Freeloader's 5W Supercharger is powerful enough to charge a device directly in full sun, and has fixings to make it easy to mount to your pack etc..
Freeloader says: Introducing the Supercharger, the adaptable, portable solar charger that directly charges a full range of electronic gadgets, including smartphones, MP3s, GPS, E-readers and tablets – just add daylight!
With advanced, high-density solar cells, the 5W Supercharger works in all daylight conditions, and at temperatures from -20°C to +60°C, so you can have power wherever your adventures take you.
Dependable and built to last, it features a tough, rubberised and waterproof body, and comes supplied with two sturdy Velcro straps, so that it can be easily secured to your bag, bike, kayak or sled.
Weighing in at a featherweight 340g, the adaptable Supercharger can also be used as a booster panel for the Freeloader iSIS and Pico 2 solar chargers, significantly reducing their charging time and providing extra power for your adventures.
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 or Pico2) 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.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
Device Charge Time*
*All charging times based on Standard test conditions (STC). Sunlight of 1000 W/m², temperature of 25°C and an Air Mass of 1.5 i.e. A nice sunny day