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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Power on the Go ~ Nomad 7 Solar Panel by Goal Zero Review + Mini Dock Giveaway!!

I bet you are like me. I am always scrambling to get power. Power for my phone, power for my laptop, net book and cameras.

It never fails when I am out traveling that my phone or camera will start dying and I start running around trying to find an outlet. My electronics have died on more than one occasion especially conferences and trips.

I recently got a Droid 4 and although I love it, I don't love that the battery life is shorter than I would like. If I leave it on too long, the battery drains quickly and I am out of luck. It is frustrating when you need to tweet out a picture or Facebook an adventure and you phone is dead and there is no outlet to be found!

When the people at Geekorize sent me the new Nomad 7 Solar Panel by Goal Zero to review, I was excited because this baby is power all the time and on the go. All you need is a little sunshine.

First let me give you a few specific about the Nomad 7 Solar Panel:
• Includes solar panel, DC adapter, USB cable, 12V Male cigarette adapter
• Solar charge cell phone in 1 to 2 hours via USB port
• Built-in pocket protects your device
• 30% smaller, 14 times more powerful than closest competitor
• Not compatible with tablet computers
• Foldable rugged design
• Weather resistant
• Measures 19” W x 9” H x 0.1” D, 13 oz.

I didn't have a chance to use my Nomad 7 charger until our trip to California and Nevada. I figured it was the perfect time to review a product that runs on the sun since we were going to be in Palm Springs and Las Vegas. And the week we were there, there was going to be a lot of sun and hot weather.

I have to admit that I wasn't convinced this would work. I am all about solar power but the Nomad 7 Solar Panel seemed pretty small and I had never used anything solar powered except a calculator.

The first day we were at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort, we decided to do nothing but sit at the pool all day. Of course, I was using my Sony Reader, tweeting, emailing and facebooking throughout the day. After a while I noticed that my phone was running at 60% and knew I had to charge it soon or else it was going to die before the day was over.

It was the perfect place to test out the Nomad 7. I pulled it out, placed it on the lounge chair next to us and plugged in my phone. It was easy to use. The nomad is like a tablet or a book. You unfold it and make sure it is getting sun.

I loved that it has a convenient pocket where you can slip in your device. This is great if you have to move around and even better to help keep your device out of the sun. While the solar panels must be in a sunny place, your device should not. So the pocket keeps it safe from overheating.

I was able to use my USB cord with the Nomad 7. I plugged in my phone and plugged it onto the Nomad's 12 volt adapter, that is attached to the panels. I immediately saw that my phone was charging. After half and hour I went to check on the charge and realized that it was not charging.

Luckily, Tom was there and he asked if I had left my phone on. I had. There were all sorts of programs running as well. He suggested that I either stop all the programs or turn off the phone and then charge it. I took his advice and turned off the phone. Then I left the Nomad 7 in full sun. Yes, I am sort of techie challenged.

After swimming, sunning and having lunch, I went to check on the phone. It had been about 2 hours and when I turned on the phone, it had charged 30% and was up to 90%! It had worked. This was handy because I was then able to start using my phone again. When I was done, I plugged it back into the Nomad and let it get fully charged. All this while I was relaxing by the pool, in the shade.

It did charge slowly but that is because the solar panels do not have the power of an outlet. But if you are traveling this is actually a great product. I think this device would be best for hikers or campers. Can you imagine not needing to find electricity and still being able to charge your devices? It's great. I know I will always slip the Nomad 7 into my luggage when traveling. It is not always easy to find an outlet when you need it.

Plus the Nomad is lightweight and skinny enough to slip into a purse or backpack. It can be easily attached to a backpack because it has reflective nylon cords all around. The Velcro closure keeps it closed tight and safe if you decide to keep your device in the pocket inside.

It was the perfect charger for being poolside as well. I not only used it at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort but also used it when we stayed at the Hotel California! I was able to charge my phone and my sister's phone at the same time while we were lounging by the pool.

Would I recommend this product? Yes. I think if you need easy charging, this is a great product to have. All you need is the sun. If you love hiking and doing outdoor stuff, this is the product for you as well. I am thrilled to have been able to indulge my geekiness with this product. I am usually not that techie but I am a geek for these products!

