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Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Review

Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Review

Overall Rating 8
Portability 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 9
Value for Money 8

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The mobile power bank market is full of reputed brands offering umpteen choices of products, making it difficult to offer anything new or unique in this segment. But Goal Zero manages to deliver a sleek and reliable product that stands out. The Sherpa 40 is a 12,000 mAh power bank that comes with three different charging cables that can charge almost any device.

Besides regular wall charging, the device can be topped up using solar panels, making it even more ‘portable’. With the Sherpa 40, Goal Zero chooses to go with a slimmer, flatter profile, making the power bank wider but nevertheless unique. Let us explore the product further in this Goal Zero Sherpa 40 review.

Compatibility

In terms of compatibility, the Sherpa 40 leaves no room for complaints. On the input side, it can be charged with a wall charging unit or solar panels. On the output side, the device comes with two USB ports and three different cables – a micro-USB, a lightning cable and a USB C cable.

Durability

Durability might not exactly be the Sherpa’s forte, but it does a decent job with the seamless aluminum casing. The cables are concealed nicely under the edges and do not fall off easily. Goal Zero does not mention the words shock-proof or waterproof anywhere in the description, but the device can withstand minor falls and some water splashes, although it would be best to prevent either of those.

front facing goal zero sherpa 40

Ease Of Use

The Sherpa 40 is a relatively simple device compared to the company’s other, larger products that sport plenty of ports. With easily recognizable ports and cables, you can usually plug-in devices within two seconds. A small LED strip with four lights indicates the level of charge, making it easier to gauge the battery level.

Features

While the feature list of this device does not offer anything that we haven’t seen on other devices, it does manage to offer the right set of features expected from a reliable power bank. Among the most useful features are its compatibility with solar panels and its fast-charging ability.

Design

Unlike the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 or the Sherpa 50 version, the Sherpa 40 uses a much flatter design that increases the device’s length and width. The result may have polarizing opinions, but this design may be useful if you regularly throw your device into a backpack. The color scheme is minimal, with mostly a single color all over with subtle branding near the edge.

Portability

At less than half an inch wide and a 12,000 mAh capacity that can charge 3-4 smartphones, the power bank is sufficiently portable. Its large profile may not make it easy to carry in hand for longer durations, but it can fit easily in pretty much every backpack.

side facing goal zero sherpa 40

What We Like

The Sherpa 40 is sleek, practical, and one of the most reliable solar power banks we have seen. It comes with good build quality and an elegant design. We particularly liked its ability to be charged using solar panels, making it portable in the real sense.

Pros:

  • Solar panel compatible
  • Fast charging ability
  • Three different cables
  • Durable casing

Cons:

  • May be large for some
  • No water resistance

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Goal Zero Flip 20 Review

Goal Zero Flip 20 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 10
Durability 6
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 10

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Flip 20 is a fantastic choice for those who are looking for portable power banks. It may not be the most durable of all solar power banks, but it is certainly the most convenient. It has a creative design that allows it to fit in your pocket or purse, and it’s the perfect bank for charging your smartphones or cameras. This model also charges faster than most of the power banks we have seen. Take a look at our Goal Zero Flip 20 Review to get a better idea of what it’s all about.

Compatibility

The Flip 20 is compatible with anything that can be charged with a standard USB cable. Its strength lies with smaller devices like smartphones and cameras because it will fully charge those (it can charge a smart phone twice with one recharge). This does not mean, however, that it won’t give your other devices a boost. This small piece of equipment can give tablets a 50% charging boost.

Durability

Durability is not this model’s strongest feature. While it may be able to take a fall or two, that’s not its intended purpose. It should be carefully handled. If you decide to keep it in your pocket, try putting it in your front pocket rather than your back pocket – this will help you avoid sitting on it. If you put it in your purse, try keeping it wrapped in a cloth or a case. It is not weatherproof or waterproof.

