Goal Zero Flip 20 Review

The Goal Zero Flip 20 is a small and compact power bank designed for easy carry. It offers a reliable power backup for mobile phones and small devices, including tablets, POV cameras, and headlamps.  

This little charger is designed with simplicity, robustness, and convenience in mind. Forget the low-quality power banks that fail after a couple of charges. The Goal Zero Flip 20 features a high-quality design offering hundreds of charges.

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Who is Goal Zero Flip 20 for?

This Goal Zero Flip 20 is perfect for anyone looking for a quality power bank that is also compact and simple to pack and carry.

The Goal Zero Flip 20 is a perfect power bank for backpackers. Its robust design means that you can take it pretty much anywhere into the backcountry.

On top of that, it offers compatible Nomad solar panel charging. This means that you will seldom have to worry about your devices running out of charge during your backcountry adventures.

What’s included?

The Goal Zero Flip 20 comes neatly packed in a compact box. The packaging features the power back and a micro USB cord.

You also get a small user manual to help you get to terms with the charger.

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The charger also features a flip-out USB charging plug (thus the name), which allows you to connect the charger directly to your mobile phone or small device.

If you want to use a compact solar panel to charge the Goal Zero Flip 20, you need to purchase any line of Goal Zero compact solar panels separately.

Goal Zero Flip 20 Overview of features

The frame of the Goal Zero Flip 20 is constructed out of solid aluminum and plastic. This makes it both lightweight yet robust and able to withstand the rigors of the outdoors.

The charger comes in 3 different colors to suit your preferences. Choose between charcoal grey, photo blue, and GZ green.

With the 5200mAh, 18.7 Wh, or 3.6 Volt battery, the Goal Zero Flip 20 can provide up to two charges for most mobile phone batteries.

This battery bank is 3.7 X 1.63 X 0.83 inches and weighs just 4.6 ounces making it compact and lightweight for simple and convenient carry.

The flip-out feature allows you to use a compact solar panel to charge the battery while simultaneously charging your device with the flip-out USB plug.

The Nomad 7 solar panel would take between 5-7 hours of sunlight to charge the Goal Zero Flip 20 power bank.

This power bank is designed to be simple, quick, and reliable to use. Simple plug-in your device, and the Goal Zero Flip 20 will begin to charge immediately. An easy to read battery indicator lets you know the available charge.

What we like

In the backcountry, you want to keep your backpack as lightweight as possible. This is what makes the Goal zero flip 20 the ideal choice. Compact and lightweight design makes it simple to pack and carry.

The robust and quality build goes hand in hand with durability, which means that you can rely on the Goal Zero Flip 20 for a long time to come.

You can charge the Goal Zero Flip 20 with a compact solar panel. This means that you don’t have to worry about your phone dying when you are out in the backcountry. In dangerous situations, it can be a matter of life and death.

What we don’t like

The USB charging cord is not as robust as the rest of the power charger. In the backcountry, you need the chord to be more reliable and robust.

The flip-up USB plug can break if you dropped the Goal Zero Flip 20. This is not ideal when you are out camping or solo hiking as it means that you can lose the ability to charge your devices. 

DesignEase of UseFeaturesCustomer Service
Robust designUser friendlyFlip out USB plugResponsive
Small and CompactNo buttons5200mAh battery
Reliable
Multiple colorsInstant chargingChargeable via compatible solar panel

How to use the Goal Zero Flip 20 

The simplest way to use the Goal Zero Flip 20 charger is to flip out the USB plug and connect your device. Your mobile phone or Go Pro camera should start to charge immediately without the need to press any buttons, as you often find with other charger varieties.

Alternatively, you can connect the USB cord that comes with the Goal Zero Flip 20 to the USB port at the top of the charger. You can then connect the other end to your mobile phone. The phone or device should begin to charge immediately.

Once your device is fully charged, simply disconnect the charger and store it away.

You can also charge your device while still recharging the Goal Zero Flip 20. Simply connect your device via the flip-out USB plug. Next, take the USB cord and connect at the top of the power bank with the other end connected to any compatible Goal Zero compact solar panels.


Goal Zero Flip 20 Alternatives

The Goal Zero Flip 20 power bank’s main feature that we don’t like is the flip-out plug. While the charger is top-quality and rugged enough to withstand the rigors of the outdoors, the flip-out feature looks like it can break easily under a fall.

Some alternatives that you may want to consider with all-round durability include:

  • Sherpa USB power bank
  • Switch 10 power bank

Conclusion

All in all, the Goal Zero Flip 20 is an awesome power bank. It is tough and robust and is built to withstand the rigors of the outdoors. The Goal Zero Flip 20 is also water-resistant. However, keep in mind that it is not waterproof. This means it can even withstand light showers.

You can recharge the power bank through a compatible solar panel, ensuring that your devices are powered even when you are off the grid.

If you are searching for the perfect power bank to take with you on your backcountry adventures, the Goal Zero Flip 20 fits the bill!

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