Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit

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SPECIFICATIONS of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit.


SPECIFICATIONS of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit.



  • Ultra lightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket.
  • The portable Nomad 7M solar panel fits easily on a backpack for on-the-go charging and features a higher output than its predecessor


  • Convenient zippered pouch pocket on the back of the panel to store the battery pack while charging up or keeping pack and cord neatly organized


  • Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger comes with a 12V DC cord and USB to Mini USB cord
  • Optimal Operating Temperature for Guide 10: 32-104° F / 0-40° C
  • 7 Watts of solar power is great for charging small USB devices direclty from the solar panel. You can charge your cell phone in 1-2 hours and the battery pack in 3-4 hours.
  • Handy magnetic closure; cables attach conveniently to the back, so they don't get lost
  • 12V DV Adapter charges your 12V devices, like you would in a car, directly from the solar panel
  • Battery Pack can be rechaged in about 6 hours from a USB source
  • 4 AA GOAL ZERO rechargeable batteries (NiMH 2,000 mAh)
  • Weight with Batteries for Guide 10: 0.4 lb / 0.18 kg
  • Guide 10 Plus power pack charges 4 AA batteries using a computer or the sun with 2.5 watts USB output to run the built-in flashlight or charge your USB-compatible devices
  • 1 x AA rechargeable batteries (4 pack)
  • USB standard port 5.0V, 1.0 max (5W)
  • Charge up the Guide 10 Plus Power Pack with the Nomad 7 Solar Panel in 1.5 hr. or via USB in 6 hr.
  • More Angry Birds! Power up your tablet for 25% longer
  • Built in LED Flashlight that runs 20+ hours per charge
  • Includes Guide 10 Plus Power Pack, Nomad 7 Solar Panel, AAA battery insert, ultra charge solar cord, and 12V cigarette adapter
  • Solar Super Charge Cable (included) is the quickest way to charge your battery pack from the sun
  • Guide 10 PLUS battery pack stores the power so you can use it to recharge your gear
  • Never buy batteries again. Recharge up the AA or AAA batteries right from the sun.
  • AAA Cells require an adapter, which is included with AAA battery
  • Optimal Operating Temperature for Nomad 7: 0-120 F (-17-48 C)
  • Flashlight 100 m W white LED, 100 + hours*
  • Functions as a power pack and a battery charger: recharges cell phone, camera, GPS, iPOD, and other USB-powered devices including iPads
  • Keep your power hungry phone juiced and ready for you to use.
  • Just add sun. Small and compact enough to carry with you always and power up anywhere
  • Handy built-in LED flashlight to help you search in your dark backpack or purse
  • Due to federal shipping restrictions regarding products containing lithium batteries, this product cannot be shipped to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Catalina Island, Puerto Rico, APO, FPO or international addresses. Thanks for your understanding.
  • Powerful enough to handle smartphones, readers and tablets.
  • Interchangeable batteries (AA and AAA compatible)
  • When using GOAL ZERO NiMH rechargeable low self-discharge AA cells

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit includes four rechargeable AA batteries. Use them in the battery pack to power your USB devices or take batteries out and power your headlamp or remote control. To plug in any small USB powered devices to the battery pack or into the solar panel to recharge them anywhere. Powerful enough to handle Smartphone, readers and tablets.
It is handy and bright built-in LED light is always with you on the top of the battery pack. It can be used to find things in your dark backpack or purse. The light runs for over 150 hours before needing a charge. Charge from Solar with 7 Watts of charging power this solar panel will charge the battery pack in about 3-4 hours. The mono-crystalline solar panel is the most efficient solar panel on the market. Has a USB input so you can also use just the solar panel to plug your device directly in to recharge.
Small and Compact folded up it is about the size of a novel. It can open up and charge from your dashboard or backpack. Really just throw it out wherever you may be. Convenient zippered pouch pocket on the back of the panel to store the battery pack while charging up or keeping pack and cord neatly organized.

