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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Battery but very slow to charge I have charged my cell phone, gopro and portable speaker several times with the Venture 30 battery. It really does hold a lot of power supply. I am disappointed with the solar charging of the Venture 30. I have tried to recharge the Venture 30 with the Nomad 7 two times and on both occasions only seen meager results. The first time I left the unit and charger on my deck in the sun for 6 hours to find that it had only recharged 2 blue lights or 40%. The second time I had it on the back of my bike for 3 to 4 hours and it only charged 10%. After rereading the manual it states that the Nomad 7 can take up to 16 hours to fully charge the Venture 30. Perhaps a larger solar panel would be more useful as a kit.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goal Zero through The Grand Canyon Just finished a 6 day white water rafting trip down through the Grand Canyon. This thing charge everything. 3 GoPros, 3 cameras and multiple flash lights. I would attach it to the top of the gear in the morning and for get it. I didn't re position it for the sun, what it got is what it got. It caught enough sun through out the day to keep up with our demands. At night I was charging 2 different devices. This thing is TOUGH. The Colorado is muddy, the rapids are huge and it held up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone going anywhere
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful tool In the technical age that we live in, being able to recharge a cell phone or radio is nice. For all you "I don't need electronic gear to camp" to each their own. This device works good, the solar panels are light and take up as much room as a magazine. The Venture 30 can recharge almost any of your needs. I had used it on my iPad, Galaxy 5 Note, and rechargeable camp light. Did a fantastic job. I didn't try the walking and recharging. I was stationary and in good light for the solar panels to get a charge.
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WAY Better than expected I used this kit to charge camera batteries, and GoPro on a remote whitewater kayak expedition in Northern Manitoba last fall. We were in a remote part of the Nelson River between Lake Winnipeg and Hudson's bay. We didn't see anyone else for 10 days and I was able to use this kit to easily power camera batteries and Gopro through out the trip. I was never short of charged batteries and shot photos most of the day, each day. Over 3000 images in total, and hours of Gopro video. We didn't need it but I would have been able to use this kit to power our team's InReach Sat phone if that had been needed, but it wasn't. Every time it was sunny I would pop the panels out and use the small clips provided to position it securely. Then just leave it. There was always enough power in the power unit. They were rugged enough I could set it up on wet ground and not worry if there was a sudden rain shower. I really wasn't sure what to expect from such a small set up when I received it but I was SO impressed by how much charge it packs. Not the cheapest system out there, but the rugged build makes it worthwhile for me.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from don't leave home with out it this kit is very versatile i use it for hiking and at work. i use both charger and solar panel for hiking and it never lets me down. it gives me off grid electricity when i need it. i can charge all my gear headlamp, flashlight,radio,phone,go pro,etc. i can go from 2 day hike to a week with no worries. i also take the venture alone to work it charges my phone and tablet at the same time i carry it with me everyday. i get two charges on phone and one charge on my tablet. its very small fit in back pocket or back pack with out disturbance.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tool to Pack I was skeptical after reading some reviews but opted to get this set anyways. I have not been let down, the solar panel charges phones fairly quickly (approx. 3hrs for 100%) and the battery pack is good for two or three almost full charges for an iPhone 6s. The only thing I haven’t tested is how long it takes to charge the battery pack via solar panel. I left the completely drained battery pack plugged in to the wall outlet overnight and woke up to a fully charged pack. Works wonderfully and people will definitely ask you about where you got this.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great unit Works like a charm but works best as discribed in the "Direct Sunlight" barely charges if not pointed to the sun. Holds charge great and more than enough poer to charge 3 devices. left it out on my porch for 4 days including a light rain to test the weather proffing and it survived great! It has proven its self redy for a Kayak trip coming up!
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kit ! I bought the Venture 30 kit in preparation for my first trip to The Boundary Waters National Park, I wanted to have enought energy backup to recharge my electronics. I am extremely pleased with the results, I kept the Venture 30 to be used during cloudy days, the solar panel was great enough to charge 2 GoPro batteries and my Delorme Explorer GPS in a sunny day. I used the Venture 30 recharge my GoPro batteries and my Canon DSLR batteries when needed. The total trip was 8 days canoeing and camping.
Date published: 2015-09-17
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Questions & Answers

I have the Canon 5DIII and I only have a wall charger for it(That's all I've ever been able to find). Am I able to get an adapter for this solar charger to be able to plug in a regular wall charger for my camera? 

Asked by: KGeary
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit does not have an AC plug for use with a standard wall charger. As of November 2017, there is not an adapter available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-27

Are these solar charging units susceptible to an electromagnetic pulse outage or will it require a Faraday Cage for protection?

Asked by: HENDO67
Anything that isn't marketed or labeled as ruggedized to EMP damage needs to be Faraday protected during an EMP event
Answered by: desertrat
Date published: 2017-11-21

Will this clear Airport Security?

Asked by: buckyb1990
I want to buy one too, From what I found, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) permits Lithium ion batteries of up to 100 watts hour (Wh). The Wh you get it with this formula: Wh = V*Ah. This battery is a 7800 mAh = 7.8 Ah. The volts, I believe is a 5 V So it's Wh is = 7.8*5 = 39 Wh So according to this info it's good for air travel: https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/hazmat/passenger_info/media/airline_passengers_and_batteries.pdf Still it's a good idea to contact your airline.
Answered by: Alex Collado
Date published: 2018-01-09

My daughter is getting ready to hike the PCT. Will this charge a Garmin Montana 680t GPS tracker?

Asked by: Tayzmom
Yes, this solar kit is a great choice for charging a GPS device at the end of the day. Bear in mind this battery pack takes between 8-16 hours of charging with the included Nomad 7 solar panel to fully charge the battery pack depending on weather conditions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-24

Would this charge a Nintendo 3Ds XL or Kindle Paperwhite or a IPhone if not is there anything solar powered that you would recommend that could charge any of those devices?

Asked by: shadowsspy
This solar kit is a great choice for charging your iPhone, Kindle and Nintendo 3Ds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-17

Will this run a TV in a RV? Any special connection needed?

Asked by: Todd
​This kit does not have enough output to power a TV.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-16

Can you plug a usb equipped device like a fitbit or iPhone directly into the solar panel to charge or must you charge the battery and than plug your devices into that recharged battery?

Asked by: nancy
​Devices can be charged directly from this solar panel through the USB output on the solar panel.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-23

Enough power to run video off laptop onto 50" tv for 6 hours?

Asked by: Thom
​The Venture 30 Kit does not have the capability of running a laptop.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-16
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