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Rated 4 out of
A Necessary peice of gearThe first time you set up the boulder 30s on this tripod, you need to have a set of pliers handy to bend the flanges of the boulder 30s if the quick clips do not fit properly. This is a problem I encountered in setting up both of my new tripods that I have never seen mentioned by anyone anywhere. Once I knew about this and fixed it, everything worked perfectly. I took the hint from one of the other posters and put a popsicle stick perpendicular in the center of both arrays as an aiming device. It worked perfectly. The tripods work well once one understands their idiosyncrasies. To get the most charge out of the solar panels they are a must have.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 3 out of
Eventually, it's OK.For Christmas, I bought myself the Boulder Solar Tripod. Apparently, they're still having problems with the heads not fitting the bases. The bolt threads are too large for the hole threads. It was just a phone call, and they sent me a label to ship it back.
Then, my replacement got lost. -_- Eventually, it showed up at my PO Box, two months late, but a functioning tripod at last!
Well, mostly. Did I mention that it came with broken clips? Both times? Yeah. I'm still waiting on my replacement stands' replacement clips.
Would I recommend this product? Depends on how handy you are, (I couldn't make it myself.) or how much time you have to kill.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 2 out of
The other reviewer is absolutely correctThe other reviewer is absolutely correct. We ordered a tripod with out extreme Basecamp unit. After reading his review I tried ours and the cross piece that connects to the panels is definitely not tooled properly. We just got another tripod with our yeti and so I tried it and it works fine. So, apparently, there was a problem at one point that goal zero has since corrected. Unfortunately, while trying to get the first tripod together I broke the knob so I seriously doubt I can get a replacement. :(
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of
Sturdy and Well DesignedI had to wait a long time for the tripod supply to catch up with demand but am happy I waited. It provides a convenient and stable platform for my solar panels, which I can now move from storage to optimal solar collection locations across my property in relatively short order. I like the web restraints for the tripod legs, too, affording me a range of height adjustments. The panel support structure using a combination of quick-setting clips and a rigid detachable "backbone" support is ingenious.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 2 out of
Needs ImprovementThe tripod is nice looking, lightweight and fairly easy to put together with the solar panels. I do not like that the angle of the legs aren't restricted and that there aren't built in supports for restricting them in an equidistant manner you know like a regular tripod with a pole down the middle and supports attaching the three legs to the pole. I hope goal zero comes out with an improved tripod with these enhancements, maybe a motorized version as well. I guess I would recommend this to a friend as I am unaware of a better way to mount the panels on a tripod.
Date published: 2012-09-15
Rated 3 out of
Trogdor the Burninator from
Product improvement neededThe tripod I received works well but the mounting bracket that attaches the (4) Boulder 30 panels together has very poor manufacturing tollerances. I was not able to attach all of the clips because the mounting holes did not line up. I was able to insert enough clips to securely mount the panels and it is reasonably sturdy, however, I was disappointed in the lack of quality. With that said I would still recommend the tripod as there's no other practical way of using all of the panels.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 4 out of
Don't let the light weight fool you!!!I received this as a gift from friends and when I opened the box it looked cool however I was a little skeptical about the build quality because it was so light. I took it along on a camping trip in Oklahoma in October and hooked up 2 boulder 30 panels with the provided quick connect clips. One of the clips was a little loose but the others were just fine. The tripod is fairly durable and had holes drilled into the bottom of the legs to anchor it as well as pointed ends to push into soft ground. I had no trouble at all setting it up, attaching the panels and making adjustments to track the sun. There was no problem when the wind kicked up (It always blows in Oklahoma) I have not tried it yet with a 4 panel array. I would imagine with 4 panels you might need an assistant to attach the array to the tripod head but with 2 panels it was easy. Overall this tripod is solid and works well for what it was designed for.
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 1 out of
Todd H. from
Tripod does not workOrdered tripod to go with my Extream 350 kit. It arrived with no instructions but was easy enough to figure out. The Base that the panels are supposed to mount to has an oblong circle where it is supposed to attach to the base and WILL NOT attach. It appeared that the hole was machined incorrectly. I contacted GoalZero and had them swap out the part that not working. After shipping the item back to them I had to contact them after several weeks of hearing nothing back from them to get them to replace the part. Upon receiving the new part it was almost identical to the one that I sent in originally and did not work. The problem appears to be with production (assuming they did in fact send me a new part). I WOULD NOT but this again and I strongly suggest that others stay clear of this item. Not only does the part not work GoalZero has no real customer support and does not appear to be interested in fixing the problem.