Review: Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank

Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank









  • Tough Build
  • Good Power Capacity for Smartphones
  • 3 Ways to Charge your Devices


  • 1 USB Port is Exposed and can potentially get damaged when exposed to Water

Most Rugged power banks are quite large because they have more reinforcement than normal power banks to keep the charger safe. As a result, a Rugged power bank is not only larger than a regular power bank, it is also heavier.

Although, there are some cases where a Rugged power bank is smaller, take for example the Dark Energy Poseidon power bank that we’ve reviewed. It is quite small and slim, and yet it holds onto its safety the same as larger Rugged portable chargers do.

This review is about this Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank. It’s quite small that it can easily fit into your hand or even a back pocket, but let’s see what else it’s capable of.

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Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this power bank is 7,800mAh and during charging the power capacity goes through a pretty regular conversion rate of 70%. As a result, you’re going to be getting 5,500mAh of power that you can use.

Goal Zero Venture for Smartphones

With that said, this kind of power capacity is perfect for charging smartphones, since most smartphones are going to be able to fully charge 2-3 times. Both high and low power capacity smartphones can benefit from this power bank.

DevicesGoal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank
(Output Capacity = 5,500mAh)
Phone CapacityGoal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank Left Over Capacity after One Charge

# of Full Charges for the Device
iPhone SE5,500mAh1,624mAh3,876mAh Left Over

3.3 Full Charges
iPhone 65,500mAh1,810mAh3,690mAh Left Over

3.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus5,500mAh2,915mAh2,585mAh Left Over

1.8 Full Charges
iPhone 6s5,500mAh1,715mAh3,785mAh Left Over

3.2 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus5,500mAh2,750mAh2,750mAh Left Over

2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S65,500mAh2,550mAh2,950mAh Left Over

2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge5,500mAh2,600mAh2,900mAh Left Over

2.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S75,500mAh3,000mAh2,500mAh Left Over

1.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge5,500mAh3,600mAh1,900mAh Left Over

1.5 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 25,500mAh6,470mAh0mAh Left Over

0.8 Full Charges

You need 970mAh to Charge to Full Power
Apple iPad Mini 45,500mAh5,124mAh376mAh Left Over

1.0 Full Charges

Goal Zero Venture for Tablets

If you plan on charging larger capacity devices like tablets, then that can be done too, but the power capacity from this Goal Venture power bank isn’t enough to charge most tablets to their full power.

It’s able to charge mini tablets to their full power like the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 4, or the Galaxy Tab, or at least they’re able to charge near their full power. But if done so, the entirety of the power capacity will be used.

For the most part, I think this power bank has a good power capacity that could last for 1 or 2 days when you’re using it to charge smartphones, that way it’ll be able to provide multiple uses.

Output Charging:

There are 3 paths of charging that is available with this power bank. There are the 2 UBS ports and the Built-In Micro-USB charging cable.

2 USB Ports

Each USB ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. This is great because 2.4 Amps can charge most devices at their max charging speed. That is true for tablets like the iPads that have a max charging speed of 2.4A.

What’s even better is that the max Output is capped at 4.8A. Which means you can use the full power of 2.4A with each of the ports at the same time. So charging two devices at once won’t hinder charging speed.

Built-In Miro-USB Charging Cable

There’s a built-in Micro-USB cable that’s capable of the 2.4A charging speed just as the USB ports are, and it’s a way to charge 3 devices at once with the power bank. It’s a very useful aspect for those that own Android devices because you’ll always have a way to charge your Micro-USB compatible devices.

With that said, charging 3 devices at once is going to split up the 4.8A Max Output so charging may be slow if you’re charging 3 devices at once, but it probably won’t matter too much since you’re charging 3 devices at once. However, 3 devices charging at the same time are going to burn into the power capacity much faster too.

Input Charging:

There are 3 ways to recharge the power bank. You can either use a built-in USB port and simply plug it into a USB wall charger, or you use one of the USB ports and use a Solar charger with it, and the power bank can recharge that way as well.

Lastly, you can recharge the power bank using the Micro-USB Input, which is found where the Built-In Micro-USB Cable is.

The recharge rate either through the Micro-USB Input, USB port, and Solar charging is done at 5V/2.1A. When recharging the power bank with the Micro-USB Input or USB Cable, you should use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher for a full recharge within 4-5 hours.

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Size and Weight:

It’s not too large or heavy of a Rugged power bank, which isn’t a very common trait that Rugged power banks have.

