Citizen Eco-Drive watches are likely to have a longer lifespan. However, sometimes, your watch may be out of charge, which means you are probably going to have a dead watch.
And, if that happens, maybe you will be shocked as you didn’t expect this kind of incident from a very durable watch.
So, in that case, what are you going to do with this dead timepiece? How do you charge your dead Eco-Drive watch? Do you know the details of these watch charging guidelines?
Well, don’t be panicked, here in this article, I will tell you how to charge your dead Eco-Drive watch. So, stick with the article!
How do you get your Citizen Eco-drive watch to work again?
If your Citizen Eco-drive watch isn’t working it means that the power reserve of your watch is getting low. Therefore, all you need to do is fully recharging the watch by exposing directly to the light.
Well, in this case, if your watch stops working completely, it may not work properly even if it is fully charged with natural bright lights. Thus, you may experience that your watch will start to perform an erratic operation by continually moving the second hand.
So, if you see that the second hand of the Eco-drive watch is moving in 2-seconds intervals even after it is fully charged, then you need to reset the watch completely. Here, your watch will go for the Time Reset Warning mode.
But for this, the 2 hitching movements things should have happened. The one is if you set the correct time of your watch after it is partially recharged, it will go for 2-step hitch movements. It means that your watch needs to be recharged more.
So, when you continue the charging, it will set the correct time. And also, when your watch is sufficiently charged (charging time for Garmin solar watch ), it will automatically return to the regular second step.
However, if the time of your watch is not set even after it has been sufficiently charged, it will remain in the Time Reset Advisory mode until the time is accurately set. Once it is done, it will return to the regular one-second step movement again.
Here, one thing you have to remember is that the amount of recharging time depends on your watch caliber number that is instructed on your manual book. Besides, all reset steps also vary on your Eco-Drive watch model.
How do you charge your dead Citizen Eco-Drive watch?
All right, in short, the easy answer for this question is you need to expose your dead Citizen Eco-Drive watch to light directly to charge it.
As you may know, the Eco-Drive watch comes with a rechargeable cell. So, to charge your watch, this cell needs to be recharged. And, for this, you have to expose the watch dial directly to sunlight or artificial bright light like fluorescent lamps.
To ensure the optimal performance of your watch, it is recommended to charge your Eco-Drive watch for at least around 5-6 hours once a month. So, you can avoid this dead watch issue.
However, if you experience that your watch starts to operate erratically due to lack of power, you have to fully charge the watch by putting it directly under the bright light, it can be both natural and artificial light.
Well, if the watch loses its power and stops ticking completely, you have to go for the All Reset procedure of your watch as instructed in your watch instruction book manual.
However, ensure that you have done this before you set the time. By doing so, you will notice a starting point just after your watch has lost all the reserve power.
Moreover, before setting your watch, you also need to be sure that it is sufficiently charged and starts to move in its normal one-second increment mode.
Yet, some Eco-Drive watch models offer some incredible features such as power save function, quick start feature, a low-charge warning option, etc. So, you can be aware of this before your watch is dead, and also take the necessary steps.
Well, to use your watch on a regular basis and avoid the dead watch issue, you should fully charge your watch. Here, the following are the estimated and approximate charging times of your Eco-Drive watch, you need to follow to recharge the watch.
|Sources of light||Environmental criteria||Level of Illuminance (lux)||Approximate charging time needed for 1-day use||Approximate charging time needed for a full charge|
|Natural light||Sunny day||100,000 lux||Approx. 4 min||Approx. 30 hours|
|Natural light||Cloudy||10,000 lux||Approx. 12 min||Approx. 45 hours|
|Artificial light||Fluorescents Lamp (30W-20cm)||3,000 lux||Approx. 40 min||Approx. 150 hours|
Do Eco-Drive watches die?
Usually, the Citizen Eco-Drive watch seems like it will never die and also lasts forever. Although making such a claim is pretty much true, it offers a highly specialized energy storage cell known as a capacitor. And, this capacitor has a longer lifespan of up to 40 years.
The charging capacity of the rechargeable cell of the Eco-Drive watch can be reduced over the years due to its use regularly. However, it can hold its 80% original power reserving capacity even after 20 years of usage.
Moreover, these rechargeable cells usually never fail and store more energy. So, it can charge the watch continuously to keep it in working condition. Besides, due to having this feature, your Eco-Drive watch doesn’t even require a battery.
Therefore, your watch will seemingly run slowly or stop working only if it is in a low-charge condition. In that case, you need to go for the hitching movement procedure to get your watch in working condition again.
Although the Citizen Eco-Drive is a long-lasting watch, it can be dead due to running out of charge. So, considering the facts in this article, I’ve tried to let you know- How do you charge your dead Eco-Drive watch?
Hopefully, you have understood the recharging procedure. Well, before wrapping up, one recommendation is for you to kindly service your watch occasionally if you notice that the rechargeable solar cells are timed out.
Matthew Joseph NandirioMatthew Joseph Nandirio is the Founder of walkingsolar. After graduating from the University of Houston in 2002, matt started working as an electrical and electronic engineer for several multi-national solar energy companies. He has a wide range of experiences including solar system requirement analysis, planning, maintaining, debugging and even solar device development through research. He now shares his 20 years of expertise through his articles on the walkingsolar website. Further, he is also the author of two books on Solar Technology, “Solar Power for Villages” and “DIY Solar System for Dummies”.