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Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
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- Solar charge your cell phone in 1-2 hours
- Use solar power with USB or 12 Volt devices
- Collect 7 Watts of power from the sun
- Foldable, rugged design, and weather resistant
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I exclusively used it to charge our GPS, cellphones, digital cameras, and Kindle Paperwhite.
It packs down safely very fast, and deploys effortlessly in any scenario.
A big ziploc bag allowed charging sensitive items literally out in the rain;
While some days i hiked wearing my Nomad across my back, etc.
It took a beating, worked flawlessly, and simply never disappointed.
The Nomad 7 has two standard panels, each about the size of a half sheet of notebook paper, so it's about the size of a pad of paper fully opened. It has three different outputs on the back: A USB port, a dedicated cable to feed into a Guide 10 battery charger, and a 12v DC female socket (i.e., a "cigarette lighter" socket like in your car). The 12v DC out is not included on any of my other portable solar panels -- it's a nice addition. The panel also has an input to chain it to other Nomads. The output/input connections are all in a single block, which is covered by a zippered mesh pouch on the back of the panel so you can keep all of your charging cables neatly stored with the panel. The port labels are printed right on the case so you can't lose them -- a handy and smart detail.
The Nomad 7 can charge some devices (like my phone) directly, but it won't charge my iPad directly. To charge an iPad, you need to use the Nomad 7 to charge a battery pack (Goal Zero recommends the Guide 10 battery charger; I use an Anker 5V/2A external battery, which doesn't have removable batteries but is smaller and works great), then dump the charge from the external battery pack to your iPad.Read more ›
Now that that's out of the way, let me back up. The Nomad 7 is an incredibly well-constructed piece of tech. The case is study and closes securely via hidden magnets. The panels themselves seem to be high-quality. There's a little storage pouch in the back, and the cables are permanently attached so you don't lose them. One nice touch I appreciated is that the labels for the cables are actually screen-printed onto the case. There's also loops all around the perimeter of the panel, giving you multiple points to secure it.
Something important to note is that this is just a panel - it doesn't actually store any charge on its own, which lead to the comments I made back in the beginning. If you're hiking the Grand Canyon in August at noon this will work fabulously to charge your phone all by itself - not so on a partially sunny December day in Philadelphia. I left this out all day to charge a powered-down Kindle Fire and it didn't even boost the battery one percent. The results on lower-draw devices were better but still not worth over $65.
Once I spent another $35 to get the battery pack, though, I was much more satisfied. The batteries don't seem to mind how slow they charge, so I just leave the panel hooked up to the pack and charge my devices from the pack.Read more ›
The solar panel is rated for 7 watt output power, hence the name 'Nomad 7'. It has three output ports in the back:
- A 5V regulated USB port rated up to 1A current (or maximum 5W output power), for changing USB devices.
- A mini-barrel plug that goes to the Guide 10 Plus Power Pack directly. It is rated for 6.5-7V at 1A (7W)
- A 12V port rated about 0.6A
After receiving the solar panel, I conducted many experiments in order to verify its output power. I did my experiments around noon time during the first 2 weeks of July, with the panel placed perpendicular to the incident beam. So the sunlight is as direct as possible for my area. However, I can never observe the advertised 7W output power.
- When I tried to charge my old Polaroid 701C tablet through the USB port, the most I can get is 0.88A at 4.7V. So the maximum output power is 4.1W (The same tablet can draw 1A when charging from its AC adapter)
- When charging the Guide 10 Plus battery pack through the USB port, the charging current is 0.8A. So the output power is just around 4W.
- When charging the Guide 10 Plus battery pack directly, the charging current is around 0.7A. So the output power is still under 5W.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this panel with the led stick light and the battery pack. I have had so much fun with this. Read morePublished 24 days ago by B. Newsom
Just back from a trek at Philmont Scout Ranch and this solar panel kept a couple of battery packs charged as well as my camera. Worked just as I expected!Published 1 month ago by Brian
Pretty decent device will not be able to charge phone all the way with just the solar panel, you will have to double it up with some other goal zero products to use it efficiently,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caleb Turnmire
This solar panel is the real deal.
You can get them for cheaper, but not the same quality. Goal Zero is the Cadillac of solar power. Read more
Use it for hicking, kayaking (with outer protection), camping.
Main use to charge iphone, batteries for gps & camera
It does what it does. Takes forever but what do you expect. Emergency use is probably the only this it is good for.Published 4 months ago by PharmThor
This solar panel worked right out of the box, in my back yard. When I took it camping, I was excited to use it, but it didn't work!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ulysses