So you drained the entire battery from your smartphone and headlamp at the same time as internet hosting an whiskey-fueled rave across the campfire last night. To not worry–with the Goal Zero Nomad 28 Plus Solar Panel, you’ll have your devices charged up and able to go again when it is time for round two tonight. Along with juicing smaller devices like phones, headlamps, and GPS units, the Nomad 28 Plus also works well for more power-hungry items such as tablets and Goal Zero’s Yeti and Sherpa batteries. An upgrade over the original Nomad series, this Plus edition is lighter and smarter than previous incarnations. Possibly the biggest upgrade, the brand new Auto Restart feature knows the difference between a device that is reached a completely charged state and one that disconnects as a result of cloud cover or a shadow. When it is been disconnected as a result of environmental causes, the Nomad 14 Plus will routinely reconnect the charging device, so you aren’t getting back to basecamp only to find that your phone stopped charging hours ago because a rogue cloud moved in. Some other smart feature is the easy-to-read LED indicator, which helps you to know the strength of solar conditions and provides immediate feedback on charging speed. When the sun’s not overhead, the detachable kickstand means that you can prop it up so you angle the panel to where the sun’s strongest. It is also built tough and waterproof so you do not need to baby it within the backcountry, and its compact, lightweight design means you’ll take it on extended backpacking trips or other excursions where space is limited. The Nomad 28 Plus could also be chainable with other solar panels whilst you truly need to crank up the power and charge devices in record time.
Capacity: 28W (18-22V)
Output: [USB port] 5V, as much as 2.4 A (12W max), [Solar Port (8.0mm)] 14-22V, as much as 2.4A (28W max)
Chainable: yes (not more than 4 in a chain really helpful)
Dimensions: [unfolded] 12.1 x 31.6 x 0.1in, [folded] 12.1 x 7.9 x 1in