It's very cozy to have an Aston solar jar on the balcony when darkness falls. It is also easy to take with you when going somewhere else. The Aston jar is charged in bright sun light for a minimum of 2 hours, then it can light up for up to 8 hours. The lantern lights up when the sun goes down and until the battery is discharged. The solar cells on the lantern can be recharged up to 500 times. Do not place the jar in direct sun light if the temperature exceeds 30 degrees. The lantern can not withstand rain or degrees below minus. The real leather handle will change appearance and structure and develop a beautiful patina over time.