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.