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Just add another low cost product to your order to get the sub-total above £50. Then use one of the discout codes to knock £10 off. They have some pens for £2 - £3.75 and postage is free. From the website the charger looks to be the newer version with various adaptors included.

They sell for £55-60 on other websites.
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#1
Does it guarantee the salvation of the planet? ^_^
#2
£42!

How much does it actually cost to charge batteries?, Pennies!!!
#3
Add item(s) worth £8 to use a £10 off £50 voucher and get the whole lot for £40 delivered.

Welcome to HUKD solidox :)
#4
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#5
I have read up on the Solio, and I wasn't really impressed by it. Takes hours for a good charge, in direct sunlight (apparantly).
Great if you live in Spain, but the UK market is a different matter. Good price though, for this item, so voted hot.
banned#6
I recently bought this:

http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/solar-technology/charger/

I got £5.00 reduction using code

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/9051/ethical-superstore-5-off-a-20-purch


Review Here:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/05/17/review_freeloader_solar_charger/


It seems quite good. I bought it to be able to keep my son's DS Lite operational during a camping trip planned, and to make sure my mobile phone is okay too.

I can't see what more the John Lewis item can offer over the one I purchased
#7
thanks body for your post i just bought one hope going to be working fine
I'm planning to cycle from London to lake district this should be very helpful
and cheaper now only 21 with p&p
Lyrrad
I recently bought this:

http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/solar-technology/charger/

I got £5.00 reduction using code

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/9051/ethical-superstore-5-off-a-20-purch


Review Here:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/05/17/review_freeloader_solar_charger/


It seems quite good. I bought it to be able to keep my son's DS Lite operational during a camping trip planned, and to make sure my mobile phone is okay too.

I can't see what more the John Lewis item can offer over the one I purchased
#8
Maplin do a number of solar chargers at better prices than this. I have been using a couple of their car battery trickle chargers for a while now. One to keep the car battery in good nick and the other to keep all sorts of batteries charged - they come supplied with a couple of different connectors which make them more versatile. As the basic £9.99 solar charger is 1.2W (12 volts at 100ma) it is reasonably useful.

They do a 12W charger for £49.99 which would charge a car battery from flat if needed. I have also noticed that modern solar chargers don't need absolute sunlight anymore. Good daylight is enough to set them going although sunlight obviously ups the power somewhat.

Here is a Maplin link http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=solar%20charger&source=15&SD=Y
#9
Very recently I was reading that these devises are not planet friendly at all, because manufacturing & distributing them uses more energy than they will ever generate. There is also the little question of recycling the materials.

Chris
#10
Further to my last - Maplin are now doing a "solar week". This is the extract from their newsletter :-

Maplin Electronics has launched National Solar Week (June 18th - 24th) providing solar advice online and in store for eco-minded shoppers who want to do their little bit for the environment without making major changes to their lives or bank balance!

The solar advice day on Thursday, June 21st is part of a week-long awareness campaign designed to educate consumers on the benefits of both solar energy and the importance of going green in the home. All with relatively little effort on their part.

Whilst providing help and advice, we also strongly believe that the government should show a commitment to the environment to match that of our customers who are prepared to do their bit. By removing VAT on all energy-efficient products, the Government can do their bit too.

We're committed to making solar technology affordable and amenable to every customer, so we're counting on you to sign our petition and pledge your support.

We have a range of 44 more solar products on our solar site as well as detailed information and advice. Spend just ten minutes and you’ll find it’s easier than you think to do your bit! :-

There's also a link to the "remove VAT from Solar" petition on their website.

If you're thinking of Solar then this all might be worth a look at. Make sure you look at power ratings etc. so that you can work out what max current would be supplied by these items so as to give you an idea of how they compare to a mains charger. As well as the car battery trickle charger (now rated at 1.5W) I also have one of their small 4 x batteries charging units that just sits in the front window sill with four rechargeables in. I forget about it until those in use run out and then I swap them over - easy really. The batteries I take out of the charger have just as much go in them as if they'd been charged up in a mains charger.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/solarweek/solar_advice.html

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