Tested Gear Guide: Goal Zero’s Switch 10 Multi Tool Kit

Solar kit

We wouldn’t be able to bring you so many wonderful photos and videos if it weren’t for our Goal Zero solar gear. Thanks to goal zero, we’re able to head out for self-supported adventures. With their solar panels and power-packs, we re-charge our camera batteries, laptops, ipads, head-lamps, go pro cameras, gps devices, and phones.

But it’s not just when we are entirely off the grid that we need their gear. It could be on a bus, plane, car, small hike or anywhere in-between when your GoPro or phone battery dies.

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Enter the Switch 10 Multi-tool kit. You get a solar panel, fan, micro usb, usb flash0light head, and of course, the power keeper, the Switch 10.

To begin with, you can charge it before leaving the house via usb– and then, after using up the power, you can always recharge it using the Nomad 7 Solar panel. It takes about 4 hours to charge it from the sun on your Nomad 7 panel and likewise 4 hours from USB charging.

What can you charge with one Switch 10? Your smart phone once. It will do 25% of your tablet. 2x GoPros (or similar POV camera) and about 8hrs of flashlight time.

Now the new Multi 10 has a few features that it’s predecessor didn’t have. It has a tiny led flash-light built into it–which can be very practical in lots of situations. It also has a battery power gage that tells you how much juice you’ve got left on the device.

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Then you have the different heads: 1. a little but powerful fan
2. a micro usb charging head
3. a regular usb charing head
4. a flashlight head.

It is extremely reasonably priced at $119.99 — I thought it was going to be a good 50% more. Well done!

Check-out this video we took where we run through Goal Zero’s new Switch 10 Multi Tool.

Location: Peyto Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Watch our video review at the bottom!

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Here’s the low-down on it from Goal Zero’s Website:
More than a phone charger, more than a flashlight; the only all-in-one power solution for your pack. Quick charge phones, POV cameras, and other USB-powered gear, than switch on a flashlight for bright light anywhere, or a fan to cool off. It’s solar-ready and features a replacement, rechargeable battery that powers up from any USB.

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Replaceable Lithium Ion Battery Replaceable (3,000mAh/11Wh) lightweight, high power density battery. Instant-on technology for easy, plug-and-play power. LED battery level indicator and pass-through capability.
Quick Charge USB Port Intelligent Charging for any USB-powered device. (1.5A Output) Delivers smart power without overcharging or discharging.
Device Specific Cables Micro USB tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging.
Solar Ready Built-in charging tip. No extra cable to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from any USB port – in 4 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7 Solar Panel
Switch Flashlight (160 Lumens) Wide angle to pinpoint for lighting up the trail or piercing the darkness. High power for maximum light, low power for extended runtimes.
Switch Fan Lightweight, quiet, breezy. Attachable fan for a personal cooling system wherever you go.

Features:
Recharge by: USB, Solar Panel
Power Output: USB
Ideal for: Phones, Switch Tools
Capacity: 11Wh, 3000mAh
Weight: 4 oz (113 g)
Kit Includes: Micro Tip, Flashlight, Fan, Switch 10, Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Video Review of the Multi Switch 10 Kit

Rock Out in the Wild

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Do you listen to tunes when you’re camping or doing adventure sports in the wild? Or do you prefer nature’s sounds throughout your entire camping experience?

On our travels (and in conversations) I’ve found that there are two camps on this debate– those that love it, and those that scoff at listening to music in the bush. Personally, we love it. At the right time. Paddling across a pristine lake at night with the stars sparkling above and a little Enya or Sigur Ros on the earphones truly transports you. Trekking 15km of portages in a day can be awesome with the right tunes on–but without, it can be just grueling. The crackling campfire is wonderful– but add a little Jack Johnson to it and it is sublime.

Granted, there are times when the sounds of the loon are all we need. Like dawn.

So, it’s natural that we’ve gone through all sorts of earphones and speakers on our adventures– destroying many along the way. But through trial and error we eventually found the perfect little sound system for the bush. Enter Goal Zero Canada’s “Rock-Out” Speaker. The magic in this little fella’s great acoustics lie in the fact that the speaker is in a wood box inside of it’s casing–creating rich and great sound. What about batteries? No problem, plug the speaker into your solar panel and charge it up! Or you can simply charge it via USB. Still, neither of these things is what impresses me the most.

What has never ceased to amaze us is how indestructible the Rock-Out is. We’ve filled them with sand on the beach, got them wet kayaking, covered them with snow while winter camping, and dropped them an innumerable amount of times. They really have gone through The Expeditioners test…and somehow…they still manage to rock on.

Funk Factor: Purported to run up to 20 hours on a 2 hour charge–we’ve reached 15 hours!

Learn more about them at www.goalzero.ca

Photo by The Expeditioners Magazine Roberto
In photo you have the Goal Zero Nomad 13.5 charging my ipod mini and the “Rock-Out” Speaker on the left.

The Rock-Out Speaker