03/26/20

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 PD Review

Have you been like me and are always running out of juice on your devices? Do you do some of your work mobile away from an outlet wanting to have freedom of setting up mobile office at your favorite park or want to do some work in the mountains? Portable battery banks are all the rage these days mainly to keep small devices charged and have been around for a couple of years, but there hasn’t been too many options power hungry devices like laptops and large laptops. But more and more options are become available its hard to discern which ones are better then others. I got the 100 Sherpa PD recently after going through the features I’ll tell you why I like it as my choice for my favorite portable battery bank. 

Features

  • Airline approved, travel ready
    Lightweight, sleek design fits easily into packs, bags, and camera cases. Ideal for travel where space is limited.
  • Ditch the cables if you can
    Charge your Qi-compatible phone from the integrated Qi charging pad for an entirely wireless experience.
  • Charge quickly on the move
    Fast-charging Power Delivery gives you more power in less time. Charge USB-C laptops, phones, and tablets using the 60W USB-C Power Delivery port. 
  • No device left behind
    Two 2.4A USB ports are useful for devices with proprietary charging, such as fitness trackers, gps devices, and micro/lightning phones.

Ways to Charge 

  • Recharge from the sun by connecting a compatible solar panel. Charge time is dependent on the size of the solar panel. The Nomad 28 Plus will fully recharge the Sherpa 100PD in about 6-14 hours. NOTE: Sherpa 100PD can only be solar charged using the USB port on the Goal Zero Nomad solar panels.
  • Use included cables to recharge from a USB source in 8 – 10 hours. Fully recharges from the wall in about 3 hours using a 45 Watt USB-C Charger(not included).

What it can charge

  • POV Camera 18 Recharges
  • Smartphone 8 Recharges
  • Tablet 4 Recharges
  • USB-C Laptop 2 Recharges

Personal Experience 

I have used the Sherpa 100 PD for about a month now and have really liked it. I Mainly use it to charge my phone after a long day at the office while I am out and about running around towns. I also use it to charge my camera batteries when I am on trips.  I have also ran a usb fan all night on a trip and charge my phone and apple watch. While doing that it only went down to 50 ish percent so I was very pleased with it. I have also used it to charge my iPad and MacBook Pro. I can get about one extra charge out my MacBook Pro 15 in if you have a smaller laptop you might be able to get more charges. You don’t necessarily need a usb-c powered laptop I have an older MacBook Pro and  was able to find a Magsafe to USB-C cord on amazon. 

It has most of the ports any one would need one PD USB-C and Two USB A 2.4 A ports are all any one really needs and when you add the Qi charge pad its just killer. If you really want you can use all of these ports at once if you need to charge everything at once which is nice. I mainly use one port at a time and maybe the Qi at the same time. 

When I first got it I ran it down to zero to see how long it would take to charge from the provided USB C to USB A Cable and it took forever it really does take about 8 hours. If you are going to charge this way make sure to use your most powerful wall adapter not a small 1.0 Ah one you want something like 2.1 or 2.4 ah it will say on the adapter how powerful it is. Later I got a 45 W PD USB C wall adapter off amazon for like $9 and that charges it in about nine hours and I have really liked that. 

Likes 

  • Many charging options
  • Built quality, really nice aluminum not cheap plastic like some other power banks
  • Travel friendly can easily carry on with you at the airport, small enough to slip in a big pocket or easily in a purse or backpack
  • The included USB C cable is pretty nice
  • USB to 6mm adapter available for light a life lanterns and other GZ accessories 

Dislikes

  • Does not come with the higher power wall adapter 
  • At this time only able to charge from USB A on the solar panels so you can’t get the full potential of panel. 
  • Doesn’t come with a sleeve/case 
  • A little more on the pricy side but you get what you pay for

Overall I have had a really good experience with this so far. I recommend it any one who travels a lot, works mobile, or needs peace of mind with a backup power solution.  I recommend getting the 45 W wall adapter to charge though for sure. I hope that Goal Zero will come out with a USB C to 8mm adapter to allow for better performance for charging from their solar panels soon. 

Purchase on amazon and help us out by using this link here Retails for $199 right now

Heres the link for the 45 W wall adapter link

12/20/16

Camp Maid Charcoal Chimney (First Impressions)

Recently I acquired this new folding Charcoal Chimney.  It is the first of its kind, its very surprising that no one has made a folding chimney before. It fits in a standard 12 inch dutch oven and is very compact in comparison to its counter parts. I am going to go over the features then the experience I’ve had so far.

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  • Rapidly heats charcoal for immediate outdoor cookingNo matter what kind of BBQ you use, charcoal takes too long to get hot. The Charcoal Chimney’s unique air funnel design sucks up air, which is equally effective in strong windy environments allowing you to heat charcoal anywhere outdoors. The airflow creates a quick surge of powerful hot flames contained safely in the device, allowing you to start cooking much quicker. 
  • PortableThe highly efficient design is a single lightweight piece that easily opens and snaps into place, and folds down to store inside your 12” Dutch oven. This is especially important for reducing the amount of gear you have to pack for outdoor cooking.
  • VersatileThe Charcoal Chimney can be used with any BBQ or grill, and it especially compliments the CampMaid Complete Outdoor Cooking System tools.
  • Heats 40 Charcoal BriquettesWhile the Charcoal Chimney is compact and portable, it still heats up to 40 charcoal briquettes.
  • Heat-safe HandleMany outdoor cooking products can be dangerous and cause burns so the heat-safe handle helps protect while being easy to hold, handle and manage – ultimately reducing the risk of injury around flames.
  • Cools down fastThe Charcoal Chimney cools down quickly after use allowing you to pack and store quickly

This was really easy to use. It is super portable and really well designed. I really liked the integration of the charcoal holder, this allowed it not to get any mess on the charcoal ash everywhere. Its really easy to unfold and use. This size is really great for cooking with one dutch oven, if your cooking with a few and you’re wanting to get lots of charcoals ready this might not be the best for you. But if you are looking for portability then this is a great choice.

This is being rolled out in a kickstarter campaign check it out at this link

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2081385079/campmaid-charcoal-chimney-quickest-way-to-get-bbq?ref=nav_search

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