Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel

If you need a portable power solution, the Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel would be a great choice.

This model is their largest foldable solar panel, yet it is still lightweight and very portable.

You’ll be able to charge your smart phone, camera batteries, or other gear whether you’re hiking through the mountains or floating down the river in a canoe.

Goal Zero makes a number of different products and this solar panel can be paired with any of their power packs. Their products use an innovative plug-and-play system so you can charge items that use a USB charger just as fast as you can charge them by plugging them into the wall at home.

If you need more power, Goal Zero products are scalable because they can be daisy chained together to give you more power and faster charging times.


Product Features and Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 11 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Built-in junction box with smart-charging chip, allows you to power handheld USB and 12 Volt gear from the sun
  • Patented chaining technology combines Goal Zero Nomad panels for faster charge times
  • Highly efficient mono-crystalline solar pumps out more power per square inch
  • Pair with any Goal Zero power pack (sold separately) and charge gear day or night
  • Foldable and portable for use anywhere


The Reviews

When researching the Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel we found over 150 reviews online and the reviews are fantastic. This product received an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Most customers are thrilled with their purchase. We found one review from a customer who originally left a 5 star review, and then came back a year later to say that the first panel is still working great and they liked it so much they’re buying another one.

After one year, the first panel he bought has a few scratches on the plastic, but all of the zippers and webbing loops are still in great shape and the panel itself still works as good as it did the first day he got it.

If there is one complaint about the Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel, it is that it’s a bit expensive. Several customers said that the price is a bit high, but these people are still leaving 4 and 5 star reviews and saying that it is a great panel.

It’s possible to get more powerful solar panels at a cheaper price, but those cheaper panels are not portable options that can be folded up and put into a backpack allowing you to charge your gear in even the most remote locations.

Customers are saying that the Goal Zero Nomad is a high-quality item that not only gives you a portable power option, it also has very good charging times. One person for example said that he was able to charge his iPhone from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes.

Many customers who left positive reviews online said that they are actually fans of all Goal Zero products and the fact that their panels can be daisy chained together to provide more power comes in really handy for people who have a lot of gear that needs to be charged. If you are a camper, hiker, backpacker, or anyone who loves the outdoors, we would highly recommend this product.



Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit

The Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit is an inexpensive set up that is specifically designed for people who are just getting into solar power for the first time.

It is perfect for off grid applications like cabins or tiny houses and is also a great option for RVs, trailers, boats, etc.

The kit comes with everything you need: a Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panel, a charge controller, an adapter kit, cables and brackets.


Product Features and Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 47 x 1.5 x 20.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 19.8 pounds
  • The charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy’s new 30A PWM NegativeGround Charge Controller the Renogy Wanderer
  • With the Renogy Wanderer 30A PWM Charge Controller, you can expand your system up to a maximum of 400W
  • The kit now includes an 8ft 10AWG Tray Cable to connect your charge controller and battery
  • Ideal output: 500Wh per day; can fully charge a 50Ah battery from 50% in 3 hours (depending on the availability of sunlight)
  • Negative grounding controller ensures the broader off grid applications and safety, especially to be used on a vehicle which has battery negative on the chassis


The Reviews

The Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit is getting great reviews from customers online. When researching this product we found over 1000 reviews and it received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

A number of reviews came from people with off grid cabins. One customer said that he used this solar panel set up with two interstate golf cart batteries and a 400 watt converter.

He’s able to run LED lighting, charge his laptop and watch television and the batteries haven’t even been drained very low while doing all of that. He said that this setup provides a good amount of power even on cloudy days, but he is planning on getting one more panel to make sure there’s plenty of power throughout the winter.

There were also a lot of reviews from outdoorsman; people using this set up on their boats or RVs. One customer in particular said that he works as an RV technician and a good solar panel is the first thing he likes to add to his personal RVs.

He said that he uses just one battery in his RV at night and this solar panel is able to have the battery fully recharged by 2 PM the next day. He said that the Renogy Solar Starter Kit is a great kit that everyone should have installed in their RV.

The Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit is getting a lot of great reviews, but there is one negative point that came up a number of times. A lot of people are recommending that you buy a different charge controller to go with this kit.

The charge controller will charge the battery but customers are saying that the wires don’t connect to the charge controller very easily. People are also saying that the DC outlet feed doesn’t work reliably. There is also an indicator that will display whether the battery is dead, charging, or full, but the indicator could be a lot better.

After thoroughly researching hundreds of reviews for the Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit we would certainly give this set up our recommendation.

Of course we wouldn’t ignore the people who suggest buying a separate charge controller, but even people who had concerns about the charge controller say that all of the other components are great and they are still very happy with this kit overall.