Construction and Durability
The mere fact that it’s from Goal Zero gives it some credit of over its competitors. Goal Zero products are built to last. Goal Zero is already an established brand in the solar panel making industry. This panel’s design and construction are exceptionally incredible. It comes with plenty of perfectly sized and sturdy pockets and strong canvas panel covering. These keep the panel and its components safely locked inside. The rugged and high-quality build design makes it able to withstand UV rays and other tough weathers. It includes great accessories such as magnetic closures, canvas covering, and charging ports all of which make it a bit heavier for a panel of its kind.
Nomad 7 includes a whole lot of accessories and add-ons. Inside the box are tons of adaptors that fit well into the 12V USB charging port. Another of the accessories is the USB cord for plugging devices to the panel. The removable kickstand is rugged and waterproof hence it can withstand bad weathers like snow and rain. It aids provide a better placement angle and natural shade for keeping the devices sheltered while being charged. It comes with vented pockets that aids regulate temperatures.
Performance and Charging Speed
Goal Zero Nomad 7 is the smartest and most versatile backpacking solar panel to buy. It has 7 watts and generates 12 volts of DC power ideal for charging multiple DC-powered devices. It is the best backpacking partner to have if you don’t want your devices to run out of juice. Though small and lightweight, Nomad 7 is smart and powerful enough to charge an iPhone from 0 to 33% when exposed to direct sunlight for 30 minutes continuously. Also, it has the capability to fully charge a cell phone or MP3 player in less than 3 hours, smartphone and USB camera in less than 4 hours, switch 8 rechargers in less than 6 hours, and a Guide 10 plus in less than 6 hours. Although it includes multiple cords and charging ports, it does not have enough wattage to charge multiple devices at once even when the sun is extremely hot.
Can It Be Used With Battery Packs?
The answer to this question is an absolute yes. Though not a must, this solar panel should be used together with any of the Goal Zero’s battery packs. You can use it with venture 30, Flip, Guide 10 or any other Goal Zero battery pack to store power for charging devices when they go out of juice at night when there is no sunlight.
What Is Goal Zero Nomad 7 Ideal For
Goal Zero is perfect for backpackers and frequent outdoor explorers. It gets your camera charged ensuring you can shoot those great memories and your smartphone filled with juice to ensure you can share the memories with your friends on social media. It has a high-quality design and well-rugged exterior covering which means it can withstand even the harshest of conditions. Nomad 7 is also user-friendly and simple to operate. You can take it with you any time you moving off-grid if you don’t want to run out of juice.