The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit all packed up and ready for travel.
Face it, portable electronics are here to stay and they have become part of our backcountry equipment systems. SAR Tech, recreational backpacker, hunter, or wilderness LEO. We all carry things now that use batteries and you can either carry spares or figure out a way to recharge them in the field. The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit is one of a few options out there that looks like it might address the problem effectively.
The back side features a handy mesh pocket to store the battery pack and accessory cables.
Here is the whole kit (kaboodle sold separately) which includes the Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack, Nomad 7 Solar Panel, USB charging cable, 12V female cigarette adapter, Solar Super Charge Cable, AAA battery adapter, and directions.
The Nomad 7 Solar Panels open and ready for business. Note the Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack on the right is connected using the Solar Super Charge Cable (faster than the USB) and ready to accept a charge.
A closer look at the Goal Zero photovoltaic panels.
The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack charging my iphone 4S via an Apple USB cable. You can’t see it here but the battery pack also has a built in LED light just in case you need it. Supposedly it lasts 20 hours on a full charge.
So far so good on this one. It packs up nicely, takes up a reasonably small amount of space, and charges my smartphone quickly. How quickly, not ready to quote any figures yet but it is faster than I expected. The panels charge the battery pack quicker than I thought it would too. It also works on my iPad.
Total weight of the kit is 1lb 9.5oz. Take out the extraneous stuff and it goes down to 1lb 7.6oz with the battery pack. Remove the battery pack and charge directly from the panels to the device then it is only 1lb 1.2 oz but that is as light as it gets.
If this works out and performs I will have more on it for you later.
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