Tong Zhang
(Senior Editor)
08/02/12 03:09 PM
Goal Zero Releases Two New Solar Recharging Kits for Mobile Devices

Goal Zero today unveiled two new Solar Recharging Kits that harness the power of the sun to fuel smartphones, tablets, notebooks and more. The new Switch 8 and Sherpa 50 Recharging Kits pair a durable Goal Zero foldable solar panel with an 8 and a 50 watt-hour recharger respectively. Here's more info on these new solar chargers:

Don't let the small size fool you--the Switch 8 recharger packs some serious power. It's smaller than a roll of quarters weighing in at a light 4 ounces making it the perfect accessory to toss into a backpack or a purse. There is no need to lug around a bulky product to give your cell phone or tablet an extra boost. The recharger allows travelers to enjoy apps, games and music up to 8 hours longer on a smartphone when traditional power is not accessible.

The Switch 8 can be fully charged in just 4 hours via USB connection or in 6-12 hours from the sun when purchased in a kit that includes the Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel. Additional charging tips and lighting accessories will be available for the Switch 8 in the coming months, including Micro & Mini USB, Apple, and the Firefly flashlight.

The Sherpa 50 Recharger focuses on portability and sustainability. The revamped and redesigned charger boasts a 50% smaller footprint, LCD display and 50 watt hour capacity. It can power up an iPad for up to 15 hours, a laptop for 1 to 3 hours, and a DVD player for more than 10 hours.

Users can charge the Sherpa 50 from the wall in just 2-3 hours or from the sun with the Nomad 13 in 5-10 hours. Goal Zero also offers a bolt on inverter that allows users to plug devices directly into the Sherpa 50 like they would a wall outlet with the device's AC adapter.

The Sherpa 50 Solar Recharging Kit will cost $399.99 while the Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit will be $199.99. Both products will be available in November.

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