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Goal Zero Nomad 10 Review

Goal Zero Nomad 10 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 7
Portability 10
Ease of Use 9
Value for Money 7

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Goal Zero’s portable solar panels are rugged, efficient and thoughtfully designed, and the Nomad 10 is no exception. A lightweight, foldable design offers sufficient compactness, while the 10-watt rating is capable of charging nearly all mobile devices efficiently. The panel’s integrated USB port and dock make charging power banks easier.

The device is convenient to setup with its mounting kickstand. Its clip loops also help attach it to a backpack or a tent. For a 10-watt panel, this is a notably small device. When folded, it can fit in a hand or a backpack, almost like a small booklet. Overall, though, with so many small portable chargers to choose from, is this panel worth buying? Let us find out in this Goal Zero Nomad 10 Review.

Compatibility

The Nomad 10 is a small but mighty portable panel. Rated at 10 watts, it can charge phones, power banks, headlamps, and smartwatches. Lighthouse lanterns and other small USB devices aren’t an issue either. Depending on the device, it may take a few hours to fully charge.

Durability

Being a foldable panel, the Nomad 10 is pretty durable in terms of storing or transporting it, as the solar cells fold inward. It does not have an aluminum frame like traditional panels, but with the tough plastic and nylon/TPU lamination, the panel should be able to withstand some shocks. The panel lacks a water resistance rating, but setting it up in the rain would not be helpful anyway.

side facing goal zero nomad 10 portable charger

Ease Of Use

Unlike a traditional solar panel, the Nomad 10 sports an integrated USB port, making connecting and disconnecting it a piece of cake. Its mounting kickstand clicks at several angles and makes setting up the panel effortless. You can also strap the panel to your backpack or tent using the clip loops on the corners.

Features

Among the most interesting features of the panel are its high efficiency monocrystalline cells and a lightweight design. The ready-to-connect USB port and a charging dock make charging power banks a breeze, while the mounting kickstand and clip loops help set up the panel within seconds.

Design

If this portable panel is to be described in one word, the word “sleek” might do justice. Its slim profile and minimal use of colors make it look elegant. Unlike the Goal Zero Nomad 5 version, the Nomad 10 adopts a foldable design to make itself more compact.

Portability

The Nomad family of solar panels is surprisingly compact, all the way up to the Goal Zero Nomad 100 model. The longest side of the Nomad 10 is just over a foot and it weighs just over a pound. The thin, foldable design allows you to throw it into any backpack without even noticing its presence.

side facing goal zero nomad 10 portable charger

What We Like

At the given price tag, the Nomad 10 would not stand a chance against conventional panels if it did not add some noteworthy features, but the panel does well with these handy features and its thoughtful design. Our favorite part about the Nomad 10 is its foldability and ease of setup, similar to the Goal Zero Nomad 20. We also liked how easy it feels to carry, with its surprisingly low weight and volume.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Foldable and compact
  • Mounting kickstand
  • Easy to carry

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive
  • No water-resistance rating

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Goal Zero Nomad 5 Review

Goal Zero Nomad 5 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 7
Portability 10
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 7

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Nomad 5 is another thoughtfully designed product from Goal Zero, the company that makes innovative portable gadgets. It is a solar panel, and yet feels like a lot more than just that. With its 5-watt rating, this panel is mostly suitable for smartphones and tablets.

The panel feels rugged and comes with handy design features, such as a built-in charging dock to snap on a power bank, and a kickstand for mounting the panel at the desired angle. The panel can even be strapped to your backpack or your bike rack. Weighing less than 13 oz, it is hardly noticeable. This entry-level solar panel is great for hikers and campers. Let us check out the product in some more detail in this Goal Zero Nomad 5 Review.

Compatibility

The Nomad 5 is ultimately a solar panel and is compatible with everything that 5V solar panels are compatible with. Its 5V USB port can be treated like a 5V charging adapter when in sunlight. Nearly all smartphones and all solar powered portable chargers can be charged with it.

Durability

The frameless design on the Nomad 5 is an interesting choice and shows the makers’ confidence in its strength. Instead of a frame, it uses a thicker glass on the front. It also does not come with a fabric enclosure, as the 20-watts version of this solar charger does. The rear of the panel has plenty of plastic on it and can take mild shocks.

front facing goal zero nomad 5 portable charger

Ease Of Use

Two things set the Nomad 5 totally apart from traditional solar panels in terms of user convenience – the mounting kickstand, and the integrated USB port. The kickstand allows users to set up the panel at the perfect angle within seconds, and the USB port allows easy charging of power banks or phones.

Features

In this price range, this is possibly among the most advanced solar products available on the market. Its monocrystalline cells make for a compact size and light weight. The mounting kickstand and built-in power bank dock mean there will be less struggling with wires when setting up charging.

Design

Even with the limited scope for design innovation that solar panels have, Goal Zero does a good job with the Nomad 5. The frameless design, with holes on all corners, allows for strapping the panel to backpacks or tents. Its kickstand, too, makes mounting it on most surfaces a breeze. The company’s minimal design language repeats itself here with a black body and lime-green branding on the top and bottom edges.

