Portable Solar Review For The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharging Kit

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The Goal Zero Venture 30 is a high capacity, powerful battery linked with the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel making it a rugged, durable, weatherproof phone and tablet Solar Recharging Kit. You can charge from its solar panel or battery using the two USB ports.

The Goal Zero Venture 30 battery can keep those portable devices like cameras, phones and tablets charged, in all kinds of weather. The Nomad 7 has a zip pouch to hold the Venture 30 battery with room for a phone and in combination with Venture 30 it is a user-friendly, durable solar charging station. The Nomad 7 panels allow you to charge up the battery in the sun for using later and charge a device directly from a USB port. 

The versatile Nomad 7 folding solar panel is lightweight but at 7 watts output it's not a powerful solar panel. Goal Zero has very thoughtfully paired its lightweight solar panel technology with the Venture 30 battery pack to form the Venture 30 recharging kit.

If you want to know where this portable charger ranks, I have reviewed a group of portable chargers in other blog posts and collectively in a buying guide.

Goal Zero Venture 30

It’s good to have solar battery backup when backpacking. People go on walks with a mobile phone for snapping pictures, video and catch-ups. Those devices are useless when the batteries die.

Customers like having an all-in-one solar charger/battery unit that is weatherproof, robust and reliable. Some of the old solar chargers were cumbersome, had only one port and worked inconsistently.

Goal Zero's Venture 30 recharger kit is an all-in-one solar charger unit that’s:

  • Rugged, weatherproof and reliable (in dust, dirt, rain, snow, or heat)
  • Submersible in water, and usable when wet (so you don't have to worry about drying it out)
  • Efficient (solar panel recharges the battery in 8 hours while the sun shines)

The Venture 30 recharger kit offers all those things. The Nomad 7 is the smallest solar panel you can get from Goal Zero. While it’s nowhere as efficient as the larger Nomad 13, it’s much lighter and smaller in size meaning that it fits onto smaller backpacks. The Nomad 7's tie loops are convenient, closely aligned to the tie loops on top of most Backpacks so the solar panel doesn't move about on the backpack surface.


The Goal Zero Venture 30 lacks some of its competitors' battery features. But Goal Zero Venture 30 understands what most backpackers want from their battery.

Their battery has these features:  

  • Three USB ports (two standard and one micro)
  • A built in cable that won't tangle, and it's removable
  • Light weight - The solar panel unit is 12.8 oz. and that's well sized for a backpack - The battery adds another 8.8 oz.
  • Enough storage for two smart phone charges
  • Field reliable: rugged and waterproof

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is easy to use, and it does a great job fully charging two iPhone 6s daily.

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is a 30-Watt hour or 7,800mAh power bank. It’s more expensive than its similar capacity rivals, so even if you like it and intend buying one, have a quick check around. Expensive, lower wattage solar pane

The Goal Zero Venture 30 offers more than good capacity. The power bank has a rugged well-engineered hard plastic shell combined with rubber bumpers. The unit is IPX6 rated for water resistance (it’s not submersible but can handle splashes and rain). The USB ports are IPX6 also rated as water and dust resistant. Of course you'd clean them out before plugging something in.

Speed Charging System

The Goal Zero Venture 30 has a fascinating way to address the "charging speed" issue.

A lot of power banks have an intelligent charging system to give the fastest charge for your device. Goal Zero enables the user to calibrate the charge speed they want. Plug the device in and press the battery button for 5 seconds to select the charge speed for your attached device. The Venture 30 will keep this new charging profile for that port. The battery output voltage doesn’t drop below 5.00 volts.

The rugged battery case with rubber outer trim protects the power bank from drop damage. There is a very thick rubber micro-USB cable integrated. The integrated cable can charge the power bank and also charge a micro-USB device. The cable stores into a slot around the power bank. It's a very tidy arrangement. There is a built in LED light with different flashing modes.


When traveling and while walking around, the Nomad 7 connected to the Goal Zero Venture 30 charger will keep the phones charged. The caveat here is there is sunlight on the panel. 

The IPX6 weatherproof rating and 7800mAh helps keep everything electronic charged and running smoothly. 

