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Freeloader PICO Lightweight Solar Charger

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About this product


  • Gives a mobile phone 35 hours, iPod 14 hours and a GPS 1.5 hours of use
  • 5.5V 75mA premium crystalline solar cell
  • Powers all portable electrical devices with a maximum voltage of 5.5V

Product overview

• Gives a mobile phone 35 hours, iPod 14 hours and a GPS 1.5 hours of use• 5.5V 75mA premium crystalline solar cell• Powers all portable electrical devices with a maximum voltage of 5.5V
• Is suitable for charging all models of iPhone and iPod• Pico’s solar cell can charge its internal battery in as little as 10 hours or 3 hours when using the supplied USB charge cable • LED indicators show available power and confirm charge status • Built-in USB socket also allows connection via any devices sync / charge cable• Supplied with four adapters, charging / USB cable and user manual

Please note: The new iPhone 5 and latest iPod will charge from the freeloader Pico but you need to use the sync cable supplied with the iPhone/iPod.

Contents:PICO solar chargerUSB/charge cableNokia tipSony Ericsson tipSamsung tipMini USB tip (for Motorola, Blackberry etc)Instruction manual

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ideal compact emergency charger when away from power points, but it takes two or three days to charge up in winter light in the UK, so best to charge from PC before departure and regard solar as top-up or emergency second charge en route. Gel case is a must for protection. Won't charge all 5v nominal batteries however, eg those in some Creative mp3 players. To be fair, nor does a three-pin USB charger plug, even though a PCs USB port did work. So test before heading out into the wilderness! Mine sits on the car dashboard, trickling away in daylight, ready for use when I head into the hills.
Date published: 2010-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was just looking through the solar items and realised the FreeLoader Pico had only 3 stars!!! I have 2 Pico's (one for my phone and one for my work phone, but they also charge my emergency phone/GPS). I hate to say it, but I disagree with anything under 5 Stars. They are awesome!!! I've used mine for business, walking around a city, from NY to London, and I've used them camping all over the world. The only criticism I have is that they need the gel holder to be portable. Once you have that, you clip it onto your bag, then just get on with life. Half a days hiking will charge it enough to get the phone up to about 75% battery. I have both a Blackberry and an iPhone, and they are both getting 75%+ charges from my Picos. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have been three weeks in Botswana, 12 hours of strong sun and it took around three days to get 100% charged. It delivers 75% of the charge of a smartphone, so, if you have a simple mobile it can work for you but if you have a smartphone you will need something bigger. Solar panels are cool, but realistically, in modern days it is hard to spend more than a week without access to a socket. If you will be isolated for a while one or two rechargeable battery will be more handy and cheaper than a solar panel. If you do not mind about the price and you want to be cool, think that the solar panel has an internal battery, so you can see it as a battery with the option to be recharged by a its incorporated solar panel. I lost my Pico in Botswana (I left it in a car "charging") and I will probably not get a new one. If I do, I will get a bigger one. Also consider that the size of this devices is very small, it fits in the palm of a children hand. Something bigger it would be also easy to carry and more powerful.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless in the UK. Left outside for days and all it got was wet. Not charged at all. Even in the "summer" time it didn't charge. Charging from USB worked but it seems to discharge very rapidly when not connected to anything.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I bought this product after 5 hours usb charging only one bar of charge showed. Left in sunlight checked every 12 hours only one bar after six days (72 hours of daylight. Do not bother. Usless.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i got this solar charger to go camping with so i could stil use the maps app,the charger only charged my phone for no more than 30 min even though it was a very hot,bright sunny day,i had to buy maps from a shop to find out where we was going.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Solar charger None of the supplied fittings and converters could be used to connect the charger to any of our mobile phones or MP3 players. Totally useless....
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not worth the money bought one of these for a nice sunny bike ride with it attached to my tank bag in full sun it seemed to make my phone battery worse rather then better I can't believes maplin still sells these , if a store is happy to sell such poor quality products it makes me wonder about everything else they sell
Date published: 2014-11-12
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Technical specifications:
Output Power: 75mA @ 5.5V
Lithium-ion battery capacity: 800mA
Dimensions: 105 x 45 x 12mm
Weight: 42g

Which solar unit will charge a Doogee phone??

Asked by: wonderer
Yes this should work fine with the Doogee phone series.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-09-28

Hi, would this charge a Samsung Galaxy 3mini and an iPhone 5 or 6?

Asked by: P107
Unfortunately as this is a older charger it wont charge any of those phones.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-07-17

will this work with htc phones

Asked by: mabo
This would most likely not as the power output is less than 1 amp.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-07-17

If I set this device close to the car windscreen and leave it permanantly connected to my Garmin sat nav would it be ok?
Asked by: Roy Scott
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

I need a solar charger for a Blackberry and an iphone 3g, does this charger do that?
Asked by: Patrick
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17
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