Portable Solar Stories: Natalie G., Switch 8

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: Natalie G., Green Mountain Energy employee

Location: Austin, TX

Goal Zero® Product (Category): Switch 8 (Battery) Natalie_Switch 8

  1. What do you think about portable power?  Do you have other similar portable power devices? Portable power is quickly becoming a necessity for busy people to stay connected, and is reassuringly convenient. I never have to worry about my phone not having juice. I have a small, cheap portable solar panel from SXSW that is supposed to charge phones but it didn’t work after placing it in the sun. My husband also has a small portable battery recharger with USB port.
  2. How did you use the portable solar (or portable power) device? I used the GZ Switch 8 while traveling abroad in Europe. To my surprise, I didn’t even have to buy an adapter because the USB port plugged in to the DVD drives in our various rental apts. I recharged the batteries quickly while in between excursions and carried it in my purse for power on demand, especially on long days (museums and the beach!).
  3. What were the greatest benefits you experienced using the device? Ease of use, reliable power source, USB connectivity made it especially simple to charge from other devices, and compact & lightweight for my purse.
  4. What surprised you about the product? It charged my phone quickly which was helpful but it also became very hot at times.
  5. Who would you recommend use it, and for what sort of activities? Anyone who routinely needs to power your phone away from home. I didn’t try it for my digital camera yet – it may help with other devices.


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