Rated 5 out of
Must have!I bought this at REI a couple months ago and I have absolutely enjoyed using this product. There are several features that are really cool. The simple fact that there is a flash light built in. That's a cool feature that has saved my butt several time (I constantly forget to bring my flashlight).
Another great feature is the ability for the Venture 30 Recharger to communicate with your device to get the most efficient charge possible. I'm able to charge my phone relatively quickly!
The case has a nice feel to it and it eye catching as well when I use it. I've had several people ask what I am using. It's a great plug from GoalZero!
Thanks for producing such a great product! A must have for an outdoor adventurer.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of
Finally!I have been waiting for a product like this from Goal Zero for a while now. Something with enough capacity that can charge a smartphone 3-4 times. They had the Switch 8 and Guide 10 which both charge a smartphone once. Then they introduced the Switch 10 which has a little more capacity and other features but still, can only charge a smartphone once. Then they came out with the Flip 10 which can only charge a smartphone once...there was no happy medium between these battery packs and the Sherpa 50 until now. The Venture 30 fits perfectly between the smaller battery packs and the Sherpa 50 in both capacity and price.
I also own the Lighthouse 250, Rockout 2 speakers, and a Black Diamond rechargeable headlamp so I needed more juice than the Switch 8 was giving me, especially on camping trips. It's especially nice to have 2 independent outputs also that will both put out a high charge simultaneously. It pairs perfectly with the Nomad 7 solar panel and fits snugly in the back mesh pocket. I especially like that it will communicate with any device and select the optimal charge that will charge your device the quickest. This also eliminates overcharging which not only can be harmful to the device's battery but will prevent the Venture 30 from wasting any charge. It also has 5 light modes (high, low, high strobe, low strobe and SOS). The texture is also very nice. It's mainly a hard black plastic surrounded by a soft synthetic rubber type material which is the green part.
I also have an Anker 6400 mah battery and the thing works ok but has minimal features. The reason I upgraded to the Venture 30, besides the better features, is that the Anker 6400 was not working with my Nomad 7 which makes it almost useless to me. I like that the Venture 30 has 2 outputs and a built in charging cable. And the light is an added bonus. Plus, the style of the Venture 30 is great, the thing just looks cool. It feels good in the hand and is less than an inch thick which allows you to easily slide it into pockets or a backpack and not have to worry about it taking up too much space.
If you are looking for a battery pack of this capacity you will not regret buying the Venture 30. The price is fair for what you are actually getting. Another awesome, quality product by Goal Zero. Thanks!
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 2 out of
Sent it Back - problems with cordI bought this device about three weeks ago for a trip to Panama. I wanted to love it and have been searching for durable devices for solar travel.
Unfortunately, the cord that connects to the device broke the first time I used it.
To give an example, if you have had a cell phone charger for a while and the small metal piece bends so that you have to hold the cord/cell phone just right to get it to work - it bent like that on the first use.
I popped it back in, used it to charge a device and then when I took it out to use it again it broke completely.
Love the design/feel for the device but until they get that cord fixed there's no need. I read that others have had similar problems so it doesn't seem to be an isolated incident. I'll try again once they launch a new model.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of
Venture 30 - always with me!I've been using the Venture 30 since June 2015 for powering multiple devices. I first used it during the 2015 Race to Alaska, a grueling 750 non-motorized race from Port Townsend WA to Ketchikan AK. Saltwater exposure and some direct spray over a couple of weeks did not affect it negatively. Since then, it has always been in my backpack to charge whatever, iPhone, GoPro, headlamp, gps. I don't use the flashlight function often but it's handy to have. It's a super reliable way to charge your stuff.
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of
works like they say it willI have had the Venture 30 for three weeks and have not stopped traveling, got two chargers of my iPhone 5s and three chargers of gopro and its still going.
love the built-in USB recharge lead so I can charge it anywhere (even in a cab last week).
I looked many others, the Venture 30 had me with one touch.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 5 out of
Ken K from
Another Great ProductI received the Venture 30 as a Father's Day gift. My job takes me on the road a lot, so I need a device to charge my cell phone. The V30 replaced my GZ Switch. It is solidly build and can charge my cell phone at least twice at a high charge rate. Kudos to Goal Zero on another quality product.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 4 out of
Works wellCharging at 2 Amps nearly impossible even with 2 Amp wall chargers! [Charging the Battery Bank only]. Generally 1 Amp or less
Overall other than being touchy at 2A (Charging the Battery Bank only), it works very well, I’m getting 4,900mAh out of a full charge that’s 86 % efficacy!
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 1 out of
Ozark Paddler from
Fair Weather FriendIn principle this looked to be an awesome product. I especially liked the weather-proofing of it. Good for canoe trips to keep GPS and cameras powered up. The problem is that when it gets warm -- and not hot, mind you -- it stops charging. And you know what gets it warm? Laying outside (even in the shade) while it is connected to a solar panel. I returned one unit to Goal Zero, and will be returning this now to Moosejaw for a refund. Should work fine if you just intend to charge it at home and power your stuff while camping, but can't be used to charge from solar panels reliably.