Goal Zero: Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit

by dpm | 01/01/2014
 
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Goal Zero: Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit

The Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit is a compact, clean solar power kit that can endure rugged usage and offer consistent power to charge your gear on the go. Fast and light is the way to go when you are hauling camera gear into the backcountry, far from the closest three-pronged outlet. The idea of owning dozens of gadgets and shiny objects seems great, until you have to haul them on your back for your next shoot. The solution: shed everything but what is needed which includes backup battery power.

The Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit is small, weighing two pounds in total for both the solar panels and charging system, and it fits easily into, or atop, any size pack. The usefulness of the kit begins even before you hit camp. Link the pack and the solar charger in your pack and gather power as you hike in by clipping your solar panels on the outside of your pack (the Nomad 7 panels offer a clippable loop). The system reached a fully charged level after about 5-6 hours.  Once you have charged the kit, the next question is to prioritize what to charge. The kit has enough juice to offer extension to your lap top, charge your camera batteries, or give your cell phone that extra boost (numerous times) so you can shoot that next sunset  for Instagram (#picoftheday).

The Sherpa 50 also has several options for connecting your devices: USB, 12 volt and even a connection for three prong if you add the Sherpa 50 AC output. The charger is streamlined and offers all the needed outlets but for best results only charge one device at a time. Lastly, the durability of the device is top notch. Rugged, and able to endure temperatures as low as 5 degrees (tested on the Eastern Sierra), feel free to carry this device into your next shoot with confidence that it will endure anything you throw at it as long as you use it for its intended purpose. After a three-day shoot, the Sherpa and the Nomad solar panels held up to cold temperatures, high winds and rocks, and still allowed me to work from camp, far from the convenience of a wall outlet.