/// Nomad PowerPlant : Review
Nomad is much more than a brand name. It’s our philosophy as a company and a team: owning fewer things, being resourceful and working hard together. And it is the very core of our product vision: creating minimalist, practical tools that keep us powered on the go.-Nomad Goods
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.
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.
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