Easy Of Use

One of the best things about this Flip 20 is how easy it is to use. It has a flip-out USB, so when you want to charge it with electricity, all you need to do is plug it straight into your wall adaptor. There are no cables required when taking this on-the-go, and there are also no buttons to complicate things. When it is fully charged, it will activate just by being plugged into your device. Nothing else is needed.

Features

Aside from its best feature, portability, this unit has quite a few features that make it powerful and attractive. The design is unique, the colors are delightful, and we love the flip-out feature. Charging and low-battery protection are built-in, so there will never be surprises or unwanted shortages. You’ll also be able to tell when your battery is low so that you can charge it. And of course, one of the best features is that it is solar-friendly.

Design

This is a tiny unit that is designed to fit in discreet spaces. The upper and lower part of the unit are coated in a modern silver finish, and the middle is the matte color of your choice.

side facing goal zero flip 20

What We Like

Our favorite thing about the Goal Zero Flip 20 is its design. The small size does not take away from the large amount of power it provides for your devices. Its ability to charge a smartphone up to two times and give a tablet a 50% boost is extraordinary given its size.

Pros:

  • Simple/easy to use
  • Charges in 4-5 hours
  • Small and portable

Cons:

  • Does not have rubberized sides for protection

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Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Review

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Review

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

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus is an extraordinary tool with an extraordinarily low price. With this charging bank, you can not only charge powerful devices — you can also charge (4) AA batteries. It’s unique, efficient, compact, and, best of all, solar-compatible. With something like this, you can power up pretty much any device you need. If you’re an adventurous explorer, this power bank was made for you. Our Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Review can help you decide whether or not this is the right fit for you.

Compatibility

This Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus is extremely compatible with most devices. This doesn’t just charge your phone. It charges your tablets, POV cameras, headlamps, flashlights, and any other device you need on-the-go (aside from laptops). It’s perfect for the traveler because it’s solar-friendly, which means it can easily be plugged into a solar panel and clipped onto a backpack. All that is needed is a USB cable, which is included. Keep in mind that because this model also charges AA batteries, it mainly gives your devices a boost. It doesn’t fully charge them. With a charging time of 3-6 hours via solar, you will be able to recharge it again before your device dies. If you’re looking for something that will fully recharge your smartphones or tablets, you can take a look at our list of portable solar power banks.

front facing goal zero guide 10 plus

Durability

With this power bank, you need to be careful. The clear plastic protecting the batteries is strong, but it isn’t bulletproof. It can’t be dropped into the water, and it isn’t immune to large falls or extreme damage. Care needs to be taken. As long as you make sure it’s clipped safely to your backpack or packed neatly inside your gear, it won’t be a problem.

Ease Of Use

If you’ve ever used a battery charger before, this will be very easy to use. The batteries are loaded into the front, the USB input is located at the bottom, and it can be plugged into any solar panel or electric outlet without any trouble.

side facing goal zero guide 10 plus showing the batteries inside

Features

This is an especially great model if you need batteries recharged for things like cameras or flashlights. With the swing of a small plastic door, you can easily insert the batteries and have them charged within a few hours. If you’re a travelling photographer who needs batteries for his/her camera, this is a good fit for you. It’s also a unique feature that we don’t see in many power banks. Not only can you charge the batteries, you can also charge your devices from it as well. The built-in flashlight is also a hefty bonus, especially if you’re using it at night.

Design

This model is small in size but big in power. It is black and silver with a clear, industrialized plastic door for the batteries. The silver is metallic and the black is matte, which makes it look modern. At four inches long, it’s also quite small, making it portable and convenient. It’s in the shape of a small rectangle, and the signature Goal Zero neon green logo graces its front.

What We Like

This is a wonderfully inexpensive alternative to regular phone or battery chargers. We love the fact that it charges both batteries and devices, because we know that some devices still use AA batteries and are not compatible with USB charging. It’s fantastic for polaroid cameras and adventurous photographers. It’s also great for those that need their tablets to journal in while traveling.

