Although the Extreme 350 Adventure Kit is the kind of versatile product that can be used in a number of situations, this portable solar panel and power pack combine to make a powerful and reliable system perfect for emergency preparedness and outdoor adventures. Designed to perform when you need it most, the Extreme 350 Adventure Kit is the intelligent alternative to fuel operated generators. Extreme 350 BatteryThis is an extreme power pack, and that’s why the unit comes in at about 27 pounds. Not necessarily the kind of battery you want to have in your backpack, but definitely one with the ability to change the way you car camp. On the surface, its simple design allows it be rugged and durable. In terms of performance, it’s a dynamic source of stored energy that will charge your portable devices, light your camp and even illuminate the rooms in your house. What to Expect • 350 watts of power • The ability to charge many devices thanks to the included inverter (USB, 12V, AC outputs) • A comfortable, ergonomic handle for easy transport (or bicep curls) • A UV treated, weather resistant casing for increased protection • A means to provide lighting in an emergency, recharge portable devices or power a laptop for up to 10 hours on a single charge. • The ability to connect additional batteriesWhy Get ItIf you rate power packs by strength, then the Extreme 350 is the Venice Beach of rechargeable batteries. Use it to maintain the power you need when the power is out or when toting some extra weight is not a problem.Boulder 30 Solar PanelThe ‘30’ in the name of Boulder 30 means this portable solar panel can collect up to 30 watts of power from the sun, which is great for a panel of this size and price. At first glance this panel might seem to be large and heavy, but look closer at the technical specs and you’ll notice it weighs in at just six pounds, and the durable, lightweight aluminum frame is easy to transport—making it a perfect compliment to help balance the weight of the Extreme 350 power pack. What to Expect • Strong power pack and inverted that provide up to 800 watts peak. • A highly efficient mono-crystalline panel covered in tempered glass. • Frame design that allows you to install the panel as a permanent fixture, or to set up and take down based on temporary installment needs. • The ability to link into other panels for increased energy intake. • Fully functional, independent power source that is perfect for emergency preparedness or camping expeditions.Why Get ItAs the most powerful panel in the Goal Zero line, the Boulder 30 Portable Solar Panel is light in weight, but heavy in efficiency. There’s no need to worry about being in the dark again. Kit SummaryThe great thing about portable solar power is how versatile it has become, and how many options there are that align with a fairly specific set of needs. The Extreme 350 Adventure Kit is the basic setup you’d want to have with you when establishing a short term base camp, or when you need to power lights or important devices in the house in case of a long term power outage. This powerful combination of solar panel and rechargeable battery is also easy to set up and use, making it all the more enticing to committed adventurers or preppers who realize that availability to this kind of equipment is a valuable asset that’s well worth the investment.
—Jared Matkin—Jared Matkin is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast who is continually on the lookout for innovative and usable products designed to help improve the way we live.
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