Goal Zero Torch 250 Review: Is It Worth the Money?

It is always a good idea to have some sort of emergency lighting on hand whether it is for power outages, or to help you cope with nighttime roadside emergencies. The problem is that batteries sometimes lose their charge just from sitting in the flashlight.

Extra batteries can also lose their charge, and they can become lost in your other supplies. If you are traveling or backpacking, conventional solar charging is too slow and cumbersome.

That’s where the Goal Zero Torch 250 comes in.

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight, Lantern and USB Recharger with Integrated Solar Panel
  • Built-in solar panel, USB charging cable, and hand-crank for light anywhere
  • Multiple light options that allow to use as a 250 total lumen output flashlight, floodlight or red emergency light
  • Save on power with bright and half-bright modes
  • Long-lasting, advanced lithium 4400mAh battery and integrated USB port charges phones and boosts tablets to stay connected
  • Run Time: 7 - 48 Hours

Goal Zero Torch 250 Features

The Torch uses two different modes of lighting: Flood and Spot. Each mode has a high and a low beam. The flood mode is good for ambient lighting, the spot for more concentrated lighting in a single location. In addition, the front-facing spot has a red mode that can be used as a low-light setting or can be set to strobe to attract attention in emergencies. Unfortunately, it does not have a SOS code setting.

On flood mode, the torch puts out 70 Lumens which is perfect for lighting up a room when the power goes off. The best part is that the light can be run continuously for up to 48 hours while remaining bright.

Build Quality

If you are backpacking, you are likely to notice the addition of the Torch 250’s 14 ounces. With that said, it is a tough, rugged solidly built flashlight. To put it in perspective, it is about the same size as one of the first cell phones. It might seem a little clunky, but the added size is needed in order for the integrated solar panel to work.

The Torch 250 arrives fully charged. Some users report that the initial charge will hold for at least three months if the Torch is not used. It is recommended that you recharge the Torch every three to six months if it is not used during that time.

Charging

The Goal Zero runs off an internal 4400mAh battery, and it has an integrated solar panel that is always available for charging. In addition, it can be plugged into any compatible USB charger, including external solar chargers. If none of those charging resources are available, the torch has a hand crank that can be used to power it up.

In addition to the charging port, the torch has an out-going USB port where cell phones or tablets can be charged. Charging the torch’s battery first, then charging your cell phone or tablet provides a pure source of power without surges such as might occur with a direct connection. A cell phone might be able to be charged twice if the torch’s battery is at full.

The body of the Torch 250 has a rubberized coating which allows for a good grip. Its angled design makes it easy to place it at a good angle for solar charging. It also has a hook incorporated so it can be hung just about anywhere

It takes seven hours to fully charge the battery by plugging it into a USB port or when attaching it to an added solar panel, such as the Nomad 7, also from Goal Zero. From its own integrated solar panel, it takes at least 24 hours to completely charge it up. If you are in a situation where sunshine is not available, you can look forward to some work.

It takes one minute of cranking to provide two minutes of run time. Good for an emergency, but not anyone’s favorite.

Pros

  • You can use it as a flashlight or red emergency light
  • Saves power
  • USB port to charge your mobile devices
  • Lasts for a long time

Cons

  • Takes a long time to recharge with its integrated solar panel
  • Slightly more expensive than similar products

Conclusion

The Goal Zero Torch 250 acts as a USB power hub as well as a flashlight. You might balk at buying it because the purchase price is a little more than you would ante up for a regular flashlight. But it could be the very best tool you can possibly add to your emergency “go bag.” From ambient light to a boost for communications, it can be a valuable tool.

If you have a family member or friend who is starting out on a new phase of their life – new home, first year at college, first car, you would be hard-pressed to find a better gift. Perfect for newlyweds, frequent travellers or even the gadgeteer who has everything, you’ll shoot to the top of their thank you list. Don’t forget to get one for yourself, as well.

Of course, no emergency light is at its best unless it is charged. You can hang your Goal Zero Torch 250 in a window or set it on the inside dash of your car where it can get sunlight so that it is fully charged when you need it.

If you are going camping with it, fasten it to the outside or top of your backpack so that it can be charging as you walk. Even though it adds slightly more than half a pound to your backpack, it could be the most important weight in your entire repertoire of camp supplies.

The Goal Zero Torch 250 provides both light and the option for charging small units that draw power from a USB connection. From lighting up your tent at night to keeping your communication device charged, it is difficult to find a better all-round resource.

Robert

HI! My name is Robert and i'm a Solar Sunny Lover :). I love to get the best out of the sun with solar systems and loves to write about that.
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Last update on 2019-11-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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