I recently purchased a Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with Battery Pack. Over the past two weeks I have had an opportunity to trial it several times and so far am very impressed.
The Guide 10 Adventure Kit combines a small dual solar panel kit with a multi-purpose battery charging system. The complete kit provides a solution to those who look to charge cell phones, batteries and other electronic devices while camping, backpacking, or without power.
The kit consists of two main components:
First is the Nomad 7 solar panels. These solar panels are wrapped in a very durable fabric case which folds and velco’s shut. Within the case there is a USB charging port, a 12 volt DC charging port and an included 12V power port adapter.
Included next is the Goal Zero 10 Guide 10 USB Power Pack. The power pack comes with 4 AA rechargeable batteries. Once hooked up to the Nomad 7 solar kit the batteries can be charged. Also on the power pack is a small LED light which can shine for up to 20 hours when batteries are fully charged. The battery pack also has a USB port which to charge other devices.
Putting everything together the system is complete and batteries can be charged as well as other devices. Pretty much anything that can be charged by being plugged into a USB port or vehicle power port can be charged with this complete Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with Battery Pack.
Part of my experimentation and testing involved charging several sets of AA batteries of varying capacities. I found that in bright sunlight 4 AA rechargeable batteries could be fully charged within 2 hours. I consider that pretty good. Next – I used a fully charged USB Power Pack to charge my non-“smartphone” cell phone. It worked just fine. Next I tried to charge my wife’s iPhone 4 and again – no problem.
I see my main use for the Adventure Kit to charge AA batteries. AA batteries are my main battery supply. Cell phone charging as well as charging other devices such as a Kindle will be kept in mind.
I have been very impressed with the fit, function, and quality of the kit. Being able to place the panels on a backpack while hiking or set out in the sun while at the beach and charge batteries – just awesome.
Running around $100 – I find it a good value.
For purchasing information – click HERE.
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