Review: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus

Goal Zero makes a family of modular solar products that can be used during emergencies or while on the trail. One product that I especially like is the Nomad 7 Plus solar panel. This panel is thin, rugged, affordably priced, and very effective. I use the Nomad 7+ with the Goal Zero Guide 10 charger and power block. The 7+ can also charge most devices directly including smart phones with advanced power management. The 7+ is small enough and thin enough to easily fit into my Bugout Bag.


  • Charge Times:
    Goal Zero Switch 10/Flip 10: 2.5-5 Hours
    Flip 20: 5-10 Hours
    Venture 30: 8-16 Hours
  • Solar Panel:
    Rated Power: 7W
    Open Circuit Voltage: 8-9V
    Cell Type: Monocrystalline
  • Ports:
    USB Port: 5V, up to 1.4 A (1400 mA)(7W max)
    Mini Solar Port (2.5mm): 8-9V, up to 0.8A (800 mA)(7W max)
  • Weight:
    Kickstand: 12.8 oz (363 g)
    Without Kickstand: 9.2 oz (260 g)
  • Dimensions:
    Unfolded: 13 x 8.75 x 0.5 in (33 x 22.23 x 1.27 cm)
    Folded: 6.5 x 8.75 x 0.75 in (16.5 x 22.23 x 1.9 cm)
  • Warranty: 12 months

Compare to Nomad 7

The Nomad 7 and Nomad 7+ are similar devices but there are some differences. I selected the Nomad 7+ due to its smaller size, added durability, and the panel is slightly more efficient. Here are some differences between the two solar panels:

  • Nomad 7 has DC (cigarette lighter format), USB, USB mini, and mini round for Guide 10
  • Nomad 7+ has USB mini, and mini round for Guide 10
  • The Nomad 7 does not charge some iPhones that need constant and even power and the 7+ does a better job charging these devices.
  • The Nomad 7 can be daisy-chained and the 7+ cannot.


As part of your power kit I recommend at least two sets of rechargeable NiMH batteries, two sets of alkaline or lithium disposable batteries, a Nomad 7+, and a Guide 10 charger. The Nomad 7+ includes a pouch for storing cables. The 7+ includes a standard USB plug and mini USB adapter. I recommend adding a micro USB adapter (very generic connector) and any other cables or adapters required by your devices.