Saturday, 21 June 2008


Heres a handy gadget, the freeloader will charge up in the sun in up to 8 hours, then you can use it to power your phone/mp3/camera. I found it at the science museum for £35 but its available from camping shops and online for £30. Its great to use some solar power, and very useful particularly when traveling so you don't need to carry around all the leads and charges. Unfortunately its internal batteries only seem to have a life of 2 years, so its not as green as it should be.

Technical Description:
* 120mA premium quality crystalline solar cells
* 1000mAh environmentally friendly Li-ion battery – typical battery life is 2 years.
* Freeloaders solar panels can charge its internal battery in as little as 5 hours or 3 hours when using the supplied USB charging cable
* Supplied with a computer USB charging cable
* Supplied with a power master cable and twelve adaptors to fit:
most phones
4mm straight jack for Sony PSP, Tom Tom sat nav, digital camera’s, PDA’s and two-way radio’s
Mini USB for Blackberry Smart phones, Bluetooth headsets etc
USB 2.0 female socket for iPod, MP3 players, smart phones, PDA’s, GPS plus much more
Nintendo DS lite connector
iPod & iPod video

* Impact resistant, rust free aluminium body.
* Freeloader holds its battery charge for up to 3 months
* Size – 123x62x17
* Weight – 185g

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