Thanks to the great peeps at Geekorize, I also have 2 cool gadgets to give away for you iPhone users. I have 2 mini docks for the iPhone or iPod. The Mini Dock allows you to keep your device off the floor and upright while charging. If you hate dealing with cords, this is the perfect charger because it plugs into your existing iPhone or iPod wall charger through the USB port. It is tiny and light and helps save you space!

I have two to giveaway because one was for me to review but then hubby got the new iPhone 5 and we couldn't review it because the new iPhone 5 needs a whole new charger. But it does work with the older iPhone and all iPods.

All you have to do to win one of the Mini Dock chargers is to enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!


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 Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

116 comments:

  1. I'd love to have the f38 Hi-Fi Headphones
    by Incipio.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  2. I'd also love the Refresh by BlueLounge


    rafflecopter steph coupons

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  3. Id like to have the Storage Panel by Moleskin.

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  4. I'd love to have the Sanctuary by BlueLounge

    clenna at aol dot com

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  5. The universal USB charger is great!

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  6. f38 Hi-Fi Headphones
    by Incipio.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  7. Portfolio Jacket & Keyboard

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  8. Id like the idock for ipod/iphone
    Victorialester777 at yahoo . Com

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  9. Id like the idock for ipod
    Victorialester777 at yahoo . Com

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  10. I want the Mini Capacitive Stylus
    by Boxwave

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  11. I need the Mini Capacitive Stylus
    by Boxwave

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  12. I would like to get the Portfolio Jacket with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 & The New iPad by iLuv

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. Turn table for iPad 2

    sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

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  14. I like the ikeep. Thanks for hosting!

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  15. The West Town 17 Inch Leather Wheeled Laptop Case by McKlein is my choice

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  16. I would love to have the turn table for the iPad.

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  17. I really like the tyPillow for iPad, iPad 2 & The New iPad by Accessory Workshop; don't really know how you'd use it, but it's cool! haha

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  18. Space station by Blulounge
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  19. http://geekorize.fcorgp.com/shop/category/prod1560068/Geek-iPhone-Cases-Covers/Crystal-Frame-Case-for-iPhone-5-by-Luardi
    gabbflabber at live.com

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  20. Deluxe eBook & iPad Holder Floor Stand by Levo

    it all looks so cool my children would be so blessed to have this for christmas star95011()yahoo.com

    jr mcjoccann

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  21. I would like to have the Jen Powered Crossbody Bag by Urban Junket.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  22. universal usb charger please
    Thanks for the giveaway! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  23. Peanuts Sleeve for iPad 2 and The New iPad by iLuv is cute as the dickens I would love that!

    ellen beck
    tannawings at gmail dot com

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  24. Karen Powered Handbag by Urban Junket

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  25. i want the tyPad 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad, iPad 2 & The New iPad by Accessory Workshop

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  26. LOVE the hi fi headphones :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  27. i'd also want the Universal USB Charger by DCI

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  28. San Francesco Leather Messenger Bag by Siamod

    pintworks at hotmail.com

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  29. I really like the Nomad 7 Solar Panel by Goal Zero to charge your phone with solar its awesome. Thanks for the great giveaways. Goodluck everyone.

    purplerose32or at gmail dot com

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  30. Portfolio Jacket & Keyboard

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  31. Belly-Bean Lap Desk by Belly-Bean
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  32. The smart shell for the ipad 2

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  33. I want the Back up Battery for iPad by Targus. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

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  34. I need the charger caddy.
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  35. I want the Turn Tablet - iPad New & 2!

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  36. I would like the Brooklyn bag by Ogio to carry my Nook in.

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  37. I like the
    Speak Easy Neck iT Protective case with Detachable Lanyard for iPhone 4 by Ekces.. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I want an ipad cover. Patricia

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  39. I would love to have a set of the hi-fi heasphones

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  40. What a cool prize :)

    I would love to try the Deluxe eBook & iPad Holder Floor Stand by Levo, but it was a hard choice, lots of neat gadgets :D

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  41. I'd like the tyPillow for the I Pad.

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  42. Leather Double Gusset Top Zip Case by Samsonite

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  43. Cord Identifiers. I can never tell what belongs to what!

