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Small, portable Goal Zero Switch 8 charger offers multiple functions

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August 3, 2012

The Switch 8's screw-on tips allow for multiple charger styles and accessories

The Switch 8's screw-on tips allow for multiple charger styles and accessories

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The Goal Zero Switch 8 is a lightweight, pocket-sized charger that carries enough juice to just about fully charge a cell phone.The charger can also multitask, including serving as a flashlight and UV water purifier.

At five inches (12.7 cm) long and 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) thick, the Switch 8 is quite compact and has the feel of a small flashlight handle – Goal Zero says that it's smaller than a roll of quarters. It weighs just over three ounces (85 grams), so it won't add much feel to a backpack, purse or even pocket. The device includes a flip-out USB for charging from a laptop, solar panel or other USB-equipped charging device.

Because of its small size, the Switch 8 doesn't pack quite enough juice to charge electronic devices fully. The rep we spoke to estimated that a full Switch 8 would charge an iPhone about 94 percent of the way. The Switch 8 itself takes about four to six hours to charge fully from a USB source.

The Switch 8 is small enough to fit in a purse or pocket

The key to the Switch 8's multifunctional capabilities is in the interchangeable caps on the end opposite the flip-out USB. Goal Zero will offer several different charging caps, such as USB, mini USB, micro USB and Apple charger. This way, you'll be able to use the Switch 8 to charge multiple devices (at separate times) on the go.

In addition to different charging tips, Goal Zero also plans to offer other styles of tips. The rep mentioned that the first round of accessories will include a CREE LED, allowing the Switch 8 to double as a rechargeable flashlight, and a UV water purification tip, something that will be handy for outdoor users.

Goal Zero plans to launch the Switch 8 by September or October. It will retail for US$50 and will also be offered in a package with its NOMAD 3.5 solar charger, a self-contained, two-panel portable charger, for $120. Accessories like the LED flashlight and UV water purifier won't be available at launch, but will hit the market during the following months.

Source: GoalZero

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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2 Comments

Super like!! This would make a very handy accessory for camping or hiking. Especially the Torch facility and the water germ killing UV light.

Nantha
4th August, 2012 @ 12:34 am PDT

I don't see anything new here, In fact there are too many adapters to go wrong with ths, I am comparing ths to my Nokia DC16 which has 2200 mAh capacity with a standard USB port which can charg any device which can be charged via USB. And found a 2 usd led lamp works on USB power which does everything this one does for half the price and looks better:

http://press.nokia.com/products/559/nokia-universal-portable-usb-charger-dc-16/

Ali Kirkukli
6th August, 2012 @ 01:01 pm PDT
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