Portable Solar Stories: Jodi H., Nomad 7

EDITOR’S NOTE: We launched our new online specialty products store to offer portable solar products from Goal Zero® to sunshine enthusiasts everywhere. This blog series details our customers’ and employees’ experiences with the products to shed some light on how solar power works on-the-go.

Name: Jodi H., Green Mountain Energy customer since 2008

Location: Dallas, Texas

Goal Zero® Product: Nomad 7 (Solar Panel)

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  1. What do you think about solar energy in general?
    I think solar energy could, and should, be the wave of the future.  If everybody had solar, we’d cut way down on energy costs.
  2. Do you own any other solar products?
    We have 44 solar panels in our back yard.
  3. How did you use the portable solar device?
    I used it to charge up my iPad and my iPod.
  4. What were the greatest benefits you experienced using the device?
    I suppose I saved a little money using it to charge up the smaller devices.  But, I doubt it will make a difference in our electric bill.
  5. What surprised you about the product?
    It took several hours to charge. I put it and my iPad and iPod outside to catch the sun in the right place.
  6. Who would you recommend use it, and for what sort of activities?
    I’d recommend that people who do a lot of outdoor activities, such as camping, use it. I probably wouldn’t use it very often for normal, everyday activities, but it might be beneficial in the case of power outages.

These portable solar products are designed to be used on-the-go. If you’re interested in the Nomad 7, take it out on the road with you and see how well it performs in the outdoors!