We take a look at two new products to land on the 4x4 scene: Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100PD Power Bank and GME’s TX616XO radio.
Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank
This new portable power source from Goal Zero has been designed to keep all of your gadgets going… and going. Called the Sherpa 100PD Power Bank, it has a whopping 25,600Ah capacity yet is still carry-on approved, is only slightly larger than a modern smartphone, and weighs just 635g. There are USB-A charging ports as well as a 60W USB-C port to provide reliable power for laptops, phones and tablets. The Sherpa 100PD also has a wireless QI charging pad.
Goal Zero says the Sherpa 100 PD packs enough power to fully recharge a phone up to eight times, a tablet up to four times and a laptop up to two times… all on a single charge. And when you need to top up the Sherpa 100PD, it will fully charge from a wall socket in just three hours, from a vehicle’s 12V outlet in 3.5 hours or, when connected to a compatible solar panel such as the Goal Zero Nomad 28Plus, in seven to 14 hours.
Other features include built-in charging and low battery protection, and a battery-level indicator.
GME TX616XO radio
The new TX616XO is a limited edition blaze-orange handheld radio that offers class-leading five-watt transmission power, IP67 dust/water ingress protection and robust construction at a very competitive price point.
The brightly coloured radio (perfect for never losing the thing, if you ask us) claims a 30-hour battery life, courtesy of its 2800mAh Li-ion battery pack, and features include VOX hands-free mode and a built-in LED torch.
GME also claims this new unit offers improved scan speed, while there is a rotary power/volume control that enables easy operation. The TX616XO is compact and light, too, measuring only 285mm tall, 110mm wide and 95mm deep, and it comes with a desktop charger, AC adaptor and a belt clip. GME offers a two-year warranty.
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