Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger

Ultra-compact recharger for USB-powered devices

  • Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger


  • Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger

    Charge up the Switch 8 from any powered USB device

  • Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger

    Go-anywhere charging

  • Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger

    Includes standard female and male USB ports


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by Steve Kindig
Goal Zero

Power to go

Goal Zero Switch 8 recharger

The pocket-sized Switch 8 will charge you up without weighing you down.

The Goal Zero Switch 8 is an ultra-lightweight power supply designed to charge smaller USB-powered devices like smartphones, cameras, and GPS units. Its compact size makes it perfect to toss in a backpack or purse for recharging power wherever and whenever you need it.

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Two ways to charge the Switch 8

There are a couple ways to keep the Switch 8 charged up and ready to go. If you don't have access to a conventional source of power, you can connect the Switch 8 to Goal Zero's Nomad 7 solar panel (a full recharge takes about 5 hours). Or, you can plug the Switch 8 into any USB power source, such as a laptop (takes about 4 hours to recharge). Four LEDs indicate the level of charging completed (while charging), and power availability (when not charging).

Who is Goal Zero?

Goal Zero is a Utah-based innovator of portable solar solutions that can power a variety of USB, 12-volt, and AC devices wherever and whenever you need them. Field-proven in some of the most remote places on Earth, Goal Zero products add an eco-friendly measure of convenience, comfort and safety to any outdoor adventure.


  • ultra-lightweight rechargeable power supply for charging smartphones and other small USB-powered devices
  • rugged, weather-resistant design — optimal operating temp. 32-104° F
  • lithium-ion battery
  • includes standard female and male USB ports
  • regulated power output is 5V, 1A (5 watts)
  • fully charge a smartphone in as little as one hour
  • Switch 8 can be charged by any USB power source or by the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel
  • recharge time: 3-6 hours with Nomad 7, 4 hours with USB power source
  • 5"L x 1" diameter
  • weight: 3.2 oz.
  • warranty: 6 months
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Switch 8 Portable recharger
  • 6" USB extension cable (male USB type-A plug on one end and female USB type-A port on the other)
  • User guide
  • Trouble shooting tip

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Overview: The Switch 8 portable recharger is a Lithium-ion (NMC) battery designed to charge or power small USB powered devices. The Switch 8 is charged using the included USB extension cable plugged into its male USB type-A input plug. It can be charged using a standard USB power supply or an optional Nomad solar panel. There are four LEDs to show the amount of charging completed (while charging) and power availability (when not charging). The Switch 8 turns on automatically when a USB powered device is plugged into its female USB type-A port. Multiple Switch 8s can be chained together (end to end); although this doesn't change the voltage, the total battery capacity is increased.


  • Battery Voltage Range: 3.0-4.2 volts
  • Weight: 0.2 lbs/3.2 oz
  • Optimal Operating Temperature Range: 32°-104° F
  • Input: male USB type-A plug; 5 volts/1 amp (5 watts max)
  • Output: female USB Port; 5 volts/1 amp (5 watts max; regulated; 8 Wh total capacity)
  • Shelf Life: 6 months; if not used, the battery should still be recharged every 3-4 months
  • Approximate Charging Time:
    • Nomad 7: 3-6 hours
    • Standard USB Power Source: 4 hours
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