With an ever evolving world where mobile devices are being designed to go everywhere, the worst thing to see is a red blinking light and your phone or device saying “Connect Charge”. When you’re out in the middle of nowhere enjoying the mountains, desert, beach…there isn’t a convenient outlet for you to plug your device into.
That’s where the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit comes in handy. This kit is quite impressive. For the price and the durability, you really can’t go wrong. What all comes in the box?
- Nomad 7 Solar Panel
- 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries
- DC Adapter (You can plug this into the panel, than use the solar cable to charge the batteries)
- USB Cable (A serious must-have)
- An adapter to put in the battery charge so you can charge AAA batteries
The panel has a mesh back so you can store your electronic gear or, just take what you need and leave the rest at home. There are also daisy-chain loops around the panel to secure it to your pack (more on this later).
The main intent of this test was to see how quickly the panel would charge a phone on a hike. The course of the hike made it so that we wouldn’t be in direct sun until later which would provide ample time for the phone to be drained. The phone also wasn’t charged overnight.
For the first nearly three hours of the hike we were in a canyon hiking up to a saddle on the ridge. Once we arrived at the saddle, we took out the panel; plugged in the USB cable to the port and BAM…we started getting a charge. When we started the phone was at 5%. After 90 minutes of sitting around, eating food, and deciding which hike we were going to hike to, the phone was at 30%. Over the course of the next half hour we got another 10% of charge on the phone. On the hike on the ridge, the panel took a good beating from wind and dust. The wind was at a constant 10-15 mph with gusts upwards of 18-20 mph. Now…this is where those daisy chain loops come in handy.
We used just one carabineer to hook the panel to the back of a pack. Hiking in the canyon up and down from the ridge where there was little to no wind, worked great. On the ridge though the wind flapped it around and it spent a good amount of time out of direct sun. Direct sun is the key thing with these panels. If it isn’t in direct sun, you’re not going to get a charge. It worked some when there were clouds overhead but it was intermittent.
Overall, the panel worked great. It’s durable, comes with a whole slew of necessary items, and at the cost, really is an awesome product. On any of our next outings, you can bet this will be stashed in a pack or plugged into the car charging the batteries to keep us going for the next few days.