We received a Goal Zero Venture 30 battery and immediately put it in to use as part of our every day carry (EDC).
This battery has a capacity of 30Wh, 7800mAh (3.6V) and hooks up easily to USB.
It comes with a thick charging cable but my kids yanked on it and bent the metal piece and it was done.
I throw it in my backpack and have been using it for backpacking and long endurance off road bike rides. It only weighs 8.8 ounces (250g).
I have hooked it up to a solar panel and it charges as long as the sun is out.
They say it is waterproof and I believe it as I have taken it on many long bike rides (Trans North Georgia TNGA race) where I have been rained on and it still works fine.
It has a flash light imbedded in the charging lights and I have used it more than once to find my keys in my truck or get into my house.
What We Like:
It is dependable and not effected by rain and weather.
What We Don’t Like:
The metal bit on the thick charging cable bent and we could not use it.
Question: Would you trust this battery in a situation where you are off the grid and need extra juice?
Answer: Yes; absolutely. I have personally used the GZ products on multiple occasions in the field and they are my go to cache.
Question: What about Goal Zero vs Outdoor Tech?
Answer: We are currently working on a review as we used an Outdoor Tech battery in the last off road endurance bike race (300 miles). You can read the report from that event and the gear used – here:
I purchased this battery in January 2018 and it is still going strong in April of 2020.
In the past 2 plus years I have completed several long bikepacking races to include the TNGA 300, Vista 300, CFFIT 290 and Huracan 300. I used the battery to recharge my Iphone and headlamp batteries.
The battery finally died in March of 2023. That is 5 years of use in the field. I would purchase another one of these batteries based on these past years of experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brad McLeod knows first hand about mental toughness. After passing Hell Week and Dive Pool Comp at BUD/S, he failed a math test and was kicked out of training. A year later, he returned, graduated, and served as an operator on the Navy SEAL Teams.
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