The Goal Zero includes two elements: a Venture 30 rechargeable battery pack and a Nomad 7 solar panel. The Goal Zero Venture 30 battery pack comes with a built-in cable for charging it in a conventional manner. Charge the Goal Zero Venture 30 battery pack by plugging it into a USB charging port, OR charge it by attaching it to the Nomad 7 solar panel.

The Pros

  • Built-in Micro USB and cables help efficient, tangle-free charging of phones and tablets
  • Solar ready built-in USB and cables to charge up the power pack from the Nomad 7 panel in 8-16 hours of full sun. The USB and cables will then charge up your phone from the Venture 30 power pack in 4 hours
  • Active waterproof power is available whether you dunk it, spray it, or use it in the rain. It handles all weather conditions
  • 30 Wh, 7,800mAh power pack can power up phones (2 times), or tablets (1 time). It is a lightweight portable that goes directly from the airport carryon to the trail
  • List Element
  • High-speed USB 4.8A across dual ports. There are two high-speed ports capable of charging or powering two devices at the same time
  • Integrated Flood Charge optimizes your charging time

The Cons

  • In cloudy conditions or attached to a backpack moving about the Nomad 7 solar panel takes significantly longer to charge the Venture 30 power pack than the 8 to 9 hours that it requires in direct full sun
  • The USB cables provided fit most gadgets but you need to use a different USB cable for Apple products

The Specifications - Venture 30 Power Pack

  • Product Dimensions               4.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches
  • Item Weight                              8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight                       2.55 pounds

The Specifications - Nomad 7 Solar Panel

  • Product Dimensions               6 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Item Weight                              12 ounces
  • Solar Cell Type                        Monocrystalline

Customer Feedback

Most customers are impressed with the multi-purpose device.

There were some questions as well.

Some questions list here, as examples were simpler to answer.

  • Can you carry this device on an airplane? Yes, you can carry the venture  30 on a plane
  • Someone noted that the device uses the Samsung lithium battery, like those that exploded after overheating in cell phones. They asked “is it safe”? 

Another customer answered: It uses a similar battery to a cell phone. The Li batteries are used because they are the most efficient AND importantly, they are safe.”

Many devices use lithium batteries. Lithium batteries that exploded were found not to have fit appropriate room for expansion. Overheating occurs during high use. Tight fit batteries and heating can cause the battery to short out internally.

More Customer Questions

A customer asked: “Can you plug in more than one device? Can you start charging device before solar panel is fully charged?”

  • Answer from another website visitor:  “The solar panel actually doesn't hold any power. The Nomad 7 Solar Panel charges the Venture 30 battery pack. Yes, you can plug in two devices into the battery pack at once.”

A customer explained that the Goal Zero Venture 30 wouldn’t stop blinking. When the cable is plugged into the unit, it just heats up.

  • A device reseller suggested: “you may need to do a reset; either a soft or hard reset of the Venture 30. For the soft reset, hold the flashlight button down for 30 seconds. If that doesn’t work try the hard reset; hold down the battery button for 30 seconds to restore the factory settings and put the unit in storage mode. To take out of storage mode plug it into a live USB port.”
  • Another customer added; “Mine did this as well. The battery status button was stuck. If I forcibly pulled it up the flashing would stop.”

The majority of customers rated the devices highly and said they would buy again.

Our Recommendation

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is a high capacity, powerful battery.  This Solar Recharging Kit is a Venture 30 battery linked to the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel. Together they are a rugged, durable, weatherproof, solar enhanced recharging backup station for your gadgets; like a power lifeline for your explorations.

What is important to you in a power bank? Goal Zero products are high quality and easy to use. It depends on what you prefer. This matched duo is possibly more expensive but has an IPX6 rating, a battery bank that handles rough conditions and will charge your devices quickly. There are alternative cheaper power banks with the same or larger capacity but they have lower build quality and are less durable.

The Goal Zero Solar Recharging Kit keeps the phones, cameras, GPS, tablets, and essential portable whatnots charged. They work in all weather to keep your phone and camera charged. So, a Goal Zero portable solar charger kit will keep communications going from one adventure to the next. Click on the red button to find the current price.

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