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Team Suntoy is proud to introduce the improved Consol Solar Jar. The Consol Solar Jar has been admired  for the last three years. Now, this solar powered light is significantly enlightened, making for an improved offering.
 
Familiar features we've loved are still present - the classic Consol preserve jar, unique flip switch and wire carry handle. Innovative enhancements stem from the electronics redesign. Here are additional features making the Consol Solar Jar your most valued solar powered light:
 
LiFE Battery
A long lasting LiFe (Lithium Iron) Battery, similar to those used in cellphones, replaces the original solar batteries. If fully charged, it endures for up to 12 hours. 
 
Load-Shedding Find Me
The load-shedding attribute is a plus for our South African environs. During a sudden power outage, the Consol Solar Jar automatically lights up for a few seconds so it can be located easily. Our team calls it the Find Me feature. 
 
Day/Night Energy Saver
An energy saving day/night feature prevents the Consol Solar Jar from turning on automatically during daylight. When darkness falls, it automatically turns on to light the night. 
 
Stainless Steel Ring
The ring enclosing the solar panel is now stainless steel - watertight and rust free. 
 
Battery Indicator
A state-of-battery-charge indicator flashes when the light is turned on or off. Five flashes indicate full, one flash indicates empty, letting you know when it is time to recharge.
 
Recharge Flash
When the battery is empty, the white indicator pulses every two seconds to show it needs to be recharged.
 
Micro USB Charger
A micro USB charge plug has been designed for our European consumer base where sunlight is scarce. Connecting a micro USB cellphone charger results in the charge indicator flashing. 
 
Brighter Light
The brightness has been improved, while retaining a good runtime, with LED’s specifically designed for the Consol Solar Jar by Plessey in the UK. 
 
The new and improved Consol Solar Jar is currently available in retail locally across South Africa and abroad in Europe.
 
“We had fun redesigning the Consol Solar Jar and trust you will have fun using it.”
- Harald Schulz, Suntoy Technical and Managing Director
 
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The Suntoy team is excited to be partnering with Kaya FM 95.9 in their #LightUpALife campaign. This Kaya Cares event is a Mandela Day initiative. Lighting up a life, one child at a time, is imperative to creating a future absent of darkness and shining with brightness. A Solar Jar is a gift worth giving.

Suntoy has donated 192 Solar Jars. The M’Khaya team has distributed the Solar Jars to child headed households at Othandweni Childrens Home in Soweto and Rays of Hope Orphanage in Alexandria, Gauteng. The campaign was launched on the Bob Mabena morning show in preparation for rollout.

In Jozi city, our lives revolve around the daunting load-shedding schedule. At Suntoy, we are off-grid and production continues regardless of stages one to three. We’re one of the lucky ones.

For many children though, there are no load shedding stages… simply darkness… every night. More than 1.4million South Africans live without electricity in informal settlements across our country. Scholars aren’t able to complete their homework or study in the dark. A solar powered reading light charges in the sun during the day and welcomes the children home at sunset. No electricity or candles needed. An unplugged light source - similar to KayaFM's unplugged live studio sessions featuring South African musicians.

Join us, M'Khaya. Do your part! #LightUpALife

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." ~ Nelson Mandela

Please note: Faces of orphans in photographs have been blurred to protect identities. The Kaya FM team shared these two photos. 

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Approximately 40,000 visitors attended the Bio Marché fair in Zofingen, Switzerland. This event is one of the biggest organic trade fairs in Europe and took place over three days in June.

Sonnenglas exhibited at Bio Marché, for the second year in a row, showcasing the Solar Jar . This South African handmade light shone amidst an array of diverse international products. The exhibition stand was made of recycled wooden crates and hessian table cloths, styled with fresh flowers. Each Solar Jar contained a different decor item. Printed info cards with the Suntoy team photos were on display.
 
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The wire used in the assemblage of the Solar Jar  is 90% recycled. Suntoy procures it from Cape Gate where post consumer scrap metal is collected, sorted and refined. All raw materials are of South African origin and the smelting, rolling and wire manufacturing process is done locally.

By recycling wire, a lesser quantity of new material is required during the wire-making process and the amount of discarded metal dumped into landfills is reduced. By consciously choosing 'green wire' and upcycling it into the bracing and handle of the Solar Jar , our product is made that much more environmentally friendly.

Read about our team of Suntoy wire artisans here.

"Thanks for the interesting tour of your operation. It is good to see where our wire products are used and the end product." - Derek Erxleben, Head Metallurgy, Cape Gate

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