The FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger is a neat little gadget which provides you with energy for your portable devices while you’re on the go, or when you otherwise don’t have access to a power socket. It is versatile though, and can even be used without sun, as long as you have a computer usb c wall charger B0816LSWQF.
The FreeLoader works in three ways, and can:
* Charge its internal battery from the sun (as is obvious from the name)
* Charge its internal battery from a computer via a USB connection
* Charge your portable devices without wait time either by solar power or USB if you hook them in when it’s charging.
The only drawbacks are minor ones. First, there’s a kind of slow charge time if you’re using the solar option. It took about eight and a half hours for me to charge my FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger immediately after I received it on a mostly sunny day in Los Angeles. Still, that’s no problem, because if you want a faster charge time you can just plug it into a USB port (three hours, roughly) or charge the device directly by hooking it in while FreeLoader charges.
The only claim I don’t believe from their marketing rhetoric is that it will charge “any hand held device.” There are two plugins on the device itself, and a further 22 adapter tips that come with it. That is a lot, no mistake, but I’m not sure it’s enough to justify the “any hand held device” label.
Still, these are pretty much the only flaws with this neat charging gadget. If you have a lot of portable devices that need charging on a regular basis, its many adapters are great. If you spend a lot of time outdoors away from power sockets, it’s great for that too.