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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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