Portability

The Nomad 5 is smaller than both the Goal Zero Nomad 7 and the Nomad 10 model. It weighs less than a travel mug, meaning carrying it into the wilderness is nothing to worry about. Most of the panel is made from lightweight materials. Setting up the panel for charging is also straightforward, thanks to the simple kickstand.

side facing goal zero nomad 5 portable charger

What We Like

We like the thoughtful design on the Nomad 5 and its capable solar cells, but our favorite thing about this product is its ease of use. There are a ton of options in the 5W panel category, but this is a wonderful product for those who want reliability and convenience.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Integrated USB port
  • Built-in power bank dock
  • Mounting kickstand

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive
  • Frameless design may reduce durability

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Goal Zero Nomad 7 Review

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 7
Portability 10
Ease of Use 9
Value for Money 7

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

A near-perfect companion for outdoor adventures is here – the Nomad 7 by Goal Zero. The 7-watt panel in the Nomad series is a foldable solar panel charger that is reliable, robust, and delivers everything it promises. Its thick fabric casing lends it sufficient ruggedness, while the multiple ports make charging easier. Its USB port even allows chaining with other panels.

Although it’s not designed for larger devices like tablets or laptops, this panel is lightweight and handy enough to be carried along. You can even tie it to your backpack with its solar cells exposed to sunlight. The panel is compatible with most handheld devices and even portable chargers from Goal Zero. Let us discover the product in some more detail in this Goal Zero Nomad 7 Review.

Compatibility

The 8-9V voltage of the Nomad 7 makes it compatible with nearly all mobile devices. Naturally, it is also compatible with Goal Zero’s other products, such as the Flip, Switch, and Venture rechargers. It comes with multiple ports that can be used simultaneously, the highlight being the USB port that allows the chaining of multiple panels.

Durability

The Nomad 7 has a tough fabric casing all over it, folding with the solar cells inward. When closed, it can certainly sustain some mild shocks and even some water splashes, though it is not encouraged. An IP rating for water-resistance would have been great, but the fabric covering must not allow that. The junction box sits in a chained, pouch-like section on one end of the device, keeping it secure.

front facing goal zero nomad 7 portable charger

Ease Of Use

The panel/charger opens and closes much like a notebook. Its strapping holes make it a perfect solar charger for backpacking. The junction box with ports is straightforward to use. The panel comes with an adapter with a port similar to a cigarette-lighter, making it easier to use. The only limitation is the lack of a mounting kickstand, like the Nomad 5 model. Laying the charger on the ground won’t work as efficiently, so you will have to do with a rock or your backpack for mounting.

Features

The Nomad 7 boasts high-efficiency crystalline cells as its prime feature. But other noteworthy features include the multi-port system and chainability – allowing you to connect more than one panel together for higher power generation. The panel does away with traditional, bulky components such as glass and frame, going for a lightweight fabric covering with transparent plastic on the collector surface.

Design

The 7-watt model in the Nomad family is similar in design to the Goal Zero Nomad 20. Its foldable design with the junction box concealed in the fabric casing is praiseworthy. The cover has a large green strip and Goal Zero written in large letters. Interestingly, Goal Zero also provides a ‘Realtree Xtra Camo’ color in this model – a brown, camouflage-style design.

Portability

The Nomad 7 is less than a foot on any side and weighs around 16 oz, making it easy to handle. It has a slim profile and can be easily carried in backpacks when folded. The lack of extra-long cables, such as on traditional solar panels, allows for better handling. Overall, the Nomad 7 gets full marks for portability.

front facing goal zero nomad 7 Portable Charger

What We Like

Consider all the features, and the Nomad 7 feels unique in comparison to most traditional solar panels. We are impressed by how easy it is to carry, connect, and disconnect. It might not be the cheapest sub-10-watt panel in the market, but it certainly is one of the best. And if you ever feel that 7 watts is insufficient, you can always choose a higher power model, all the way up to the 100-watt version of this solar charger.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Multiple ports
  • Durable fabric cover
  • Easy to carry

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive
  • No water-resistance rating

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Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Review

Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Review

Overall Rating 9
Portability 10
Compatibility 9
Durability 9
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 7

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 is a lithium-ion based power station that allows you to connect up to 10 devices using DC or AC. If you are looking for something far more than just a large battery, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium will definitely please you.

At such a large capacity, it is still relatively compact and portable. Unlike smaller power stations that suffice for mobile devices and lights, it can power fridges, TVs and a lot of other medium sized appliances. In addition, it has an excellent build quality and segment leading features such as wi-fi connectivity, which we will cover in this Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium review.

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Compatibility

Built with a DC and an AC input port, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium can be charged by a wall charger as well as solar panels. Goal Zero’s Boulder 200 Briefcase goes well with this unit, it can charge in 15-30 hours and is also easy to use with the power station. The Yeti 1400 comes with a single pin DC port. There are no problems with wrong connections, ensuring safety against the high current while dealing with such large capacity devices.

