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Old 04-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #211
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Freeloader Pro - solar charger and battery pack with camera battery charger

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someone wake the wee Scotsman to tell us more about that charger thingamabob
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543757

or here this is easier and fits on this topic kinda, reduced th epics a bit for all the slowloaders :
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Well it has been a while since I did a review so I am a it rusty, but with all the rain and crazy weather what better time to buy some solar gear and review it for you kids.

So with that lets get started.

The Why:
I am just a gear whore so that is the main reason, the other slightly valid one was I like to carry my phone and ipod with me on rides as well as my cameras, but I am never very good at getting them all charged when on the road and camping all the time. I just forget to plug them in and run them off the bike.
I have also been looking for a better camera battery charger, I bring a small compact camera and my larger SLR on trips and bring all the chargers etc is a pain in the arse and takes up too much room etc, yes I take extra batteries but I am a gea whore remember so I need to justify this, just go with me ok.

So what the hell am I bla bla blaing about.

The what:
The Free Loader Pro solar charger and portable power source.
Also in this package you get the camcaddy, an amazing wee battery charger that will charge almost any battery on the marekt today!

The links:
Free loader Pro
http://www.solartechnology.co.uk/sho...loader-pro.htm
by Solar Technology International
http://www.solartechnology.co.uk/

Camcaddy battery compatibility checker
http://www.solartechnology.co.uk/camcaddy/

The specs:
Freeloader Pro
• 200mA premium quality crystalline solar cells
• 1600mAh environmentally friendly Li-ion battery
– typical battery life is 2 years.
• Freeloader’s solar panels can charge its internal battery in as little as 8 hours or 3 hours when using the supplied USB charging cable
• Supplied with a Master Cable for connecting to a device or CamCaddy and for charging Freeloader Pro from a computers USB

• Supplied with ten adaptors to fit the following:
1) iPod, iPhone, iPhone 3g, iPhone 3gs iTouch, Nano etc
2) Nokia phones using both standard and mini adaptors (2 supplied)
3) All current Samsung phones (2 supplied)
4) All current LG phones
5) All current Sony Ericsson phones
6) Nintendo DS Lite
7) Mini USB adaptor for Motorola phones, Blackberry and most smartphones, Garmin /
SatMap and most GPS, Bluetooth headsets, PDA’s
8) 4mm tip for Sony PSP, Archos and most MP4 players, 2 way radios, portable DVD players, e-books, digital cameras and PDA’s
• Impact resistant, rust free aluminium body.
• Freeloader holds its battery charge for up to 3 months
• Supplied with detailed user manual

Size – 150 x 63 x 20mm
Weight – 174g

CamCaddy (Included with FreeloaderPro)
• Max operating voltage – 9.5v
• Max battery depth – 67mm

Size – 130 x 71 x 30mm
Weight – 68g

OK OK so pics, relax!!!
Sorry crappy cell phone pics


So here is what you get:
The box:


inside the box:


With the panel opened:


The top panel slides off and has two connectors for when you flip it over:


by pushing the large button you get different info depending on what the device is doing.
if it is not charging it turns blue to indicate the charge left, the light is in 4 sections so you can tell how much is left, it came with a 1/4 charge:


When plugged in it goes red to show it is giving power from the usb port:


For charging you get a usb cable with a plug end for all the adapters, the base battery can output both 5.5V for USB charging or 9.5V for the camera charger or other items needing a greater power out put.

The mini usb is for charging the device with the supplied usb cable, or the panel itself can charge the battery. Takes about 7 hours in full light apparently but I have my larger solar panel which I bring also so that should cut down the recharge times a bit.


Now I have tried several ipod adapters for the newer itouch and iphone and as it requires fast charging many of the older plugs just don't work. So I was happy that this worked straight away, so I can leave the reg ipod usb cable at home now.


The proof!


Now a small bit on the camcaddy, I didn't bring a battery to test it but I did check the chart and all my cameras are covered.
The device has a sliding tab that holds the battery and the pins on top can adjust to match the pin out on the battery. Using my car/bike usb port I can now charge batteries without the panel also. USB is a wonderful thing!


will post some usage thoughts and action shots later.

coming is the mini review on the rechargeable usb speaker I got for traveling this device will charge that too!
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Kinda lookin' back through the thread, what's the problem with owning military gear?

The shit works and work more often than not, works well. At least, the shit I had to use did.

