Internet connectivity and the ability to plug in nearly everywhere can sometimes make us forget that there are places in the world that are truly off the grid. While I’m all for the idea of ditching the digital and enjoying outdoors, when it comes to the reality of doing it for a number of days in a row, I have to admit I’m sometimes slow to embrace the freedom.
Once I’m in it, though, it’s easy to not care about how many emails I’m missing, or what current event I haven’t heard about, or the number of social media posts I don’t have to do. But sometimes, I do want to make sure my devices have a charge for a couple of reasons: Security in times of emergency, and the ability to take digital notes for my projects.
That’s why I’m happy to pack along the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank.
At 1.4 pounds and measuring 7.5 inches x 3.7 inches x 1 inch, the 94.72 Watt power bank packs easily into my carry-on. When I have it along, I don’t have to worry about when and where I need to plug in, because I always have a power source with me. A full charge is enough for 2 laptop recharges, or 4 tablet recharges, or 8 smartphone recharges, or 18 POV camera recharges.
To get that full charge, there are three ways you can power up the Sherpa 100PD: Plug that sucker into the wall for about 3 hours (45 Watt USB-C Charger not included), plug into a USB source for about 8-10 hours, or recharge from the sun by connecting a compatible solar panel. The Goal Zero Nomad 28 Plus will fully recharge this power bank in about 6-14 hours.
One of the things I love about the Sherpa 100PD is that I can charge my Qi-compatible phone from the integrated Qi charging pad, and don’t have to connect it via a cable if I don’t want to.
The Sherpa 100PD Power Bank lists for $169.95 on the Goal Zero site. The package includes a 39-inch USB to USB-C connector cable.