Personal Solar Power is perfected with Goal Zero's ultra portable Guide 10 Plus Adventure Solar Recharger Kit that includes a mono-crystalline panel that's is the most efficient solar panel on the market. Open it up to sun or light wherever you may be, even from your dashboard or attached to the outside of your backpack. Plug in any small USB powered devices to the battery pack or into the solar panel to recharge them anywhere. Powerful enough to handle smartphones, readers and tablets. When folded up it is about the size of a novel. Use it in the battery pack to power your USB devices or take batteries out and power your headlamp or remote control. Handy and bright built-in LED light is always with you on the top of the battery pack and can be used to find things in your dark backpack or purse. The light runs for over 150 hours before needing a charge. With 7 Watts of charging power this solar panel will charge the battery pack in about 3-4 hours. It features USB input so you can also use just the solar panel to plug your device directly in to recharge. Kit includes four rechargeable AA batteries.


The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger powers up iPad®s and other tablet computers, cell phones, GPS and rechargeable batteries anywhere you go—just add sunlight!



Ultra-Lightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. Use as a single unit power pack to power your device or as a power source to recharge the batteries for use in AA or AAA battery powered devices. Recharge you cell phone 1-3 times per charge with the Guide 10 Power Pack. Charge up the Guide 10 Power Pack with the Nomad 7 Solar Panel in 1.5 hours or via USB in 6 hours.

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The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit is an ultralightweight USB solar charging system that fits in your pocket. Now able to charge iPads
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12V Port:13-15V, 0.2A max (3W), boost regulated
Battery Capacity:10 Wh*, use only NiMH cells
Battery included:Yes
Battery storage capacity (mAh):2300 mAh
Battery type:NiMH
Cell Area:0.0394 m2
Certifications:FCC and CE
Charge time (hrs):Variable depending on device
Converting Efficiency:17-18%
Dimension for Guide 10:2.5 x 4 x 0.75" / 6 x 10 x 2 cm
Dimension for Nomad 7 (Folded):6 x 9 x 1" / 15 x 26 x 2.5 cm
Dimension for Nomad 7 (Unfolded):17 x 9 x 0.1" / 43 x 23 x 0.25 cm
External charge:USB
For use with:Goal Zero Nomad 7 (solar port) / Approx charge time
Guide 10 Plus: Batteries:4 x AA or AAA NiMH cells
Guide 10 Plus: Battery Capacity:10 Wh, use only NiMH cells
Guide 10 Plus: Certifications:FCC and CE
Guide 10 Plus: Charge Time:Any USB Power Source: 8-10 hours Goal Zero Nomad 3.5 (solar port): 6-8 hours Goal Zero Nomad 7 (solar port): 2-4 hours
Guide 10 Plus: Flashlight:100mW white LED, 100+ hours
Guide 10 Plus: Life-span:hundreds of cycles
Guide 10 Plus: Optimal Operating Temp:32-104 F (0-40 C)
Guide 10 Plus: Solar port:6.5V, 1.5A max (7W)
Guide 10 Plus: USB Standard Port:5.0V, 1.0A max (5W)
Guide 10 Plus: USB-mini port:5V, 0.7A max (3.5W)
Guide Ten dimensions:2.5 x 4 x 0.75 in. (6 x 10 x 2 cm); weight
Includes:1 x Guide 10 Battery Pack
Inputs:USB mini port 5V 0.7 max (3.5W)
Life-span:hundreds of cycles
Material:Mono-crystalline / nylon / plastic
Nomad 7 Solar Panel dimensions/folded:6 x 9 x 1 in. (15 x 23 x 2.5 cm); unfolded
Nomad 7 Solar Panel: Cell Type:Monocrystalline
Nomad 7 Solar Panel: Charge Time:Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus: 2-4 hours Cell phone, MP3 player: 1-3 hours Smart phone, GPS, USB camera: 2-4 hours
Nomad 7 Solar Panel: Solar Panel:Rated Wattage: 7W
Open-circuit voltage:6.5-7V
Optimal Operating Temp:0-120 F (-17-48 C)
Outputs:Batteries-4 x AA or AAA** NiMH cells
Power output to device (mA):USB: 5V 1000 mA (5W) / Solar: 15V 300 mA (5W) / Mini Solar: 6.5V 1100 mA (7W)
Shelf life:12 mo
Size:2.5 x 4 x 0.75 in. (6 x 10 x 2 cm)
Solar Port (for Guide 10):6-6.5V, 1.0A max (6W), not regulated
Solar cell output capacity:7 watts
Solar port:6.5V, 1.5A max (7W)
USB Port:5V, 0.5A max (2.5W), linear regulated
Weight:Guide 10 Plus: 0.4 lbs / 0.18 kg (With Batteries) Nomad 7 Solar Panel: 0.8 lbs (0.36 kg)
Weight for Nomad 7:0.8 lb / 0.36 kg

