GoalZero, the Utah, USA-based company focused on Portable Solar Power, were displaying their wares at the Snow & Outdoor Trade Association show in Canberra, Australia recently. GoalZero offers a range of products from lightweight Adventure Kits up to the Extreme 350 Solar Generator, giving hikers, trekkers, climbers, campers, and other outdoor adventurers power for everything from batteries, cell phones, iPods/MP3 players and so on, all the way up to laptops, mini fridges and LCD TVs.
First introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January before making its way to SOTA, the Guide 10 Adventure Kit is the most recent addition to the GoalZero offering. The portable solar power kit consists of the Guide 10 Power Pack and the Nomad 7M mono-crystalline solar panels.
At 540 grams for the power pack and panels, this ultra-lightweight and weather resistant portable solar power system will fit into your pocket or can be attached to your backpack to charge up while hiking or trekking. One handy power pack feature is the built-in LED flashlight that runs for 20+ hours per charge.
With both USB and 12V DC output, the Guide 10 Power Pack can recharge your cell phone 1-3 times per charge or can be used as a power source to recharge batteries (both AA and AAA). The power pack can be recharged itself either via the Nomad 7M Solar Panel in 1.5 hours or via USB in 6 hours.
GoalZero has recently helped sponsor NSW mountaineer Allie Pepper’s successful climb up Mt Everest with this portable solar power system. Together with her Sherpa Dawa, Allie reached the top of Everest on May 12th at 8:30am and is currently making her way back home to Australia.
The GoalZero Guide 10 Adventure Kit retails for $166 and can be purchased for both Australia and New Zealand from the GoalZero website.