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Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
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- Built-in junction box with smart-charging chip, allows you to power handheld USB and 12 Volt gear from the sun
- Patented chaining technology combines Goal Zero Nomad panels for faster charge times
- Highly efficient mono-crystalline solar pumps out more power per square inch. Optimal Operating Temp: 0-120 F (-17-48 C)
- Pair with any Goal Zero power pack (sold separately) and charge gear day or night
- Foldable and portable for use anywhere
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Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
Our largest foldable panel ensures you're collecting the most power from the sun for your gear. Utilize the built-in USB port or pair with a Goal Zero portable power pack to charge your gear day or night.
The Goal Zero System
Pair with any of Goal Zero’s power packs and charge gear day or night. Foldable and portable for use anywhere.
Charge Anything as Fast as the Wall
Innovative plug-and-play system. Built-in junction box with smart charging chip allow you to power handheld USB and 12V gear from the sun.
Patented chaining technology combines Nomad panels for faster charge times. Highly efficient monocrystalline solar pumps out more power per square inch.
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The Nomad 20 Solar Panel combines highly efficient mono-crystalline technology in a foldable, portable, plug-and-play form. With a built-in junction box and innovative smart chip, the Nomad 20 can directly charge handheld USB and 12 Volt devices directly from the sun, just as fast as the wall. Combine the Nomad 20 Solar Panel with any of Goal Zero's power packs and store power to charge your gear day or night.
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PS no issues using it through windows either!
This is what I found. With the Nomad 7, the iphone 5 will charge if you are "NOT" using any apps or the internet.
The Nomad 20 will charge the Iphone 5, while using the internet, streaming radio, finally fantastic...
The Nomad 20 will also charge the Ipad in "no time" I charged my ipad from 20% to 70% in under an hour while using it.
So... If you are like me, and hitting the beaches, campground, fishing or backpacking, the Nomad 20 isnt a huge weight issue, its fairly compact and will fit in a day pack easily.
We normally hit the shore and hang out on the beach all day, using the iphone streaming music, and the ipads, as well as small cameras, importing photos and sharing them on FB. The NOmad 20 will allow you to keep all your stuff charged. Highly *****Recommend it****
So after further testing I found something out: Avoid using non-apple cables when charging the ipad/mini . Apparently when I used an after market longer version of the charging cable for my ipad-mini, it wouldnt charge. Plugged in an apple cable and it charges fine. Used an after-market standard length cable and it worked fine also. So it seems that its the longer cables that are an issue.
I picked up 2x Nomad 20's because A) murphy B) they're not too heavy C) they fit in a backpack and D) chained together they usually output 30-34ish watts in strong sunlight in my neck of the woods. A pair of them usually charges up my Sherpa 100 on a good clear afternoon or keeps a Yeti 400 topped off with medium use. If you only use one Nomad 20, expect about 15-17W of actual output - which charges smaller items like an iPhone or a GoPro in a hurry, but larger stuff like iPads, Sherpas, Yetis or other powerbanks will take *a lot* longer.
Angling your panels also helps with maximum output so I measured, cut and filed down an old aluminum tent pole to make some lightweight collapsible/adjustable stands for my Nomad 20's, pictures below. As another reviewer stated, you can use a cigarette->USB adapter to bump up your amps for fast charging an iPad or other USB device directly from the panel.
Overall, I'm really happy with my Nomad 20's, they're tough, dependable and work well. Hope I don't jinx myself by saying it, but If they were to break tomorrow I'd probably buy the same ones again.
According to Goal Zero, in full sun, the Nomad 20 should charge the Yeti 400 in 40-80 hours. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're definitely towards the 80-hour end of the spectrum, or 8 ten-hour days of sunshine. To keep the system topped-up, that means I'd have to use only 12.5% of the battery capacity each day. Of course, we use more than that, but when we're camping, we usually drive to different parks and trails, so we charge the Yeti up as we drive around, too.
If I was going to be using solar more exclusively, I think I'd have to look at other brands. It's nice that all the Goal Zero stuff works well together, but the prices on their solar panels are pretty steep. This Instapark® 27W Solar Panel puts out 35% more power at half the cost.
This panel is nice in that all the cords are right where you need them (in the handy pocket). The pocket also works well for holding a few other bits and pieces, like extra cords, flashlights, etc. It's handy how the panels fold up and it's a very easy system to carry (about the size and weight of a legal notepad). In the pictures below, you can see our setup (along with some MPOWERD Luci Lights, which we love). On a cloudy day, I was getting 6-9 watts of power from the panels. On a sunny day, I get closer to 13-15W. I tend to move the panels to directly face the sun in the morning and evening. Once the sun gets up a bit higher, I just leave them lying on the ground in an open area (occasionally tying them to my pack to power a small backup battery as we hike around).
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or if you found this review helpful. Cheers!