Pros:

  • Charges batteries and devices
  • Short charging time
  • Protective plastic door for batteries
  • Built-in flashlight

Cons:

  • Not weatherproof or waterproof

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Goal Zero Flip 30 Review

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. Last updated:

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 various colors choice to choose from that are professional and sleek colors. 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, green or grey color depending which one you buy, 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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Goal Zero Flip 10 Review

Goal Zero Flip 10 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 10
Durability 5
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 10

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Flip 10 recharger is a great way to charge your phone on-the-go. Its tiny size and modern design are great features, but best of all – it’s solar-compatible. With only 3 hours needed to charge via solar or USB, it’s easy to grab on your way out the door in case your phone needs a boost later. With its extremely low price, it’s also a great starter charger for those who are new to solar. We hope this Goal Zero Flip 10 Review will help you see just how useful this power bank is.

Compatibility

This model is specifically designed for phones, but you can also use it for headlamps, cameras, and even tablets. Keep in mind that even with smartphones, this recharger is meant to boost and not fully charge. With a smartphone, you can expect to get a 60-100% boost from a full charge of the Flip 10. It also has the ability to boost your tablet by about 25%. This unit is not compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or with any laptops. Other than that, it will work with anything that requires a USB cable, and the cable is included.

a goal zero flip 10 charging a mobile phone

Durability

As far as durability is concerned, this recharger doesn’t really tick any boxes. The main point of this model is to have something to stick in your purse or pocket that will help you charge a device in a bind. It doesn’t have any protection as far as rubberized sides or ports, but it’s extremely inexpensive and will work great for its intended use.

Ease Of Use

This Goal Zero Flip 10 is one of the easiest rechargers on the market. It plugs into the wall (or your solar panel), charges in 2.5 hours, and can then be taken with you to charge a device at a later time. It’s handheld and extremely portable, which makes it even easier to utilize whenever you need it. You can even plug it into your phone and stick both into your pocket or purse – that’s how small it is. If you’re interested in a larger model, or in a model that will fully charge your phone (not just give it a large boost), you can check out our article on other handheld power banks.

Features

This unit comes in a variety of colors to suit your personality, making it a stylish solar option. At about ¾ the size of your average smartphone, it’s one of the most portable power banks on the market. On top of that, it can give give virtually any device a boost, including cameras and tablets. If you need to take it with you on a day trip where you’ll be outdoors, don’t forget to bring your solar panel so you have an electricity-free charging method.

Design

This is rectangular and small – about the size of a battery. It’s stylish with its multiple color options, and its USB port is located right at the top. When compared to other solar power banks, this one is unique because its goal is to match your personal style.

side facing goal zero flip 10

What We Like

Our favorite thing about the Goal Zero Flip 10 is its portability and ease of use. It’s great for beginners, and it’s great for everyday use. If you forgot to charge your phone for work the night before, just grab this model off the side and take it with you. It’s a perfect, tiny charging bank.

Pros:

  • Multiple color options
  • 2USB cable included
  • Portable
  • Fast-charging

Cons:

  • No side or internal protection from drops/falls

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Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Review

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Review

Overall Rating 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 7
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 10

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Sherpa 100 is a powerful product for professional photographers, writers, or artists. This power bank has the ability to charge laptops twice, including MacBooks, which take up the most energy and are typically used for editing photos and recording music. If you’re a travelling artist who needs to consistently recharge your devices, our Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Review will show you why we think this product is for you.

The Sherpa 100 is slightly larger than the Sherpa 50, but it can manage almost twice the power. With two charging ports and multiple charging methods, it’s sure to be convenient and essential on-the-go.

Compatibility

The Goal Zero Sherpa 100 works with just about anything you need when you’re away from electricity. It will recharge your laptops, tablets, cameras, headlamps, and solar showers.

When fully-charged, the Sherpa 100 can charge a laptop twice, a smartphone 8 times, a tablet four times, and something simple (like a POV camera) up to 18 times. It can be charged via USB or Solar, and it’s most compatible with the Nomad 28 Plus solar panel. If you’ve decided to buy this model, that solar panel will charge your power bank very quickly.

