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Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger
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- Built-in Micro USB Tip Tangle-free charging for phones and tablets; Certified cables for efficient charging
- Solar Ready Built-in Charging Tip; No extra cables to lose; Charge up in 4 hours from USB - in 9 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7
- Waterproof in Use Dunk it, spray it, use it in the rain; Power that handles whatever Mother Nature can throw at you; No rubber plugs needed
- 30 Wh, 7,800mAh Power Pack Power phones (2-3x), tablets (1x) and more; Lightweight and packable from the airport to the trail
- High-speed USB 4.8A across dual ports, Two high-speed ports capable of dishing out the fastest charge possible, at the same time; Power two devices at once or share with a buddy; Integrated Flood Charge optimizes your charging time
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Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger
Our newest product! The Venture 30 packs the power you need to keep those small devices, cameras and tablets charged no matter the elements you may be out battling. With an IPX6 weatherproof rating and 7800mAh the Venture will keep everything running smoothly.
Waterproof in Use. Dunk it, spray it, use it in the rain; Power that handles whatever Mother Nature can throw at you.
Charge Two Devices at Once
High-speed USB 4.8A across dual ports Two high-speed ports capable of dishing out the fastest charge possible, at the same time; Power two devices at once or share with a buddy; Integrated Flood Charge optimizes your charging time.
Solar Ready Built-in Charging Tip. No extra cables to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from USB - in 9 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7. (Panel Sold Separately).
FEATURES of the Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger Solar Ready? - Built-in Charging Tip. No extra cables to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from USB and about 9 hours from a solar panel Built-In Micro USB Tip - Tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging Waterproof in Use - Dunk it, spray it, use it in the rain. Power that handles whatever Mother Nature can throw at you. No rubber plugs needed High-speed USB 4.8A across dual ports lets you charge two of your devices simultaneously, or share with a friend. Your call
Top Customer Reviews
For setting up camp I usually mount the Nomad 7 onto the tent and run a longer USB cable along the bottom and set the Venture 30 in the vestibule of the tent, within a pocket.
One time I left it behind while charging and purchased a replacement right away. Pretty useful for a variety of outdoor scenarios, and of course all the perks of a typical indoor charge unit.
The biggest factor that most people look at is the capacity of a power bank. Usually the more you can get the better people rank it. The Venture 30 is a 30 Watt hour or 7,800mAh power bank. At $90+ the Venture 30 is anywhere between 2-4 times more expensive than its capacity rivals. I will say right now that if you are looking for the highest capacity for your money then look elsewhere. The Anker power core series is a reputable line that offers around the same (if not more) capacity as the Venture 30 for much less.
What the Venture 30 attempts to do is offer more than just capacity. The power bank is ruggedized and is engineered well. The outer shell is a nice hard plastic combined with rubber bumpers. Also the unit is IPX6 rated for water resistance (not submersible but can handle splashes and quick dunks). The USB ports are also IPX6 rated. This means you don't need a rubber boot to cover the ports. The ports are water and dust resistant on their own. Of course you'd want to clean them out before plugging something in but it is nice to know you are protected without being concerned with a rubber cover.
The Venture 30 has an interesting way to address the "changing speed" issue. A lot of power banks advertise some sort of intelligent charging scheme to get the fastest charge for your device. Goal Zero also implemented this but they allow the user to calibrate it if they want. You simply plug in your device and hold down the battery button for 5 seconds. The unit will go through all the different charging profiles and select the fastest one for your attached device. It will then remember this charging profile for that port so you don't have to do it again. I have measured the different charging rates with my multimeter and found that this only helped get me a faster charging rate a handful of times with a couple devices. Out of the box I found that the charging rate was within 300 milliamps of the maximum possible so I just leave this feature alone most of the time.
I have tested the USB power and found that while the manufacturer specs say 2.4 Amps is the max per port I was able to get up to 3 Amps from one port before the power bank shut itself off to protect itself. This is a good sign since I have seen power banks that let me draw 3-5 Amps and they wouldn't shut down to protect itself. Another good thing to note is that the output voltage never dropped below 5.00 volts during the load testing.
The case is very rugged and can take a hit. There is a rubber outer trim that protects the power bank and also a very thick rubber microUSB cable integrated. The integrated cable can be used to both charge the power bank and also charge a microUSB device. The cable stores into a slot around the power bank and is very tidy. There is also a built in LED light with different flashing modes.
In the end you need to decide what is important to you. I wanted a power bank that could take rough handling and that offered fast charging. The IPX6 rating was also a deciding factor for me. I have owned cheaper power banks with more capacity but they fell short on the build quality and even sometimes lied about the capacity. In the end I still think the Venture 30 is a little too expensive for the total package. If it were priced 10-20% less then I would give it 5 stars.
I own several Goal Zero products and found them all to be of high quality and well thought out. You do pay a premium, sometimes a very hefty one, for their products but I found that in some cases it is worth it. I have several instances where I did not go with the GZ solution since I found a cheaper or better way to get my needs met. That said Goal Zero is a company that knows what they are doing and I find their products to be easy to use. If cost were no option I would probably go with GZ for a lot of my power needs but I do need to keep cost in mind and I will spend it when it counts. I occasionally receive products for review from other companies but I've purchased all of my Goal Zero products with my own money.