This little thing has been literally beside me through difficult times.
The Goal Zero Guide 10’s quality is quite good and rugged, it definitely can take on a beating. I bring it with me when I hike, ride and do errands in the city. It has its fair share of battle scars but it still does its functions well. The only issue that I had was with the switch, sometimes you have to get it on the right position just for it to work, otherwise you might think you have ran out of juice or worse think that it has given up on you.
Now, this is not my first Guide 10 this is actually my third. I lost the first one during Haiyan in Tacloban (this is the difficult times that I was referring to). As for the second one, I might have overworked it to the point that the on-off switch melted. Since it was more than a year, I didn’t even bother trying to get a warranty for it. The one on the photo is actually my third, I think that’s enough to say that I really, really trust this product.
The unit charges 4 AA’s batteries and has an adapter to charge 4 AAA’s batteries as well. It has one USB port and a small LED flashlight that can be used for emergencies. It’s not that strong, but it does the job well especially when it’s pitch black, also it does seem to always work even though you have seemingly drained all of your batteries.
The latch that covers the batteries is a snug fit and has never come off even while having it hanging on my bag during treks. It has sturdy steel cord on the bottom that can be used to attach it using a carabiner. There are also written guides at the back to let you know the status of batteries just by looking at the LED indicator. (It’s covered by the male part of the velcro)
To charge it you just need a micro USB, charging time depends on the health of your batteries. Usually, it takes more than an hour to charge all 4. There’s an LED indicator that turns from red to green to indicate if the charging is complete. You might feel it heating up when charging, don’t worry as far as I know this is completely normal.
The main purpose of the Guide 10 for me is the charge and safely store my batteries. I rarely use it as a power bank simply because I use AA’s for something else and I don’t want them drained when it’s time to use them. Also the power it produces greatly depends on how healthy your batteries are. Rechargeable batteries lose their optimum charging ability through time so this becomes an issue when you are trying to charge power hungry gear, like action cams, phones and tablets.
Aside from the LED light and the AAA adapter that’s pretty much it for the features. It does come with 4 AA batteries now (previous ones didn’t). Oh yeah, before I forgot. It can be charged through a solar panel by the same brand. But you need to buy that separately, it does charge on it but it really takes a while.
When I bought my first unit there were no one selling Goal Zero here in the Philippines. That was like 4 years ago, but now you can purchase them through different stores. The first one would be online through Lazada, if you are looking for a physical store then you might want to check out Urban Rugged Gear. Now if you are want to get in contact with the official distributor here in the Philippines then you might want to contact Goalzero Phil on Facebook (will include links below).
With the proliferation of cheap power banks, the Guide 10 might seem expensive. I got it for 3,800 from Urban Rugged Gear before, I know… it’s totally not affordable as you can get a 10,000 mah power bank for one-third of that price.
Would I recommend this?
But it offers you something that those cheap power banks can’t. And that is being able to charge AA and AAA batteries. “Who needs those pesky small batteries when I have a power bank?” this might be running through your mind right now.
Personally, I don’t consider this as a solution for my drained iPhone or iPad. This is a solution for my headlamp, flashlight and everything else that needs an AA or a AAA. When you do outdoor activities most likely you have those things with you. No, your 10,000 mah power bank can’t charge those small pesky batteries, not unless you bring a separate device to charge them with.
So yes, I do recommend it for anyone who still uses AA and AAA batteries… I believe it’s worth the price.
Where to get this?
You can get this item at Lazada by using my link Goal Zero Guide 10.
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