Gear Review: GOALZERO Sherpa 50 Solar Kit
Adventuring into the wild lands of the world has seen a change since technology has become integrated into our daily lives. More people than ever we are heading into the wild and bringing their phones, GPS units, satellite phones/text message devices, camera, and speakers along. Even if it is hard for you to see electronics on the river, it is hard to deny that it can be nice to have some mellow music playing in camp, photos of you and your friends being awesome, and not having to carry extra batteries to keep things going. Use the power of the sun to keep your electronics going with Goal Zero.
The desire to keep my camera charged for a 24-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River was my motivation to harness the sun with a Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Charging kit. The kit comes well equipped with a solar panel, power pack, and a handful of accessory cords. My decision to get the Sherpa 50 Power Pack was based on my need to charge my camera battery.
Adventuring into the wild lands of the world has seen a change since technology has become integrated into our daily lives."
The added inverter allows you to plug in a standard wall plug and get the charge you need. I also knew that a few other people would have speakers, iPods, and cameras that could be charged via USB. The Sherpa 50 Power Pack with inverter paired with the Nomad 13 Panel made for a great lightweight and compact charging station.
The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Charging kit is ready to charge all of your electronics with USB, 12 volt, and AC plugs. I started my adventure with this thing fully charged and got two camera batteries, an iPod, and speaker charged before I had to pull out the solar panel and charge it back up. It does take a while to get a full charge, but I found that setting it up to charge for a few hours in the morning each day gave it enough power to keep things charged and ready to use.
"More people than ever we are heading into the wild and bringing their phones, GPS units, satellite phones/text message devices, camera, and speakers along."
Keep an eye on it though, it needs to be in full sun work best. You can even chain multiple panels together to speed up the charging process. Get this thing set up on lay-over days to take advantage of the all day sun you need to go from 0 to 100% full. The panels are also really quick and easy to set up, you can leave them out on your boat as you float and tuck them away when you get to a rapid.
Maybe you haven't given into the temptation of bringing your electronics on your wilderness adventures yet, maybe you have. This solar charging kit can also be a great addition to your everyday life as a mobile power source that can be charged from the sun, wall outlet, or your car. The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Charging kit is a great addition to your gear collection and will keep your electronics going.