It has a length of 4.5 inches, a width of 3.2 inches, and a thickness of 1 inch. The weight of the power bank is 8.8 Ounces, so it’s just half a pound. As a result, this power bank can be placed in a back pocket or you could hold it. It can also fit into a bag.

Functional Components:

The functional parts of this power bank are a bit everywhere.

Built-In Micro-USB Cable and Micro-USB Input

On one side is where you’ll find the Built-In Micro-USB Cable, and where the cable folds into the power bank are where you’ll find the Micro-USB Input port.

Built-USB Cable and USB Port

On the opposite side of that is where you’ll find the USB cable, and that USB cable plugs into the USB port when it’s folded into the power bank.

Solo USB Port

Then on the front side is where you’ll find the other USB port that is out in the open.

LED Lights and Buttons

On top of the power, the bank is where 5 LED lights are used to check the power capacity of the power banks and to also be used as flashlights.

The left button that has the battery sign and should be pressed to check the power capacity of the power bank. The button on the other side has a light bulb that is used to turn on the flashlight. The flashlight is quite bright, but not exactly bright enough for serious use.

Overall, everything is all over the power bank, but it’s all for a purpose.

The USB ports aren’t together because the USB cables fold into one of the USB ports,0 as well as the Micro-USB cable being able to fold into the Micro-USB Input port.

It’s all done for the sake of increased portability. So even though the power bank does have two built-in cables, everything is concealed and still easy to access.

There is no power button since charging automatically starts when you plug a device into the power bank.


Structure and Material:

This is the strongest part of the power bank because it’s built to withstand shock if it were to drop. Also, it has an IPX6 waterproof rating and that means that when the built-in cables are folded into the power bank, then the Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank can withstand jets of water.

With that said, the main flaw with this power bank is that there’s still a USB port that isn’t covered. As a result, the power bank can very well get damaged if water were to go into that exposed USB port.


On the tech side, the power bank makes use of safety tech that can keep you and your devices safe during charging.

Dark Energy Poseidon 10,000mAh Power Bank


This power bank is for anyone that needs tough power banks that can survive against drops, as well as water.

With that said, we can’t help but think that this power bank is going to be more reliable for those that own Android devices because the Goal Zero Venture 30 has a built-in Micro-USB cable that is going to be very useful for some that own an Android smartphone but not so much when it comes to an iPhone user.

However, the power bank still has 2 fast-charging USB ports, and it doesn’t change the fact that there are 3 ways to recharge the power bank. When all of its traits are accumulated, this power bank is capable of a lot and is going to be useful for anyone that purchases it.



The power capacity has a pretty good conversion rate that can charge most smartphones multiple times over. It can charge 3 devices at once really good individual charging speeds of 2.4A and has a Max Output of 4.8A.


It’s a small Rugged power bank that keeps all of its components compact, and it’s not heavy. The functional parts are a bit over the place but it’s nothing serious because it’s all for the sake of keeping everything safe.


Even with the IPX6 waterproof rating, there’s still a single USB port that is open to the water.


The Goal Venture power bank gives a pretty big plus to those that can make use of the built-in Micro-USB cable but that’s about it. It’s going to be very useful for anyone looking for a compact, tough, and very capable power bank when it comes to power.

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Specs of the Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank:

  • Power Capacity: 7,800mAh
  • Output:

Per Port: 5V/2.4A

Max Output: 4.8 Amps

  • Input:      5V/2.1A Via Solar, USB, and Micro-USB
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 4.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 Ounces


This Goal Zero Venture 30 power bank may not have a power capacity to last you 2 weeks of camping, but it does well enough with a power capacity to charge a smartphone a few times over. Along with the power capacity comes the ability to charge 3 devices at once and at pretty good speeds.

Best of all the power bank is shockproof and waterproof but to an extent.

Goal Zero Venture 30 7800mAh Waterproof Power Bank, Dual 2.4A USB Ports
  • Built-in Micro USB Tip Tangle-free charging for phones and tablets; Certified cables for efficient charging
  • Solar Ready Built-in Charging Tip; No extra cables to lose; Charge up in 4 hours from USB - in 9 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7
  • Waterproof in Use Dunk it, spray it, use it in the rain; Power that handles whatever Mother Nature can throw at you; No rubber plugs needed
  • 30 Wh, 7,800mAh Power Pack Power phones (2-3x), tablets (1x) and more; Lightweight and packable from the airport to the trail
  • High-speed USB 4.8A across dual ports, Two high-speed ports capable of dishing out the fastest charge possible, at the same time; Power two devices at once or share with a buddy; Integrated Flood Charge optimizes your charging time

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