User Review: 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.