Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Review

Battery Capability : (2 / 5)
Battery Consumption: (3.7 / 5)
Durable: (4 / 5)
Overall: (3.2 / 5)

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharger is small, compact and built to last in the elements but, it lacks usability with certain devices.

Tested In: Joshua Tree and Eastern Sierras.

Duration of Test: 7 days

 

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The Pro: The rechargeable Goal Zero battery pack is built solid for any camp or hike trip. Pair this charger up with a mini solar panel and you’re able to power small devices off the grid. The durable cable ring allows you to clip on to a backpack, rope or any object as long as you provide your own carabiner.

The Con: The battery doesn’t work with certain devices. After testing with the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp, the headlamp only turned on about 10% of the time utilizing 4 AAA Goal Zero batteries. It’s recommend to test all devices with the Goal Zero batteries. Secondly, it comes with the AAA adapter but, no AAA batteries. The issue here is when you purchase Goal Zero AAA batteries, it comes with the adapter so consumers will always have an extra adapter.

Overall: The unit is built solid and ideal for life on the go. However, Goal Zero should of tested the batteries on multiple devices before selling this product to the masses. The minus side of the battery is completely flat compared to a regular battery where there is a little lift. This could attribute to the issue of the battery not being able to work with certain devices.

Dizaul Solar Charger Review

Weight: (4 / 5)
Durable: (4.1 / 5)
Solar Panel: (3.8 / 5)
Charge of Devices: (3.8 / 5)
Overall: (3.9 / 5)

This rugged Solar Charger,Dizaul 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank does the job when you’re out and don’t have a plug for your phone or MP3 player.

Tested In: Eastern Sierras and So Cal Beach Days

Duration of Test: 1 month

 

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The Pro: This light weight charger is handy in which it can clip on to your bag for the “on the go” moments and is protected with a rubber casing for damage control. The Dizaul Solar Charger can charge two devices at the same time without any problems and comes with multiple light options. There is a built in light you can use by tapping the power button on twice or you can plug in the light into the USB that comes with the charger. This unit is nice to have when you’re on the go and running low on power for a device and don’t have time to charge your phone or mp3. Available to charge by the sun or micro usb.

The Con: Axiom Surf wish they would of used a bigger panel as the charger takes a while to charger by sun but it gets the job done. We’ve comparing this panel to the Goal Zero panel on the Rock Out 2 speaker. We did notice it won’t charge older versions of the ipod shuffle.

Overall: The charger does its job just a little slower than I would like. The lights on the panel is easy to understand with the blue lights conveying the amount of power left and the green light indicating it’s charging. It’s versatile, rugged and light is perfect for going off the grid while needing a little power for small devices.

Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Review

Loudness: (4 / 5)
Sound Quality: (4.3 / 5)
Bass: (2 / 5)
Clarity: (3.9 / 5)
Weight: (3 / 5)
Usability: (4.1 / 5)
Overall: (3.6 / 5)

The Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker is a great light weight speaker and can easily be strapped to your backpack for portability.

Tested In: Eastern Sierras

Duration of Test: 7 days

 

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The Pro:The light weight and ruggedness of the speaker makes it easy to pack and store. Axiom Surf only charged it one time within the 7 day period as long as you get the right angle of the sun for the solar charge. We believe Goal Zero is using high grade panels which is why we did’t have to charge very often at all. The inside pockets make it nice to carry various small items like your iPod and cables. The cables attached to the speaker make it really easy to strap to anything from backpacks to hanging it from rope. The highs to mids on the speakers are really clear and great sounding.

The Con:If your looking for a speaker with a lot of bass, Axiom Surf wouldn’t recommend this. It does have a deep bass technology but, the bass is faint. The solar panel on the back of the speaker is easily scatchable so we always kept resting it on the speaker side. Axiom Surf wish the solar panel was able to charge MP3 player instead of charging from the car for completely off grid use.

Overall:This speaker is targeted for consumers looking for a lightweight packable speaker. Because it’s so easy to hang or attach, we often found a good location for the speaker to project the sound. A great speaker for outdoor or camping use in my opinion.