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Get a return from the sun
Member Name: JJJJ
Date: 16/10/10, updated on 16/10/10 (144 review reads)
Advantages: Looks good when on and quite relaxing
Disadvantages: Needs a lot of light - unless you cheat
"Jam jars store jam, the Sun Jar collects and stores sunshine so that you can use it at night" - or so the text on the box claims. If you hadn't already guessed, the Sun Jar is a solar powered light shaped like a traditional 'mason' jar.
Not to be confused with the 'Moon Jar' (manufactured by the same company 'Suck UK'), the Sun Jar emits a warm yellowy glow as opposed to a cool blue one. The Jar is well made and fairly heavy for its size (10.2 x 10.2 x 15.2 cms) at just under 700 grams - it can even be used as an outdoor product due to the rubber seal around the jar's lid.
To use the jar, you just need to leave it in a sunny place during the day - a window-ledge would be perfect, providing it gets a lot of light. In the evening when the light in the room drops to a certain level of dimness, the lamp will automatically begin to glow via three internal LEDs. The light that is produced isn't especially bright, but it's ambient and relaxing, creating what looks like an internal ball of energy.
So how much does the product cost? - well, currently it can be picked up for just over £15 from amazon.co.uk.
The Sun Jar does need quite a lot of sunlight to charge - several hours worth in fact, and this in theory should provide a good few hours of glow. This means that if your window-ledges are sheltered by other buildings, then the product won't work especially well. Fear not however, you can cheat - all you have to do is remove the Sun Jar's internal AA battery and charge it up with a regular battery charger - this way, you can get a lot of light without any need for that huge hydrogen ball we call the sun.
Once you've had enough of the light, the jar can be turned off via a button next to the solar panel - easily accessed by opening the lid of the jar. Overall, the Sun Jar is a transportable and well made novelty gift which would be perfect for use during barbecues, or as a child's natural nightlight - recommended.
Summary: Decent novelty item
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