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First PowerMonkey now Freeloader

FreeloaderJust like the PowerMonkey that I reviewed and have used on my boat, for the past year, the FreeLoader is a power pack that can itself be charged using a solar panel.

Freeloader is a portable charging system that can power any hand held device anywhere, anytime. Freeloader takes power from its solar panels, the supplied Supercharger or via its charge cable that plugs into a computers’ USB. Once charged, Freeloader RucksackFreeloader’s internal battery can power an iPod for 18hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, PSP for 2.5 hours or a PDA for 22 hours.

I can verify the the Powermonkey works fine having used it since August 2007. But it looks like this company have a number of other products in the portable solar device market. See the Solar Technology website – they even make solar toys like helicopters!

Its good to see so many alternative energy products coming on to the market now. It will mean that they will get more and more powerful and efficient – and maybe one day all this product development will result in real hybrid or even totally solar powered boats. I will be posting on that subject soon.

If your are wondering how to workout what size of solar panel to buy for a specific purpose on your boat there is a simple calculator and explanation on the Solar Technology web site.


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