GoalZero Venture30 power bank review
What GoalZero say:
Rugged and ready, the Venture 30 features 7,800mAh to keep your phones, headlamps, and other USB gear powered up and ready, no matter the weather. Includes a micro-USB cable.
Power phones, tablets, cameras, and more. Lightweight and packable from the airport to the trail.
Spray it down, take it to the beach, leave it in the rain. Engineered with an IPX6 rating to handle whatever Mother Nature can throw at you, no rubber plugs needed.
Dual 2.4A USB Ports
Two high-speed ports capable of dishing out the fastest charge possible, at the same time. Power two devices at once or share with a buddy.
Built-in Micro-USB Cable
Tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging.
Nomad 7 Solar Panel: 8-16 Hours
Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel: 8-16 Hours
Nomad 13 Solar Panel: 6-12 Hours
Nomad 14 Plus Solar Panel: 6-12 Hours
Nomad 20 Solar Panel: 5-6 Hours
Nomad 28 Plus Solar Panel: 5 Hours
When you first pick up this power bank you certainly notice the weight and how well made it is. The Venture 30 is a simple packaged power bank which gets the job done but it’s pricey at nearly £100 a unit which will put off a lot of people but is this high price worth shelling out for?
My most recent power banks I’ve reviewed for the outdoors, this has been the smallest and compact design but also the heaviest, equally it has been the largest offering in battery power at 7800mAH which should give you two, pushing three complete charges with a smart phone and can even power a camera battery charge to give you a full charge or charge a tablet twice at a push. This is a decent offering from a small bank but unlike most power banks recently the Venture 30 lacks a built-in solar panel so unless you own the Nomad 7 panel which GoalZero offer at a further £100 you will need to charge the bank from the mains or USB powered source such as a laptop.
Not a deal breaker in my eyes but it would had been nice to had seen the solar panel built in or have a cheaper option. The obvious reason with the lack of solar panel is to make the Venture 30 more robust and waterproof. The Nomad 7 solar panel I do feel is very steep in price but having not used one I cannot comment any further about size or quality of the product but my first thoughts as I mention it seems expensive.
At 250g it’s a good weight and compared again to previous models I have reviewed this year there is 10-30g between each, but this is certainly the heaviest of them but on that note is the most robust!
I happily threw this across a quarry car park and mountain side in to streams and puddles and not a scratch or any concern. This power bank is like a tank and a very reliable one at that. Even in low temperatures of -10ºc the bank had no issues charging my devices and in the torrential rain or sat in a pool of water it still worked and charged devices. You just have to make sure your device you’re charging is weatherproof. You would think the ports would be the weak points but nothing. Not a worry and that is a big relief knowing you won’t be out of power in any condition. Just make sure it’s charged otherwise you just have a brick sat in your bag.
The supplied USB cable is useful but a little short and I found I had some issues with the rubber on the cable. In order to protect the plugs and ports in the bank extra rubber has been built around and this makes plugging it in to some devices awkward. So, if your device you desire to charge is indented like some torches are or a phone inside a case you will find the rubber prevents you from plugging it in. I had to remove my phone case in order to charge the device using the supplied USB cable. Fortunately, the Venture 30 has another USB port on the top in which you can plug in your own cable and charge devices which I have had to opt to do moving forward to accommodate all devices.
The USB cable when wrapped around the Venture 30 bank and plugged in can be used as a hooking system but this is not the most secure and I wouldn’t suggest doing for long periods of time. The power bank itself doesn’t have any loops on the body so you won’t be strapping it to the exterior of a bag any point soon. This is a huge shame considering how tough the bank is and plugged with the Nomad 7 panel you could leave it strapped to the exterior of your pack and not worry in any weather.
When it came to charging the power bank I only had a few options: By the mains or by USB in to my computer. The best method was in to the mains which took no more than a few hours to full charge and by the USB on a computer was very slow! From 25% to 90% it took a slow 8 hours, and this wasn’t a full charge. This is likely due to the power outage on the USB on the laptop rather than the power bank. This is why many wearable tech and sports watches ask you to recharge on a laptop as it has a lower outage vs mains.
When storing the device I had no issues with the battery cell or function to the device with no use over a weeks period and in a variety of conditions. Whether left in the car, rucksack or inside a wardrobe in a hot house.
Although the Venture 30 lacks loops or much to the exterior of the bank, it does feature a nice powerful and bright lamp which is simple to use with just a push of a button. This will of course drain the banks power and over time when the bank loses power you will notice the lamp dims. I found the lamp was especially helpful inside the tent with its bright and wide beam which would light up the entire tent. Even from the outside of the tent the lamp was bright enough to light up a good 5 metres around.
Don’t rely on this as your only light source! This is a lamp for in the tent or searching in your bag. By no means can it replace a headlamp out in the hills and mountains.
I turned my tent in to a lighthouse!
The GoalZero Venture 30 bank is certainly a tough bank and if you’re expecting to be in challenging areas such as climbing or at the coast I would highly suggest this over other banks. For longer trips on expeditions where you know you won’t be near a mains power source I would suggest looking at buying this with the Nomad 7 panel to help keep you charged on the go but this bundle isn’t cheap at £180 collective. However, for this price I doubt you will find as tough and secure device in wet conditions.
Just be prepared to spend a little extra for this robust bank and expect to carry a spare USB cable for some devices. Having spent the past month abusing this bank and it doesn’t have a scratch or issue with the device it’s very well made. It’s lightweight, compact and robust and the great companion for those in the outdoors.
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