Aston solar jar is great for the balcony when darkness falls or can it be placed out in the garden, the possibilities are many. 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 it in rain or direct sun light if the temperature rises above 30 degrees. It can't withstand teperatures below minus. The real leather handle will change appearance and structure and develop a beautiful patina over time due to the wind and weather conditions it has been exposed to.