Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit Review
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With so much of our lives becoming dependent on energy these days from smart phones to mp3 players to iPads, being able to keep these all charged is becoming more and more important. When I am traveling or on the go, I almost always make sure my phone and other electronic devices are charged, because without them, I can be lost at times.
On a recent adventure of mine, I was out traveling for 15 days with limited access to power outlets from time to time. I ended up driving 1800 miles in the car, so I was able to charge some of my electronics through the car charger, but since I have a number of things I want to charge, I like to have multiple power sources. And since I was traveling with my wife, she wanted to have her electronics charged as well. On the trip, we decided to bring along our new Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure kit to help us charge all of our electronic devices.
The kit works as follows. You can use the solar panel to charge any electronic device that can be powered by a USB device. This includes phones, some cameras, and a few other devices. I foresee more and more devices to take this route. You can also use the solar panel to charge the rechargeable batteries if you want to keep an extra power source. The battery set can also be charged through a car charger, wall charger, or your computer as well if you don’t have the solar unit handy or it’s raining or super cloudy. The wall, car, and computer chargers typically work a little better than the solar too.
I like to bring the little battery pack charger along with me when I go hiking and backpacking. This way, I don’t have to lug a heavy, bulky power source around with me, and I can keep my phone charged for a few days typically with limited use. This can come in handy in case you end up in an emergency or if you want to listen to music or take pictures with your phone. If I end up going somewhere and I notice my phone is close to dead, I just take along this charging unit in the car or put it in my briefcase/bag to allow my phone to charge.
The solar panel is water resistant and it’s much more durable than it looks. Since I am pretty hard on products, it’s important for me to have a product that can withstand the dropping and jamming into packs. The battery charger can accommodate AA or AAA batteries and the batteries come separate from the charger. The unit itself has a retail value of $140 with an extra $20 for a rechargeable battery set. I personally think this is a pretty good deal, but depending on your charging needs, it’s up to you. For more information on the Guide 10 Adventure Kit and other Goal Zero products, please visit www.goalzero.com or www.amazon.com/goalzero.