///   Nomad PowerPlant : Review

Nomad PowerPlant /// VinjatekThere are 2,786 USB battery pack models currently available and this operates as well as any high-end one but reigns the most beautiful.

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I’ve been equipping Nomad Goods since their inception back in 2012 via Kickstarter, the year I started vagabonding, which incidentally is a nomad lifestyle.

So in their 4th year in business and many innovations later as a crowdfunded legend, they’ve come up with the world’s classiest backup battery for smartphones, wearables, tablets and other USB devices.

Unlike their NomadPlus, the PowerPlant is essentially just a battery. By itself it does nothing and has no use, it’s just a brick, or in this case a piece of wood.

But the solid American walnut wood looks great doing nothing. However, when it is doing something like charging just about any USB device and even 2 at a time, it works flawlessly – up to 4 full iPhone 6 charges.

Nomad PowerPlant Status Lights and Cords Plugged in

As the saying goes, opposites attract and sometimes the fusion of such different things end up being attractive. Such is the case with the PowerPlant, oddly but beautifully combining modern tech with the raw material of the lowest tech there is, wood.

You have to understand, I’m the kind of guy who favors cutting edge materials like carbon fiber and titanium while almost completely ignoring gear and clothing that’s not black or dark grey. So believe me you when I say this brown monolith made from a tree is a thing of beauty to me and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

It’s a nice departure from the typical polymer or anodized aluminum all other external USB batteries are cased in… even the the button is made from wood.

Like the fleetingly fantastic smell of a factory fresh car or a newborn baby, the Nomad PowerPlant has the signature aroma of its natural walnut wood – a refreshing scent that won’t go away.

We built PowerPlant for the mobile adventurer, which is why we ran with two easily accessible, 2.1 Amp USB outlets.

Aesthetics aside, this is a premium piece of kit. The fit, finish and most importantly its operative functions as a portable USB battery are indicative of that.

Technology doesn’t have to be beautiful but it should work beautifully, the PowerPlant is and does.

Nomad PowerPlant Details

Real American Walnut /// 12,000 mAh Capacity /// 5V / 2.1amp / 2x USB /// 118 mm x 65 mm x 12 mm /// Weight: 420 Grams /// Warranty: 500 Cycles

Nomad PowerPlant /// $119

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Kyle NYC

That is hot. I’d love an iPhone 7 with this wood finish to go with it.

Ares1211

FML, it’s $50 now??? I got this when it was a $100. But it is awesome.

dee ED

Not bad for 4 charges on my iPhone, and it looks great.

Koa Lee

Just got mine in the mail, it’s so handsome that for the first time in my digital life, I want my iPhone to die so that I can whip the Powerplant out.

Cameron Burgess

Sexy battery, but for the price, weight and volume, I’d rather the Anker battery I’ve got at the moment, as I can use it to charge my laptop as well.

Comparison:
Nomad:
420 grams
12,000 mAh
118x65x12mm

Anker:
544 grams
20,000 mAh
185x124x15
http://amzn.to/21g0EGs

The real winner (only if you either don’t travel with a laptop, or are packing the new 12″ Macbook is the Anker Astro E7:
490grams
26,000 mAh
166x80x20mm
http://amzn.to/24KGxVj





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