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    Tough Solar - useless???

    as the proud owner of a 25 year old casio solar powered calculator, that is happier working in light I struggle with, I would have thought solar technology moved on.

    nope

    I wear a short sleeve shirt most of the time, so the watch is exposed nearly all day. If I am not wearing it, I leave it somewhere light.

    on two occasions in the garden, facing the sun.

    it's a waveceptor, that picks up from UK and Berlin, so was obviously designed for operation in European winter conditions.

    yet it seems incapable of powering itsef...

    It has two alarms aday, and I tuned off the auto light, thinking that may have been draining it.

    so how the hell do you get enough charge into one of these things on a overcast November day?


    We have cheapo solar garden lights that run for longer than this poxy watch.


    does anyone else find tough solar, ain't so tough, and falls over as soon as it sees a cloud?

    2973 if anyones intrested.

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    Hello,

    Whats the model number (starts with a GW- and is on the case back) how long have you had it? Is it not holding a charge? Draining to zero? Or is it just stuck on medium? It may be a dud or needs one day of sun to put it on full and then you don’t have to worry about it.

    Good Luck

    Leon

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    It's several weeks since one of mine had any light to speak of and it's still on full charge. They should be ok for months without any light, once fully charged.

    Have you tried giving it a good charge, as they store power, rather than just use the available light 'as you go'?
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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    I have had my GW-330A for a year and have had no problems (knock on wood). ~once a week I put it on a window sill, beneath a piece of tissue (to avoid direct sunlight) to charge.

    I spend a fair amount of time outdoors and the weather here in California is jeans / t-shirt. So it gets to see the light of day regularly.

    FWIW I do the same with my Ti-Eco-drive, and the casio has prooven to be just as reliable as the $375 Citizen.

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    I'm in the UK, and both my Tough Solar Atomics have no problems charging. The Mudman sees the outdoors everyday, whilst the Rising White stays in the safe. As soon as I take it out, it charges, even in low light conditions.

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    I have several Tough Solars, and most of them stay indoors without direct access to daylight. None of them have a problem, and they all stay at 'full' all the time.

    As others have suggested, either you have a dud, or it needs a walloping good charge to get it up to capacity

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    I'm willing to bet there is a problem with the battery holding the charge. This was common on some models, and I think replacing the battery solves the problem. If it's new, it's under warranty!

    I have multiple tough solar/waveceptor combos, and won't buy another watch without both. I love not worrying about wearing down a battery, or setting the time!
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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    Sounds like another bad CTL-1616.

    My 2300 is 3 years old original battery, but it's a ML-2016. Different chemistry.
    SPROING!!!!

    (oops! Time for a new watch!)

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    My 9300 is most likely still running on its original battery from '98. Bought it "new," guess it counts as new old stock (whatever), and I've owned it for almost 2 years now. I never go out of my way to charge it, hell, whenever I pick up a new watch the 9300 sits on my desk for months before I pick it up again . . . and it never drops below full. So I guess its not completely useless

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    Re: Tough Solar - useless???

    I enjoy having solar watches... when I received my Gw-330, the next day I put it in a window sill facing south meaning it never received direct light but it was a sunny day regardless and within 4-6 hours it went from medium to high on the battery charge and hasn't moved since. Now, every night I place it on the same window from 5am to 12pm to let it sync once a day and to let it charge for a few hours a day. Although it doesn't need this much charging, I just leave it anyway cause that's when I usually go to bed.

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