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.
Plug in any USB chargeable device
Perfect for bunging in your back pocket for whenever you need that emergency charge the Freeloader Pico boasts an impressive 800mA battery and will give you an extra 35 hours stand-by time on your mobile phone. Charged via USB or the sun via it's impressive 75mA solar panel and featuring a LED charge status indicator so you'll never be caught short of power.
Whether you're stuck in nowhereville, hiking in the wilderness or miles from civilisation, the FreeLoader Pico is a must-have accessory. After all a portable gadget minus power is as much use as a rhubarb wristwatch.
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
As featured and used on the BBCs show 'On Thin Ice'
75mA solar cells
800mAh Li-ion internal battery
Full internal battery charge time: 10 hours solar / 3 Hours USB
Mobile phones, MP3 Players, iPods/iPhone (additional adaptor required)
Made from high gloss plastic
LED battery indicator
3.5v to 5v fixed output voltage
Measures approximately 10.5cm(H) x 4.5cm(W) x 1cm(D) (folded)
FreeLoader Pico Solar Charger
USB charging cable
Power master cable and adaptors to fit the following:
Small pin adaptor for Nokia phones
Mini USB to suit Motorola, BlackBerry and most smart phones, Garmin, PDAs