Freeloader's Globetrotter Click set includes the iSIS Solar Charger/Battery pack, the power boosting Supercharger and the CamCaddy adaptor for charging 'Block' type Lithium ION camera batteries.
Freeloader says: The Ultimate Power solution giving you power when you need it and the ability to charge cameras.
Comprising of a Freeloader iSIS, a Supercharger 5W and the Camcaddy 2 that when combined give you the fastest portable solar charging system you can get for your camera and other portable devices when on the move.
Freeloader ( Globetrotter Click set includes the iSIS Solar Charger/Battery pack, the power boosting Supercharger and the CamCaddy adaptor for charging 'Block' type Lithium ION camera batteries.
iSIS Solar Charger / Battery Pack
Freeloader's iSIS Solar Power Battery Pack allows you flexibility in charging your devices when away from power sources. Firstly you charge the battery pack up before you leave - using the usb charging facility - then you can use the battery pack to charge your devices.
With the integrated Solar panel you can charge the battery up again from sunshine - although performance in this respect depends a lot on full sun, clouds can severely hamper the power of solar technology - this is true for all solar panels.
The iSIS charger / battery pack comes with a rubber protective case and fixing straps to allow the charger to be mounted on a rucksack or other item that will expose it to the sun.
Although heavier than some solar batteries the iSIS has quite a high rating at 4000mAh so its weight is commensurate with the power it delivers. The nice thing about the Freeloader system is you can use their Supercharger solar panel (included with this bundle) to boost the performance of the iSIS battery pack so you have the flexibility of linking a much more powerful solar panel to supplement the battery packs own panel for fast charging. This gives you the flexibility of taking just the battery pack on short trips with fewer devices or the battery pack and Supercharger on longer trips with more devices.
A lot of solar chargers include a solar panel and battery - you use the solar power to charge the battery, then you use the battery to charge your device. The interim battery stage is superfluous and adds weight, the reason they do it this way is that the solar panel is not powerful enough to charge your device directly - it can only charge a specially constructed battery that will accept such a low feed.
Freeloader's 5W Supercharger doesn't use the interim battery stage - its powerful enough to charge a device directly, but it can only do this in bright sunshine - if conditions are cloudy the power won't be sufficient to charge devices directly - although you can charge an interim battery (Freeloader iSIS included in this kit) and use this to charge your device.
The Supercharger comes with two straps and a rubberised case with loops so it can be fitted to a rucksack or other item. It comes with just one lead for use when charging other Freeloader units, though the output connector is a usb socket so the charging lead supplied with your device can be used to plug into it.
Freeloader's Camcaddy 2 is designed to charge camera batteries, that is the type of 'Block' Lithium ION batteries not the AA or AAA standard sizes. Its quite a nice compact unit with sliding contacts that you slide to the appropriate position for your camera battery - a spring loaded grip then holds the battery in place.
Once installed in the CamCaddy the battery can be charged from a USB source or from solar devices in the Freeloader range. The electronic display tells you what you need to know.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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Freeloader Supercharger 5W Device Charge Time (in good light)