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FEATURES of the Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit
Ultra-lightweight power supply
Charges smartphones and USB gear
Fully charge a smartphone in 1 hour
Solar charge your cell phone in 1-2 hours
Compact Nomad 7 solar panel enables you to charge your handheld devices directly from its USB and 12 Volt DC charging ports
Foldable, rugged design, and weather resistant
We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Rated 3 out of
Solar Recharging kit over promises and under deliversWhen one reads "Power Your Phone From the Sun" one would expect that one could power that phone on a fairly continuous basis. Unfortunately that is is not true with just this kit. Supposedly it is possible to charge the Switch 8 (the battery) in 6-12 hours with the panel. That might be true if the panel is continuously and ideally directed towards the sun on a perfectly clear summer day, but not when set outside at the end of November even with absolutely no shade. The one I have has been outside for a week, (albeit coming in most nights and back out by 9am), and has yet to indicate that it is 3/4 charged. The Switch 8 does seem to provide the stated charging capability at least for one shot off of a USB charge, but it is definitely no more than one phone charge per full Switch 8 even new. The whole set up is just shy of 12 ozs but for that I would like to charge a cell phone daily.
Date published: 2014-12-01
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