Going solar part2

24 Feb

So you may think about going solar. Good for you!

20130221-084255.jpgIt’s true that the past few weeks came with few power outages around the world, just check the news!
The cruise ship stuck at sea without power for days (finally arrived to shore in Albama after a 7 days of distress), the floods in Australia early January which cut the power for many families, and don’t forget Long Island and New York area were slammed down by Sandy and people are still battling there for electricity and warmth.

goingsolar0Cruise ship Carnival Triumph GoingSolar2Floods in Australia GoingSolar3Sandy in Long Island

I’m more an urban-type of girl but I also like to be prepared, so I’m browsing Goal Zero catalogue and will enlighten you to pick the right product for your use.
There are lots of choices and you might be confused!

So let’s follow together the path to electricity-independance and solar power for everyone.

Here’s the mystery of the power cycle unveiled to you in 3 steps
1. You collect the sun energy thanks to the solar panels.
2. You store the power in your rechargeable battery.
3. You use the stored power in your rechargeable battery to power whatever device you wish.

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Now, let’s start by asking yourself…
. What do you want to power ? A cell phone or small electronics, a computer or maybe bigger appliances (a fridge when you experience a blackout).
. Also were would you use the panels ? Home? At work? You will transport them everyday ?
. Where will you hang my solar panels ? Where and when does the sun rises and set ?

Basicaly, Goal Zero split its products in 3 classes depending on what you expect to power.
. Ultra-light class: for the urban pioneers we are (light to carry and for our daily uses and commutes)
It’s perfect for charging iPods/GPS, USB light, Smartphone.
. Endurance class: you are more settled and don’t carry stuff all day long, then this is for you (and me too, I will leave it at the office)
For smartphone, iPad/tablet, camera/12volts lights, Laptops, TV.
. Utility class: you are a heavy consumer or are concerned about power failures, this is great for home and work and will cover your needs when emergency calls! Good for 12volts heater, fridge and desktop computer.
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For your info, 7 models of solar panels are available for as many rechargers:
. Ultra-light class: Nomad 3.5 (for the Switch8 recharger) , Nomad 7 (for the Guide 10 Plus recharger)
. Endurance class: Nomad 13 (for the Sherpa 50)
. Utility class: Nomad 27, Boulder 15 (for the Escape 150 and Guardian 12V rechargers), Boulder 30 (Extreme 350, Yeti 1250 rechargers), and Escape 30

Knowing all that and
. Owning an iPhone, a Blackberry, an iPad and a McBook Pro
. Walking and taking the metro each day to reach the office
. Travelling a lot and working outside where I can’t find plugs
I will go for the Sherpa 50 kit i addition to my Switch 8 recharger kit!
And if you want to charge your rechargers in the middle of the night or during a sun eclipse you still can do thanks to USB power charge.

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More about Goal Zero
Goal Zero, a three year old US-based company in Utah, developed for the pioneers that we all are and developing smart solar-power products.

. Official website: http://www.goalzero.com
. Follow @GoalZeroSolar
. Like their page on Facebook

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