A solar watch is a useful tool to have, as long as you keep it charged. Charging a solar watch on a sunny summer day is easy, but what about when you do not have a lot of sunlight, like in the winter? How do you charge a solar watch in the winter?
To charge a solar watch in winter, you can use indoor lighting like a lamp or ceiling lights. Just shine a light on the watch, or wear it when you are inside with the lights on. You can also charge it outside, even without direct sunlight. However, it will not charge as fast as on a summer day.
This article explains your options for charging a solar watch in the winter and how to charge it. I will also offer some tips you can use to efficiently charge your solar watch without sunlight.
Options for Charging a Solar Watch in the Winter
You can charge your solar watch no matter the time of year. And, even though it may not be as easy to charge, you have some options for how to charge a solar watch in the winter.
First, you can still charge it outside or by a window even though you do not have as much sunlight as you do during other times of the year.
It will charge slower, but some sunlight shines through even in cloudy, dark winters, and it is enough to charge your solar watch.
Keep in mind that you have to use this method during the day. It will not work at night since there will be no sunlight shining on the watch, and the reflected sunlight from the moon is not strong enough to charge your watch.
Your second option is to use artificial light to charge your solar watch. This option works well in the winter since you can charge your watch at any time of day and not worry about how much sun you may have – if any at all.
You can use any type of artificial light to charge your watch, like lamps and ceiling lights. Just turn on the light, and your watch will charge.
The brighter the light and the closer to the light your watch is, the better and faster it will charge.
Additionally, this method is not limited to the winter. You can also use artificial light in the summer, which is especially helpful if you need to charge your watch at night.
The only downsides to this method are:
- You need electricity to do this, and it will not work if you are camping or elsewhere without electricity.
- Your solar watch will charge much slower under artificial lights than it would when exposed to natural sunlight – even charging it outside on a cloudy day will offer you a faster charge.
How To Charge Your Solar Watch
Once you choose your source of light to charge your solar watch, it is easy to charge. First, make sure you leave your watch’s charging area facing up, directly at the sun, whether on or off your wrist.
If this part of the watch is covered, it will not be able to absorb light, and the battery in your watch will die.
Then, shine the light on your watch. If you are charging your watch outside as you wear it, just keep it uncovered, and it will charge throughout the day.
Even in the winter, you will get enough sunlight through the dark clouds to charge the watch.
If you are using indoor lighting to charge your watch, place your watch under the light and leave it there until it is fully charged.
You can still wear your watch if you are inside with the lights on. Just ensure the watch faces the sun as much as possible.
The closer you can place the watch to the light, the faster and better it will charge. So, if you use a ceiling light, the higher up you can get the watch to the ceiling, the better.
However, the best option is to use a lamp that you can place directly over the watch face.
Tips for Charging a Solar Watch Without Sunlight
Charging a solar watch without sunlight can be difficult, but I have some tips below that you can follow. They will help you keep your solar watch charged and help charge it as best as possible without sunlight.
- Keep the watch warm: The warmer your watch, the better it will function. If it gets too cold, it may charge slower than it already does in the winter. If you’re outside, keep an eye on your watch’s temperature and cover it with a sleeve, so it stays warm. Just be sure only to do this when you do not need to charge it. Only keep it warm until you need to expose it to check the time or charge it again.
- Charge the watch when you can: You should also charge your watch whenever you can get sunlight and not wait until it is low on battery. This way, you will have a full charge for longer and will not have to risk a dead watch if it is a dark winter day or nighttime when you cannot quickly charge your watch, if at all. Even if you are inside all day, keeping your watch facing the light will keep it charged enough in the winter.
- Keep the watch charged, not stored away: If you are not always using your watch, you should still keep it out and in a spot where it will get light. It will lose charge over time if you leave it in a dark place like a drawer. Then, when you need to use it, you will have to charge it again, which is problematic if it is nighttime or winter, where you lack sun to quickly charge it.
You can still charge your solar watch in the winter, using artificial light, or outside during the day when some sunlight shines through the clouds.
These methods are slower, but they are the best ways to charge your watch in the winter. And, if you can keep your watch charged as much as possible and charge it whenever you can, you should not have any problems in the winter.
- Seiko Watches: Solar FAQ
- Support Garmin: FAQ
- Seiko Watches: Recharge the Dial Facing the Sun
- The Watch Forum: How to Keep a Solar Watch Powered in Winter
- Support Garmin: Getting the Most Out of Solar Charging With a Solar Capable Device
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