Goal Zero Nomad 7M Solar Panel
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
My go-to "comfort item."
- Allows me to carry my smart phone
- Works well when the sun is out
- Heavy (1lb)
- Dead weight with overcast skies
My desire to go "ultra light" has been hampered with the purchase of this little item. At 1lb, the Nomad 7 was one of my heavier items. However, having it with me for a week of backpacking allowed to do the following with my smart phone:
- Call and text my wife once a day (as signals allowed).
- Take photos and videos throughout my trip.
- Read a good book at night.
- Play a Sudoku (or two) before going to sleep.
With the sun setting at 7p.m., having the Nomad 7 allowed me to use my phone to stay in my normal sleeping pattern, instead of saying, "It's dark. Might as well crash."
I've seen a few reviews on other sites that mentioned a problem with the Nomad 7M & iPhones. Specifically, there was mention that any passing shadow would disrupt the charge on an iPhone. This was NOT suppose to be a problem with Android phones. Well, I had no problems on my 'droid, and my buddy's iPhone charged without incident during the trip.
[Edited update: A town just a few miles from here was hit by a tornado last night. With power out, many people were desperate to recharge their phones today. This little gadget helped a lot of people!]
Thanks to Trailspace for the $400 gift card to Backcountry.com! I won it while giving a review in January 2013. The gift card paid for this great item.
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For the minimalist on the go the Nomad 7M delivers ultra-compact yet powerful solar panel that enables you to charge your handheld devices directly from its USB and 12 Volt DC charging ports.
Compatible with most USB devices
3O% smaller than comparable panels
Includes 12 Volt female cigarette adapter
Pocket for devices and 4 cell charger
Compact foldable fabric case
Reflective and durable loops for hanging
Here's what other sites are saying:
Harness the power of the sun and recharge your electronics anywhere you go with the super-portable, super-convenient Goal Zero Nomad 7M Solar Panel.
Key Features of the GoalZero Nomad 7M 7 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel With USBSolar Panel Wattage: 7WSolar Panel Type: Mono-crystallineOpen-Circuit Voltage: 6.5-7VConverting Efficiency: 17-18%Solar Output: 6-6.5V, 1.0A max (6W)USB Output: 5V, 0.5A max (2.5W)GoalZero Nomad 7M 7 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel With USBIf you are going on an outdoor adventure where regular power� impossible then you can use the GoalZero� Nomad 7M 7 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel With USB that permits you to charge your handheld devices directly from its USB and 12-volt DC charging ports. Smaller than comparable panels and 14 times more powerful, the Nomad 7M collect 7 watts of power from the sun, and stores power with the Sherpa 120 power pack for use anytime. You can use the Nomad 7 with a Guide 10 power pack (sold separately) to power your devices when solar is not available. So whether you're backpacking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or more, you can easily pack and carry your solar energy. This solar panel can charge most of your portable devices to help you take your digital life to go. It can charge your cell phone in 1 to 2 hours. The GoalZero Nomad 7M 7 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel With USB is waterproof and has a lightweight, foldable case design with a built-in protective pocket to store your portable devices or connector cords.
The Goal Zero Guardian 12V Solar recharging kit combines the Guardian charge controller's portable convenience with the compact, efficient Nomad 13 solar panel to keep your 12V batteries juiced up. Guardian charge controller prolongs the life of your 12V batteries my monitoring the charge. 12V output and alligator clips make it easy to connect the Guardian between the solar panel and a battery. LED indicators show when the solar panel and battery are properly connected. The Nomad 13 solar panel is the perfect power source when space is tight and ounces count; its 4-panel array provides plenty of solar power wherever you may roam. Highly efficient, mono-crystalline panels collect 13W of power from the sun and charges up a 12V battery in 6 - 10 hrs. The weather-resistant Goal Zero Nomad 13 solar panel features a compact and lightweight folding case that is tough and weather resistant.
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.