Goal Zero Recharging kit Reviews

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 starter solar kit

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On February 19, 2016
Last modified:May 25, 2016


Power anything, anywhere

sherpa 50 reviewGoal Zero is a thriving company, which offers portable solar power products to help you get the energy you need and whenever you need it. If you are in a quest for portable solar panels, lanterns and lighting, power packs, generators, speakers and similar things, this is the place to start your search. These products give customers what they need so that they never have to slow down or hold back. They also open up new possibilities for remote explorers and provide everyday adventurers the power they need. Goal Zero believes in the human potential to go farther and make a bigger difference in the world, and that means fulfilling energy needs throughout the planet. And this is precisely the reason they have developed and provided portable equipment to help people all over the world to get the power they need, especially Africans. Their projects gave light to villages and created sustainable power systems in local communities. Not only do they sell quality products but they are also humanitarians. Power anything, anywhere with Goal zero and you will not make a mistake.

Goal zero nomad 20 solar panel

The Nomad 20 Solar Panel combines highly efficient monocrystalline technology in a foldable, transportable, 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 with the same speed as the wall. Sounds pretty amazing right?!

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Another great feature of this solar panel is that in itself it is a normal panel which you can attach with any battery pack or solar generator, recommended ones being Goal Zero 22002 Sherpa 100 portable recharger and Goal Zero (25001) 110V Sherpa AC Inverter. This magic threesome is very frequently bought together by users.

Brace yourself, here comes another amazing feature: Under sunlight, you can spread out its 3 solar panels in a way it gets better exposure to sunlight, and after use, you can fold it down to a small, back-pack friendly unit. I also have to mention that it is made of sturdy materials and is very nice for portability since it is foldable to a tiny unit.

Dimensions and specific features

Nomad 20 is the largest foldable panel that Goal Zero makes. It folds up to about 8.5″ x 13″ x 1″, and unfolds to its full size of 30.5″ x 13″ x 1″ for charging. It weighs only 2.5 pounds which makes it light enough to follow you around anywhere you go. And the coolest thing about it is that it is slim enough to go into a pack. Pack the energy and hit the road, and have no fear, your Goal Zero nomad is here.

My opinion

On Amazon, this solar panel has the rating 4.5 out of 5 which is pretty high, and can indicate that it is very popular among the crowd. As a user, I have to say that I am extremely pleased with this solar panel. Beside the beauty of charging two devices at the same time, it can also charge my IPhone 5, while using the internet and any app! It is faithfully described, practical and gets the job done with no trouble. So if you purchase it, you will be one happy camper.

Pros and Cons

There are really a lot of pros for this device, some of them being powering handheld USB and 12 volt gear, highly efficient mono-crystalline solar pumps which out more power, it is foldable and portable for any usage, and also very weather – resistant and will not be harmed if exposed to rain or snow. As far as cons go, please use original chargers so that you don’t have additional problems and it does not work indoors.

Goal Zero 22002 Sherpa 100 Portable Recharger

This is one of devices frequently bought along with the solar panel. Designed to power all the gear in your kit, the Sherpa 100’s versatile array of ports include ultra-fast, smart USBs for phones and tablets, a 12-Volt port for lights, an innovative port specifically for laptops and a detachable AC inverter for DSLR cameras. The Sherpa 100 recharges from the wall or car and combined with Goal Zero’s portable line of solar panels, it recharges from the power of the sun. You need to know that it takes the same amount of time to charge your device from a Goal Zero power pack as it does from the wall. This device requires an AC inverter which is sold separately, the recommended being Goal Zero (25001) 110V Sherpa AC Inverter.

Dimensions and specific features

The product dimensions are 5.8 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches and it weighs only 1.9 pounds. It requires one Lithium ion battery which is included in the pack.

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There are three ways to power your devices. USB: The USB port best charges all your medium USB powered devices; laptop Port: Use the included laptop tips to power your laptop without the need of the laptop wall charger; AC inverter: Plug in your device just as you would to the wall with the removable inverter.

My opinion

I was looking for a battery which had four things: more power storage, more USB plugs, same solar charging and same ruggedness. And this recharger scores really high. It takes less than three hours to charge from the wall outlet. Goal Zero’s tend to be pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Pros and cons

As far as pros go, there are many: it is long-lasting, versatile power integrated USB, it gives the most efficient charge without overheating or overcharging, you can refuel any time from wall, car or sun. Cons: in order to reach its full potential, you will need to buy the AC inverter.


Goal Zero (25001) 110V Sherpa AC Inverter

Features and dimensions

This inverter makes your Sherpa power pack into a useful wall plug. It gives you the option of powering most laptops, tablets and camera batteries wherever life takes you. Just take your wall outlet with you on your next adventure, business trip, while preparing for a power outage, or just on the couch. It is 110V AC inverter for Goal Zero Sherpa v2, a 75 watt inverter when attached to Sherpa 50 v2, and a 100 watt inverter when attached to Sherpa 100. The dimensions are 1.00″ h x 5.25″ w x 1.50″ l and it weighs 30 pounds.

My opinion

It’s lightweight, it fits perfectly on the Sherpa and does the job. I love the fact that I now have the capability to keep my “plug in” devices powered if the power ever went out! I used it on my trip around Europe and it kept my phone, camera and iPad safe and charged throughout.

If you use it properly you should not have any problems.

To conclude

The Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel is indeed a perfect pick for an outdoor enthusiast to keep his/her gadgets alive always. It works well for all the commonly used handhelds like smart phones, tablet, GPS and digital cameras. And if you add the magnificent AC inverter and portable charger it will work like a charm.

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