Durability

With a boxy build formed from industrial plastic, this unit is fairly durable. While it isn’t shock-proof or weatherproof, it can withstand the hustle-bustle of the backpacking life. It’s also fairly portable, which helps when it comes to durability. You can sandwich it between soft items in your pack or you can cover it with some quick bubble wrap while traveling. You can also purchase the Sherpa 100 AC sleeve, which will help greatly when it comes to protection.

Easy Of Use

All ports are clearly labeled with the Goal Zero Sherpa 100. Whether you’re using a USB source or a solar panel for power, you’ll be able to easily locate where to plug things in. The fact that this model comes with its own cables is also extremely helpful. There should be no confusion about what goes where.

That being said, this is a complex piece of equipment. You will need to familiarize yourself with the display panel. The display panel will show you detailed port information, set roles for ports, power in/out, and how much battery time you have left. Knowing how much power you’re utilizing and how much you have left is essential, so be sure to read the user manual. The panel is the most complex thing about this power bank, and it’s quite easy to familiarize yourself with it over time.

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Features

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 is the interactive display screen. It’s small in size (the unit itself is not large by any means) but it tells you a lot of information. From the display screen you’ll be able to see how much more power is needed to bring you up to 100%. On top of that, you’ll be able to assign a button to each port, set roles for the ports, and check the power going in and out. The screen is very bright when activated, so you’ll be able to see it in the nighttime as well.

Another unique feature is that this model actually has storage for your lightening, Micro USB, USB-C, and USB-C to USB-C cables. Not only are the cables included with your purchase, but the unit has little pockets for each cable. You never have to worry about losing your cables while traveling. If you’d like more options as far as features are concerned, feel free to take a look at our list of this year’s best solar power banks.

Design

This model looks almost like a WiFi router. It’s in the shape of a rectangle with ports going down the sides. With a matte black finish, it looks professional and durable. The built-in compartments for the cables are discreet and they fit in nicely with the design. There is nothing about this unit that is bulky or difficult to manage.

the goal zero sherpa 100 vertically stood up

What We Like

The best thing about the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 is its compatibility and longevity. Not only will it charge your most-needed devices, but it will charge them multiple times before it needs to be recharged. It’s tough enough to travel with you, but it’s attractive too. Durability and design don’t always coincide, but in this case, they do.

The reason why we ranked this so high as far as value for money is mainly because of the technology. The screen will allow you to customize ports and understand where you’re at as far as charging is concerned. It’s a great piece of equipment that is sure to last a long time, so it’s worth putting in the extra money. If you’re using the Nomad 28 Plus solar panel mentioned earlier, charging times are minimal. You can be fully-charged and ready to go after just 6 hours of direct sun exposure.

Pros:

  • Can charge laptops
  • All cables included
  • Interactive display screen
  • Modern and durable

Cons:

  • Costly
  • Not weatherproof or waterproof

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Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Review

Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Review

Overall Rating 7
Portability 9
Compatibility 9
Durability 5
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 8

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 is the perfect companion if you love the remote wilderness. If you’re the type who loves camping and hiking with electronic comforts, this is a must-have. It’s especially good for videographers and photographers who need their computers for editing when electricity is not available. We hope our Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Review will help in guiding you along in your journey to go solar.

Compatibility

The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 is an incredibly compatible unit. With 12V, AC, and USB outlets, you can charge most units including laptops and tablets. It’s compatible with the Nomad 14 Plus solar panel, and when connected to that, it will fully charge in 8 hours of direct sunlight (16 hours of indirect sunlight).

When fully-charged, the Sherpa 50 will recharge a smart phone 3-4 times, a headlight 8-16 times, a tablet 1-2 times, and a laptop once. As far as compatibility is concerned, this product is very capable of providing all of your electronic needs off-road. You can also charge this with your car battery – a big plus that other models don’t offer.

woman using a goal zero sherpa 50 to charge her camera while taking pictures

Durability

When discussing durability, this is certainly not the strongest charger that Goal Zero’s products have to offer. It’s not fragile by any means, but it also isn’t protected from shock-drops, extreme weather, or water. When carrying the Sherpa 50 with you, it should be securely tied to avoid falls. On the plus-side, all of the outlets are well-protected and rubberized. If you’re looking for something more durable, this list will help you find something to suit your needs.

