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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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JoburgToday.TV visited Suntoy to discover how the Consol Solar Jar is made by us Joburgers. We’re very proud of our supervisors, Florina and Maxwell, and their first interviews on camera. Both began working at Suntoy as assemblers, progressed to supervisors and are now leading Suntoy brand ambassadors.

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Watch the JoburgToday factory interview with Florina and Max:

 

Watch the JoburgToday studio interview with Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director:

"The Consol Solar Jar is lighting up entire communities. From the social development aspect, it's empowering people with jobs." - Zizipho Ndevu, JoburgToday presenter.

"By visiting the factory and looking at the process of how the Consol Solar Jar is made, I have a lot of respect for the people behind the production." - Boitomelo Kwena, JoburgToday producer and journalist.

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eNCA visited Suntoy with the intention of showcasing an alternative light source to use during power outages. Load-shedding is leaving us all in the dark and the Consol Solar Jar offers a viable off-grid alternative.

Watch Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director, being interviewed.

 

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Here's a dose of good news - positive, uplifting and inspirational. This story offers hope.

The Making a Difference (MAD) awards ceremony celebrated a year of commitment to crime prevention in our province, Gauteng. The audience of domestic workers, dressed in beautiful traditional outfits, filled the Rosebank Union Church with a vibrant energy. Each one of them is committed to being a shining light in their communities. They refuse to wallow in the disillusionment of our crime statistics, choosing rather to fight wrongdoing in South Africa, one small gesture at a time.

The police thanked them for being valuable contributors. "No success is a small success. Every success is a big one. There are so many good news stories worthy of a wow," said Penny Steyn, MAD Domestic Watch and SAPS Customer Service Trainer.

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Suntoy and Consol donated Consol Solar Jars that were gifted to lucky-draw recipients. Harald was invited to give a talk and demonstrate how the Consol Solar Jar works. Our Suntoy team is proud to be associated with MAD and the good work they do. Thank you for welcoming us into your MAD family. We look forward to shining light on dark places with you.

Watch Harald talk at the MAD event:

 

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Charlie Holland, a British sailor, and his 87-year-old vessel with a 1962-Kelvin engine, the Schwalbe, have sailed every ocean over the last decade. Accompanying them on a recent voyage was a Consol Solar Jar. Charlie emailed to tell how this solar light assisted him during a voyage at sea.

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“Our Consol Solar Jar hung off a hook in the galley. In the daytime the solar light charged on the wheelhouse roof, inside a life-ring we used for curing fish. During particularly lively weather, we heard it crash to the deck. Another time, it dropped in the bilge and bounced off the steel frame that supports the engine. The Consol Solar Jar is extremely robust and after each drop, it still worked perfectly. It was especially useful at night in the wheelhouse, as the beam from the LEDs didn’t interfere with our night vision. This solar light quickly became our go-to light source for accessing all areas of the boat. Even in daytime, the forepeak needs light when looking for spare line and with its hanging handle it leaves two hands free to do the searching. The Consol Solar Jar should be available in every marine supply shop, worldwide. Every boat should have at least one!”

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A simple idea is spreading light worldwide. By day, it stores solar energy. At night, it shines solar light. The Consol Solar Jar is more than just an innovative and eco-friendly light source. It’s a theatre in a jar and a gift worth giving! Check out this movie that shows its multitude of uses.

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The 2014 Soccer World Cup has arrived! South Africans are excited to recreate the joyous celebrations that hit our turf in 2010. The opening ceremony and kick-off game offered all sports lovers, and even those that aren’t so keen on footie, a chance to cheer in front of television screens. The cheers for Brazil were louder when fans realised that Eskom had not spoilt our fun by load shedding during the match. That’s the spirit, Eskom!

Yet, rolling black-outs and power outages still threaten to leave us in the dark. Dearest Eskom, please check out the savvy FIFA smartphone application that informs when and where the next soccer game will be. Over the next month, try NOT to synchronise with it.

Let’s help Eskom cope with their load. Switch off all unnecessary electricity sappers during game time and use Consol Solar Jars to conserve energy and light the way to the final. Then, we can still cheer at every goal scored. Live. Not at highlights replayed the next day.

 

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Posted by on in Solar Energy
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Earth Hour reminds us to consciously honour our world. There are so many eco-friendly things to do in the dark. Stock up on Consol Solar Jars and give our planet a brighter future by making every hour, Earth Hour. 
 
1. Gather friends and family for a solar-lit dinner at home. 
2. Go star-gazing with a lantern in-hand on a path lit by solar light.
3. If you're a city dweller, from a building with a view, check out what's switched off and what's left on. 
4. Create fun shadow art illusions on walls in the glow of solar light.
5. Get musical with an unplugged jam session or a djembe circle. 
6. For a quieter eve, be mindful with a solar-lit meditation of gratitude to our planet for the life it offers us.  
7. Sit on a bench and simply appreciate the sounds of nightlife from near and afar. 
8. Read a favorite bedtime story in the coziness of solar light. 
9. Inspire discussion on using alternative energies to lessen the possibility of power cuts and rolling blackouts. 
10. Snap flash-free photographs by solar light and post them to social media using #earthhour.
 
