Goal Zero Recharging kit Reviews

Review: Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Vs Sherpa 50

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On February 18, 2016
Last modified:February 18, 2016


About the manufacturer

The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Bluffdale, Utah. It is a company which offers solar energy with which you can power anything, anywhere. Their products are really high quality ones, some of them being solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and accessories including lights, lanterns, flashlights, and speakers. The people at Goal Zero believe that the potential which each human has can make a big difference in the world, meaning it could create devices which will match energetically needs of people on the entire planet, without endangering it further. Their portable equipment is especially significant in villages and local communities in Africa. It is made to serve people worldwide and keeps them powered.

Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit with 110V Inverter

sherpa 50 reviewThe Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit and Power Inverter offers a versatile, go-anywhere power source that charges USB-, 12V- and AC devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and smartphones. The Sherpa 50 could be charged with the included Nomad 13 solar panel in 6-12 hours (if you want to do it quicker use Boulder 30 solar panel, estimated 4-8 hours). The second charging option is the wall charger (2 hours) and the last one is with your car 12V adapter (3 hours). When fully charged, the Sherpa 50 can double the battery life of a laptop or tablet, and can extend the battery life of an e-reader by 5 times and a smartphone by 7 times.

What’s in the box?

In this delightful package you will find a lot of goodies: A Sherpa 50 recharger, a Nomad 13 Solar panel, a Sherpa Inverter, and AC wall charger and a 12V Adapter. For the money spent, you get a full basket.

sherpa 50 review

Dimensions and specific features

The dimensions of the Sherpa 50 are 4.5 x 1.5 x 5.25 in (11.4 x 3.8 x 13.3 cm) and it weighs only 544g or 1.2 lbs.

The battery cell type is Li-NMC and the peak capacity 58Wh/11V. Sherpa Inverter puts out up to 110V (75W) via AC plug, enough to power video cameras, laptops, or other mid-size electronic with ease and convenience. State-of-the-art monocrystalline technology in solar panels delivers more power per square inch than any other solar technology available. Includes two extremely durable panels in a weather-resistant, impact-resistant folding envelope made of high-denier textile.


Compact, powerful and works correctly right out of the box. Easy to setup and easy to use. The Sherpa has tons of uses with the inverter attached. I was able to watch TV in my bedroom for about 4 (Four) hours before I got sleepy and tuned it off! It works very well and for its size, it packs a lot of battery power.

Pros and cons 


  • It holds a full charge for up to 8 months
  • Output ports include USB, 12-volt auto and 12-volt sidecar
  • Compact, lightweight and rugged design
  • Solar panel included
  • The ports offer you the option to power your gear simultaneously


  • Has some trouble when charging a MacBook

Goal Zero 42011 Sherpa 100 Solar Recharging Kit

100l copyThe Sherpa 100 recharges from the wall (3 hours) or car (4 hours) and combined with Goal Zero’s portable line of solar panels, it recharges from the power of the sun. In this package you get a Nomad 20 solar panel which charges it in 10-20 hours. This kit is ideally suited for charging devices from smart phones to laptops and most electronics in between. The Sherpa features four fused multi-voltage output ports with an 8800mAh Li-NMC battery can be charged from the Nomad 20, other compatible Goal Zero solar panels, and 110VAC or 12VDC.

What’s in the box? 

Well first, there is a Sherpa 100 Power Pack, one AC Wall Charger, one 12V Adapter, one Sherpa Laptop Tips, one Nomad 20 Solar Panel and a Sherpa AC Inverter.

 Dimensions and specific features

The dimensions are 5.8 x 1.5 x 5.25 in (14.7 x 3.8 x 13.3 cm) and it weighs 864g/1.9 lbs.

The Sherpa 100 utilizes a playfully futuristic industrial design. It has rounded edges, a two-tone color scheme, and colorful, geometrically shaped light-up ports. A small LCD screen with a battery-shaped indicator broken into fifths indicates the Sherpa 100’s charge state.

sherpa 100 review

The Sherpa 100 features a variety of color and shape-coded charging ports: (2) USB, 12V, Universal Laptop, and 120V AC using the included inverter. While the inclusion of the laptop charging port is a great thought, neither Microsoft nor Apple license out their charging cables to third parties — so if you want to charge your Surface or MacBook, you’ll still have to carry around its dedicated cable and charge the device using the Sherpa 100’s inverter. The Sherpa Inverter has its own on/off switch and LED power indicator.

Sherpa 100 review

I spent 23 days off-the-grid while trekking and climbing. The Sherpa 100 solar kit performed exactly as promised. I was able to recharge my SLR camera batteries and the Surface using only power from the sun.


Pros and cons


  • The ports offer you the option to power your gear simultaneously
  • The highest-power portable battery approved for airplane travel
  • Same device charge time as from the wall
  • Solar panel included
  • Laptop port and tips included

sherpa 100 instruction


  • Two Nomad 20 Solar panels recommended for best experience

Briefly: Goal Zero Sherpa 100 VS Sherpa 50

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 was developed significantly faster than Sherpa 50, and holds a lot more power than the older model. The Sherpa 100 light rings are a bit improved over the Sherpa 50 and is a better value than the Sherpa 50. It doesn’t take up that much more space and you get a lot more power. The Sherpa 100 is twice as powerful as the Sherpa 50, yet it is nearly identical in size and weight. It’s really a fantastic product. When purchasing Sherpa 100 you get a Nomad 20 Solar panel (Nomad 15 is got when you buy Sherpa 50) and the additional Sherpa Laptop Tips. And when we talk about charging time, it is almost the same from wall or car. I am not saying that the Sherpa 50 is bad, on the contrary…it’s just the Sherpa 100 is better.

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