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Casio Solar Charging (Tough Solar) and Power saving

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Hello everyone. I own several Casio watches with the Tough Solar feature.
- W-S220-1BVCF
- GW-S5600-1JF

As you know, there is a power saver feature on these watches where the watch display goes off (in the case of the LCW-M100DSE-2AER, the second hand also stops) and will be turned back on if any button is pressed or a watch is exposed to light.

I can take any of these watches to a bright area both indoors and outdoors (No sun, the sky is basically white but one can comfortably do any task requiring light such as reading) and the face doesn't turn back on unless I face them to a direct light such as full sun or a desk lamp.

My question is this, since Tough Solar watches are supposed to be charged from any light, does the fact that the watch display doesn't turn back on mean it is NOT charging?
I hope that is not the case.
Please excuse my ignorance on the matter.

Thanks a lot :)
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Otherwise if I tilt the watch back and forth, or shake it, the display comes right up. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but it works.
It's because most Casio models that have a "power saving mode" or "sleep state" also have "auto EL," which is triggered by a tiny gravity powered switch inside the watch -- turn the watch a certain way towards your face to read the time, and the switch makes the light comes on (if the solar panel also decides the room is dark enough to need the light) and/or makes the watch "wake" from "power saving mode."

Would I be right to assume that in a working mode it would recharge with any light but the light necessary to wake the watch is WAY stronger than what it needs to make it recharge?
So once it goes to PS mode it should wake up first to start charging with any light otherwise unless the light is strong enough, it will stay in PS mode and not charge?
Probably a good guess, but extremely dim light isn't going to be enough to charge it appreciably. Normal indoor florescent lighting is going to take about 90 times longer than sunlight to accomplish anything, and the dimmest of lights is probably barely going to "break even" against Casio's estimates of "normal battery use." Here's the chart for the GW-S5600:

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I just charge my solar watches outdoors, in the sun, when they drop to "medium" or below. It's important to note that in any of Casio's charts, the largest number in a given line is "how long it will take to charge the watch from the bottom of 'medium' to the bottom of 'high'" and the last number in a given line is how long it takes to charge the watch from "the bottom of 'high' to 'fully charged.'"
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