|Item Weight||2.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.2 x 2.8 x 11 inches|
|Item model number||21013|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||21013|
|CAPA Certified||CE, FCC|
|Safety Rating||CE, FCC|
Goal Zero Switch 10 Recharger with Nomad 7 Solar Panel and Multi-Tool Kit
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- Replaceable lithium ion 3,000mAh/11Wh lightweight battery with LED level indicator and pass-through capability
- Quick charge with 1.5A USB output and smart power without overcharging or discharging
- Solar ready with built-in charging tip to power up in 4 hours from any USB port or in 4 hours of full sun from the included Nomad 7 Solar Panel
- Switch 110 Lumens flashlight with wide angle for lighting up the trail or piercing the darkness and high or low power for maximum light or extended runtimes
- Switch lightweight fan attachable for a personal cooling system wherever you go
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More than a phone charger, more than a flashlight; the only all-in-one power solution for your pack. Quick charge phones, POV cameras, and other USB-powered gear, than switch on a flashlight for bright light anywhere, or a fan to cool off. It's solar-ready and features a replacement, rechargeable battery that powers up from any USB.
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Goal Zero Switch 10 Recharger & Nomad 7 Solar Kit
More than a phone charger, more than a flashlight; the only all-in-one power solution for your pack. Quick charge phones, POV cameras, and other USB-powered gear, then switch on a flashlight for bright light anywhere, or a fan to cool off. It's solar ready and features a replaceable, rechargeable battery that powers up from any USB.
Recharge by: USB or Solar
Power Output: USB
Ideal for: Phones, GPS devices, headlamps, small USB devices, and Goal Zero Switch Tools.
Replaceable Lithium Ion Battery: Replaceable (3,000mAh/11Wh) lightweight, high power density battery. Features instant-on technology for easy, plug-and-play power, an LED battery level indicator, and pass-through capability.
Quick Charge USB Port: Intelligent charging for any USB-powered device (1.5A Output) to deliver smart power without overcharging or discharging.
Device Specific Cables: Micro USB tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging.
Solar Ready Built-in Charging Tip: No extra cable to lose. Charge up in four hours from any USB port or in four hours of full sun from the Nomad 7 Solar Panel.
Switch Flashlight (110 Lumens): Wide angle to pinpoint for lighting up the trail or piercing the darkness. High power for maximum light, low power for extended run-time.
Switch Fan: Lightweight, quiet, attachable fan for a personal cooling system wherever you go.
Quick Charge USB Port to Power Small Devices
The Goal Zero Switch 10 features a USB port, allowing you to charge small USB-powered devices as well as the included fan and flashlight Switch tools.
Two Ways to Recharge: USB or Solar Panel
Charge up in about four hours from a USB power source or in about four hours of full sun from the Nomad 7 Solar Panel.
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* Removable battery! For backpackers especially, replaceable cells are a great feature. They're great with solar: charge them, swap them out, and you have as much capacity as you have batteries, without extra weight for the housing and electronics of multiple power banks.
* "Solar-ready" charging. I need to do further field testing on this poorly-explained feature, but it appears to mean the Switch 10 can handle unreliable input from solar panels without failing to charge or even discharging (!!!) as some USB power banks do.
* Pass-through charging. Again, Goal Zero doesn't provide details, but the mere fact it works at all is far better than most USB batteries.
* "Flip" charging port is fiddly and gimmicky. Just use a micro-USB port.
* Minimal water resistance. No caps to protect the ports.
* Can deliver 7.5 watts but can only accept 5 watts for charging. As best I can tell after an hour of research, the cell used in the Goal Zero branded battery should be capable of charging faster than this without damage.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE GOAL ZERO REMOVABLE BATTERY?
* Proprietary design ::: The Goal Zero branded cell is an 18650 cell wrapped in a nonstandard package. THIS MEANS YOU CAN'T USE THE BATTERY IN ANYTHING BUT GOAL ZERO PRODUCTS. There is an entire ecosystem of devices which use 18650 cells - you can't use them with the Goal Zero battery. The nonstandard package allows the battery to be inserted in either direction - this adds little value when consumers are used to inserting batteries in one direction, and when any device can protect against backwards insertion with a simple diode.
* Possible safety hazard ::: The Goal Zero battery package places both contacts next to each other on both ends of the battery. If the battery contacts a conductive surface or debris, this could lead to an uncontrolled discharge - think battery damage, heat, and maybe even fire. The battery does come with protections against heat and charging/discharging too fast. However, to prevent an uncontrolled discharge, Goal Zero relies on these protections to actually work. Can they guarantee no faulty protection electronics on every cell? In a world where poor Li-ion battery design grounded the Boeing 787, do you think so? Goal Zero claims they only use branded 18650 cells in their battery. The Li-ion battery market is flooded with fakes - can the Goal Zero guarantee they are getting genuine cells, not fakes? All it takes is one cell with faulty or nonexistent protections, and one piece of metallic debris, to result in a dead battery or much worse (fire).
Overall, this USB power bank is a great idea made much less great by Goal Zero's decision to use a poor battery design. I can see no other reason for Goal Zero to use the design other than to lock users into buying Goal Zero branded removable batteries. The device itself is nice, but could be improved by getting rid of the weird and gimmicky flip charging port, and by proper waterproofing.
EDIT: I sold this device on ebay and bought a generic charger which works with actual 18650 cells. I don't expect the physical construction will be as nice as the Switch 10, but the very picky folks on Candle Power Forums seem to like this charger. It's the Soshine 2-cell charger: http://amzn.to/2bKbJzx
Craftsmanship is top notch - both the metal finish and the function/connection of the "multi-tools" are excellent.The unit does not feel cheap or breakable and everything in the box is actually really useful.. even if I didn't think that I would be using it.. like the fan! This is replacing a couple of give-away type usb chargers I've used for my Galaxy Phone, Nexus Tablet and in the summer a little boost to my GoPro camera.
I don't know enough to tell anyone how to tell if you are getting the latest verison of the product.
I don't have enough data yet, but preliminary indications are that the battery is fading. I'll know more by October when I will have used the unit for almost six straight weeks.
I have other Goal zero products and have not had a problem until now