First Look Gear Review
Street Price: $749
Pros: Very robust and versatile, can power many AC devices.
Cons: Expensive, need to have a Goal Zero battery for it to do anything.
Best Uses: Backcountry travel where you need serious power, car camping, sailing.
The Goal Zero Extreme 350 Adventure kit is one of the bigger Goal Zero systems. It is big and heavy compared to the smaller and lighter kits like the Goal Zero Sherpa 120 Kit but it is also much more cost effective. It is for car camping and RV camping – we would not want carry this system far in a pack. It ran our mobile office for 3+ hours with a big LCD monitor and laptop. It would run a more modest mobile office much longer.
The inverter is quite loud: it sounds like you are running a hair dryer on low. It is not as loud as a gas generator but we expected it to be much quieter, like the Sherpa 120 system. Also, there is no mounting hardwear for Boulder 30 panel. It would be cool if it came with an attachment so you could put it on a tripod, but instead you have to buy that feature separately for $120-200.
We love this kit. That said, it is very expensive. If you just need to charge a cell phone, camera or other other small device, we recommend the Goal Zero Nomad 7, which is far less expensive and lighter.
If you want a smaller system for less money, look at the Escape 150 Adventure Kit which is half the price.
How does this panel compare to others? Check out our complete Portable Solar Panel Review
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: June 24, 2012
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