Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $119
Latest and greatest version. As long as the sun shines you got power! Great way to power up naturally, while enjoying the sun. Each one gets better and better.
- Powered by the sun
- Can add panels to it
- Still charges on cloudy days
- Cables now attached to unit
- Can wear it on your pack
- Charges a good variety of items
- Powered by the sun
- Charging block still bulky
I purchased the latest and greatest model of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus.
The minor changes: The Velcro seal has now been changed to a magnetic closure. The charging port for all you cords has been updated from the square block to a triangle shape rounded at bottom where the cords are now attached, so you don't lose them. The usb connection is the only one which can be removed so you can use your own based on what product your trying to charge.
I have tried all my gadgets and toys and 90% of them can be charged with this solar panel! My only failures were my JBL Flip due to its weird proprietary plug which is not usb for some reason, and of course my Bose soundlink for the same reason. No problems with my iPhone 4s, iPod Touch, Garmin hiking gps (but must use their usb only), and my Contour helmet cam.
I did not have any trouble charging even in cloudy settings. Yes, it does still take a little longer to charge, but still
love this little thing.
My only suggestion to Goal Zero would be to somehow shrink down the plug port as it makes it bulky still on one side. It's only 1/2" thick but it's still bulky. The weight is 1.20 lbs with all cables connected including the cigarette attachment but not including your own usb.
It's a ridged unit, very solid which probably adds to its weight vs. the roll up models available, but I'd expect more durable and better charging from it as well. I had no problems charging through my car windshield worked great for me, they do say your uv protectant in your windshield can reduce charging abilities, just for your FYI.
I also purchased backup rechargeable batteries from Duracell, as some quality questions have been voiced on other reviews, but so far no trouble for me, but nice to have extra batteries depending on where you're lugging them too!
This was purchased from Ebay as Amazon does not have the latest version yet as it just came out a few weeks ago. There does seem to be improvement in the panels' ability to hang on to the sun, so to speak, as it was very easy to get a charge and for me, the times were lower for charging my phone and iPod.
The customer service from them is top of the line! But also as others have noted, be very diligent in checking to see if box was previously opened. As my first one was, it was re-closed with another clear GZ sticker, the first unit was terribly damaged, but they let me use it until they shipped out a new one, now that's customer service. They put the burden on themselves rather than the customer! The second unit I got was great! So just inspect the unit the day you get it. I've included a couple of photo's check them out! Happy travels!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99.99
I would recommend this for anyone with small devices to charge. It worked quickly with direct sunlight. It's my "if I could bring one luxury item backpacking.."
- Ease of use
- Quick and efficient
- Adds more weight than I would like
With gear we often "buy and try" only to buy another type. This is one piece you don't have to do that with. I took my Garmin 910 on a 4-day trip in Glacier National. We were with a guide so I didn't need my GPS navigation. I just wanted my track for later and monitor the distance as we hiked, so the Garmin was all I needed.
I drained from 25%-50% of the Garmin's "50 hour" battery each day. Each morning, I took out the Goal Zero, plugged in the watch and 10-30 minutes later while we ate it was fully charged.
We had sun every day and no rain, so I did not get to see how inclement weather would effect the charger. I did not get a quick charge without direct sunlight, but since I had sunlight I did not try without it.
I didn't need the Guide 10 (although I brought it), the solar panels were enough. I only had the one device to charge.
I only wish it was lighter. It adds more weight than a backpacker looking to shed ounces will probably want. But if you are going into the back country or will be without power and either need small electronics for a particular purpose or just really want them like me, this is a must have.
I used to select cameras, watches, etc. with regular batteries and make sure I had enough spares for the entire trip. With the Goal Zero I can use re-chargeable batteries and devices.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
Excellent state-of-the-art portable solar power generator for hand-held devices, up to and including the new iPad from Apple.
- Small footprint
- Various charging options
- Cables + Guide 10 pack don't fit in storage pouch together
This is a great product and has proven itself (to me) by charging my new iPad (iPad 3). It has several charging options and can be used while hiking or backpacking by attaching it to your backpack/back.
I like the Guide 10 charger pack and a huge plus was the included AAA battery adapter; however, 4 AAA batteries aren't included. The Guide 10 comes with 4 AA batteries so why not include the AAA batteries as well?
All around great product and does what it says.
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The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is an ultralightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. Now able to charge iPads
The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger powers up iPad(R)s and other tablet computers, cell phones, GPS and rechargeable batteries anywhere you go-just add sunlight! The portable Nomad 7M solar panel fits easily on a backpack for on-the-go charging and features a higher output than its predecessor. Guide 10 Plus power pack charges 4 AA batteries using a computer or the sun with 2.5 watts USB output to run the built-in flashlight or charge your USB-compatible devices. Handy magnetic closure; cables attach conveniently to the back, so they don't get lost. Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger comes with a 12V DC cord and USB to Mini USB cord.
The ultra compact and convenient Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharging Kit is a rechargeable battery pack and the Nomad 7 folding solar panel for powering up your handheld electronics anywhere the sun shines. The pack also has standard USB and mini USB ports for charging up using your laptop or other electronic. The or batteries charge up in two hours via the solar panels or six hours via the USB. It takes about an hour to directly charge up your smartphone, so when you're off the grid geographically you can stay connected. Whether it's to upload jungle-themed selfies or call for search and rescue when you've had enough, power sure is nice to have.The super-durable and rugged solar panel withstands use and abuse, wet weather and being stepped on. Not that you would step on it, but you could. Both the battery pack and solar panel are so compact, the pack nearly pocket size and the panel the size of a notebook, for ultra portability.
Free Shipping. Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit The SPECS of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Weight with Batteries for Guide 10: 0.4 lb / 0.18 kg Dimension for Guide 10: 2.5 x 4 x 0.75in. / 6 x 10 x 2 cm Optimal Operating Temperature for Guide 10: 32-104deg F / 0-40deg C Weight for Nomad 7: 0.8 lb / 0.36 kg Dimension for Nomad 7 (Folded): 6 x 9 x 1in. / 15 x 26 x 2.5 cm Dimension for Nomad 7 (Unfolded): 17 x 9 x 0.1in. / 43 x 23 x 0.25 cm Optimal Operating Temperature for Nomad 7: 0-120deg F / -17-48deg C *When using GOAL ZERO NiMH rechargeable low self-discharge AA cells. **AAA Cells require an adapter, which is included with AAA battery purchase. The SPECS of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Weight with Batteries for Guide 10: 0.4 lb / 0.18 kg Dimension for Guide 10: 2.5 x 4 x 0.75in. / 6 x 10 x 2 cm Optimal Operating Temperature for Guide 10: 32-104 F (0-40 C) Weight for Nomad 7: 0.8 lb / 0.36 kg Dimension for Nomad 7 (Folded): 6 x 9 x 1in. / 15 x 26 x 2.5 cm Dimension for Nomad 7 (Unfolded): 17 x 9 x 0.1in. / 43 x 23 x 0.25 cm Optimal Operating Temperature for Nomad 7: 0-120 F (-17-48 C) *When using GOAL ZERO NiMH rechargeable low self-discharge AA cells. **AAA Cells require an adapter, which is included with AAA battery purchase. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.