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    Another winter question - solar power

    This will be my first winter with G-Shocks. Most of my Gs and Pathfinders are solar powered. In the winter, the watch I wear is under 1, 2, or 3 layers of sleeve. It almost never gets any sun while on the wrist. I'm in the office all day desk-diving, but it's dark when I leave to go home.

    I suppose this means I'll have to rotate more often, leaving my watches in the window, where there are enough hours of sun to charge them.

    I do love that auto-EL!!!

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    Um, I don't see a question.

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    I keep one of my G shocks about 6 feet from the window and have it turned away so it never gets direct sunlight and allways stays fully charged. I wear my Frogman less than once a week the rest of the time it stays in the box or drawer because of the GG jelly bezel strap, it has never been off high


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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    In times of insufficient light, the Power Save function is your friend.

    Constant sunlight is ideal for solar Casios, but adequate indoor lighting can do just as well in maintaining a charge especially in winter, so you can still expose your watches to light while in the office.

    How can you tell if the indoor lighting is sufficient where you are? Activate the Auto EL, and if it doesn't light up when you tilt your wrist, then your surroundings have adequate light.
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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    I wouldnt worry too much unless you keep your watches in a drawer or live in part of Alaska that gets no light. And dont have electricity!

    Artificial light isnt as good at charging solar cells but it will work OK. Leaving the rest of your watches in a normally lit room is fine too.

    The part of the world I'm from never gets particularly sunny and I havent had a solar G drop below High in 2 years.

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    Quote Originally Posted by GregNYC View Post
    This will be my first winter with G-Shocks. Most of my Gs and Pathfinders are solar powered. In the winter, the watch I wear is under 1, 2, or 3 layers of sleeve. It almost never gets any sun while on the wrist. I'm in the office all day desk-diving, but it's dark when I leave to go home.

    I suppose this means I'll have to rotate more often, leaving my watches in the window, where there are enough hours of sun to charge them.

    I do love that auto-EL!!!
    Don´t worry man! they last up to 5 month without light...trust the technology

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    Per Casio's website on the GW-5600J....

    Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (with no signal calibration)
    Storage Battery CTL1616
    Battery Power Indicator
    Power Saving Function
    Approx. battery life: 8 months on full charge (without further exposure to light)
    Module 2924
    If you fully charge it during September, you'll be good till around April 2010 (depending upon what features you use, and how often).



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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    I keep most of my solar G's (and Eco Drive Citizens) in glass or plastic topped watch boxes. Most are in a drawer, but one or two are on a window sill at any given time -- and I rotate through the collection. There's not that much direct sunlight -- even on bright days -- as I'm on a low floor in a Manhattan apartment building.

    This more than does the trick. If a particular box does not make it to window sill for months, it still seems like there is no ill effect. "Power save" is a wonderful thing.

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    Winter time sun has the best sunlight to recharge solar G-Shocks.
    The MTG is retired and the 5600 too. Right now, the only working G-Shocks that I use and enjoy are the Riseman GW9200-1 and the GW6900-1

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    Re: Another winter question - solar power

    Dragonjade - :oops: The question would be, "what do you guys do?"

    Bogeyman et al - Thanks for the tips

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