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Goal Zero Nomad 7

GoalZero Nomad 7
UPDATE: Nomad 7M v2, Model no:11800 is the latest replacement for the Nomad 7

Whether you are backpacking in the Sierras or camping in the backcountry, when it comes to size and weight it is always a personal conflict when it comes to all the electronics that we all love to use on our epic journeys. Thankfully Goal Zero delivers when it comes to portable solar power, their Nomad 7 is both lighter in weight and almost 15 times stronger than any other competitors on the market. This makes the Nomad 7 a prime choice for those of us that love our electronics, want to keep weight low, but still not sacrifice in power or available features.

the Nomad 7 is plug and play, it couldn’t be any easier to use. You can charge small electronics directly from the Nomad 7 USB or the 12volt charging port. Nomad 7 will charge a cell phone or MP3 player in 1 – 3 hours. Smart phones, GPS and USB camera’s power up in 2 – 4 hours. How cool is that 🙂

The Goal Zero Nomad 7 portable solar panel is made of monocrystalline solar panel STC rated for 7 watts at a whopping 17 – 18% Efficiency. The Nomad 7 will charge just about anything that can be charged from a USB port. Standard with latch points on all 4 corners, you just drape this portable solar panel from the top of your backpack, plug-in your device and away you go for the day.

The Goal Zero Nomad 7 is a well designed portable solar panel product that meets the challenges of any rugged off-grid trip. The Nomad 7 can be dropped, stepped on, even saw one being driven over and it keeps on ticking. Goal Zero portable solar panels have been outdoor proven as dependable and easy to use for military units, trekkers, climbers, fisherman, snowmobile and professional outdoor photographers. All these groups and others have depended on the Goal Zero products for cell and satellite phone communications, emergency power and small battery maintenance.

USB Port 5V, 1.0A max (5W), linear regulated
12V Port 13-15V, 0.2A max (3W), boost regulated
Solar Port (for Guide 10) 6-6.5V, 1.0A max (6W), not regulated

Weight (no pkg) 0.8 lbs (0.36 kg)
Dimensions (folded) 6 x 9 x 1 inches
Dimensions (unfolded) 17 x 9 x 0.1 inches
Warranty 12 Months

tipGearJunkie Tip:

If you’re in the market for a solar charger and you are looking at the Nomad 7, go the extra distance for $40 extra get the “Guide 10 Plus Recharger and Nomad 7”. It has everything that you will need to charge your devices including your iPhones, and the Guide 10 will hold reserve power for you when you need it even on rainy or cloudy days.

Goal Zero Nomad 7




Charging Rate


Charging Connections





  • Rugged Design
  • Fast Charging Rates
  • Lightweight
  • 7W Solar Capacity
  • USB or 12v Output


  • The nomad 7 panel will require a Goal Zero Guide 10 battery pack to charge your iPhone

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