Goal Zero Switch 8

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The Goal Zero Switch 8 Portable Recharger is a powerful little recharging battery that's tiny, light and able to keep your gear going for hours. Without the hassles of a cord, the Goal Zero Switch 8 battery pack lets you recharge lithium batteries from a wall outlet, solar panel or car charger. The Goal Zero Switch 8 features USB in and USB out jacks. Stay powered up wherever you go - charge your phone or boost an iPad - with the Goal Zero Switch 8 Portable Charger.


  • Small size makes it easy to take everywhere—1 x 1 x 5 in. (2.5 x 2.5 x 7 cm)


  • Powerful lithium battery is light and powerful and holds a full charge for up to 6 months; charge it up from a solar panel (sold separately) or USB
  • Recharge without restrictions Refuel Switch 8 from USB or sun
  • USB input and output jacks
  • Charge up via solar, car or wall outlet
  • LED battery indicator lets you know when the Switch 8 needs to be recharged
  • Use to recharge phones, music players and more
  • Recharge the Switch 8 from any standard USB port in 4 hours; Switch 8 can also be recharged from a solar panel in 5-10 hours (depending on solar conditions)
  • Ultra-lightweight power supply
  • Talk Longer Fully charge a smartphone in 1 hour
  • ~mp3 players and cell phones—3 recharges per full Switch 8 charge
  • Weighs only 3.2 oz. (91 g)
  • Power your phone, iPad, GPS and more
  • Chain multiple rechargers together for more power
  • Super-utility knife of rechargers Personalize with interchangeable tips (sold separately)
  • USB in and out offer a simple and straightforward design for easy use
  • Tested and Certified to FCC and CE standards
  • Light, compact portable power
  • ~ e-readers—50% power boost per full Switch 8 charge
  • Due to federal shipping restrictions regarding products containing lithium batteries, this product can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. It cannot be shipped to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Catalina Island, Puerto Rico, APO, FPO or international addresses. Thanks for your understanding.

An ultra-lightweight power supply charges smartphones and USB gear anywhere. Goal Zero Switch 8 is the perfect pocket-sized companion and won't weigh you down, only charge you up so you're always connected.

Use with most USB powered devices. The Goal Zero Switch 8 is best used with your smaller USB power devices. The chart below gives approximate power given to the most common devices the Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger.

Technical Specifications:

Usage Charges from the following: Approx. Charge Time:





The Switch 8 Recharger from Goal Zero is a compact power supply that keeps your gear charged up when you’re on the go. You have the power to bring a dead smartphone to life in 1 hour and then recharge the Switch 8 from any USB source in 4 hours – or pair it up with a Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel for a sustainable recharging system anywhere you go. Life never stops. Why should your gear?

Charge your smartphone or USB-docked electronic gear practically anywhere. When fully charged, the Switch 8 can fully recharge a dead smartphone in one hour. Recharge the Switch 8's integrated 3.6-volt lithium-ion battery from any USB port in just four hours or hook it up to a Goal Zero Nomad solar panel (not included) for sustainable recharging anywhere the sun is shining.
Weight: .2 lbs.
Dimensions: 5"L x 1"W x 1"D.

FEATURES of the Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger.


The Switch 8 is Goal Zero's smallest portable recharging device, but it's still powerful enough to charge up your phone, GPS, flashlight or tablet when you're in a pinch. You can charge up the Switch from a wall outlet, car, solar panel (sold separately) or another USB source. You can even chain multiple rechargers together for more power.


Charge Times:

Inputs: USB port, 5V, 0-1A (5W Max)

Outputs: USB port, 5V, 0-1A (5W Max), regulated



Mountain Gear
Why take the chance losing power on your phone, GPS, or tablet, with The Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger, you can have portable power in your back pocket.


The Goal Zero Switch 8 is tiny, powerful, and endless for what it power – phone, flashlight, GPS, and tablet. Charge lightweight lithium battery from wall, solar, or car


Small but mighty, the Goal Zero Switch 8 portable recharger breathes life into your phone, music player, or tablet. Bring it wherever your adventures may lead for extra power when you're on the go.


