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5 Yeti Power Stations for Keeping your Adventure Green and Clean
Given the current climate crises, the idea of leaving only footprints when we venture out into the great outdoors is more important than ever. It may be nice to bring some home comforts with us on our nature expeditions and the Yeti Power Stations are more eco-friendly than a traditional generator.
If we keep on going the way we have been, it won’t be long before your favorite off-grid spots start to suffer, the leaves not so green, the grass not so luscious, the air not so fresh. It’s time to take action, and if you don’t know how, I’m going to tell you!
Goal Zero’s Yeti power stations are battery-powered, solar chargeable, and completely fume-free. They’re one of the few green ways to power your adventure, and after days of research, I’ve found the 5 best you can buy.
5 Best Yeti Power Stations - Reviews
OUR TOP PICK
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The Yeti 150 is the ultimate on-the-road essentials power supply. It’s designed to power your laptops, phones, tablets, and of course, keep the lights on, so you don’t have to navigate at night by starlight.
Despite the epic power potential, the 150 is virtually pocket-sized, well...not quite, but it is insanely small. Measuring 7.75” x 5.75” x 6.75” and weighing only 12lbs, it tucks away neatly in a small space when not in use, and can be lifted single-handedly when it’s time for action.
- Dimensions - Super space-friendly, portable power.
- 168 Watt Hour Peak - Expansive battery life.
- Silent - No chasing away the wildlife with this thing.
- Power - Not suitable for large appliances.
- LCD - Simple battery checker.
This diminutive 187 watt-hour dynamo is as compact and lightweight as portable power supplies come. Weighing a minuscule 5lbs, it proves that big power can come in small packages
Featuring 6 outlets including three USB ports, it’s the perfect gizmo charger for going off-grid without completely dislocating yourself from your friends and family.
The lithium-ion battery should last for around 600 lifecycles, it can fully recharge your laptop four times a charge, or power a lightbulb for 17 consecutive hours.
- Weight - 5lbs is nothing!
- 600 lifecycles - That’s a lot of camping trips.
- 3 USB Ports - Charge multiple devices simultaneously.
- Charge Time - As little as 2 hours.
- Power - Only suitable for small electronics.
Featuring similar specs as my last two picks, albeit with a beefier 396 watt-hour rating, the Yeti 400 is perfect for those that enjoy a long holiday in the RV, but don’t have the budget for the larger Yetis.
Unlike its lithium counterpart, The lead-acid variant can be chained, which is a great advantage. The only downside of this being the weight of the product, which is around 7lbs heavier than the lithium.
- 396 Watt-Hours - Can charge your tablet 10 times over.
- Silent - Sleep hard, adventure even harder!
- Lead-acid - Cheaper than lithium-ion.
- Lead-acid Variant - Can be chained
- Power - Still not powerful enough for large appliances.
- Lead-acid Variant - Heavier than the lithium version.
With the Yeti 500X, we’re moving into larger electronic territory. Thanks to its 505 watt-hour rating and 6 outlets, it’s capable of powering everything from your phone to a pellet grill.
So, if you enjoy the odd barbecue out amongst nature, the 500X is perfect for you.
Weighing only 12.9lbs and measuring 7.5“ x 11.25” x 5.8”, Goal Zero has also managed to keep the 500X exceedingly portable.
Due to the expansive wattage and 500+ lifecycles, I’d recommend this power station to small families who like large adventures. It’ll keep all your essentials alive and kicking for as long as you need.
- Power - Supports mid-sized electronics.
- 6 Outlets - All you’ll need for charging multiple devices.
- 505 Watt-Hours - Longer lasting power.
- Auto Shut-Off - Takes a while before it shuts itself off.
It may weigh roughly 32 pounds, but considering there are 1200 watts of continuous power compressed into the Yeti 1000, it’s small wonder it doesn’t weigh twice that.
Granted, this is by no means a cheap power supply, but I think it’s actually the best value for money option in the entire Yeti line, capable of powering both small and large electronic appliances.
It’s perfect for use with sensitive electronics such as computers and televisions, so you can immerse yourself in nature during the day and enjoy your guilty pleasure TV shows come evening.
- 1200 Watts - Powers large electronics.
- Silent - Quiet in spite of its power.
- Outlets - Powers up to 7 devices at once.
- Value and Versatility - Offers more bang for your buck
- Weight - Equates to a full-packed, medium-sized suitcase.
Best Yeti Power Stations Buying Guide
The benefits of a Yeti power station are clear-cut and simple: zero emissions, non-toxic, and money-saving. But it takes a complex machine to bring these gains to the camping table, which can make finding the right Yeti for you as tricky as finding the actual Yeti of Himalayan folklore.
That’s why I’ve composed this brief yet informative buyer’s guide on all things Yeti. Sound good? Good. Let’s get to it!
Power - How Much Juice Do You Really Need?
The first thing to consider about your prospective Yeti power station - or any power supply for that matter - is its power (wattage)
How many electrical home comforts do you bring with you when you’re living the wild life? How much power does each item require?
Don’t worry if you’re unsure. You can figure it out pretty easily, but it’s worth equipping yourself with a calculator first.
To find out the wattage you’ll require from your Yeti, you’ll need to list the running wattage of every appliance you wish to power. You should be able to find the running wattage of your items in the user manual or online.
I know, right...who keeps the manual? Well, if you’ve chucked the instructions, it might be worth reaching out to the manufacturer directly.
The total power an electrical device needs to run will usually be its running wattage x 4. This is because startup wattage is always much higher than running wattage. Running wattage is typically the running wattage x 3.
Adding the running wattage of an appliance to its startup wattage tells you the surge wattage you require from a power supply. For example, let’s say you’re trying to power a mini-fridge to keep those cold ones, well...cold.
