Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Goal Zero Torch 500 Multi-Use Light. LED Flashlight, 500 Lumen LED Light Solar Lantern. Weatherproof Flashlight. Portable Spotlight and Floodlight. Rechargeable Flashlight with Built-in Solar Panel.
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I like the new design of the Goal Zero Torch 500. I have 3 very old Goal Zero Torch 250 and they wearing out but have done good service over 7 years. I just bought two (2) new Torch 250 a few days ago. So, I charged both up by USB, (the 500 came with no power, the 250 (both brand new) was 3/4 lights charged up. We'll see if the 500 holds a charge. I ran them side by side and the Torch 500 died (got warm) 3.5 hours on Flood light, exactly as promised. PASS.
Testing the New vs 7 year old 250 next. I really LIKE the new design.. smaller, heavy but nice solar, nice "warm" temperature lighting and 3 levels. Buttons could be a bit bigger though.
Says "waterproof" but I would not want water to get into the Charging Port. I do own a few shares of stock in the NRG stock.. (they own Goal Zero) so I like the company. Products NOT CHEAP but they are far better than the cheap $22 Mini-Solar lights (i have 10 of them, 7 died (battery, wiring, misc) after 1 year. These do last a long time and use them camping/car repair/when cooking in my back yard at night. Worth the extra price. Sunnyvale, CA. Oct 2020.
pro: gives off good bright light and plugging it it does charge it. Con: charging using solar is useless. Had the new light out in full sun for the day and all the unit did was get extrémale hot to the touch with no recharge. I called the company and was told ..oh, yes, well it is not really meant for to do that, you should plug it in. It takes over 24 hours to recharge. As recommended I have it sitting in the window.. full sun. At the rate it is charging it will take about 5 days. They should not market this as a solar torch.
The Torch is a great size to walk around with. I have used similar products but are a little uncomfortable to carry due to the size but this light is perfect. It also has some rubber grips on the side. The sidelight has 3 different modes and there is a USB port that can be used to charge and the cover over is good quality and I have no doubt could keep water out. This is another Goal Zero product I'm excited to see how useful its going to be.
This is a nice light, mostly good. A few gripes...
The small buttons are hard to press. No way to tell which button is for which light. When you turn on the wrong one, you have to click the hard to press button 4 times (levels of brightness) to get it off and then press the other one for the desired light.
The angled shape for the flood light would be nice if it could stand at 90 degrees, but it can only stand at 45 degrees and must be on a hard surface to do that.