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    • If you let the watch fully discharge in a drawer, it will take a good bit of time to get it back up to full charge again, as you've found out, but once it is, it should take very little regular exposure to daylight to keep it going at full charge. I've found with my various solar watches that just the odd day on the windowsill once a month or so, keeps them going up to speed if I'm not wearing them, and I've never needed a special light source for the job. Perhaps a stint under a normal table lamp occasionally in winter if it's particularly dim, but that's about it. I find once charged they do take a long time without exposure of light of some sort to run down but take very little light to keep them up to speed when charged again ...
    • Hi all. I joined this group a couple of weeks ago, but haven't been able to find an answer in the forum about charging my Seiko Astron 7X52, during our dark ... and often sunless UK winter. If there is and answer in the forum to my following question, then forgive me that I couldn't find it. I somehow managed to 'put away' my  Seiko Astron in a drawer some 18 months ago and forgot about it until 3 weeks  ago. After checking it over and finding no charge (not surprisingly), I placed it on a front windowsill, facing the sun (of which there hasn't been a great deal where I live) in the morning and moving it to the back of the house in the afternoon to recharge it. It took 5 days before the watch was ticking along nicely and I was able to set to the correct time. The question I would like to get an answer to, (apart from not hiding it away in a dark place again for so long) is, are there recommended LED light chargers to boost the Astron's energy storage, to get it going again, more quickly if the same happens again .... or just as a top up during the winter. Or is it not recommended at all to use such a device. I have seen several on websites, but would value opinions on this subject, from those, far more knowledgeable than me . Regards ... Steve s21
    • Really love the idea of the lesser known maybe a little higher end brands and hoping to find a few I don't know of to search for something new. So what you got? Brands, for example, that I do know of... R.Paige & Alexander Shorokhoff.
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