A small refrigerator typically requires around 350 watts to run. So, we have to multiply 350 by 3 in order to find the startup wattage, which is 1050.
To finish things off, we need to add the startup wattage to the running wattage, amounting to 1400 watts. That’s the size of Yeti you'd need to look for.
It’s not just the number of outlets you need to consider when buying a power station, but the types too.
As you’re no doubt aware, different electrical appliances require slightly different outlets, so ideally, you’ll be able to hook them all up to your power station without the need to purchase any aftermarket adaptors.
Common outlets include USB-A and USB-C ports, as well as the standard AC wall outlet you have dotted around your home. A 12-volt power port (think the cigarette lighter in your vehicle) is also a handy outlet to have primed and ready in a power station.
Portability is the name of the game when it comes to Yeti power stations; it’s Goal Zero’s meat and potatoes (or lentils and potatoes for the vegan adventurers out there).
All Yeti power stations are highly portable, but some are far easier to transport and store than others.
The reason being...more power = bigger, heavier power stations. There’s no way around this. If you want more power, you have to sacrifice a certain amount of portability.
Luckily, Goal Zero has done their best to offset the unwieldiness of their larger Yetis by fitting them with handles and wheels.
Goal Zero uses lithium-ion and sealed lead-acid batteries. For the most part, lithium-ion batteries are superior in that they’re more power-dense and lighter, but sealed lead-acid batteries are cheaper, chainable, and can be replaced.
A high-powered generator may last longer, but something that often gets forgotten about is that it also means they take longer to recharge.
As you may be relying on solar panels to recharge your Yeti, and we can never truly predict the weather, a smaller power station can be a godsend.
In this context, expandability simply means that a power station can be altered to meet your needs as and when they change. For example, a power station may be compatible with an expansion battery pack, giving you more juice without having to purchase a whole new unit.
It could also refer to the ability to link up a custom amount of solar panels to suit your power needs. Expandability is always a good thing!
The charge controller of a generator is responsible for converting solar energy into electrical power, so you can keep the lights on without harming the planet.
All Goal Zero Yeti power stations come with an integrated charge controller, but they’re not all alike. They arrive in two formats, PWM (pulse-width modulation) and MPPT (maximum power point tracking).
MPPT is by far the most efficient of the two conversion technologies, offering a faster charge and less wasted energy, but unfortunately, only the more advanced and expensive models have it baked in.
Goal Zero does offer an MPPT controller as an after-purchase, but it’s only compatible with their 1000 and 1400 models, so if it’s hyper-efficient solar power you’re after, these are the power stations to focus on.
Most Yeti power stations have the same features or thereabout, which is fantastic. These include LCDs and solar compatibility, but the more expensive options tend to flesh these features out a little.
For instance, the LCDs on larger power stations display a lot more information than the screens on the smaller units. What’s more, the premium power supplies can be monitored and controlled via an app on your smartphone — pretty neat, huh?
Best Yeti Power Stations - FAQ's
Before you rush off and get packing for your environmentally responsible jaunt into the great outdoors, I thought a brief FAQ section would be a tidy way to bring things to a close.
How durable are Goal Zero products?
The folks over at Goal Zero understand that their products are going to be used on the road and will often be exposed to the elements, which is why they test them in extreme conditions such as the Everest base camp and villages in the Congo.
That said, there are differences in durability from line to line. For example, the Yeti series has to be kept dry, while the Venture series is completely waterproof.
What can the Yeti 1000 Core Lithium power?
The Yeti 1000 Core Lithium can power a wide array of electrical items and appliances. Some examples include…
- Internet modems
- Mini fridges
How long will a Goal Zero Yeti last?
In terms of battery charge, how long a Yeti power station lasts depends on its overall watt-hour rating. For instance, the 1500X will charge your phone 127 times in one battery cycle, whereas the 1000 Core will charge a phone roughly 80 times before running flat.
When it comes to overall service life, most Yeti power stations are rated for around 500 life cycles up to 80% battery. While this isn’t technically the best service life among competing eco power stations, they should still last a fair while. It all comes down to how often you use them.
Can the Goal Zero Yeti 400 power a TV?
Both the Goal Zero Yeti 400 and its lithium counterpart are capable of powering any TV that runs on 300 watts or fewer, as 300 watts is the limit of their continuous power flow.
How do you charge a Goal Zero Yeti?
Goal Zero goes above and beyond with their Yeti power stations in terms of charging flexibility. All of them can be hooked up to a solar panel array for some truly green power, but as the sun isn’t always willing to lend a hand, you can plug them into a standard wall outlet, or even sometimes your car using a 12V cable.
Should I keep my Goal Zero Yeti plugged in?
If possible, keeping your Goal Zero Yeti plugged into some form of power source is a great idea. It will either slow or completely stop the battery draining, offering you tons of portable power for challenging applications.
As a bonus, the battery won’t be under as much pressure as usual, which will slightly extend its service life.
Can you fly with a Goal Zero Yeti?
9 times out of 10, you will be able to fly with your Goal Zero Yeti, assuming it doesn’t conflict with any baggage weight or size rules.
Having said that, Goal Zero suggests that you bring the user manual along with you in order to provide proof of battery type. It’s also worth visiting the TSA site in order to garner a clearer understanding of what may or may not be permitted on the flight, before turning up with your Yeti in tow.
There you have it, my fume-free friends! 5 EPIC Yeti power stations that can reduce your carbon footprint significantly.
Smaller stations such as the Yeti 150 may not be able to power your widescreen TV, but they pack an awful lot of punch, keeping your essentials charged and connected when you’re out gallivanting.
And the bigger guns in the Yeti lineup, such as the 1000 Core Lithium, are best used on long-scale vacations or as home backup power supplies, ensuring that when the lights go out, life doesn’t have to come to a standstill.