Solar charging is ideal – as most countries with high levels of poverty tend to be bathed in intense illumination year-round. If left outdoors then UV radiation will also sterilise the instrument.


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The solar cell uses direct sunlight to power its electronics. Other light sources (lamps etc) will still charge the battery, but at a slower rate.



A full charge takes 3-4 hrs in good sunlight – giving up to 100 mins of continuous light output, equal to a full ‘normal’ day’s work when used only occasionally. This will give a week of use for the casual user.

Alternatively, place close to a fluorescent or standard light bulb. Caution: do not place too close to any lamp/heat source. Monitor regularly, and be aware of excessive heat build up.

usb_logoAmazingly, even holding in sunlight or under a lamp for as little as 30 seconds will provide enough charge and light output for a quick examination.

Indoors or poor daylight? – use the cable to connect to any computer’s USB port for 1 hr.

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