Off the Grid – The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharger
charged the Guide 10 offers plenty of pocket power for just about every USB
device you can think of. I fueled my GoPro camera, provided a complete charge
for my smartphone and boosted my iPad Air in the field. While it will not fully
charge your iPad it can extend your usage by almost 50%. You can use the Guide
10 Plus as a charger of your devices or pull the batteries out and plug them
directly into a flashlight, headlamp or handheld radio. Goal Zero bundles an AAA
adapter so you can charge other NiMH batteries for smaller devices.
Unfortunately when we plugged in third party Lithium Ion batteries the unit
would not work with them.
I was surprised that the Guide 10
Plus was able to charge larger electronics like a full sized iPad Air
A nice bonus
that the Guide 10 offers is the inclusion of a LED light into the connector end
of the unit. When the switch is moved to the inward position the device will put
out 100mW of light, which is plenty enough to tie knots before dawn or search
for gear in your boat lockers. There is even a steel cable loop in the top of
the unit that allows the Guide 10 to be hung in the top of a tent.
A steel cable on the top allows
the Guide 10 Plus to be hung and used as a lamp
The Goal Zero Guide 10 retails for $39.99 by itself and the complete adventure
kit with both the Guide 10 Plus and the Nomad 7 solar panels retails for $99.99.
If you are a weekend warrior or looking for that extra boost when traveling the
standard Guide 10 will serve you well. If you are looking for a way to keep your
electronics fueled in an emergency, going fishing in the backcountry or simply
wish to get off the grid then you will want to get the complete kit.
The Guide 10 Plus charged up a
GoPro camera nicely
While the Guide
10 provides plenty of juice in most applications what anglers on the go have to
be willing to deal with is the extra weight. If you are simply looking for a
power supply for compact electronics you can opt for the even more compact
self-contained Goal Zero Switch 8 recharger that weighs half of what the Guide
10 does at only .2lbs. (91g).
On the long haul flight the Guide
10 Plus provided a great boost to the iPad
What the Guide
10 offers anglers is flexibility. This is a single device that can help you
charge your AA or AAA batteries and even provide that extra boost of power when
you are on that long haul flight or are in need of a cell phone charge. I
plugged a large variety of devices into the Guide 10 plus, and as long as they
were charged via a USB cable they all worked.
One of the nice things about this
unit is the ability to take the batteries out and use them in other devices
directly. The unit also comes with an adapter to charge AAA NiMH batteries as
gripes with the Guide 10 Plus are the overall weight of the unit and the lack of
a bundled plug in charger. The unit also doesn’t charge as fast as some
competing rechargers but on the flip side it is also priced more aggressively
than many of the self-contained units you will find at your local Apple store.
While those units will start to lose the ability to maintain the same level of
charge over time owners of the Guide 10 Plus need only change out the batteries,
which Goal Zero does sell separately as well.
A chart describing charge times
and LED readouts can be found on the back of the unit
Over the span
of our tests the Guide 10 Plus performed as advertised and is rated for hundreds
of cycles as long as you charge it once every 3-6 months. Goal Zero warrants the
product for 6 months which is also shorter than many of the rechargers that are
sold in retail and come with a one year warranty.
ratings standard for
2008 and have
included a key at
the bottom of the
following matrix as
put in a
: 2 =
poor : 3
: 4 =
: 5 =
: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
The Guide 10 Plus is undoubtedly a quality piece of kit. Though it may not be
the flashiest or most refined recharger it gets the job done by offering anglers
and outdoor enthusiasts plenty of flexibility. While other competing rechargers
require you to charge the unit and then use it the Guide 10 Plus can charge your
batteries which can be deployed in your devices and charge a second set of
batteries at the same time, allowing for maximum efficiency. The fact it can
charge your devices via USB enables it to be used with countless portable
devices, and the flashlight option makes this an excellent piece of emergency
The Guide 10 Plus provides a nice
power boost to all your USB and AA powered electronics in the field
I found the
Guide 10 Plus just as useful on a hike between fishing holes as the last time I
was stuck on a plane across the country and needed an extra boost to finish
watching the most recent episode of the Walking Dead on my iPad. Wherever power
is in short supply this affordable battery backup provides plenty of reliable
output for handheld electronics and there is something so “cool” about being
self-sustainable and charging up the Guide 10 Plus via the Nomad 7 solar panels.
If you are always on the go in the backcountry the entire Adventure kit for 99
dollars is a worthy investment, but if you are a weekend warrior or just looking
for that extra portable electronics boost the reasonably priced Guide 10 Plus
standalone unit is the more practical choice for the money. Whether you are
looking to charge your smartphone on the water or preparing for a zombie
apocalypse the Guide 10 Plus is sure to keep you powered when you don’t have
access to the grid.
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