to this product.
Update 1/8/13 - If you cut the wick to 1/4" (no longer) I've found that the tea lights last closer to 3 hours and there is less wax left over. I am upgrading from 3 to 4 stars because I believe this was one reason they were not lasting as long or as consistently. Still can't give 5 stars due to the shipping and quality of the metal container.