Goal Zero's Switch 8 Charging Kit appears

If you were put off by the price of Goal Zero's Sherpa, then here's something that might be more deserving of that slot in your backpack. The Switch 8 Solar Charging Kit costs $100 and bundles together a 2,200mAh battery and Nomad 3.5 solar panel. The manufacturer says that the 8-watt dynamite-shaped battery can be tanked up via sunlight in six hours, although this time can be reduced to four if you use a USB power source before you head into the wilderness. Interchangeable tips, which will be sold separately in the coming months, will allow compatibility with a variety of devices and also let you use the battery pack as a fan or flashlight -- no cranking or pedaling required.

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SWITCH 8 SOLAR RECHARGING KIT POWERS YOUR SMARTPHONE FROM THE SUN

GOAL ZERO GIVES YOU CONTROL OVER THE LIFE OF YOUR SMARTPHONE

SALT LAKE CITY – November 15, 2012 – Goal Zero's Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit will keep your USB gear charged up wherever life may take you with just a little help from the sun.
As the latest in Goal Zero's portable, solar-powered ecosystem of products, the Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit can bring back a dead smartphone instantly and replenish your battery in less than three hours. After utilizing all eight watts of lithium-ion battery power, recharge the Switch 8 on the go with the portable Nomad 3.5 Solar Panel in about six hours or from any USB source in less than four hours. And all of this power is wrapped into an ultra-lightweight, durable aluminum package that's smaller than a roll of quarters.

"It's not what our products do, but what they empower you to do," said Joe Atkin, President and CEO of the Utah-based company. "The Switch 8 Recharger is a great example of conveniently giving people the freedom to go anywhere and do anything without worrying about the battery life of their gear."

One of the most unique aspects of this ultra-light power supply is the patent-pending technology that allows for interchangeable tips. The Switch 8 has the ability to change from a universal USB charger to a flashlight, fan or a cord-free charger with built-in tips for phones, such as iPhone, Droid, and 1,000s of other handheld devices.

The Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit is available now at REI retailers nationwide and REI.com for $99.95. Users can sign up for email alerts with info on new Switch 8 tips and accessories launching this winter and coming spring at www.goalzero.com/switch. Follow Goal Zero at twitter.com/goalzerosolar or facebook.com/goalzero for the latest news on all of the company's industry leading portable solar products and rechargers.

About Goal Zero
Goal Zero is the industry leader for renewable and reliable solar power. Born out of the desire to empower people everywhere, Goal Zero's products are designed to give you the freedom to go anywhere, regardless of battery life. From cellphones to refrigerators, and everything in between, Goal Zero products keep you connected and powered up in any situation. Life never stops. Why should your gear? Solar power. Perfected. For more information, visit www.goalzero.com

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Goal Zero's Switch 8 solar charger bundle now available for $100