Should I buy a The North Face daypack to keep from being all "tacticool"?
zombies may have questionable fashion taste?
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:33 PM   #212
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.......I took out my pistol and shot nine holes in the bed of my truck for letting me down.....

wouldn't the engine have been responsible for that?



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Old 04-01-2010, 02:18 PM   #213
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About 10 years ago I added some "survival items" to my flight bag when I used to do a lot of flight training and cross countries in light aircraft. At that time I never heard of the term "Bug out Bag".

I had pretty much all the items a lot of you guys have minus the food and guns.

-Decent First Aid Kit
-Flint/Steel Combo
-Para Cord
-Mylar Survival Blanket
-Gerber Leatherman Tool
-Whistle
-Compass
-Mini-Mag Flashlight
-emergency rain poncho
(can't recall what else I have in there)

If I had to do an emergency landing most likely I'd be rescued within hours but at least I'd have a minimum of tools to get out of a remote area or survive a night or two. The aircraft would be equiped with radios and an ELT and I always had charts so with a compass finding civilization would be easy. If I get to do my TAT trip this summer I'll be taking along these items plus some.

I think it's kinda funny you guys put food in your bags. Water is pretty important but you can survive a long time (month+) without food and most of us fat guys could go longer I'm sure.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:27 PM   #214
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10 Essentials....

Those of you former boyscouts will know all about this. I'm not fearing zombie invasions, but living in EQ prone So. CA, a long walk home is probably in my future after the big one hits. I found a great little daypack at REI that even has the "10 essentials" list printed on the inside flap. If you have this crap, you can survive:

1. Navigation - compass and map.
2. Knife/Multitool - Leatherman Wave and Kershaw Ken Onion Leek
3. First Aid Kit
4. Clothing - extra clothes
5. Trail Food - some granola bars and stable protein bars.
6. Sun Protection - spf50, shades, carmex, and a hat
7. Light - LED flashlight and an extra Petzl LED headlamp + extra batts.
8. Water - a few bottles plus an empty 96oz nalgene bladder.
9. Shelter - space blanket and large rain poncho that could be a tent, small roll of paracord.
10. Fire - torch lighter and waterproof container of matches


So in the event of a full fledged zombie alert, I"m fooked with no ammoe, but for 99% of the natural disaster crap I'll get my arse to safety and be comfortable.
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:34 PM   #215
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I used the term "zombe purse" on a coworker today in reference to his Maxpedition bag. He laughed and was pleased that there was someone else who recognized/appreciated what Maxpedition was.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:37 PM   #216
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I used the term "zombe purse" on a coworker today in reference to his Maxpedition bag. He laughed and was pleased that there was someone else who recognized/appreciated what Maxpedition was.

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Old 04-02-2010, 04:32 PM   #217
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:02 PM   #218
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My Bug Out Bag is a different story. Here is a pic - but too much in there to list in a couple minutes. This is also my grab and camp bag - I have enough in there to be completely self sustaining for 4 days to a week (except for more water than I have in there - only carry 3-6 liters in the pack). The sleeping bag is a lightweight fleece lined bag that I strap on with quick straps (just not strapped on at time of pic).

Bag : Eberlestock Haltrack (http://www.eberlestock.com/Halftrack%20Backpack.htm )
Total "grab weight" : 37 pounds.


The backpack is a "3 day assault pack".

This guy even travelled the world for a year with the same pack -----> http://frysinger.net/packing/
I'm seriously thinking about getting the "G4 Operator" pack from Eberlestock.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:15 PM   #219
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Oh, here's something all of y'all have missed, but I know it'll be in all your packs, soon.



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Old 04-05-2010, 01:26 PM   #220
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Oh, here's something all of y'all have missed, but I know it'll be in all your packs, soon.

Mail order only, right? Brown paper and all.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #221
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Oh, here's something all of y'all have missed, but I know it'll be in all your packs, soon.
the folks down in CS&M might need some
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:27 PM   #222
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the folks down in CS&M might need some
That stuff makes the sand stick.
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That stuff makes the sand stick.
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i wish this thread was taken more seriously
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:10 PM   #225
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i wish this thread was taken more seriously
post up dude

I am the one that called it a zombie purse but I put pictures of the stuff I have been carrying for years

I am in the process of putting together a better set of stuff for my wife in her car (pistol included)

what do you carry
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