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I bought a goal Zero Nomad 7, if you do not know what this is, it is a small solar panel charger system meant to charge/power small electronics, Ipod, cell phone, rechargable batteries.

I got this and had to wait 3 days for the sun to come out so i was VERY antsy to get it into use. I hooked it up to an old phone that I had and placed it on top of my car angled at the sun, the phone would turn on but would quickly turn off before I hooked it up to the charger. I left it on my car for 6 hours, came back out to check it and it would not even turn on. The status light on it showed that it was charging but apparently it wasn't charging enough.

So I tried it with an ipod too, and the same results, the gadget was more drained of battery after i had left it on there for hours upon hours. I reluctantly decided to return it to best buy, where they did refund me my cash.

I have been thinking about buying the step up which is 15 watts but 160 bucks that i do not currently want to dish out. So to all of you contemplating this "toy" beware, it didn't work for me, it might work for you though, who knows. It's a GREAT idea and I wanted it to work so damn badly!!!!!
 

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I understand where you are coming from. I keep looking at solar powered systems and want one that will at least charge a decent rechargeable flashlight. I am open to suggestions and recommendations.
 

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Build your own like I did:

[youtube:h3dkq6m7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6OvJsCO5OM[/youtube:h3dkq6m7]

Then there's this:

[youtube:h3dkq6m7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3KIhmTmNp8[/youtube:h3dkq6m7]

But don't do this:

[youtube:h3dkq6m7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i53lzj7n1C0[/youtube:h3dkq6m7]
 
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