Ease Of Use

This model comes with an inverter which is great when it comes to power, but it is something that needs to be learned. It doesn’t always come easy to people who are new to solar. That being said, it’s also fairly easy to plug right into the wall or a solar panel. All of the ports are easily laid out and labeled. Another upside is its size and weight. It is extremely easy to stick this into a backpack or in a car.

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Features

One of the best features of the Goal Zero Sherpa 50 is its ability to charge laptops and tablets. If you are traveling the world as a photographer or videographer, this model will provide you with the ability to edit and submit your work. Leave it out in the sun for a day or charge it in 3 hours with your car battery, and you have a full charge – hours of editing at your disposal each night.

Design

This is probably one of the sleekest and most modern units we have seen yet. Bright silver in color with all of the ports easily located at the top, this model is sure to beguile any solar enthusiast. The small size and weight add to its charm. While it may not be built for durability, it’s certainly built for versatility and convenience.

What We Like

Our favorite thing about this charger is how sleek it is in design. We also love that it has the ability to charge a myriad of devices in a fairly short amount of time. The fact that it can be connected to a car battery is also a huge plus, especially if you’re in a bind and need it charged quickly. This is a unique unit, and it’s sure to impress.

Pros:

  • Small size and weight
  • Can charge laptops
  • Inverter included

Cons:

  • Costly
  • Not weatherproof or waterproof

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Goal Zero Venture 70 Review

Goal Zero Venture 70 Review

Overall Rating 8
Portability 9
Compatibility 7
Durability 9
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 7

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Venture 70 is a powerful charging bank. Not only does it have the ability to charge multiple devices at once, but it can recharge those devices multiple times on a single charge. It has the ability to work with wall chargers, USB chargers, and most importantly, solar power. This model is compatible with the Goal Zero Nomadic Solar Panel.

The best upgrade here is the smart charging sequence – it optimizes outputs to match what’s being plugged in (smartphone, tablet, camera etc.). This feature eliminates shortages that come from overcharging. On top of that, the IP67 rating makes this unit 100% weather and waterproof. For us, this is a top-of-the-line model. Keep reading this Goal Venture 70 Review to see why we love it so much.

Compatibility

Like the Goal Zero Venture 30, the Goal Zero Venture 70 works with smartphones, tablets, POV cameras, headlamps, and other small units that require a USB port. It won’t charge something as large as a laptop, but with a full charge, it can recharge a phone up to 7 times. A camera will get around 10 recharges, a headlamp around 20 recharges, and a tablet will charge 2-3 times (depending on the size of your tablet).

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Durability

As far as durability is concerned, this product is certainly top-notch. The manufacturers and reviewers boast that it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes before any real damage begins to set in. If you’re the type that loves water sports, there won’t be a problem bringing this along. Not only will it resist hard falls and shocks, it will also be completely protected by any water damage.

The entire body of this unit is rubberized, right down to the label on the front. You don’t need to worry about scratches or damage.

Ease of Use

This is a fairly simple unit to use, and it only gets easier the more you use it. The most complex part of this is the attachment from the unit into the solar panel. For the most part, the directions are fairly simple.

The front of the unit has labeled buttons, so it’s easy to find what port goes where and how to turn on the flashlight and battery indicator light.

Features

This is a lightweight, convenient unit. It’s fully weatherproof and waterproof. The 3-amp charge circuit prevents damage from overcharging. If you’re looking for other options with more or less power, there are 7 different power banks we recommend.

Design

This Goal Zero Venture 70 is built for aquatics, sports, and outdoor use. It is exceptionally durable and rugged, yet it seems to have a very stylish look to it. Like the others with this brand, its colors are black and lime green. It is small enough to fit into a purse or a travel bag. It’s also a great fit for the back of your fishing boat. If you require a slimmer and even more portable option, we recommend one of these three products – Goal Zero Flip 10, Goal Zero Flip 20 or the Goal Zero Flip 30.

