Rated 5 out of
Invaluable for long tripsI brought a Nomad 13 (as well as a Nomad 7 and a Sherpa 50) on with me on a recent trip across western Mongolia. In brief, I was thorougly impressed by the durability, flexibility, and raw power of the panel. Despite falling off the roof of my car at high speeds (multiple times), being accidentally run over by another car, and getting completely covered in dust, sand, and mud, it worked flawlessly throughout—so long as it was oriented toward the sun. I chained it with the Nomad 7 to charge a Sherpa 50 power pack, and also used it to charge some of my smaller USB devices directly (iPod, GoPro, etc). It's definitely an investment, but a worthy one. The Nomad 13 proved to be an invaluable piece of equipment on this trip.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 3 out of
Go biggerIt works well for charging small things like primitve cell phones, and camera batteries. But if you are planning on using it with the Yeti 150 as part of a kit, like I bought it for you might as well forget it. The Nomad 13 is under powered to charge up the Yeti from an empty state of bettery life. It takes multiple days to get it back to full. I bought mine in hopes of using it while boondocking in my vintage camper. I use my Yeti 150 primarily to run string lights at night, and the occasional recharging of cell phones and the like. The battery life goes to nill after 1 day. I can't get it back to full before my trip is over using the Nomad 13. If you are buying a solar generator, buy a bigger solar panel to go with it. Maybe the Boulder 30, or the Escape.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of
Paragliding PowersupplyI put the Nomad13 on the outside of my paradliding harness in flight. I have to keep three different flight instruments running on long cross country flights. I used to take big(!) power bars for energy support. The Nomad13 is of much help since it is able to charge multiple devices at once. And sometimes after long flights you end up in the middle of nowhere, where you really really need it.
Good for XC-paragliders that the sun always shines when doing the sport ;)
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of
Hawiekame the ethnomusicologist from
Get this instead of the 7I use my Goal Zero panels for charging batteries during off-grid ethnographic research. I probably should have gone straight to the Nomad 13 instead of getting the Nomad 7 first... it's much better for charging the Guide 10 battery pack. You can also charge other batteries (such as deep cycle solar batteries) with the Guardian 12V Charge Controller. That said, the Nomad 7 is still a convenient workhorse and will get the job done if you need something small. But, if you're deciding between the 7 and 13, just go with the 13 if your budget allows. On the downside, one of the clip rings for hanging the unit broke. It was not properly sewn into the stitching around the edge and pulled out while hanging from the small carabiner (that came with the 7 but not the 13 for some reason). Other than that annoyance, no problems.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of
Solar lover from
best panel ever!The nomad 13 is amazing. it can charge up my smart phone just as fast as the wall. The best part about it is that I can charge my gear anywhere as long as there is sun. I bought this plus a cord to chain it to the boulder 15(which we I already own) and together they powered the escape 150 really fast it can be full in day. there was only one problem. The panel has straps all around the side to hang it. 2 of the straps broke not a problem and I'm contacting GZ support about it. overall this panel is efficient, durable and portable.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 5 out of
Very UsefulGreat product. It has come a long way since the original sherpa panels. The multiple outputs straight off the panel provide very useful energy without the need for a battery pack. It also gives flexibility on what you can charge. I've been using mine on and off for a while at home and on the go. It performs better than the previous nomad one comparable to size. The new size and form factor with storage is also a welcome addition. You can keep a lot of your stuff in it while in use or traveling. All in all one of the better panels on the market right now.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of
James Magnum from
One full Sherpa charge and I was hooked.Let me say this first- I did not go into this purchase with a good attitude. I had owned a defective Nomad 27.5 and was promptly refunded by the store I purchased it from. I saw that the Nomad 13 had been redesigned and took the leap of faith on ordering one. Upon arrival of the new Nomad 13 and new Sherpa 50, I was a bit skeptical about how well this 'two panel' folding solar unit would handle such a large battery as the Sherpa 50. After putting it through some personal vendetta tests (meant to make the panel fail) such as very cloudy days, filtered window light, flat out covering one of the two panels with a square piece of cardboard on a sunny day (all while attempting to clock the recharge time on a new Sherpa 50 that was sitting at 20% +/- a few percent. Every test passed with flying colors. Whatever you folks at Goal zero did when redesigning this solar panel worked like nothing I've ever used. I'm giving you a personal 6th star for the packaging. the zipper compartment is absolutely critical for my spare wires on a backpacking trip that ALWAYS end up missing at the end of a trip. Goal Zero products are so easily interfaced that even myself (not the guru of electronics) could figure out within 10 minutes how to fully operate this new system. Goal Zero- YOU WIN! I will always come back, and I'm am very happy with the customer service I've received in the past regarding my first defective panel. Thank you and keep up the good work. -James
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of
Amazing piece of gearAmazing piece of gear. As an active military member, there are times we need power for our personal devices and don't have it. Specifically, cell phones. When my guys are bummed because they can't talk to their families because their phones are dead and have no where to charge. I pull out my nomad 13 or guide 10 plus and hook them up. Boom, instant moral booster. Thanks Goal Zero for making such great portable solar powered devices. Wish they issued these things to us. For all who are curious the Nomad 13 and guide 10 plus work great together. Charging the 10 in something like 1-3 hours. It's great. Tested my 10 with the 13 from empty to fully charged took 1 and a half hours in perfect sun light. It was amazing to me. The only complains I have are that the cabling should be removable. The unused cables get in the way when not used and if they break or go bad you have to buy a new panel. Secondly, the closing flap is filled with a piece of soft cardboard which bends in the heat. It should be a stronger material like a piece of plastic and lastly the price is kind of steep for most but like they say, you get what you pay for. An overall amazing piece of gear. Hope this review helps those of you who are interested. Thanks again GZ.