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Solar Technology Freeloader review

£29 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Solar Technology

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Freeloader is a battery pack that can be charged from a computer via USB or, for the more environmentally conscious user, from the sun via solar panels.

The Freeloader is a battery pack that can be charged from a computer via USB or, for the more environmentally conscious user, from the sun via solar panels.

An included set of adaptors allow the FreeLoader to give the necessary juice to PSP, Nintendo DS, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, and, of course, iPods - a cable with an iPod adaptor is provided, so you can leave your sync cable back at base camp.

An initial eight-hour charge via USB is required to set up the Freeloader unit - for subsequent uses we deployed the solar panels, though this method can be painfully slow in the English 'summer'.

The Freeloader's two LEDs illuminate when the panels are facing the sun.

A full charge of the Freeloader will give up to 18 hours on an iPod, or 44 hours on a phone, in ideal conditions.

The Freeloader is available in pink or silver.

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120mA premium quality crystalline solar cells
1000mAh environmentally friendly Li-ion battery
USB charging cable
power master cable and 11 adaptor tips for: Nokia phones old 3.5mm jack and the new 2mm jack, LG Chocolate, LG shine and Prada phones, Samsung A288 and D800 current series phones, Sony Ericsson K750 and K800i current series phones, Nintendo DS Lite, iPod, 4mm jack for Sony PSP, Tom Tom, most digital cameras, PDAs, 2-way radios, Mini USB for Motorola, Blackberry, Qtec, Smartphone, iMate, most digital cameras and Bluetooth headsets, USB female for PDAs, mp3 players, most digital cameras and most devices which can be charged through USB
impact resistant, rust free aluminium body
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Freeloader is a great way to prolong gadget use in the great outdoors, and you can feel all smug and green, too.

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