GOAL Zero Boulder Solar Panel Tripod
Eventually, it's OK.
For Christmas, I bought myself the Boulder Solar Tripod. Apparently, they're still having problems with the heads not fitting the bases. The bolt threads are too large for the hole threads. It was just a phone call, and they sent me a label to ship it back.
Then, my replacement got lost. -_- Eventually, it showed up at my PO Box, two months late, but a functioning tripod at last!
Well, mostly. Did I mention that it came with broken clips? Both times? Yeah. I'm still waiting on my replacement stands' replacement clips.
Would I recommend this product? Depends on how handy you are, (I couldn't make it myself.) or how much time you have to kill.
February 10, 2015
A Necessary peice of gear
The first time you set up the boulder 30s on this tripod, you need to have a set of pliers handy to bend the flanges of the boulder 30s if the quick clips do not fit properly. This is a problem I encountered in setting up both of my new tripods that I have never seen mentioned by anyone anywhere. Once I knew about this and fixed it, everything worked perfectly. I took the hint from one of the other posters and put a popsicle stick perpendicular in the center of both arrays as an aiming device. It worked perfectly. The tripods work well once one understands their idiosyncrasies. To get the most charge out of the solar panels they are a must have.
July 26, 2013
The tripod is nice looking, lightweight and fairly easy to put together with the solar panels. I do not like that the angle of the legs aren't restricted and that there aren't built in supports for restricting them in an equidistant manner you know like a regular tripod with a pole down the middle and supports attaching the three legs to the pole. I hope goal zero comes out with an improved tripod with these enhancements, maybe a motorized version as well. I guess I would recommend this to a friend as I am unaware of a better way to mount the panels on a tripod.
September 14, 2012
Sturdy and Well Designed
I had to wait a long time for the tripod supply to catch up with demand but am happy I waited. It provides a convenient and stable platform for my solar panels, which I can now move from storage to optimal solar collection locations across my property in relatively short order. I like the web restraints for the tripod legs, too, affording me a range of height adjustments. The panel support structure using a combination of quick-setting clips and a rigid detachable "backbone" support is ingenious.
October 1, 2014