Goal Zero Launches Sherpa 50 Solar Laptop Recharging Kit

When I travel for work, I have to keep a close eye on my laptop battery. Often I attend an event, and then immediately look for a place blog about what was presented. Being caught between a deadline and a dead battery is my own special type of torture, so I can’t stray too far from a reliable power source.

The Sherpa 50, the newest offering from the solar charging experts at Goal Zero, is the perfect solution for anyone who’s ever found themselves in this uncomfortable predicament. Weighing less than a bottle of water, the companies claims this compact device has ability to extend the life of a laptop by two hours or a tablet by 15 hours.

Goal Zero Sherpa 50

Image via Goal Zero

Designed for the laptop-lover on the go, the Sherpa 50 fits perfectly in any backpack or briefcase, and quickly refuels from the sun in five hours with the Nomad 13 Solar Panel, or a wall outlet or car adapter in just two hours.

One of of the most unique features is a “Power Port” that enables a laptop to receive energy directly from the solar battery, eliminating the need for an AC inverter as well as the computer’s bulky AC powering cable. Instead, directly plug your laptop into the Power Port on the Sherpa 50 with one of Goal Zero’s Laptop Charging Kits.

To test it, Goal Zero sent Sherpa 50 kits along with a group of elite surfers from Surfer Magazine as they spent fourteen days roughing it in the Russian wilderness – living off the land and exploring the unknown. Using this solar powered charger, they were able to keep their laptops and cameras fully juiced, capturing stunning images from this Russian surfing paradise.

“Our original Sherpa was well received by explorers and travelers alike, and this second generation model takes the product to a whole new level,” said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of Goal Zero. “We reduced its size and weight by over 50 percent and increased functionality with the ability to directly charge a laptop.”

Available now at select retailers and at GoalZero.com for $399.95.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog


  • Reply May 11, 2013

    Moe Is Me

    This is a good battery pack if you want the ability to pack a small, lightweight AC wall socket. But the catch is that it is still 3 times the size & weight of battery packs like the Voltaic V60, and with less capacity for more than twice the money. Getting by with DC power is more efficient. Leave your laptop wall plug at home.

  • Reply May 12, 2013

    Albert Hartman

    Someday laptop-class computing will be possible using much less power than the 18-30 watts of today. A tablet uses about 2 watts, a smartphone about 1 watt.

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