Running out of juice when you're chatting on your mobile, battling aliens on your PSP or listening to your iPod is one of the most annoying things known to mankind. Well it’s not, but it's irritating nonetheless. Thankfully portable gizmos are rechargeable, so you merely plug them into the nearest socket and wait.
But what do you do when you're nowhere near a power source? Well it just so happens that, unless you're reading this from the Planet Tharg, you're always near a power source: the sun.
Okay, so it's not that near, but 93 million miles is nothing to the ingenious FreeLoader Solar Charger. That's because this smart, eco-friendly device soaks up the power of the sun and stores it for up to 3 months. You can then use it to charge up your electronic gadgets, anytime, anyplace. Think of it as a portable solar-powered battery.
Folds up for excellent portability
Whether you're stuck in nowhereville, hiking in the wilderness or miles from civilisation, the FreeLoader is a must-have accessory. After all a portable gadget minus power is as much use as a rhubarb wristwatch.
Super sleek and barely bigger than a mobile phone, the lightweight aluminium FreeLoader pulls open to reveal two solar panels. Simply charge it up by allowing it to soak up some rays. Its internal battery will then power a mobile phone for up to 44 hours, an iPod for up to 18hours, a PSP for up to 2.5 hours and a PDA for up to 22 hours. That’s a lot of juice for such a titchy gizmo. Once the FreeLoader has emptied its charge just power it up again via the sun. You can also charge it via USB if you're near a computer.
The FreeLoader comes with various adaptors for all your power-hungry bits and bobs, so you won't have to take umpteen clumpy chargers on your travels. Versatile? It really is an essential travelling companion for anyone who never leaves home without some kind of electronic gizmo. And that means you. All hail the sun! All hail the FreeLoader!
Freeloader Battery Charger Accessory
FreeLoader Pro Power Indicator
If you think the FreeLoader is forehead-slappingly clever, check out this nifty charger: it plugs into the FreeLoader and siphons power from its solar battery to charge 2xAA or 2xAAA rechargeable batteries.
When the sun won’t play ball you can also charge the batteries directly via USB (standalone, FreeLoader not required!) and then use your charged batteries to feed your FreeLoader. Brilliant, in a switcheroo kinda way! Finally, you can even pop regular batteries into the FreeLoader Battery Charger and use them to juice up any device compatible with the FreeLoader. Armed with this genius peripheral, running out of power is simply not an option. Charge!
Will require access to the Sun (not included, but widely available)
This is a Li-ion rechargeable battery and therefore it takes 3-4 full charges before optimum capacity is reached
Recommended to initially fully charge via USB
Solar charger capable of powering virtually every electrical device, anywhere in the world
Premium crystalline solar cells
Made from tough aluminium
As featured and used on the BBCs show 'On Thin Ice'
120mA solar cells
Full internal battery charge time: 5 hours solar / 3 Hours USB
1000mAh Li-ion internal battery
Mobile phones, MP3 Players, iPods/iPhone
Made from Aluminium
LED battery indicator on side
3.5v to 5v fixed output voltage
FreeLoader Original box contents:
FreeLoader Solar Charger
USB charging cable
Power master cable and eleven adaptors to fit the following:
LG Chocolate, LG shine and Prada series phones
Motorola V66 series and current V3 series phones
Nokia phones old 3.5mm jack and new 2mm jack
Samsung D800 and G600 current series phones
Sony Ericsson K750 and K800i current series phones
Nintendo DS Lite
iPod (compatible with most iPod devices including iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4) - Customers with older versions of the Freeloader should call us on 0844 922 1010 for new tips that will make them compatible with the iPhone 3GS
4mm jack for Sony PSP, Tom Tom, most digital cameras, PDAs, 2-way radios
Mini USB for Motorola, Blackberry (except 8900 Curve model, Micro USB purchased separately), 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