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Freeloader Pro Solar Charger

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  • Solar charger with a built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Battery can be charged using solar cells or USB connection
  • Specially designed CamCaddy can charge almost all camera and camcorder batteries
  • Compatible with iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, current Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola cell phones, PSP, portable DVD and MP4 players, more
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery capacity: 1600mAh
  • Solar cells: 200mA premium quality crystalline
  • Impact resistant, rust free aluminium body
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.3 x 15 cm ; 299 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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  • Item model number: SC9001
  • ASIN: B002DMLKT8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,291 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

SC9001 Features: -Freeloader. -Uses its high power solar panels or USB (cable supplied) to quickly charge its internal battery (7 - 9 hours in sunny conditions). -5000 page turns on an eBook or a 100% full charge for a digital camera battery. -Capable of delivering enough power to give a mobile phone 70 hours of standby time. -Perfect companion for adventure travellers, journalists, explorers, expeditions, the armed forces and anyone who demands the best. -The Ultimate professional solar charger. Item: -Splitters / Couplers. Generic Specifications: -Multi voltage switch to "9.5v". -Internal battery in as little as 8 hours or 3 hours when using the supplied USB charging cable. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -15 Centimetres. Overall Width - Side to Side: -6.3 Centimetres. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -2 Centimetres.


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Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Swapnil Jain on 23 Oct. 2010
I primarily bought this product to charge my phone Xperia X10 and as a replacement charger for my Sony Handycam battery. It failed to do either of it.

I considered various products before buying this one. This one seemed just perfect for my requirement before I bought it.

The USB output could not even start charging my phone despite multiple attempts.. perhaps the current rating of the charger was not strong enough to start charging my phone.

The attachment charge camera / camcorder batteries was not designed to accomodate my camcorders battery. Even though the product claims that it can charge all sony camera and camcorder batteries. So I ended up buying another charger for the camcorder.

The product looks quite compact in the photographs but in reality is quite bulky..

After a days effort to get this going for me.. I gave up and returned it to Amazon
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Brown on 15 May 2010
I bought the charger as I wanted to charge various tech items (phones, eBooks, Archos) whilst on holiday, and thus could remove the need for all the cables. Well, it sort of does this - the problem is, the solar panels never really give out enough juice.
In a cloudy or not direct sun situation - forget it. In the UK, there is no hope of ever getting enough charge to power a mobile phone for anything more than 5 minutes. Also, it works on UV rays, so IT NEEDS TO BE OUTDOORS. Dont think that you can leave this on a car dashboard or on a window sill and it will charge - it wont happen.

It has to be in direct sunlight and flat (the connection between the two panels is loose so it cant be on the move). So really, its only good for sitting by the pool, with the charger on a table or the lounger by your side.
I used it in the Caneries in very hot and bright sunlight, and had it on charge for 8 hours, for 2 days. The result is that the charger said it was 50% full. I transferred this to my HTC mobile phone, and the result was that the phone had enough charge for a 10 minute conversation - not very impressive.

I suspect the biggest problem with the design is that when it is charging, there are two lights to tell you its charging - which drains any charge it is picking up.

In a nutshell, good idea, but the technology is just not ready so AVOID!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. A. Craig on 22 Sept. 2009
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An excellent product - it allowed me to keep my phone on full charge for a week in the wilds of Romania. Robust and easy enough for any idiot to use, it comes with all the adaptors you could need and a nice wee cloth bag. I wish I had taken the camera battery charger with me too...I think it is worth paying the extra for this unit rather than the lower power basic model. The only grouch is there is no clip to attach it to my backpack so I had to charge it when it was static - a disappointment on a hiking trip. I guess I will need to buy some rubber bands...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atul Chaturvedi on 3 April 2010
I bought this from Maplins last week. I have charged this from USB as that is what you have to do first time. It charged in few hours however not sure of how quickly it can recharge in english weather :). For me solar is for one of those camping days this summer. For me I needed some versatile battary source to carry on my business visits and charge the ever hungary HTC HD2 mobo. I have tried charging my ipod touch and it is doing a decent job of charging it in like one hour. However on irritating this is that you have to keep pressing the center button to put this one; this goes off every 5 mins or so. May be that is the design. I need to see if this happens with other devices as well. Overall I like it. Cheers Atul
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Conroy on 25 May 2011
The key to enjoying this product is managing expectations.

In the UK this device is never going to replace your traditional charging method as the power gained from charging daily in the sun is not enough to keep most devices running for any length of time.
However if left the sun, even on a partially cloudy day indoor on a window sill it will slowly gain a trickle of energy over time. In my experience if left alone for a weekend in any form of daylight it will go from empty to half full.

It can be used as an emergency phone charger when away from home to put a trickle of energy into your device if needed, but its not going to run your Kindle on the beach all day cos it can't charge take in and put out energy at the same time.

If you see it as a supplement to your normal charging methods or as an emergency low power charger when away from civilization then this is an excellent product.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 14 July 2010
I used this product strapped to the back of a motorcycle on a tour around Europe to charge my HTC HD (Blackstone).
First off; the instructions and build quality of the device were good and simple. The freeloader felt pretty solid and well-made and was pleasant to use. The far panel on the picture is detachable and is relatively secure once in place.
Before starting I charged it by USB (from a computer) in order to set up its battery as the manual directed. The blue lights on the front come on in quarters and give an estimate of how much charge has been captured.
Test-charging my phone from dead the Freeloader managed to restore around half of the phone's battery. Given normal use of my phone this would have lasted me about 12 hours (heavy user - email, internet, mp3s etc).
On the trip I had the Freeloader strapped to the back of a motorcycle and it seemed to charge up okay. In a full day of riding it generally managed to get to under half full which supplied my phone with a quarter charge. I think two lights means 25-50%. The red lights that appear on the circle in the front tell you whether the panels are drawing charge, one light meaning that only one panel is receiving. The panels need to be pretty straight in order to get charge from both.
I have a suspicion that the '8 hour solar charging to fill the Freeloader' figure is under ideal conditions (8 hours of midday sun??). I was changing direction and going through tree/mountain shade etc.
It works best as an emergency battery, charged from the USB port or a USB charger (I used the HTC supplied phone charger abroad) but would be very suitable for static charging.

Overall, it worked. Don't expect miracles but it'll give you charge for vital calls or emails!
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