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Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Does what it is intended to do

I've had 2 of these units for over a year. This little battery pack does what it is intended to do. I tend to think that people expect it to charge items that it wasn't designed for, and are therefore disappointed by its performance. I bought this to fulfill my needs, and did a fair amount of research to make sure of that requirement. I need a way to charge my cell phone while out in the field, and I also wanted a way to re-charge batteries to use in my various devices like headlamps, flashlights and a handheld GPS. It handles these requirements without question. I have both AA and AAA batteries for this unit, and typically carry 2 sets of each while in the field. 1 set charging and 1 set in my devices.

I work in the field quite a bit, and I have used the battery pack to charge my smartphone from a 25%-35% charge to full, at least 2 times on 1 unit charge. This will vary depending on the phone and the level of charge, but one could expect at least 1.5 phone charges. It also charges about twice as fast as compared to a 110v wall outlet.

The LED light on the Guide 10 is great, although I rarely use it. I purchased the silicone sleeves for each of my 2 units. Those seem to help with shock absorption and help protect against rainy or snowy weather. They are NOT waterproof. The Guide 10 fits perfectly in the pouch on the Nomad 7, with room to spare for the power cord.

I have also used the batteries alone, on several occasions, and they function just like a new set of batteries. Being able to recharge them with the Nomad 7 is worth its weight in gold. I have had no problems with the Nomad 7. Again, it does what it is designed to do, and that is to charge the Guide 10 battery pack. It will charge other items, but it's efficiency shines with the Guide 10. I also have the Nomad 3.5, and have had no problems with that unit either. I use the smaller Nomad 3.5 when space is an issue. Of course, it has half the power, so it takes twice as long to charge.

The solar panels are very tough (check out the torture test video on the Goal Zero website), and provide moderate power even in cloud cover. They fold up nice and compact, and are easy to lash to your pack with the loops on the panels, so you can charge while hiking. I have used the loops and some small tree branches to set up a frame to expose my panel to direct sunlight, while sitting on the ground. That system worked great.

I would suggest analyzing your power requirements, and compare with the capabilities of this unit. The Goal Zero website provides all the information you would need. If it's not in the specs, check the question & answer section. The batteries are pretty self-explanatory, but if you want to charge something other than the Guide 10 directly from the solar panel, do some research first. You might require a different cord or adapter, or an entirely different power pack. I also have the Escape 150, which provides a solution to some higher power requirements. I have had no problems with that unit either.

This is a great system (for what it is designed to do), and I would highly recommend it if you need a way to power up your electronics in the field. I have actually bought several as gifts, for fellow outdoor nuts, and have had nothing but positive comments. Again, do a little research first, and you will be happy with your purchase.
dmacd at REI on 05/05/2013

Good solar panel

This is not the smallest or the lightest solar panel but it may be one of the fastest to recharge 4 AA or AAA batteries. It's well built with strong materials and a very handy zippered pouch to store the battery pack and cables.

I needed a way to recharge the batteries of my GPS and smart phone while camping. I am happy with the performance of the solar panel. It puts out quite a bit of power in full sun. The battery pack, in therory, should contain enought power to charge my smart phone (samsung S3) more than a few times over. But I can only get at best 2 full recharges out of the 4 AA batterys. But since the solar panel can recharge 4 AA or AAA batteries in a few hours it's not a problem. I also tried to recharge my Nikon camera (cool pix 540) from the batteries but the camera will not accept the power from the USB output. I have not tried to recharge the camera straight from the solar panels where more power (current) is available at full sun.

I like the design of the solar panels. They fold up to where it is managable to pack in a backpack.
It would be very nice if they were flexible (wish list).

The LED on the battery pack is a little confusing.
If the batteries are charging from the solar panel it blinks red or green depending on the status of the batteries. Although it goes from green to red with sun output, so if it's cloudy it may show a red LED even though the batteries are near fully charged. In this case you really don't know the status of the batteries.

