I have been meaning to do a review on these for a while but just haven’t had a chance to yet, so here it goes.
Load shedding has become an almost everyday occurrence in South Africa as every South African well knows this has become extremely frustrating especially in the evenings when you need to cook and get the kids into bed.
My oldest two in particular do not like to fall asleep in a dark room they need a lamp, hall light something and anyone who is a parent will well understand a candle is not exactly something you want to leave burning unattended especially in your child’s room.
When Load shedding was first implemented I headed over to Mr Price home to purchase what I thought was a good amount of candles to light our home and keep us going…. They also smelt heavenly- very berry and vanilla-surprising as I hate vanilla but this smelt like a cupcake and who doesn’t want their home to smell like cupcakes….
The candles were R19.95 each if I remember correctly and came in mini jars and I was really chuffed…. One week later and our candles were done… not so chuffed, but unfortunately that just gives you an indication of the amount of hours we were without power.
So off we went to Mr Price again (my account comes in handy but is a terrible thing to have), I had spotted solar jars on their website but before I could decide to purchase one they were sold out, I had run into Canal Walk but unfortunately some other lady had kindly just bought out the last few they had… thankfully our Bayside branch had… yay.
They were R119.00 each which made me gulp a bit so we only took two thinking one for upstairs and one for down would be fine….
From an aesthetic view, the jars are simple and beautiful especially when they light up and they light up really bright, the only gripe I have is that they don’t charge well unless they have direct full on sunshine and of course it is winter so that has been a bit of a miss. They still charge but only last around 4 hours instead of 8 and I was really hoping to leave one in the boys room so we would not have to burn a lamp all night which I hate doing but the boys have a heart attack if they get up and can’t see in the middle of the night.
Another plus for me was that the jars don’t heat up, they do get slightly warm but not to the point where you or your child will burn themselves so I feel completely confident having one in the boys room at night, it is also very simple to use, just charge the jar in the sun- we put them in the window, once fully charged (8 hours) you can then flip the magnet onto the required spot and voila you have light which can be carried around at your convenience and can also be dimmed if you prefer.
I really think this was a great investment (thank you Mr Price), especially since I ran in to get a few more candles last week and they had NO candles, seriously zippo nada zilch… load shedding is here to stay at least for the time being let’s make the most of it no matter how frustrating it can be… take the time to read a book to the kids by candle light or moms take a candle lit bath with your partner (if you can), try a picnic supper in the lounge, the possibilities are endless.