Technology

Dec 1, 2016

CHARGING THE FUTURE NOW

Presenting the Sherpa 100 by Goal Zero, a portable charger for the travellers of great-outdoors, and also for the tech-lovers, the busy people, and for those who care about the environment.

What if you could make a report in a remote area and write about it on the spot, in your computer, without having to worry about the battery level? Or take as many pictures as you wish, and still be able to recharge your camera without having to search for a wall socket? The Sherpa 100 makes this possible.

The Sherpa 100 is a portable charger conceived by Goal Zero to fulfil the need for electricity in situations when it is hard to have access to it. It comes with various ports - two ultra-fast, smart USB ports, a 12V port for lights, and an innovative port specifically for laptops. It furthermore features an optional detachable inverter module, sold separately, that turns Sherpa into kind of a wall socket. With it, any 110-volt or 220-volt electronics that use up to 100 watts can be powered.

The Sherpa 100 can be recharged in three ways: from the wall, with the detachable AC converter, from the car, or from the Sun thanks to Goal Zero's portable solar panels, sold separately.

The output measures at 26,400 mAh at 3.7 volts, but because the Sherpa is equipped with a fuse, there is no risk of overcharging the device: the fuse blows out as a fail-safe, just like any circuit-breaker fuse in your home.

This portable charger weighs 1.9 lbs (864 g). Designed as a silver and black case, it furthermore features a LED flashlight activated by its own switch, that works even when the Sherpa 100 is turned off.

Goal Zero

Goal Zero is a Solar tech company founded in June of 2009 by Robert Workman. The company states its mission is "to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being, based on the mantra: "Zero Apathy, Zero Boundaries, and Zero Regrets." They have donated various pieces of technology to places where electricity was lacking after natural disasters, such as Haiti in 2010, after the earthquake that hit this country, or to places where it simply hadn't arrived yet, such as the village of Mahout in rural India, that received 40 torch flashlights, providing safety and lights to people.

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