The same LED is used to display the status when you are charging devices. Green means it's charging well, red means it's nearing the limit of the batteries to charge. Which is backwards if you think of it from the charging device point of view. Sometimes the LED blinks fast or slow, I can't remember the modes, so I have to check the manual to figure out what it's telling me.
TheResister at REI on 06/06/2013

This is GREAT!

This is amazing! The picture shown is not exactly the same as I bought. I have the newer addition. I have tested this today while being completely overcast in Massachusetts in September, and the output via 12V was 15.22V and 180mA! For being overcast, that is incredible! I do a lot of primitive camping and spend quite a bit of time outdoors! I like taking my phone with me for the use of pictures, and to track the distance I have covered by use of GPS. Problem was my phone always died while running this stuff, but now I dont need to worry about this! The power pack alone will keep my phone alive all day! I also have two other sets of AA batteries I can swap out if my pack were to become dead. I'm not sure which I love more, the ability to charge batteries out in the middle of nowhere with the solar panel, or having the Guide 10 to keep everything working longer!

The durability? Well, lets just say it is structurally sound! The fabric used to case this is rugged. I havent stepped on the panel, but I have dropped it from a 3-foot height, and no damage. I have not tested it around water for the simple fact that water and electric don't like each other much. I try to keep them separated.

Overall, my conclusion is to buy this! OH, this can also be daisy chained with other panels for more power. This is my first panel, and is now making me think about buying more of these in many varieties. If you pay an electric bill, you will start thinking as well! Not to mention the Yeti 1250 they offer for emergency backup instead of running a generator!
Brett at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2013

Good design, well performing product

I bought this product at an REI used gear sale to use on occasional camping trips and extended sailing trips. I have no idea how long the product was used before I bought it, but there were several scratches and dings on the panels that lead me to believe that the batteries have been cycled more than a few times. So far I have not had to rely on this item in the outdoors, but just for the fun of it I ran some tests and thought I should offer up some specific numbers for potential buyers.

-I charged the battery pack from a USB wall charger over night until the pack was fully charged. With full power the pack charged my iPhone 5 from 46% to 100% and then my iPad from 84% to 97% until the pack was too depleted to continue.

-Today I let the Nomad 7 panel charge the battery pack on the dashboard of my car from 9AM to 4:30PM. The LED indicator was blinking slow red every time I checked, indicating 0-50% charge. Afterwards the pack charged my phone from 34% to 78%.

Keep in mind: I have no idea how old the batteries are and all rechargeable batteries get worse with age. The full day of charging was through glass in New England in mid October with mostly sunny skies. It will likely work better in direct sunlight when the sun is higher in the sky.

CONCLUSION: if you want to be on Facebook for the duration of your camping trip, this may not be the product for you. If you want a product to keep your phone alive for occasional use, the Guide 10 Plus kit will be more than adequate.
crandal at REI on 10/10/2012

Goal Ten is very good, with caviat

I have used this unit twice while backpacking. It works very well. I used it primarily to run my GPS full time while I was mapping a trackless route. Normally, my Triton GPS' AA batteries are only good for about 8 hours in tracking mode. Plugged into the battery pack and the charger, I could run it for ten hours a day. In camp, the panel would recharge to battery pack in a couple of hours.

Now the problens. I had to exchange the unit because of problems with the solar panel. The model I first had had a plug-in cable from the battery pack to the panel. The connector in the panel broke during the first trip. I did a very difficult field repair that worked. The replacement has intergral cables that solve that problem.

The other problem was that at the end of 4 days on the trail in 90 degree weather most of the attacment loops came loose. The unit was hanging vertically on the back of my pack. It turns out they were glued and not stitched into the seams. When I got the replacement home, I sewed all the loops ends into the seams.

Even though this unit is heavy it is great for my needs. I can run and charge batteries for my GPS which uses 2 AAs, my head lamp with uses 3 AAAs, my camera, my MP3 player and my smart phone.
FredJeff at REI on 08/08/2013

Does the job on a sunny day

I bought this product for a trip next week. With no clouds the solar panel charges my Samsung Galaxy s3 (2100 mAh battery) and Nook Tablet (4000mAH battery); didn't test time for full charge but read 100-250+ mAh on a sunny day. It's weight and size savings are somewhat negated by the bulky 4xAA/AAA Guide 10 (2300 NiMH) battery pack (compared to external phone lithium batterypack alternatives). The included Guide 10 battery pack (fully charged, unhooked from solar or wall power source) will charge my Galaxy S3 from 11% to 92% overnight when the phone is turned off. I did not test charging capability when hanging off a backpack, but it is small enough and has holes for doing this... I suggest using the Guide 10 battery pack as a bridge between device and panel if using it this way.

