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A Ray of Sunlight in a Jar!

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04.08.2010

Advantages:
Cheap eco night light

Disadvantages:
May not work in bad weather

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When we lived in our previous flat, it was in the centre of town so during night it wasn’t dark in the room because of streets lights. Now when we moved into a house, there is no street lightening around. So at night it’s so dark inside – I don’t feel very well if wake at night. Especially when I need to give my daughter a dummy or just cuddle her if she wakes up…. I was thinking to buy a night light but couldn’t decide what I want. I needed a light to be on all night that I didn’t have to turn it on, it shouldn’t be bright, small electric usage…. And one day browsing online I found those Solar (Sun) Jars for sale. And immediately bought two from seenontv24.com: one for us and another one for a friend.

DESCRIPTION

Solar Jar is a weatherproof, eco friendly Jar that stores the sun's rays during the day and then releases waves of colours in the evening through the energy efficient colour changing LED’s.

Available colours: amber, blue, pink. I managed to buy with 2 colours – blue and yellow.
Prices vary from around Ł10.
Available to buy from different online fun gift shops.
Suitable for Indoor and Outdoor use.

HOW TO USE

The Solar Jar has a built-in light sensor, and switches on and off automatically when it gets dark or light. The Solar Jar MUST be in the dark to light up (it will not illuminate during daylight or in a lit room). If you do not want your Solar Jar to light up when it gets dark, press the switch next to the solar panel to the OFF position.

The Solar Jar battery needs sun to become charged. So leave your Solar Jar outside or in a sunny window in DIRECT SUNLIGHT to charge (electric light indoors is not bright enough!). It will require several hours and, in overcast conditions, it is recommended charging for several days. A full charge of sunshine will provide up to six hours of soothing light at night.

The Solar Jar may very slowly charge in very bright artificial light – aim a lamp aimed directly over the jar for a couple of hours – it will speed the charging process, but normal indoor electric light will not help.

After many charges, the battery may lose its ability to store energy. The battery should be removed and replaced with a standard AA rechargeable battery. (Never use a non-rechargeable battery in your Solar Jar).

In winter, or during cloudy weather, Solar Jar may illuminate for less time than usual, flickers, or does not light up. In times of prolonged bad weather (when there is not enough natural sun to charge your Solar Jar) the battery can be removed and charged in a normal battery charger.

OUR EXPERIENCE

When I received a parcel with my Solar Jar and opened the box I was a little bit confused…. First thing – there were no instructions how to make it to light up and second – there were 3 settings instead of two… So I had to look for information online. And realised that those 3 setting mean that my Solar Jar has 2 colours (blue and amber), then put the Jar near the window to catch the sun light. The worst thing was to wait and not to be sure if it’s working or not. In evening it was getting darker so I started checking if Jar’s light is on or not. It wasn’t… What a disappointment – got a parcel, waited all day and nothing… Then I hopelessly started pushing the panel and again nothing… All angry carried the Jar into an empty room. Same second as I entered the room, the jar LIT UP!!! You should have seen my smile! So the Jar is working perfectly since then.

I keep our Solar Jar in a window all the time. In evening when it is getting darker I turn it off and turn it on when I go to bed. Usually use the amber (yellow) light. It’s more soothing and our bedroom looks better than with the blue one.

I am really glad I bought this Solar Jar. It’s a cheap and eco option to have soft light during night at home. It’s great to get up at night when my little girl wakes up. I don’t have to look for my phone or turn on the light because we have a perfect night light now.

Usually I go to bed late – 12 or 1 o’clock. So that’s the time when I turn our Solar Jar on. First night I was worried how long the Jar is gonna be lit????... So every time I woke up that night I look at the Jar. It was getting bright outside but the Jar was still on. So it stays lit up for about 6 hours (just as instruction says). It may be not enough in winter but now it’s lit for longer that enough.

One more thing – instructions say that Solar Jars can’t be fully charged without direct sunlight. Well I disagree, because weather here in NI isn’t sunny at all. So after reading instructions I started thinking there will be no use of our Jar. But it lights up every evening despite the sun was shining or not that day. So it’s really a useful thing!

I also liked that if the battery in a Solar Jar doesn’t store energy well after a while, it may be replaced with another AA rechargeable one. This option increases durability of Solar Jars. So I am sure that my money are very well spent buying a Solar Jar!

OVERALL

I really love our Solar Jar. Because I got everything I wanted and it does all what it is said on a box. I give it 5 stars out of 5!

So if You need a garden light, Your child or You hate absolute darkness at night or You simply need some soft light while taking care of a baby – Solar Jar is a perfect decision.

Thanks for taking time to read my review!

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Strawberry_123 27.02.2011 01:21

I have the orange one :) I love it!

mrufo 16.01.2011 00:36

Great photo. E!...Paul xxx

jesi 06.11.2010 14:29

It looks very nice . . . ♥ jesi ♥

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Sub Type Solar Powered Lighting
Manufacturer Suck UK

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"exceptional" by (6%):

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  2. melinda3536
  3. pgn0

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  3. jesi

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