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Battery Replacement costs...,
This review is from: Casio Unisex Watch Sport Pro Trek PRW-1500-1VER (Watch)I'm on my 2nd Tough Solar (my first is a G-Shock Solar, bought my partner a Protrek Tough Solar series).
Functioned well until they bought died on us (mine after a year, my partner's a bit lucky as it went out after 2 years) My mates had similar experiences as well.
Both of us are outdoors athletes and we're mostly on the trail 75% of the month, which should charge our Casios with no hassles at all. Brought them back to Casio and the staffs were just mum about it when we mentioned the weak charges and "recovery" issues. They suggested that they replace them with new batteries but will cost me 80% of the watch's price!
So I bought another Casio TS but died on me again after 8 months despite following every rule from Casio's recharging procedures.
On Casio's defence, I believe not all Tough Solar are duds. My thoughts on these are probably not all watches went to strict quality control when they rolled out the production line. I believe most of their solar panels are faulty.
Advice: stick to watches with regular batteries because replacement batteries for these TS's cost a bomb! And TS's aren't perfected yet. Let's just wait after a few years as rumour has it that Casio is planning to release a "new generation" solar panels due to quite a number of complaints with their current models.