Solar charging...how long?

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    Solar charging...how long?

    I have many solar gshocks/pathy's and have never had an issue with charging. Usually they come to me on Medium charge after sitting in a box for so long. After placing in a window sill they are usually up to a high charge after a day. I've had my new paw1500 in a window for over 4 days now and it is still on Medium! Granted I live in Minnesota where it is overcast 80% of the time this time of year, but I've never had any issues with my other watches. Could this be a dud, should I send it back, or may it really take that long to get this sucker up to high?
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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    I think it has a lot to do with the overcast.
    My GWM5600BC is still on medium after 2 weeks.
    I wouldn't worried about it, as long as all functions work as they should and it's not dropping down to low.
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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    On my recent purchase of a G5500, it took 3 days to get it to H. I agree that the overcast conditions is causing the extra time.

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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    Thanks guys...

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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    I have a Casio PRG 60YT which I had left in a drawer for over 6 months, poor thing was gasping when I finally retreived it! I have a study that has a Velux window, and I fabricated a bracket to hang my watch directly into the light - aren't paperclips wonderful.

    Took almost two weeks of winter 'sunshine' before it reached H again....

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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    In an overcast UK winter, it's totally impossible to get a solar model from M to H in normal ambient use. I stick mine about an inch from a desk lamp bulb for a couple of days, if I can't wait for spring to solve it for me
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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    with good direct sunlight i would still give it 2 days

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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    Just to update
    My GWM5600BC finally went up to H yesterday, it's been almost 3 weeks.
    That's with pretty frequent wearing and using of the EL backlight, my first negative display. It indeed is harder to see in darker conditions.
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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    Too bad my GW-2000 doesn't have an High or full charge indicator

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    Re: Solar charging...how long?

    My 1500 charges slow in the window too, but it being a Pathfinder, so long as the temperature is above 20F or so...I'll leave it outside on my patio table. Outside in the direct sunlight it goes from M to H in a few hours on a bright sunny day (not like we're getting a lot of those either, though). I usually need to do this once or twice between November and March, because of the shorter days and wearing long sleeves, sweaters, etc.

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