Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger

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With the Goal Zero® Switch 8 solar charger, you can top off your digital devices anytime, anywhere! This ultra-lightweight rechargeable battery stores easily in your pocket or bag and provides on-demand power for MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, and more; interchangeable tips (sold separately) accommodate most devices.

Features



  • Recharges smartphones and USB devices on the go
  • Interchangeable male and female USB tips (extra tips sold separately)
  • LED battery indicator
  • Charges from solar or USB
  • 30-day manufacturer's money-back guarantee
  • 1-year manufacturer's warranty

Specifications



  • Powers: MP3 player, cell phone (3 recharges); smartphone (2 recharges); e-reader (50% boost); tablet (25% boost)
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion (NMC)
  • Battery Capacity: 3.6 V, 2.2 Ah (8 W)
  • Input: Standard USB; 5.0 V, 1.0 A (5 W); additional tips sold separately
  • Output: Standard USB; 5.0 V, 1.0 A (5 W); additional tips sold separately
  • Recharge Time: 5-10 hrs (solar), 1-3 hrs (USB)
  • Dimensions: H 5" x W 1" x D 1"
  • Weight: 0.2 lbs

Product Reviews

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Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger
 
4.3

(based on 144 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (58)
  • Good value (50)
  • Fast charge (46)
  • Long lasting (38)
  • Good power output (28)

Cons

  • Charges slowly (8)
  • Lacks power (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Short life (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (61)
  • Portable electronics (59)
  • Emergency equipment (32)
  • Having around the house (27)
  • High-end equipment (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (66), Budget shopper (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (74), Business (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (15)

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1.0

Got a Dud

By FJHW

from Undisclosed

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I bought a backpacking solar panel and a switch 8 battery for a backpacking trip through Torres Del Paine in South America. My plan was to use the panels and battery to keep my GoPro fully charged during the trip so I could record over the 10 days. For a few days, everything worked great and I had no trouble. However, on the 4th day, my switch 8 randomly stopped charging any devices. It was able to charge from the panels as I could see the lights indicating flashing, but for some reason it would not give out any charge to external devices. Pretty much ruined my plan for recording the entire trip. Was able to get some of the trip by directly charging whichever GoPro battery I was not currently using with the solar panel, but needless to say it was a pretty bad experience for me. Not sure if I just got a dud that stopped working after 4-5 days, but if you are planning on using external batteries to keep devices charged while backpacking/doing other activities where you will be away from outlets, make sure you don't 100% rely on this battery in case something like what happened to me happens to you.

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3.0

Not quite what I was looking for

By Solar charger guy

from Colorado Springs

Verified Buyer

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

When I purchased this unit I was looking for a solar charger for USB devices. While this came up under solar in the search, I did not get the impression it was only a battery. While the battery is fine, I think they should sell the battery and solar charger as a package. Now I need to buy the solar piece separately.

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4.0

size and pass-through charging

By ChrisF

from SF, CA, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I use the Switch 8 while bikepacking to capture extra current from my dynamo hub, which I use to keep GPS and other devices going. Hookup is dynamo>switch 8>devices, so I need the ability to charge a device while the Switch 8 itself is getting current (pass-through). Many devices don't have this. Also very glad to have the blue LEDs that indicate how charged the battery is. My only hesitation is that the output USB port is hinged (nice) but on a pin that doesn't seem especially robust. Time will tell.

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1.0

Never worked, doesn't charge

By JGchicago

from Chicago, IL, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I got my switch 8 a few weeks ago and while I'm impressed with some of the design features and the weight mine never charges above 25% no matter what method I use to try and charge it up.

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4.0

Handy Device

By none1

from Undisclosed

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I purchased for son and daughter whom like to stay connected. Daughter sys it is handy for a quick charge of her phone when battery gets low.

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5.0

Love it!

By Dgreen

from Auburn, AL, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

Got one for Christmas, and two more for my birthday. I hike often and like to track my hikes with gps on my iPhone, a real battery drainer. I can go all day without worry and keep my GoPro charged as well.

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5.0

Keeps me in touch

By A Grape Idea

from Conroe, TX, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I take a 1 hour bus commute one way each day. I have used my charger to keep my phone going on many trips. I never need to worry about draining all of my power while watching a movie or listening to music.

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5.0

Very Portable Power!

By BOND

from Athens, GA, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

This Switch 8 is a small, pocket rocket of power that charges a cell without much weight in your gear.

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5.0

Great little power source

By Poncho

from San Antonio, TX, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

I purchased this for my wife but actually the kids have used it more to power back up their iPods, great product.

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4.0

Good purchase

By wardlands

from New York, NY, United States

Comments about Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger:

The portable battery is perfect for charging a smartphone in the backcountry, in cities, and during travel. The Switch 8 is light-weight and an easy shape to pack. I am able to charge my iPhone one full charge using the battery. If you do buy this Switch 8 without a solar panel, the battery does not include a USB to USB wire that allows you to charge the battery from a wall charger. This will have to be purchased separately, unfortunately.

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