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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOALZERO on the John Muir Trail I just finished a 3 week solo hike of the John Muir Trail. I used my GOALZERO NOMAD7 and GUIDE10PLUS battery pack to keep my cell phone and satellite communicator charged during the entire length of the trail. Since I was solo this was very important. I was constantly amazed at how quickly the GUIDE10PLUS would reach a full charge. Then at night I would use the battery pack to charge my phone. I had afternoon and evening cloudy/rainy conditions for 6 of 7 days during the middle of my hike, and I never ran out of power. These products are so easy to use and extremely reliable. I attached the panel to the top lid of my pack and it charged as I hiked. EASY!
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Survived Burning Man! I used this for a week at burning man, in the black rock desert. I would throw it on top of my tent in the morning, and in the evening I would charge the devices I needed to. I would definitely recommend using the solar panel to charge the batteries and the battery pack to charge your gear. Newer cell phones and tablets likely won't get a full charge out of 4 AAs, but they will get a big boost out of it. The only way around that would be to buy a lithium battery pack that can hold more juice. Overall, its a very convenient solution for boosting your phones and tablets, or keeping your AA powered stuff fed.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivered on promise With gear we often "buy and try" only to buy another type. This is one piece you don't have to do that with. I took my Garmin 910 on a 4 day trip in Glacier National. We were with a guide so I didn't need the GPS navigation. I just wanted my track for later and monitor the distance as we hiked. I drained from 25%-50% of the "50 hour" battery each day. Each morning, I took out the Goal Zero, plugged in the watch and 10-30 minutes later while we ate it was fully charged. I didn't need the Guide 10 (although I brought it), the solar panels were enough. I only wish it was lighter.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suggestions to charge an iPad (daytime) Suggestions to charge an iPad during the day: Start with the batteries fully charged and the iPad turned OFF (not sleeping). First I plugged my iPad into the USB output port on the Guide 10 "Plus" Battery Pack, and then connected the battery pack to the Nomad 7 Solar Panel with the Ultra Charge Solar Cord to the solar input. Next I placed the solar panel in the sun and then TURNED ON the battery pack. I had no problems charging my iPad. (Sometimes plugging and unplugging the iPad a few times allows the iPad to accept the charging setup) I keep 3 sets of NiMH batteries with me and make sure at least one set is always fully charged.
Date published: 2012-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product, I love it I use it every day to charge my phone. I know it will be a while til it pays it off but I love the idea that I dont have to plug my droid into the wall anymore. Car trips are nice when we run out of power outlets for the kids ipods or what ever. I love using it on hikes. Only thing that made it lose a star was the cord that connects the panel to the guide 10 pack is just so short. I dont like leaving the batteries in the sun or when Im walking/hiking Im terrorfied the battery pack will slip out of the small pocket on the panel so it would be nice if I could tuck it somewhere else like my backpack or pocket but the short cord prevents that. Other than that, I love it.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good when static, not good on the move I got this to keep a cell phone and iPod charged on a three-week bike trip on the backroads of Idaho. It worked okay but here's the catch, going in and out of shade and sun was not enough to keep the batteries charged even on full sunny days. In order to keep a good charge on the batteries, it required a layover day of no biking and keeping the panel in direct sunlight. If taking a day off every fourth day isn't an option and you'll be going in and out of shade, you might be disappointed with this product. And if you throw in some cloud cover, well, you're just carrying a lot of extra weight. So, in a nutshell, works great when not moving but on the move, not so great.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power wherever you need it Took this kit to charge my devices whilst climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the Guide 10 was perfect to charge up anything using USB in the evenings and the Nomad 7 was there to recharge the Guide 10 during the day. Simple, easy to use and small and light which was important having to carry your equipment. Also had 12v charger for my Canon camera's batteries which worked perfectly connected directly to the Nomad! Guide 10 is low on power as charging an iPhone drained the batteries quite quickly, sometimes only getting 1 charge before having to recharge the guide 10. On the plus side, you can take spare batteries and swop them out when needed.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took it to Alaska! Took it to Alaska to keep an iPod and portable speaker working for base camp tunes on a 14 day ferry to boat to camping trip. My buddy dragged out this little movie projector that runs of an ipod. We charged 3 sets of AA and one set of AAA. Before leaving. Kept the iPod charged, the headlights running, the portable speaker cranked, AND we watched 4 flicks projected onto a pillowcase! Even with the moderate amount of sunlight we were getting, we managed to stay far ahead on charges. My speaker holds 4 AA's, the headlights 2 AAA's each and the dam thing worked like a charm. My buddy ordered one as soon as he got a signal on his iPhone on the trip home. Goal Zero, you rock!
Date published: 2013-01-04
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Questions & Answers

Can this charge a Moto Z Force Android phone? I heard it does not do well with Samsung Galaxy.

Asked by: Mathmom
​The Guide 10 kit is a great choice for charging a Moto Z Force phone.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-19

So can I please get a bit of clarification? Does the Guide 10 hold a charge on its own, or do you need to charge batteries that then charge your device(s)?

Asked by: Reedskis
The Guide 10 will hold a charge so you can plug your devices into to charge. It will also charge the batteries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-28

can the guide 10 plus charger unit use disposable batteries to charge my equipment,  such as duracell, in case I'm  not able to get sunlight or near a charger?  thank you

Asked by: cyclist3526
The Guide 10 will not accept disposable alkaline batteries. The batteries have to be nickel-metal hydride (NiMH).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Will this charge a Nikon DSLR battery?

Asked by: Huckyboy
It is possible that the Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger can charge your Nikon DSLR battery. We would however need to know more information about the battery and how it charges (USB or wall outlet). The Guide 10 Plus Kit has a Nomad 7 solar panel that can provide up to 7 watts of power. If you need to plug your DSLR battery into the wall to charge the battery, the Guide 10 kit will not work. You would need the Goal Zero Sherpa 50 which has an inverter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-22

Is the battery pack connected to the solar panel via a USB? In other words, is there a USB port on the battery pack?

Asked by: redtogreen
The solar panel connects to the Guide 10 pack via the included cord. This is not a USB cord. There is, however, a USB port on the battery pack that allows you to charge devices such as smartphones.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-23

Anyone have any experience using this device during a multi-day sea kayak trip? How well does it stand up to rainy and salt water conditions?

Asked by: Freeburn
Unfortunately, we don’t have any feedback regarding the use of this product for multi-day, salt water adventures. We encourage you to contact Goal Zero directly for more insight.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Is this compatible to charge a Yeti 150? 

Asked by: EmBro
We do not recommend using this solar panel to charge the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Generator
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-12

Instead of rechargeable NiMH batteries, can you use rechargeable Lithium Iron batteries?

Asked by: Tagish
Goal Zero only recommends using any AA or AAA NiMH batteries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-04
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