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2.3 out of 5 stars
FreeLoader Pico Solar Charger
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on 19 July 2013
Kept me charged throughout Glatonbury, easy to use . and comes with lots of different adaptors so was able to charge friends phones too.
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on 26 January 2014
Useless but looks good,just did not get it to charge anything to more than 5%
Sorry spend more money and get something else
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on 10 December 2012
In winter sunlight this product is not working I tried in different environments no results. I would not recommend to buy it
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on 30 September 2014
I would not bother buying I had two of these and I had to put in the bin because it wod not charge up by solor or usb
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on 8 April 2014
The Free Loader Pico Solar Charger cannot fully charge my blackberry. Not ideal if one is in an emergence situation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2011
Not as good as i expected,charges my blackberry to 60% in about 45 minutes,usefull to get you out of a jam if your camping but not something you could use on a daily basis to charge your phone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
The claims made on the packaging apply to extremely sunny conditions, and even then they are pretty minimal.
We've had exceptionally sunny weather for the last ten days, and the Pico has never charged my phone (Sony Experia Z) by more than 6%, even after three full days of facing the sun directly at the front of my house, being adjusted as the sun crossed the sky. I'd hate to be relying on it in average weather as it worked so poorly in ideal conditions.
I bought it for a boating and camping trip, and I found the whole thing impractical. During the day we were on the move, and while I tried to take advantage of the sunny weather I couldn't stop what I was doing and adjust the charger's direction to account for the movement of the boat every few minutes. After a full day of doing my best I got %2 charge. I'd imagine that hillwalking would present the same problems. If you were planning on using your phone for navigation or taking a few photos, forget it.
I would absolutely not recommend this product. I'm going to return mine to the shop this week.
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on 6 April 2015
It is not possible to charge (from the sun) for two days. It's recharge only 30% of the power for iPhone 5.
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on 23 April 2015
Garbage, never managed to get it to work even in full Spanish sunshine.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2011
I wanted a very light, small and portable energy source to charge my smartphone when no other energy sources are available. For me, it is neither for daily use nor for use in the UK (with perhaps the exception as a USB recharged backup). I think my kind of usage is what it is intended for so I give it a full 5 stars because it meets my expectations in the right conditions. I use it when away from other energy sources in Africa and sometimes around the Med in summer but I would not expect to get 10 hours of direct sunlight in the UK so people shouldn't buy it thinking that it's going to meet unrealistic expectations of a full solar charge in relatively poor conditions. After all, if a phone manufacturer states its device needs 2 hours for a full mains charge, do we expect it to be fully charged after 30 minutes?

I bought this for use in certain conditions and it serves its purpose very well.

For: anyone getting remote in sunny places away from the grid - ideal for RTW backpacking/outdoor activities.
Not for: Mr Green on his British allotment.

EDIT: Worth mentioning for the traveller who likes to minimise cables and chargers, you might be able to charge your device directly via a USB socket with supplied cables. I won't vouch for all configurations but for Nokia phones using a 2mm charging socket - one of the connectors supplied - this works. It's like having a Nokia CA-100 charging cable.
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