Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel Review
10/10 Based on Ken's Review
Purchase From REI For $80
Today I'm reviewing the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel which I purchased from REI for around $80.
I walked into the store wanting something that could charge my cellphone while out camping or out on the water. I've made devices for this in the past but decided to finally break down and buy something commercially available. I must say, I'm very impressed with the Nomad 7.
There's something great about harnessing the power of the sun. The first time I plugged my phone into the Nomad 7 and saw the charging light come on I felt somehow liberated from the constraints of the wall outlet. Now I could camp indefinitely, editing this site from my smartphone, until I ran out of food, clean water, or more importantly, toilet paper. It was a great feeling.
There are smaller solar panels out there, but I wonder how they compare with a smaller surface area. I love the Nomad 7 for is large surface area and yet slim design. I definitely recommend picking one up over the smaller devices.
Lately I've been using the Nomad 7 not only for camping but also for charging my cell phone while sitting outside of the coffee shop. There are never plugs outside most coffee shops. At least one out three people passing by stop and ask me what this device is. They're always amazed when I tell them I'm charging my cellphone with sunlight.
The Nomad 7 can charge usb devices as well as anything that uses a car charger. I've charged my Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone from fully drained to fully charged in about 1.5 hours in direct sunlight. It's taken as long as three hours on overcast days but at least the phone still charged. Smaller unites I've used in the past would only charge my phone in direct sunlight, anything less and the phone didn't recognize it was connected to a charger. The larger surface area of this solar panel is definitely beneficial in that regard.Size & Weight
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