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Goal Zero Nomad 13 Solar Panel

Compact, foldable 13-watt solar panel

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Item #: 79712003

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Our take on the Goal Zero Nomad 13 Solar Panel

The Nomad 13 is a compact, versatile solar panel. Just lay it out in the sun or attach it to your pack to capture the sun's power and use it to charge your handheld USB and 12-volt devices during your outdoor adventures.

Portable power from the sun

Goal Zero Nomad 13

The Nomad 13's built-in pouch keeps the charging cables organized.

The Nomad 13 is a compact, versatile solar panel. Just lay it out in the sun or attach it to your pack to capture the sun's power and use it to charge your handheld USB and 12-volt devices during your outdoor adventures.

Two ways to charge your gear

You can directly charge most handheld USB and 12-volt devices from the Nomad 13's USB and 12-volt DC charging ports. That includes smartphones, GPS units, cameras, music players, and more. In many cases, it can charge a smartphone as quickly as plugging in to the wall. So go ahead and enjoy the great outdoors — hiking, biking, kayaking — while knowing your devices will be charged up and ready to go whenever you need them.

You may even be able to charge two devices simultaneously using the Nomad 13. It is able to split the power between the two ports to charge two devices at the same time. Some devices may not be compatible, so you'll just need to experiment.

To make solar power last well after the sun sets, use the Nomad 13 to charge one of Goal Zero's recharger battery packs, like the Switch 8 or Sherpa 50. They store the energy collected by the panel for use whenever you need it.

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.

What's in the Box:

  • Nomad 13 Solar panel
  • 12 Volt car adapter (cigarette lighter type port)
  • User guide
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • compact, foldable 13-watt solar panel
  • rugged, weather-resistant design — optimal operating temp. 0-120° F
  • high-efficiency monocrystalline cell technology
  • nylon loops make it easy to hang the panel from a backpack, in a car window, or in any convenient spot when camping
  • capable of charging some small electronic devices directly (smartphones, GPS units, cameras)
  • offers much greater charging flexibility when used with a Goal Zero Switch 8, Guide 10 Plus, or Sherpa 50 recharger
  • inputs and outputs:
    • USB port for charging phones, MP3 players, etc. (regulated)
    • 12V port for charging 12-volt devices or a compatible Goal Zero recharger like the Sherpa (includes 12-volt car adapter with cigarette lighter-type port)
    • 2.5mm mini-port for charging a compatible Goal Zero recharger like the Guide 10 Plus
    • input port for chaining up to four Nomad panels together for more power and/or quicker charging
  • ports and cables are located in a built-in pouch
  • built-in pocket protects your device as it charges
  • 10-1/2"W x 7"H x 1"D (folded); 17-7/8"W x 10-5/8"H x 1/4"D (unfolded)
  • weight: 1.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: panel cannot store power for charging after dark; storage requires a compatible Goal Zero recharger (sold separately)

Goal Zero Nomad 13 Solar Panel Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

More powerful than one would assume.

Jonathan from Sacramento, California on 8/7/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this on 6/30/16 from Crutchfield, I also purchased a Goal Zero Sherpa 50. Did some pretty good research before I purchased this panel, and there are panels that claim to be more efficient, none of the competitors had a 12v output like that Nomad 13. The panel by itself has no problem charging my iPad Pro, at 4.86 Volts. Outputting 2.63 Watts @ .5 Amps which would take forever to charge my iPad Pro, but has no problem charging my iPhone 6 and other devices. I plan on taking this on a long trip for a week, so I did a stress test on it. and left it on top of my Kodiak tent during a extremely hot weather streak, ranging from 95-105. The panel at some points was very hot to the touch, but didn't affect the charging of the Sherpa 50 I had it connected to. on bright sunny days the panel had no problem charging the Sherpa 50 in around 6 hours.

Pros: Its smaller than you might think, its almost exactly the same size as a normal magazine that you might receive in the mail, open, closed respectively.

Cons: Not a con to the product itself, but I do wish it came with a 12v extension cable and possibly even a USB extension cable. I don't know too many people who are comfortable leaving their electronics in the sun.


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Nomad 13 dual solar panel has three outputs, a 13" cord with a Solar plug for the Guide 10 Plus battery charger, a 78" cord with a 12 volt output for the included 12 volt car adapter (has a cigarette lighter type port), and a USB type-A port. Multiple outputs can be used simultaneously; the available power is split between them. There is also a Chain Input so up to four Nomad 13s can be linked together to provide more power. Nine nylon loops allow you to easily hang/mount the solar panel.

Nomad 13 Specifications:

  • Rated Wattage: 13 watts
  • Solar Cell Type: mono-crystalline
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 18-20 volts DC
  • Efficiency: 17-18%
  • Cell Area: 755 cm² (including the case, each panel is approximately 10-5/8"x8-3/4")
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Optimal Operating Temperature Range: 0°-120° F
  • Outputs:
    • Solar Port: 6.5 volts/1.1 amp (7 watts max, regulated)
    • USB Port: 5 volts/1 amp (5 watts max, regulated)
    • 12 Volt Port: 13-15 volts/1 amp (13 watts max, not regulated)
  • Approximate Charging Time: varies with weather conditions
    • Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack: 3-5 hours
    • Sherpa 50 v2: 6-12 hours
    • Typical Cell Phone/MP3 Player/GPS: 1-4 hours

Warranty: The warranty on the Nomad 13 is 1 year.

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