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Goal Zero Nomad Portable 50 Solar Panel Review

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Review of the Goal Zero Nomad Portable 50 Solar Panel


Hi everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer, and today we are looking at the Goal Zero Nomad 50 solar panel here at etrailer. If you're into hiking and going on trips, and you're looking for something that's going to be portable enough for those adventures, but also has a bit of extra power enough for your laptops, your portable fridges, or multiple devices, this is a good option for you. This is a 50 watt panel which means that if you do have medium to larger devices, like laptops to portable fridges, this will work with that. Goal Zero has a range of solar panels from five watts all the way up to the hundreds of watts. So this is a very good mid-range solar panel. This has a monocrystalline cell type, and what that means is there's two types of cell types, monocrystalline and polycrystalline.

Monocrystalline converts more of solar energy into actual energy, making it more efficient, even though it's on a smaller area. compared to other solar panels that you have to set up and are a little bit more permanent, this is very portable and very light. All in all, it's about 6.85 pounds, making it easy to set up and pack away when needed. Speaking of packing it up, you can fold this up. Actually, that fold up feature is pretty cool, because you can go both directions with these bend points allowing you one, to find the best position for the sun, and two, make it easier to pack up and go.

With it folded up you can see that it is as large as maybe one of your laptops, making it easy to carry around as well as to store inside your vehicle, or your camper, or RV, or whatever you're using to get to those adventures. Taking a look at the back, you have this pouch which you use the zipper to open and close. You also have this net on the pouch allowing you to get some air with whatever's inside and see what you have stored without it falling out of your case. On the back, you're going to have these stands and they have a hook and loop to secure them, so just release them from the hook and loop, and this will allow you to set it up against the ground. You're going to have three of these along the back of that panel.

Inside that pouch on the back you're going to have your cables. So first we're going to have your USB, this is what you're going to use to connect to your devices for when you want to charge them up. You also have this chain-in port and this is what you're going to use to connect to other solar panels. They're going to have a plug that plugs right into there so that you can chain them up. And the last one we have this output, this is an eight millimeter cable.

You can also use these to charge up your generators, your power stations, or other devices. Each of these is 50 watts and we can chain them together to get up to 150 watts which means you can have three of these Nomad 50's going together at the same time. In terms of portability, I recommend checking your bag to see if you have the dimensions to fit this into, like what I have here has a space for your normal laptops. And you can see how it fits into the bag allowing you to carry it around for whenever you need it. Folding it up like this the dimensions are 17 inches wide, 11 1/4 inches tall, and 2 1/2 inches thick. While you still can get some power if you have it where it's slightly overcast, for best results you can set it up in the sun just to get all that solar energy working for you. So you can see how quick and easy it is to unfold the panel and then just release those legs, and you're good to go. With it out in the sun you can see that the blue light has turned on behind our solar panel, that's an indicator that it is working. You're going to have some loops on the end of your panel as well as on the end of the stands. This is to give you more options for either staking it down to the ground or using straps to secure it to maybe your camper, your vehicle, or to wherever you're camping. An important thing with portability is durability. If you're going to have this out, when you're out and about, you want to make sure it can stand up to those adventures. So even if you have wind kicking up you don't have to worry because these are covered. They're not hitting straight onto the solar panels but you still have a secure case that they're in and you don't have to worry about them accidentally cracking when you're out and about. One thing I recommend picking up with this is some of Goal Zero's power stations. You can use this with the larger Yeti, or if you're into more portability and lighter equipment I have here the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD. That's just going to plug into your battery, your power bank, your power station, and charge it up in the sun. My final thoughts about the Nomad 50 is I really like its portability. This is a 50 watt panel, and it's really up to you according to what power needs you have. If you have medium to larger devices this is a really good option. If you're just charging your phone, you might be interested in the Nomad 5, but if you do have a laptop you want to bring along with you this will work really well with that because it allows you to get the sun wherever you go and convert it into the energy you need. And that was a look here at our Goal Zero Nomad 50 solar panel here at etrailer..


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