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    'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    I'm looking to buy my first G-SHOCK and I'm pretty set on a 5600. I don't need atomic living in Australia, as far as I'm aware it's useless? I think I want solar though. World clock seems like a good idea too, not that I'd probably need it (I don't believe the standard 5600's have it?).

    I had a question about how long the batteries actually last before needing to be changed? Will it outlast the life of a standard battery significantly?
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    yes solar power battery life is 12 to 16 years at least in my experience
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    In terms of holding a charge, I leave mine in light environments constantly, so the battery stays charged. However, I have had it in a dark drawer for 3-4 months and it came to life without a charge.
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    To add to the OP's question.....Is changing out a solar battery just as easy as changing out a regular one? Do you have to send the watch in etc? This would be an issue in deciding between solar and regular battery for sure.
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    Casio does not state a battery cell life for a solar G-Shock. They have erroneously said in their marketing campaigns "never needs batteries", which is not true--it will eventually. However, based on what I've learned about the CTL-1616 cells, they can last something like 20 years if not frequently stressed by extreme heat.

    The standard battery life on G-Shocks is usually quite understated. This does vary from module to module, though. Some earlier modules are very conservative in their power use (CASIO was rather obsessive about it), and some DW-5600's have been reported to go as long as 12-15 years without a battery change (usually due to VERY low usage--no alarms, hardly any stopwatch use, etc). Newer models are likely not to last that long, because they have more power hungry features. I'd say that battery life is usually about double (so if CASIO says 2 years, it's probably more like 3-4 years). Also, note that some G-Shocks have the CR-2025 cell, which has more than double the capacity of a CR-2016 (common cell).

    As for battery changes, they are pretty much identical, except that the battery cells for solar models often have an adhesive sticker over the battery. Otherwise, the cells look nearly identical save for size.

    The 5600 series still has a reasonably conservative power consumption, so if wouldn't be too hard set on getting solar. But for other models, it's a good thing to have.
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    I've had a look around and it seems the G-5600 is the one available locally, not the DW-5600. It seems like I'll be going solar after all...
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    the G5600 is a grad watch and for less than $120 is hard to beat
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    Now i've just got to decide on the colour. Maybe a simple classic G-5600E-1 is a good choice for my first G-SHOCK.
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    Quote Originally Posted by poeee View Post
    Now i've just got to decide on the colour. Maybe a simple classic G-5600E-1 is a good choice for my first G-SHOCK.
    Absolutely a perfect choice, I have 2 G5600E-1's and love them. To me solar is a big plus and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. You won't regret getting this fine time piece.
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    Re: 'Tough Solar' battery life - help me choose my first G-SHOCK

    I concur, the G-5600 is a very nice watch. I would have bought one, except that I've got enough 5600's and don't need another similar looking watch. But if I was starting out fresh, I'd probably opt for a G-5600 before getting a DW-5600E.
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