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.
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 actually 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 are able to benefit from this power bank.
|Devices||Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank|
(Output Capacity = 5,500mAh)
|Phone Capacity||Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank|
3.3 Full Charges
3.0 Full Charges
|iPhone 6 Plus||5,500mAh||2,915mAh||2,585mAh
1.8 Full Charges
3.2 Full Charges
|iPhone 6s Plus||5,500mAh||2,750mAh||2,750mAh
2 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6||5,500mAh||2,550mAh||2,950mAh
2.1 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge||5,500mAh||2,600mAh||2,900mAh
2.1 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7||5,500mAh||3,000mAh||2,500mAh
1.8 Full Charges
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||5,500mAh||3,600mAh||1,900mAh
1.5 Full Charges
|Apple iPad Mini 2||5,500mAh||6,470mAh||0mAh
0.8 Full Charges
You need 970mAh to Charge to Full Power
|Apple iPad Mini 4||5,500mAh||5,124mAh||376mAh
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.
There are 3 paths of charging that are available with this power bank. There are the 2 UBS ports and the Built-In Micro-USB charging cable.
2 USB Ports
Each the USB ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.4A. This is great because 2.4 Amps is able to 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 basically 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 is going to burn into the power capacity much faster too.
There are 3 ways to recharge the power. You can either us 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.
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 basically just half a pound. As a result, this power bank can be placed into a back pocket or you could hold it. It can also fit into a bag.
The functional parts of this power banks 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 is 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 bank is where there are 5 LED lights that 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 folds into one of the USB ports; as well as the Micro-USB cable being able to fold into 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 is able to keep you and your devices safe during charging.
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 actually 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 is able to 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 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.
Specs of the Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank:
- Capacity: Advertised: 7,800mAh Real Capacity: 5,500mAh
- 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.