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Goal Zero Flip 30 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 10
Durability 7
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 10

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige on September 18, 2019

  • Fully charges a tablet
  • Flip-out USB
  • Solar-friendly

Weight: 6.8 oz (193 g)

Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.83 in (9.4 x 6.1 x 2.1 cm)

Colors: Plum

Battery type: Li-ion NMC

Charging port: 5V

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Flip 30 is one of our favorite portable power banks because of its ability to hold so much power inside such a compact unit. With a 2.1A output and a 7,800mAh capacity, this model has the ability to charge a tablet to full power. Five hours of charging will give you a massive amount of recharging capacity, making this a great choice for people who love the outdoors but don’t like to leave their devices behind. We have created this Goal Zero Flip 30 Review to show you just why we love this model.

Compatibility

This Goal Zero Flip 30 is an extremely compatible handheld charger. It works with tablets, smartphones, POV cameras, headlamps, and other small devices. One full charge will get you 2 recharges on your phone, 5 on your POV camera, 10 on your headlamp, and 1 on your tablet.

man charging his phone with a goal zero flip 30

Durability

This isn’t the most durable recharger. While it can fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, that also makes it easier to drop. And because there are no real rubberized sides or ports, it is prone to damage. As long as its handled with care and used with caution, it’s a great unit. Along with the other Flip models, it’s important to make sure the USB is tucked safely back into the unit whenever possible.

Easy Of Use

As long as you’re someone who understands how to charge devices, this model will be extremely easy for you to use. All the knowledge that is required is how to plug things in. Two USB ports give it the ability to charge while recharging from the wall, which is nice if you want to charge your device and your Flip 30 at the same time. If you purchase a Nomad solar panel to go along with it, no other cables are really required. You’ll be able to plug it in with the USB and charge it anywhere (as long as you have sunlight).

Features

The features on this model are nice. You only have one color choice to choose from, plum, but it’s a professional and sleek color. The ports are easy to find, and the flip-out USB is a creative and convenient touch. Our favorite feature is the 7,800mAh capacity because so much power is available. The idea that you can get an entire charge on a tablet from such a small device is innovative.

Design

This model in the shape of a thin box. The middle area is covered in a lush plum color, while the tops and bottoms are colored in a comfortable grey. The creators had portability as a top priority, so this model fits easily in the palm of your hand. It isn’t as small as the other flip models, but it also has more power than they do. The extra inch or two is well worth it.

a person holding the goal zero flip 30 in their hand

What We Like

What we love about this product is its ability to fully charge a tablet and to charge a smartphone 1-2 times. For a portable charging bank of this size, the technology is extremely innovative. The power that is housed inside the bank itself is unheard of, and for the price and the solar compatibility, this is one of the best purchases you will make.

Pros:

  • Flip-out USB
  • Charges in 5 hours
  • Compact

Cons:

  • Does not include a protective case

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