Thoughts: For my beachcombing purposes it works well. I have not tested using a different external battery charger with the solar panels, but if you don't need AA or AAA, a different external battery source which charges through a USB cable might be the way to go to save weight and add power. This is a minimalist backup combo, so I would get a larger solar kit and battery if using for a dedicated camping power source. Lastly, GZ states that the Nomad 7 can only be daisy chained as the "caboose" if using other solar panels.
Scott321 at REI on 07/07/2012

Useful when sunny but fragile

I use this device to keep GPS, headlamp and other devices charged when hiking for several days. The actual use ratio vs time packed is very low but it is very reassuring to know that if your GPS dies or anything with a battery needs a boost it is there.
It is great to leave the trail head knowing that you can already have a 4 AA batteries charged.

On a recent trip (4 days in north cascades in WA) I forgot the GPS and only had a android phone for pictures and GPS... Well we had rain almost 24/7 and during the limited break from the pouring water there was not enough sun to not only charge the AA batteries or the phone.

This works mainly when you are under full sun without shadows. I guess this is why it is called a solar charger, right?!

So if you don't forget the limitations of the product it is a great product. Just don't expect a charge wherever / whenever.

Do not have it out when bushwhacking. Not only you are likely to be in the shade but the solar side get scratched easily.

I will still pack it despite the weight as it is, in my opinion, a safety device.
Magoo0903 at REI on 08/08/2013

Great for added security!

This product is great. I spent days looking at various solar devices to power my iphone 4s while I go backpacking and this one seemed to top the charts. It is a little more expensive and a couple ounces heavier then some other solar chargers but it makes up for it with a fast charge time. In full sun this baby can charge the battery pack from empty to full in about 3 hours, most other solar products take 6-8 hours (if you plug the battery pack into the wall it takes 8 hours! solar is faster!). It comes with straps to hook it straight to my backpack so I can have constant power while hiking. The battery pack has enough juice in one charge to power my iphone fully at least two times. It also charges in shade! (slower but still it charges when others wouldn't) If you are an ultralight backpacker then you can leave the battery pack at home and charge any device with a USB cable straight from the sun! I not only bring this device while hiking but I sit it in the window sill at home or in the dashboard of my car and charge my iphone without any carbon foot print. Great device, I love it.
Joey the hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2012

Excellent Solar Charger, Great Support

I originally bought this for emergency use, but emergencies don't happen often so I take the opportunity to play with...I mean to test it when I can. It works well, and the solar panels coupled with the Power Pack is what really makes it shine (no pun intended). The solar panels by themselves can be inconsistent because of changing weather conditions, a problem where I live. The rechargeable batteries in the Power Pack solves that issue since the panels charge the batteries, then the batteries provide a consistent charge to my dumbphone, iPod Touch, and really anything that is USB powered.

I recommend replacing the included batteries from Sanyo Eneloops since I get the best performance from them after years of use and they retain their charge very well.

Finally, I have to applaud Goal Zero's customer support. They alerted me that my Power Pack could potentially overhead when being charged by the solar panels and offered a free replacement. I never experienced overheating, but I wasn't going to say no to the offer. The replacement Power Pack got lost in the mail, and I myself forgot about it. One year later I finally remembered so I emailed them again, and they immediately sent another replacement!
AlexL at REI on 09/09/2012

Better then my previous solar charger

I got the Goal Zero Guild 10 plus to replace my Solio Classic Solar Charger. I found that it took a bit longer to charge the battery pack then advertised but it charged a lot faster then my old set up. It was how ever able to charge up my smart phone far better then the Solio. I put the two side by side outside in a partly sunny day with rolling clouds and even when a cloud passed in front of the sun, the Goal Zero unit was able to keep charging the battery pack while the Solio sat there waiting for a stronger source. The added LED light on the battery pack is a nice bonus for a quick in tent use but is of little worth for night time path finding. I also bought the AAA size batteries from the Goal Zero company to maintain my head lamp while on the trail. Haven't had to use them yet but if the quality of the AA is anything to go by I should be pleased. I will probably buy another unit some time soon for my wife who was impressed by its light weight and charging power.
Hades the Outdoorsmen at REI on 03/03/2012

