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You've tried sending smoke signals, but your fire-starting skills kind of suck. Whip out your Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel, power up, and send messages like a civilized person via your smartphone. Or, if human contact is what you desire, power up your GPS and see how far you are from the closest pub. Or connect the solar panel to your Goal Zero Rock Out portable speaker and dance like no one's watching, because no one is. Small and light enough to tack to your backpack, this clean, Earth-loving power panel goes anywhere you do.
- Durable monocrystalline, nylon, and plastic
- Directly charges most USB and 12V devices
- USB, solar, and mini solar ports
- Simultaneously charges from different ports
- Charges smartphone, GPS, or USB camera in 2-4 hours
- Not compatible with tablets
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had been interested in picking up a solar panel for quite some time and I finally settled on the Nomad 7. It does surprisingly well in slightly overcast conditions and this was the main selling point. It is fairly lightweight, easily organizes cords and devices in the zippered mesh compartment, has sufficient loops for hanging pretty much anywhere, and the USB port allows you to charge pretty much anything.
** CHARGE IT ***
This lil guy happily charged cell phones and my ipod for a 3 day backcountry yurt trip last weekend. I was able to easily charge my ipod to ensure that I was properly jamming out on the skin track up. I must have music, or I get lost in the pain cave.
Even with weak sunlight and thin cloud cover this panel was still absorbing the energies of the sun. Definitely a worthy item to bring along! It's most important function was to ensure we had power for my beloved Goal Zero Rock Out Speakers for the duration of the yurt times, but the battery life on the speakers is so good, that we only used the panel to charge phones and my ipod.
I was glad we had this because the frigid temps definitely impacted battery life on all devices we were using. Having the solar panel on had was great because the cold took such a toll on the battery life of all our phones and ipods.
Great little panel!
Great for the day
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I like to use the Nomad 7 to charge my phone and portable music device. It does a good job of keeping the charge level where I need it on sunny day, but does not do as well on cloudy days or where the sunlight is dim. There are larger panels that do that. I just attach the Nomad 7 to my backpack or the top of my daughter's carrier and we're off. Good stuff.
I typically take this with me when I'm car camping to charge my phone. My phone gets used as a GPS tracker, map, camera, and occasionally call maker when I'm camping/on a road trip, and this can be easier than trying to charge it through the car when I won't be in the car for long. You can hang it up in the morning while you're making breakfast and get an iphone 5 from dead to about 30% in an hour or two, and then leave it on the seat or something to build up the battery during the day, then finish off the charge when you get back to the car.
Use is very simple, just hang it in the sun and leave it there. It has a USB output as well as a 12-volt output, so you can charge most anything.