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What We Like

The best thing about this product is its ability to be fully submerged in water without any damage whatsoever. That being said, its ability to recharge your devices up to 20 times with one charge is also a phenomenal quality. You won’t find that with most power banks, which is a large part of why this one is costly. We believe it’s worth the investment and that it’s something that will last you a very long time.

Pros:

  • IP67 rating
  • Multiple recharges with one full charge
  • Well-protected with a fully rubberized coating

Cons:

  • Takes 12 hours of direct sunlight to fully charge
  • Not compatible with computers

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Goal Zero Venture 30 Review

Goal Zero Venture 30 Review

Overall Rating 8.6
Portability 10
Compatibility 7
Durability 9
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 7

Paige

Written by portable gadget expert Paige. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is specifically geared towards the outdoor enthusiast. Small enough to fit in your hand or inside your pocket, it’s about the size of a cell phone. Its portability is an upside for anyone that enjoys hiking and camping. It’s a great product for people who don’t have access to electricity, and this Goal Zero Venture 30 Review will show you just why we think that.

This is a durable power bank that is waterproof and shock-absorbent, so it can withstand accidental falls, rain, and wear and tear. It can also charge two devices at once. This power bank is probably for you if you spend a lot of time outdoors, if you’re in an area that is generous with sunlight, and if you only need to think about charging a phone or tablet.

Compatibility

This Goal Zero Venture works with cell phones and tablets. It will charge a smartphone 3-5 times, but it will only charge a tablet once (even if the power bank is running on a full charge). If you’re charging a small camera or a headlamp, you can also get about 5 charges on a full battery. One lithium ion battery is required (and included), so it doesn’t need a lot of upkeep financially as far as replacement batteries.

This unit is also compatible with standard USB charging ports (plus an extra micro USB), should you decide to charge it that way for quicker results.

Durability

If you’re looking for something to take on the trails without having to worry about how the weather will affect it, this is a great model. All sides offer protection because they’re lined with a tough rubber material, and it’s created with industrialized hard plastic. This protects the model from dings and scratches.

One of the main upsides to this unit is how rugged it is. It can withstand anything from dirt to snow, falls to rainstorms. If you’re camping and you accidentally leave it on the picnic table overnight, it’s going to be perfectly fine in the morning. It even works easily when wet – you can plug any of the aforementioned devices into it and there won’t be any short circuits.

goal zero venture 30 in water to demonstrate that it is waterproof

Ease of Use

This power bank is one of the easiest to use. There are 2 types of USB ports and 3 outlets, all covered in a tough rubber that will protect the circuitry. The unit itself is small enough to fit into your hand or your pocket, similar to the size of the older flip-phones.

One thing to note is that this particular model requires direct sunlight to charge. If you’re backpacking for the day and you clip it to your bag, you won’t get a full charge with it. You’d have to place it on a table or in an area that is directly exposed to sunlight. This makes it slightly inconvenient, but its durability and portability more than make up for it.

Features

The size alone is an excellent feature to have in a portable power bank. It’s lightweight (only about 9 oz.) and barely noticeable. The built-in flashlight comes in handy both on the trail and when you need to know how much battery you have left (the flashlight acts as a battery indicator).

front facing goal zero venture 30

Design

This product is designed for durability, but it also looks sleek and professional. The black body is encased with green rubber sides, adding a pop of color. A thin line of lights at top are where you’ll find your flashlight, and they also add to the quality of design.

What We Like

Our favorite thing about this product is the ease of use and its ability to be almost completely weatherproof. While it may be costlier than others in its class, not many solar power banks can boast about how well the device works under extreme weather conditions like this one does. We think this is the perfect companion for any outdoor enthusiast with no access to electricity.

Pros:

  • Weatherproof
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged and well-protected

Cons:

  • Must be exposed to direct sunlight for 9 hours in order to get a full charge
  • Cost

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