Solar Technology has introduced a combined solar and battery-based recharging system for iPods and other devices, the FreeLoader 8.0.

The device ships with the capacity to charge many of the latest mobile gadgets: digital cameras, iPods, PDAs, PSPs and mobile phones, and even supports a direct connection to the iPhone and the iTouch.

Attractively-designed, Freeloader 8.0 has a durable casing and folds up small for transport in a pocket or handbag. The device can power an iPod for 18 hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, a PSP for 2.5 hours and a PDA for 22 hours.

To ensure batteries never run flat, the Freeloader 8.0 can charge its own internal battery which holds its charge for up to three months and features extra sensitive solar panels which are more much efficient at absorbing light in the cloudy and dim conditions the UK endures.

Freeloader 8.0 is available in both Hot Pink and Cool Aluminium Silver and costs £29.99.