Negative Reviews:

2nd failure

I bought the first generation of this product and swapped it for the second generation when the battery pack portion melted from internal heat. The second generation I received worked for a little over a year and it quit charging completely. Overall, when the product was working correctly it was great if a little bulky. However after 2 failures I will look for something else that will work for my needs of having a way to recharge AA's for the camera and GPS and recharging the cell phone and mp3 player that have internal lithium ion batteries.
Mike B at REI on 07/07/2013

Didn't work with Droid phone

Purchased to charge my Droid phone in case of emergency while on a week long trip in the Daks. Unfortunately, was not compatible with my Droid (Galaxy Prevail). Would recommend checking with Goal Zero before purchasing.
izzy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2012

the reality

36% acceptable failure and return rate.
combat1 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Held up well on bushwacking hike

I had this in my possession for a few months before I took it on a desert/canyon hiking trip so had a pretty good understanding of what I needed and packed the appropriate USB charging cords.

* I found that it worked best/fastest when I set it up at the end of the day in direct sunlight. It was fine simultaneously charging my cell phone and the batteries in the unit.
* Battery unit can charge the iPad (3rd gen). This is no minor miracle since the iPad isn't happy with the power coming out of USB ports from most PCs.
* I had to crash through and under a number of bushes and trees with it attached to my backpack by carabiner. There are scratches but they're pretty modest considering what I went through.
* Velcro-secured pouch could be bigger to accommodate more cords but it was strong enough to stay shut.

* Requires planning/fussing. Didn't get a lot of open desert time on the trip but had a good five hours out under the sun and found that the solar panel barely charged my Blackberry. (The manufacturer also admits that iPods/iPhones generally can't be charged directly from the solar panel.) In the canyon with a lot of shade time didn't get much charge at all for anything. What seemed to work better was charging the four AAs while hiking around and then using the unit that the batteries are in to charge the device. This was the solution for the Blackberry; plugged it in as I went to bed and found the Blackberry fully charged in the morning.
Chris Oakland at REI on 05/05/2012

Instructions, Connections, Smell

The unit gives off an extremely unpleasant, intense chemical odor. We had to move it into the trunk of our car because it was unbearable in the cabin. Instructions were extremely hard to interpret, and left out many important points we had to figure out for ourselves. It does not come with a standard Mac connector, and we forget to bring one on the backpacking trip for which we purchased it, so we wound up not taking it with us, anyway. Finally, it came with a cigarette-lighter style connector that, as near as we can tell, is impossible to plug into the unit itself.

With all that said, on the overnight trip on which we tried it out, it worked exactly as described, charging its own batteries and an iPhone with no problem. Just be aware of the smell, the badly designed connectors, having to provide your own Mac cable, and the atrocious documentation.
markelam at REI on 07/07/2013

Now charges iPad but charger overheats

Solar panel is the same as the non-plus version. Only difference is now the guide10 plus battery pack outputs 1 amp (previously 0.5) to charge the iPad. I previously bought the non-plus version on [@] and thought the build quality was better. REI version, the velcros are not aligned as nicely and my battery pack had some scratches in the back. Also, I had overheating problems with the new guide10 plus battery pack. When it charges (especially via USB), it gets really hot to the point that the battery becomes painful to hold. The plus side is that customer service is amazing. I notified goal zero of this problem and they sent me a free replacement overseas (I'm in Malaysia now). Hopefully my new battery pack will perform better.
Cyberrian at REI on 12/12/2011

Get the Nomad 7. Ditch the Guide 10 kit.

Nomad 7 is awesome. No complaints.

Guild 10 is okay. Blinks red off of the solar panel, but carries a charge. Can't really tell if it is a bug or not, and if it is really holding a charge. I wouldn't rely on something like that if I was out off the grid.

I recommend the Nomad 7.
JAltitude at REI on 12/12/2011