User Review: Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Mobile Kit
Source: I work at Modern Outpost, and try each product in order to be able to consult to trekkers & expedition groups
Very well-built solar kit, best suited to tropical and desert conditions.
- Universal USB support (small devices only)
- Simple to use
- Relatively heavy
- Not as good as thin film panels in shade/overcast/trees
- Cannot handle dSLR cameras
Goal Zero makes top-quality gear. This is their most basic kit, and it is designed to support USB devices. It is easy to use (plug & play), and performs well in the conditions it was designed for.
The Nomad panels all come with great attachment loops to help you attach it to your backpack, or secure it to the side of tents, bike panniers, etc. Note that the max power of the Nomad 3.5 panel is not sufficient to charge many smart phones directly from the sun... you really do need to use the Guide10+ battery pack as the storage/delivery interface for your devices. But that's fine, because if you need to charge something in the evening, you need the solar storage battery.
The Guide10+ battery pack is excellent. It stores your solar power in 4 low-self-discharge AA NiMh batteries which can be easily replaced, or use your own NiMh rechargeables. The Guide10+ supports all small USB devices, and will power tablets like the iPad, but will not 'charge' these larger USB devices (due to limited output power). One drawback is that you must use 4 batteries. So I advise that you use only quality batteries because if one goes down dead, the Guide10+ will not function.
The crystalline cells used in the Goal Zero solar panels are best suited to hot, sunny locations. Africa, deserts, Southwest USA, etc. Crystalline panels are not very good at partial shade, overcast, and ambient light conditions. Look to thin film panels for your trekking in temperate zones & mountains.