Goal Zero has a product on display at CES 2012 that every CES news and reviews editor can appreciate, a small and light 50 Watt Hour battery pack that can provide USB, 12 V, 16 V, and AC power (via a separate attachment). The portable recharger acts as a big battery that can recharge cell phones, laptops, cameras, and other devices thanks to a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery.
Veronica Belmont of Tekzilla fame shows off the Sherpa 50.
The Sherpa 50 weighs 2.2 pounds and is encased in a aluminum shell with rubberized edges and provides 50 Watt Hours of extra battery power, enough to recharge an iPad twice or "power a cell phone for 50 hours," according to the company’s product video. It further features a small LCD screen that displays the remaining battery power in 20% increments, AC and 12V inputs, USB and 12 V outputs. The power pack is designed to be used with the company’s 13.5 watt fold-able solar cell array for long camping, hiking, or climbing trips. An event like CES would also be the perfect place to have a bit of extra power on tap.
The device is going to run $250 without the optional AC inverter and will be available in June 2012. More information on the technical specifications can be found here.
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I wish it had bigger capacity
I wish it had bigger capacity but then it would be too expensive. Maybe if it used nickel metal hydride batteries like the Toyota Pruis uses it could have bigger capacity with a lower price….