Gloucestershire–based Solar Technology International UK is one of a growing number of companies offering solar chargers for electronic devices. The company’s new FreeLoader Classic claims to have super powerful solar panels collecting 25% more power and the ability to provide charge for the Apple iPad.
Solar Technology International designs and manufacturers a range of useful and stylish solar powered devices and the Freeloader Classic is an update of its existing technology. It can charge its internal battery in eight hours, which in turn, can deliver power to an iPod/iPhone for 18 hours, a smart phone for 44 hours, a PSP or DS for 2.5 hours and an iPad for 2 hours.
The device is supplied with nine connectors, including the new ‘standard’ micro USB, as well as a USB socket that provides input for the standard USB cable supplied with many gadgets, including all Apple devices. It also has a built-in LCD panel which provides information on battery level, power input and connectivity. All for a £39.99 retail in the UK.
Well it looks good, and I suspect that will be half the battle in getting people to adopt solar technology to charge their devices. It’s also more of an uphill battle in the UK, where the sun doesn’t always shine. But the FreeLoader Classic can also be charged via USB in three hours and the fold-up device is quite small and rugged (described as ‘built to survive the vigors of the road’, by which I assume they mean the rigours of the road) so can be taken anywhere.