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  44. Jen Powered crossbody bag by urban junket

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  45. Poquito Stylus by MonteVerde is what i want

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  46. Live in a sunny place could use a good solar charging pack

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  47. Portfolio jacket and keyboard for iPad

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  48. I like the iPad Cover.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  49. I like the iKeep :) Thanks for the chance!

    lemongreen915@gmail.com

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  50. def the universal usb charger

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  51. iKeep for me.

    jimpat34@broadstripe.net

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  52. I love the Brooklyn by Ogio bag purse in black.
    SierraAspn@AOL.com

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  53. I like the: Digital Case - Alexander Girard Edition

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  54. Guide 10 Plus Battery Recharger by Goal Zero

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  55. I like the Portfolio with keyboard

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  56. Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for the contest.

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  57. Ipad cover@

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  58. I would love the Cabledrop by Blue Lounge so I can organize my cords! They drive me crazy!

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  59. I would love the Cabledrop by Blue Lounge so I can organize my cords! They drive me crazy!

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  60. Also love the Jen Powered Crossbody Bag by Urban Junket!

    strycker787@gmail.com

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  61. I like to get the Digital Case - Alexander Girard Edition

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  62. The Kimberly Tablet Stand & Bag
    by Urban Junket! Thanks for the chance!

    -Beeb
    supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

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  63. Brooklyn by Ogio in Red for my Kindle Fire!
    thekingskourt@hotmail.com
    Kelly King

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  64. want their Bamboo Stand for Kindle Fire by Boxwave


    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  65. Internet Notes by Galison would be great!

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  66. iPad 2/New iPad Tab Easel by Bodhi

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  67. id love the Incline Case for Kindle Fire HD 8.9" by M Edge

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  68. 3 Feet Stand for Electronic Devices by 3 Feet

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  69. I would also love to have the Home Charging Station w/ Night Light by RCA. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  70. Toddy Trio 5x7 by Toddy Gear - Zin Zin, Namaste, Mandarin

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  71. I would love to have the Props Pivot for New iPad by PC Treasures for the new iPad I just bought on Black Friday. Thanks

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  72. Jen Powered Crossbody Bag by Urban Junket
    ty
    rochelle johnson
    traceyj40 at sbcglobal.net

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  73. I like the Speak Easy Neck iT Protective case with Detachable Lanyard for iPhone 4 by Ekcessories

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  74. the clip case, sideways leather!
    Miz Vickik

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  75. I could really use the Cord Catcher by Dotz.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  76. Definitely the f38 Hi-Fi Headphones

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  77. Sanctuary by BlueLounge

    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  78. I really like the Manhattan by Ogio bag!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  79. I liked the Props Pivot for Nook Color. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. Decal Skin For Kindle Fire 2 HD 7" by Decal Girl - Blossoming Almond Tree

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  81. The white Stowaway Credit Card Case for iPhone 4/4S by Incipio

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  82. I also like the Julie Big Girl Portfolio by Urban Junket.

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. Jen Powered Crossbody Bag by Urban Junket is nice

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  84. I like the DriCAT Neck iT Waterproof Case for iPhone 4/4s by Ekcessories

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  85. I'd like to have the Poquito XL Stylus :)

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  86. I like the Jen Powered Crossbody Bag by Urban Junket

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  87. I like the Refresh by BlueLounge

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

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  88. Stella Device Bag by Urban Junket is my favorite item

    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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  89. any solar panel product is way cool... i like the Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit by Goal Zero and the nomad 7

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  90. The waterproof case

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  91. I love the etch a sketch iphone case!

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  92. i like ClickIt! Chameleon Mouse by PC Treasures

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  93. silicone cell phone cover for hiking

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  94. DriCat Waterproof case

    cb_shorty2003@yahoo.com

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  95. any of it would go to good use here

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  96. i want it all but i will take the ipad sleeve with pad

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  97. Belly bean Lap Desk
    triciaantosh@yahoo.com

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  98. I'd also love the Convertible Neoprene Case for all iPads by Built

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  99. The Chameleon Mouse is cool!

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  100. I would love the Gramercy Messenger Sling for iPad 2 & The New iPad by Cocoon

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  101. I would like the Portfolio Jacket with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2 & The New iPad by iLuv

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  102. I would love to have the Large Grid-It Organizer by Cocoon. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  103. Id like the idock for ipod/iphone

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  104. The Computer Bag by Anna Griffin
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

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  105. I like the Props Pivot for Nook Color by PC Treasures

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  106. I would like the CableDrop by BlueLounge. It would fix my pet peeve.

    mundaneminnie at gmail dot com

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  107. Digital Case - Alexander Girard Edition
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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