5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's solar power, it's not perfect,
This review is from: Freeloader Globetrotter Solar Charger (Electronics)
Bought the Freeloader Globetrotter Solar Charger last week, and have been really pleased with it so far. It's clear what all the separate parts are, and even someone with no idea of how the product works could assemble it.
There's far more connectors than you could possibly use; and if you're doubt about buying the product because it might not fit your phone - I wouldn't. It fits literally every phone I've had. And if it doesn't, then there's always the USB connector.
The hub/battery is tiny, which is perfect for trekking/hiking, and the minimal weight is also an added bonus. Charging from USB the first time, as recommended, took about 6 hours. Delivering power to a Samsung Tocoo Lite phone after that, gave power for just over an hour, and managed to charge it up about 80% using the full charge of the Freeloader.
The only downside I've noticed so far is the confusing LED light system - which is probably the reason for most of the negative reviews. Instead of showing the progress of the charge, the LEDs show finished and in progress charges.
If you are buying just the Freeloader, the only thing you can do is assume that after a full day in the sun, it will be charged. The lights won't change colour. If you have the Freeloader Supercharger Lime, then the light will change colour when finished charging. In the end, you just have to remember that this device is great for lugging in your bag and forgetting about till you need it; but not so great to rely on throughout the day, every day, for charging your devices.
So far, a pretty robust device. If you're put off by the negative reviews, don't be. Solar technology isn't perfect, but it's certainly better than nothing.
PROS: Great value for money, easy setup, minimal weight & size, robustness
CONS: Long charge times, delicate USB connector on the Freeloader Supercharger Lime, confusing LED system