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An ultra-lightweight power supply capable of charging a Smartphone in just one hour, the Goal Zero Switch 8 is the perfect pocket-sized companion to keep you charged and connected.
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Battery capacity:8Wh (1x3.6V, 2.2Ah cell)
Battery included:Yes
Battery storage capacity (mAh):2200 mAh
Battery type:Lithium-ion (NMC)
Battery voltage range:3.0-4.2V
Cell Capacity:8Wh (3.7V, 2200mAh)
Cell Type:Li-NMC
Charge time (hrs):Sun: 6-12 hrs USB: 4 hrs
Dimensions:1 x 1 x 5 in / 2.5 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
External charge:USB
From Nomad 3.5 solar panel:6-12 hours
From Nomad 7 solar panel:3-6 hours
From general USB source:approx. 4 hours (depending on USB capability)
Life span:hundreds of cycles
Operating temperature range:32-104oF
Optimal Operating Temp:32-104 F (0-40 C)
Power output to device (mA):5V 1000mA
Shelf Life:Charge every 3-4 months
USB Port (input):5V, up to 0.8A max (4W max), regulated
USB Port (output):5V, up to 1A max (5W max), regulated
Upc, Ean, Isbn:847974000656
Warranty:12 months
Weight:.2 lbs (4 ounces)
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Goal Zero Switch 8 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great product!

The Switch 8 Portable Recharger recharges my iPhone 5 when I'm running low on power. I've used it in the wild, on transit, and when I'm in a car but don't have a car charger. I love the integration with photovoltaic panels, but generally just plug it into the wall or my computer via USB. It's so flexible!

I liked this so much, I bought two for my earthquake kit.

The small blue lights that indicate remaining charge are also great.
Charango Lover at REI on 08/08/2013

Switch 8 a handy stick

Spend time away from the urban environment and conventional power sources. This is my answer to be able to access power and contiue to use computer stored computer resources and file while working in the field.
Looking to purchase a second one at the upcoming members sale.
Purchased a like set up for nephew who is in service for use when he is deployed.
John - Sea John Kayak at REI on 03/03/2013

Excellent power for its size

I had the guide 10 which is much larger and heavier but this has more power and is way more compact, its a no brainer as i never swapped out the batteries to charge multiple sets in my guide 10
JPH at REI on 10/10/2013

Goal Zero has another great product

After receiving this as birthday present, I have put it through it's paces. The device has recharged my Charge Smartphone fully and has taken my Kindle HD 8.9 to 50% charge for 3% so I am pleased with this product.
Thorir Hund at REI on 07/07/2013

Great item

This is to make my battery powered devices last longer when I am away from Electricity I use it for my iPhone, iPad, Headphones etc. Powerful and compact I love it
JPH at REI on 11/11/2013

Interesting little device....

good for recharging a dead cell or running a lina light for super light camping. will add a boost to a laptop or ereader. light and easy to use.
xX KW Xx at REI on 07/07/2013

Does exactly as promised

Use it for overnight bicycling touring. Extends the amount of time I can keep track of my times, without finding a place to charge various small electronics.
Crank2 at REI on 08/08/2013

Great Addition to the Guid 10 Plus

Love this! Great long lasting charge for on the go!
BoodyB at REI on 01/01/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Lowered Expectations

This may be a great product under the right circumstances; but it is not what I expected - though not the company's fault.

Just want to provide some clarification and avoid possible confusion. The way the current REI description is written it might seem that the unit as sold allows it to be charged directly from a wall outlet. This is not true. It can only be charged using a USB connector. The unit itself is not supplied with a connector that allows charging from a wall outlet. You must provide your own. One of the earlier reviews makes it also sound like it can be easily charged directly. (I have emailed REI about this problem with their description).

Secondly, I've plugged this into the USB outlet on my computer keyboard (using a Mac Pro) and I get error messages that the Switch 8 is drawing too much power and that the computer needs to disconnect some of its USB functionalities. So, be sure to test fully before relying on it too much.
Myk in Seattle at REI on 09/09/2013