The 25A wall charger does an exceptional job. It can charge the battery in less than 5 hours. Compared to the standard wall charging time of almost 20 hours, this is laudable. Unfortunately, this charger does not come with the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium and has to be bought separately.

The output can be obtained from any or all of the 10 ports at once. The three types of USB ports, including the USB-C, are an important upgrade over the lower Yeti models. An inverter provides 110V AC power through two ports.

The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium with the lid open

Durability

On the inside, there is the lithium ion battery that is lighter than the lead-acid ones. On the outside, a perfectly fitting casing. In between, an array of well-fitted electronics. Overall, the power station is designed and manufactured to have no weak spots. Unlike some of the far cheaper products, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium is a solidly-built unit.

The four vertical edges carry a rounded pillar-like structure that improves strength. Despite a completely plastic build, it is engineered to have minimal chances of cracks or breakages for its weight and size. The handles are unlike the smaller versions; meant for carrying a significant weight. Two large cable-type handles are tightly clamped to the body and wrapped in smooth plastic material on both ends of the unit.

The display and the number of ports on the front could have been separate entities press-fitted in the front panel, making the components more generic and cost-saving. But all of them are embedded in the single front panel. This reduces chances of individual ports dismantling and dangling out from entanglement or shock.

Ease Of Use

The DC-AC inputs and outputs plus a large number of ports may make you feel that there is a lot going on with this machine. However, it takes an amazingly short time to familiarize yourself with Goal Zero’s Yeti 1400. The ports carry markings that group them into particular categories, such as USBs or AC ports.

Besides this, Goal Zero has kept the connecting part easy by having single pin ports. The connection of solar panels and basic batteries can be tricky with the polarity and voltage compatibilities.

There are a large number of battery devices available in the market, but only a handful are easy to use and show flexibility in compatibility like the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium does. If you would like to explore options other than the Goal Zero Yeti 1400, these are some of the similar products we reviewed.

Features

There is one thing that separates the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium from other battery packs: it’s not just a battery with an added bonus or two.  It comes as a complete package with a plethora of features.

The most novel among them is the wi-fi connectivity. Any of the ports of the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium can be turned on or off using a nice and clean mobile application. It also displays handy information such as battery percentage and input/output power in real-time. Multiple devices can be connected to the power station, or multiple power stations can be connected to a single device, making it flexible to use.

A person using the goal zero application to check the status of their Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium

More common features include the display screen, which shows all the required information related to battery as well as incoming and outgoing power. The previously mentioned versatile connectivity and the large capacity can keep your refrigerator running for an entire day. It can also power smaller devices for hundreds of hours. The cost of the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium does not stand out as an attractive feature, and it is an area the creators could work on.

Design

The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium is not something you would buy for its looks. It utilizes mainly dark colors, with a slightly contrasting silver-grey in some parts. The signature lime green colors round the handles, a small label on the front, and the feet stoppers.

The ports are typical, but the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium has Anderson pole ports too, which were absent in smaller Yeti models. Also, the sides do not have chaining ports like the smaller versions, as this energy bank hardly needs chaining.

Speaking of the shape, it is as simple as it can be – almost a rectangular cube with rounded edges, like the Yeti 400 or 1000 model. There is a tiny compartment on the top which also houses the input port for wall charger. Altogether, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium is a symmetrical, subtly colored, and classy battery power station.

Portability

Goal Zero’s products are typically well-suited to being out in the open. Even the website photos have the power stations and solar panels sitting in arid terrains. Portability demands durability as an essential aspect, which we covered in a section previously. Besides durability, the device should last a long time in the outdoors. Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium houses a large battery of over 100Ah and can certainly last long. The option for solar power charging is, of course, a fantastic choice.

Goal Zero has also mentioned that this product has the battery enclosed in a water-tight enclosure that protects it from the elements. This has not been the case in most of the other Yeti series power stations, and it makes the Yeti 1400 a unique product in its line. All solar panels are essentially water-resistant but charging a battery out in the open with panels can be difficult. Goal Zero seems to have solved this problem, at least for light rains and splashes.

What We Like

We like the fact that energy storage solutions are becoming smarter, more versatile, and easier to use. Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium stores 1.4 kWh of energy in less than 50 lbs. (22 kg.) and is a supremely portable unit. At the fundamental level, battery technology has not experienced groundbreaking advancements, at least those that could become commercial reality. As such, innovation has a limited scope. With a wi-fi connectable system that is remotely controllable, this model has gone a step further.

A well-thought-out display design and a clear system of ports address typical customer pain points perfectly. For a battery that is above 100Ah, the weight is wonderfully managed. The only area where someone may not love the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium is its cost. But with these added and offered features, it may be worth it. This is an outstanding machine.

Pros:

  • Large capacity and compact unit
  • Multi-way charging and discharging
  • Wi-fi connectivity
  • Variety of outputs including DC and AC that can run simultaneously
  • Simple to use

Cons:

  • High cost

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