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GOALZERO EXTREME 350 - ONLY PRODUCT FOR THE INTENSIVE, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, PORTABLE SOLAR USER

* 1X TO 4x SOLAR INPUT ENOUGH FOR LAPTOP ALL DAY, NIGHT!!! * SIMULTANEOUS SOLAR CHARGE AND AC DISCHARGE * 6X FASTER AC RECHARGE: 4-5 HOUR RECHARGE AT AC * FULL INTERNAL REGULATION TO PROTECT BATTERY AND CHARGE * DAISY-CHAIN UP TO 4 EXTREME 350 BATTERIES, 480 WATTS SOLAR IN!
Black & Decker Electromate 400
NOTICE: Prepared for my personal evaluation based on best info I could find on internet. Prepared July 2012. Check everything for errors, updates. Let us know on Amazon.

Duracell Powerpack 600

GoalZero 350

Schumacher

POWER ON UNCOMING SOLAR, EXTEND BATTERY LIFE, OFF-GRID TIME: Ability to run off incoming solar, preserving battery life, avoiding deep discharge, vastly extending daily off-grid time.

Full

Limited

No

No

No

No

No

MAX SOLAR INPUT: Maximum solar panel input (4 x 30w panels in daisy chain) - full mid-day sun - watts SOLAR INPUT WHILE OUTPUTTING: Simultaneous solar or AC charge/AC power output redistribution (zero hours lost of collection time during output) RAPID AC CHARGE AC charge time - hours Compact, uncluttered with jumper cables, radios, Rated Battery storagge in watts Effective available watts AC (Inverter power drain). Note. May already be factored into the line above, for all but GZ. Uncertain. Assumes 20% loss. Charge from Car Cigarette lighter Price approx incl AC inverter

120

30-40

30-40

30-40

30-40

30-40

NO SOLAR

YES

YES

NO

NO

UNK

UNK

NO SOLAR

YES 4 to 6 YES 350

NO 24 to 40 No 235

NO 24 to 40 No 200

NO 24 to 40 No 180

NO 24 to 40 No 180

NO 24 to 40 No 180

N0 24 to 40 No 180

280

235 200 180 180 180 180 (83% GZ) (71% GZ) (64% GZ) (64% GZ) (64% GZ) (64% GZ)

YES $320 and up

YES $160

YES $100

YES $90

NO? $100

YES $100

NO? $100

Energizer

Stanley

Wagon

Customer service

EXCELLEN T, if you've done your NONE. homework ROFL!!! and really , really, need help

NONE. ROFL!!!

NONE. ROFL!!!

NONE. ROFL!!!

NONE. ROFL!!!

NONE. ROFL!!!

REGULARTOR to prevent over-charge REGULARTOR to prevent backflow to solar panel Product Reliability****

YES YES

YES YES

NO NO

NO NO Fair

NO NO Fair

N0 NO Fair

N0 N0 Very good

Very good Very good Fair

***** Led Acid Batteries lose capacity with every deep charge.

Major things to consider: * Power meters on led acid batteries are terrible. On the Extreme 350 the least worse readings are while it is receiving a charge from the wall or sun. Even then, take the LCD value minus 20-40% to be safe. * Keep your battery at 100%. Less than that for more than a few days, and it DIES, QUICKLY. * Check the capacity when you purchase. IF THE DISTRIBUTOR DIDN'T KEEP IT CHARGED, ON THE SHELF, YOURS IS ALREADY DAMAGED. * Understand net power requirement: A. You'll lose 20% to the inverter (External on GZ, Inbuilt on others); B. 20% any Power Bricks * Be sure your dc connectors are fully inserted - ALL THE WAY. False positives very easy. * Periodically move your panel(s) to face the sun directly - increases effective sun 2-3x * Don't forget to figure the wattage lost to the AC inverter in figuring your actual times * Understand "Solar Day" for your location (google it): Be honest in figuring that early and late day sun, or overcast, cloudy days you may get only 10% power from your panels * Figuring your charge and run times is pretty easy to ball-park. Rember your ac, and clouds. The storage 'pool' of your battery is in watts. The output drain is in watts. Pretty simple. Just remember the Inverter, and Power Brick losses. * Remember, this is pretty new territory for everyone. Documentation is pretty horrible. The chart above is more than even the vendors, manufacturers, and distributors seem to know, or care to work out. It'll get better, but for now, if you are a pioneer, or early settler, proceed, eyes open. Otherwise.... * If you mix and match vendors for battery and solar panel, be careful, check, and think about connectivity. * TREAT YOURSELF - With the Extreme 350 you can acquire 50-100% more Solar Panels than you may think you need. Shop, pretty cheap now. Protects your battery life by avoiding deep discharges. What a treat to work all day long off of today's sun!