 
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Sodwana Bay is an unspoiled environmental jewel on the east coast of South Africa along the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline. It is the perfect setting to take the Consol Solar Jar for a scuba dive to discover the rich natural bio diversity on the Indian Ocean’s floor.

Stefan Neubig of Sonnenglas went on a mini-vacation to this beautiful spot. He put a 1kg weight inside a Consol Solar Jar (CSJ) so that it would sink easily. He added an absorbent sachet to prevent moisture within the jar because of the temperature difference on land and at sea (32 degrees on land vs. 26 degrees at 20m under the sea). No modifications were made to the Consol Solar Jar at all.

Stefan and his CSJ took a shallow dip in the pool at the diving school and reached a depth of 5m. Then the duo embarked on their deep-sea adventure. They reached a depth of 19.8m and our amazing solar light shone on the ocean bed. After both adventures, the CSJ returned to the surface without a drop of water inside its glass jar, working perfectly on dry land. Its electronics, including all the marine life, were unharmed. Waterproof proven!

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Harald Schulz, Suntoy Technical and Managing Director, explains: “What makes it watertight is that the inside of the Consol Solar Jar is sealed via a rubber ring from the outside. We employ a magnetic switch so there is no pathway for air or water to enter. The jar is thus water and airtight. Stefan’s photographs confirm that very nicely. It is not a technical marvel, as any jar filled with jam will do the same. It is an excellent demonstration of the build quality of the Consol Solar Jar.

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Beautifully captured, Stefan! These images are worthy of a huge wow!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In love and light,
Team Suntoy

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Melkterts, koeksisters and Consol Solar Jars were the highlights of a get-together in Jozi recently. A group of friends gathered for an authentically South African eve of culinary delights. With a power outage that left their home in darkness, the hosts were rescued by a dozen Consol Solar Jars scattered amongst the yummy eats.
 
All the guests raved about the solar light source along with the warm atmosphere it created - despite having no electricity. Everyone wanted a Consol Solar Jar of their own!
 
Wether your preference is a braai of steak and pap or a dish of mogodu, with a little imagination any party planner can bring solar light to dinner. A versatile theatre in a jar is sure to inspire fresh ideas for table decor. The Consol Solar Jar is made in South Africa and we're truely proud of that.
 
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Fourteen-year-old Katie Fitzgerald was introduced to the Consol Solar Jar (CSJ) by her dad. The solar powered light instantly intrigued her. At school, Katie was learning about the relationship between light, colour and the visible spectrum. She began to explore ideas for incorporating the CSJ into her project submission for the Grade 7 Science Expo Competition. Katie discovered what effect colour filters have on solar light.

Katie placed sheets of coloured cellophane - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet - over the solar panels that are embedded in the lids of Consol Solar Jars. The cellophane acted as a colour filter. She placed the CSJs in the sun to charge for two hours. Katie then measured the burning time (in hours) of each light.

Results showed that different coloured filters had different effects on the burning time of a solar powered light. This is an interesting observation. Suntoy congratulates Katie on her findings. Check out Katie’s school project, The Effect of Colour Filters on Solar Panels, and download her presentation: The Effect of Colour Filters on Solar Panels.

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Serial number 200,000 in a Consol Solar Jar lid rolled off the factory floor! Here’s a special blog post authored by Mr Sunshine, aka Harald Schulz, our intrepid Technical and Managing Director. Celebrate this important milestone with us.

Hello Team Suntoy and all our valued customers. A total of 30 people at Suntoy are directly involved in the manufacture of the Consol Solar Jar (CSJ). Big thanks and well done to all of you on producing 200,000. To Consol Glass, thank you for giving us this opportunity. Time to reflect and entertain with interesting statistics.
 
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Units Produced:
The first CSJ rolled off the line on 21 September, 2011. That month we made 804 units. The quantity then steadily increased to 6,157 per month by May 2012, one year ago. This month we expect to ship a total of 27,000 units.
 
Interesting Facts on Weight:
1,000 rolls of 5kg or 5 tons of steel wire have been used. That’s a total of 165km of wire in total! We have produced and shipped a total weight of over 150 tons of product.
 
Light and Energy Output:
If Soccer City filled to capacity - that's 94,736 people in total - and each person held two Consol Solar Jars, 10,000 jars would illuminate the field. These CSJs would produce 24kW of renewable power, approximately equivalent to the light output of 3,000 standard Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) light bulbs.
 
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For Propeller Heads:
The energy held in batteries and recharged every day by the sun is theoretically 288kWh. The average South African uses 4.5kWh per day. Purely mathematically, the 200,000 CSJs we’ve produced could supply 64 South Africans with their complete electricity demand. In terms of energy production, 200,000 CSJs would comfortably be able to power 24 households.
By comparison Ethiopia ranks amongst the lowest electricity users in the world per capita. In Ethiopia the average person uses 0.12kwh of electricity per day. Our 200,000 CSJs produced could therefore supply 2,400 Ethiopians with electric power.
 
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Congratulations Team Suntoy!
 
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