The Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel is an extremely useful charging source to have while you’re in the great outdoors on your adventures. This portable power pack is ultra-lightweight, weather-resistant and enables you to charge handheld USB/12V gear directly from the sun.
The Nomad 7 will charge most of your USB handheld devices that include cell phones, smart phones, GPS, and MP3 players. The Goal Zero products that work the best with the Nomad 7 include the Switch 8 Recharger, Guide 10 Plus Recharger, Rock Out Portable Speakers and the Lighthouse 250 Lantern. You can use the USB and 12V ports simultaneously while charging. A 12V adapter is included in the box. The power port is located on the back of the Nomad 7 solar panel and has a USB port: 5V, up to 1A (5W max), regulated; solar port (blue, 8 mm): 15V, up to 0.3A (5W max), regulated; and a mini solar port (2.5mm): 6.5V, up to 1.1A (7W max).
With the way we rely on our electronic devices these days, the Nomad 7 is quite the lifesaver. I took it with me while climbing for a few days knowing I would be using my smartphone for pictures as well as my camera. In the past I’ve always been conservative about taking pictures on my phone as it kills the battery off pretty fast. With the Nomad 7, if the charge was starting to get low on my phone, I’d plug it in and let it charge for a while and start taking pictures with my camera. The battery on my camera usually lasts longer than my phone battery, but when that got low, I was able to use it for the camera battery as well. As long as I had some good sun for the solar panel, I was all set with charging the electronics used most.
In order for the Nomad 7 to really work properly, you have to have direct sunlight to the solar panel, or your device may not charge very well or not at all. But the fact that you have something you don’t need to plug in to get your devices charged is really fantastic. It’s really useful for those that go on long expeditions and have to charge their electronics such as their GPS, or if they listen to some music while on their excursion, they can charge their MP3 players. It’s very convenient and doesn’t take up too much space in your pack.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast and rely a great deal on your handheld devices while venturing out, the Goal Zero Nomad 7 is, without a doubt, an extremely useful piece of gear to have. And the fact that Goal Zero has such a great reputation for putting out top quality products and is backed up by some of the greatest outdoor athletes just adds to the credibility, and may be another reason why you should have a Goal Zero Nomad 7 in your backpack.