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The product is great - documentation is bad,
This review is from: Freeloader Solar Charger Silver (Sports)
I've had one of these for some time, and found it very effective at charging mobile phone, PDA, ipod, and... shaver!
But the manual stinks. Only by doing a bit of research on the net did I find out 2 crucial bits of info
1- when charging from solar, the light(s) never goes green. It's designed that way - something to do using less power. If you have a manual that tells you that the light goes green when solar charging - it's an old, incorrect version.
2 - as new, there is a transparent film on the solar panels to protect them. You need to peel them off- they seriously reduce the charging.
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2007 01:04:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Dec 2007 13:13:31 GMT
It saves power by not lighting the green light? That is nonsense I'm afraid. The reason the green light never illuminates is because the solar panels are so weak (they deliver only 15% of the rating claimed) they actually cannot charge the battery completely. In fact it will take about 50 hours to recharge the battery and that's in ideal UK summer conditions. It says explicitly in the manual that you must remove the film but even if you do that this product will not charge the battery from the sun. I also point people to be wary of the fact that most of the positive reviewers for this product have not reviewed anything else.
Posted on 30 May 2011 16:07:02 BDT
Morgan J. Plain says:
The new manual, as I just bought one today, does have both of these bits of information :)
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2013 00:07:30 BDT
David P. Kessler says:
They claim as follows: "The outer LED's will never go green! There is a mistake in the manual that has now been rectified. The reason the lights will not turn green is that a voltage regulator has been built into the solar charging circuit. This means that when the hub gets to 98.5% full charge, power is cut from the solar cells, so protecting the hub from overcharging and subsequent damage. "
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