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    What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    I've seen people not like them? Why not? I keep mine in the sun and it works just fine. Likewise, don't you have to send the non-solar back to Casio or a watchshop/jeweler to replace the battery?

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    a) It's a complication, some people like simple.
    b) Even if you try not to, you have to consider it a bit - watches on window-sills, occasionally hoicking up your jacket sleeve, etc.
    c) The solar cells are unattractive to some.
    d) There are plenty of watch neuroses without the addition of another one.
    e) Ordinary batteries last longer than many people keep their watches.
    f) Ten minutes changing a battery every ten years (or whatever) is less maintenance time than checking the charge indicator and placing a watch in the sun for the same period.
    g) Rechargeable batteries need replacing too.
    h) You can change the battery yourself as well as a jeweller can.
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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    Despite all Tribe's valid points, I love 'm. Love the new technologies. Won't buy new G's unless they're both solar and atomic.

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    a) It's a complication, some people like simple.
    b) Even if you try not to, you have to consider it a bit - watches on window-sills, occasionally hoicking up your jacket sleeve, etc.
    c) The solar cells are unattractive to some.
    d) There are plenty of watch neuroses without the addition of another one.
    e) Ordinary batteries last longer than many people keep their watches.
    f) Ten minutes changing a battery every ten years (or whatever) is less maintenance time than checking the charge indicator and placing a watch in the sun for the same period.
    g) Rechargeable batteries need replacing too.
    h) You can change the battery yourself as well as a jeweller can.


    Is it a special Casio Gshock watch battery? How do you get around the water depth if you change it yourself? Doesn't that compromise the pressurized functions? (are they pressurized???)

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    Of all my Casios about 1/4 is solar (not all atomic however). I like it 'cause you can use illumination and other features as much as you want, it'll simply recharge. I choose watches mainly for their functions (I also got some just for the style or other reasons) - so many solar models just can't compete with standard battery models considering functions. But there are exceptions to that rule - one of the best solar Casios I have is the W-S200 (the DB-E30 is also great but I don't wear it that much) which has a great feature set and also a really loud alarm - some say that solars have weaker alarms but I think the strenght of the alarm sound has more to do with case construction, size, etc. The GX-56 is pretty loud, too despite being solar. The W-S200 also runs very long with one full charge - 13 months with normal use.
    So it all depends - when I like the functions I don't care if it's solar (or solar/atomic) or not. But you gotta have at least a few solar-atomics in the collection I think. I like the technology but it's not a "must-have" for me.

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    No, you can use every standard battery - most have either CR2016 or CR2025 inside - can be bought just about anywhere. The gaskets should be lubed when closing it and the screws musn't be overtightened or the threads can be ruined. If you wanna make absolutely sure you can have it pressure tested after the battery change.

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTopherloaf View Post
    Is it a special Casio Gshock watch battery?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTopherloaf View Post
    How do you get around the water depth if you change it yourself?
    You just take care in the way that you hope the jeweller does.


    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTopherloaf View Post
    Doesn't that compromise the pressurized functions? (are they pressurized???)
    No, they're not pressurised.
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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    I love the solar and atomic features! Only rarely will I buy a G that doesn't have one or the other, maybe both.
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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    I haven't bought a non-solar model in years. I prefer a watch that will never need a battery. Plain and simple.

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    Re: What's the Love/Hate for solar???

    Downsides of solar:

    -A solar watch will require a replacement of the rechargeable battery at some point in the future, so it's not like they are immune to that. It will probably take longer (10-20 years) though, depending on how the watch is cared for (e.g. if you let it deep discharge it is bad for the longevity. Keeping it on High is best).

    -EL is usually less bright on solar watches.

    -The rechargeable battery in solar watches is several times more expensive than a regular G-shock's battery

    -Changing a G-shock battery is simple and takes 10 minutes, not a big deal.

    -If you have a large collection, you have to worry about keeping it charged. Can't just store it in a drawer and forget about it.




    The good things about solar:

    -Use the EL light often without guilt

    -It is the only reasonable way to have an atomic watch (non-solar atomics are battery hogs. I don't even think they make them anymore).

    -Battery will last longer than a regular G-shock.






    In my opinion, unless we are talking about an atomic watch, there is no reason to prefer solar over non-solar.
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