The International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, US, was the stage for the launch of Goal Zero’s new portable recharger and solar generator. Goal Zero declared this to be a “major milestone for consumers looking to improve their experience while working or playing off the grid”.
The Sherpa 50 – a portable charger – has recently been recognized by the CEA as CES Innovation Honouree. It weighs 14oz, has a power capacity of 50W/h and measures 5 inches by 1.5 inches. It features a unique power port to enable users to charge laptops directly from the recharger, thus eliminating the need for an AC inverter as well as the computer’s AC power cable. Instead, users will be able to plug their device directly into the Sherpa 50 using one of its included connector cables.
The Sherpa 50 charges fully via solar panel in 5-10 hours or within 2-3 hours via a wall outlet and can in turn power a smart phone for 10 hours; deliver 25 hours on an iPod and an extra hour of life on a dying laptop when a traditional wall outlet is nowhere in sight.
Goal Zero’s solar generator Yeti 1250 is the company’s highest capacity portable recharger to date. It is 16 inches tall, 11.6 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep and weighs 103lbs. The generator has multiple ports and offers a variety of output types including AC, 1.5 amp USB, 33 amp 12V DC, 6.6 amp 12V DC, which are compatible with a wide array of electronics from GPS units to refrigerators.
The Yeti 1250 charges fully in 20-22 hours via the sun or in 16-20 hours via a wall outlet and is claimed to power a laptop for over 30 hours; support a printer through 18,000 pages of printing; keep a full sized refrigerator cold for two to four days and maintain subzero temperatures in a chest freezer for eight days. Furthermore, unlike traditional gas-fuelled generators, the Yeti 1250 is claimed to not produce more power than is being drawn from it, so users will rarely waste power or have to complete unnecessary maintenance.
Joe Atkin, president of Goal Zero said, “At Goal Zero, it’s not just about making an amazing product; it’s about the application of our products in consumers’ daily lives. We consistently strive to take out the complicated guess work of utilizing a solar unit and build simplicity in, so that we can deliver the most dependable and useful solutions to our customers. I think consumers will be eager to see the strides we have made with the new Sherpa 50 and Yeti 1250 as they are both not only some of our most advanced products to date, but they each address a major consumer need.”
The Sherpa 50 Portable Recharger will be available in June 2012 as a part of a number of full system kits or separately for US$249.99. The Yeti 1250 Solar Generator will be available in May 2012, both as a single unit (US$1499.99) and as part of Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit (US$1999.99) which also includes two Boulder 30 solar panels and a carrying cart for the kit.
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Alternatively, vist Goal Zero at booth #70403 in the Sustainable Planet section of the Venetian Ballroom or at our outdoor space (#CP12) in the Central Plaza of the LVCC.