Power Output (rated) - 7 watts from solar panel, 12 watts from battery
Integrated Battery / Outputs - Separate battery included (7,800 mAh) / Panel: USB (1 amp), 12V (0.3 amp), mini port; Battery: 2 USB (2.4 amps each, 4.8 amps total)
Weight - 16.3 ounces (panel), 8.9 ounces (battery)
Dimensions (Folded/Open) - 9 x 1.5 x 6.5 / 9 x 1.5 x 17 inches
MSRP - $170
URL - http://www.goalzero.com
The Venture 30 Solar Kit bundles Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar charger with its Venture 30 rechargeable battery pack. While compact, the Nomad 7 and its two rigid solar panels are low on power output. With the winter sun, we couldn’t get it to charge an iPad directly at all, getting the dreaded “This accessory may not be supported” error message. Our best power output in these conditions was about 3 watts. Good thing, then, that a battery pack is included in the bundle, so you can use it as an intermediary. The Nomad is weather-resistant and wonderfully constructed, with a magnet closure for the folding panels rather than Velcro, numerous tie-down loops, a zippered mesh pocket with multiple output jacks, and two included carabiners. There are also connections to daisy chain solar panels to increase power output. The Venture 30 battery pack is ruggedized, with a built-in USB cable, and weatherproof to IPX6 standards. It holds a healthy 7,800 mAh, but in our testing passed 1 amp to an iPad, half its rated output. The kit is built to Goal Zero’s usual high standards, but there are cheaper alternatives with greater power output if you don’t mind less rugged, refined, and feature-packed designs.
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