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A Big Power Station for Big Adventures
Of the few generator companies making environmental waves at the moment, Goal Zero is definitely leading the pack with their innovative battery-powered alternatives to standard large-scale power supplies.
As a self-proclaimed eco-warrior and general “outdoorsy” person, as soon as I caught wind of Goal Zero and their noble mission, I wanted to give their Yeti power stations a try.
After finally getting my paws on the Yeti 1000 Lithium and spending the last few weeks getting to know it, I’m happy to pass on my experience.
The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core Lithium at a Glance
The Yeti 1000 Lithium is widely considered one of the most versatile power stations on the market, as it’s capable of powering everything from tiny electronics via USB connections, all the way through to the big stuff. Think along the lines of wide-screen televisions and circular saws.
Yeti 1000 Core Lithium - Essential Specs
- Dimensions: 9.86” x 15.25” x 10.23”
- Weight: 31.7lbs (14.4kg)
- Wattage: 1000
- Ports: 7 (including 2 USB-A ports and 2 USB-C)
- Battery: Lithium-Ion
Yeti 1000 Pros & Cons
- 2400-watt surge
- 1200-watt continuous
- Zero emissions
- LCD screen
- Long charge time
Where Can I Buy A Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium Portable Power Station?
The Yeti 1000 Lithium is on to win here right off the bat. It is SOLID!
Featuring the classic Goal Zero impact pillars at each corner, as well as reinforced sides, insanely tough handles, and a robust front panel, this thing is built to survive the rigors of the most rugged adventures.
The lithium-ion battery is cradled snugly within these impenetrable walls, allowing it no room to shift and possibly pickup up damage. The Yeti 1000 may run into a few hiccups later in my review (as you’ll see), but durability simply isn’t one of them.
Verdict - 5/5: It’s not waterproof, but it sure is tough!
Portable is a strong word for the Yeti 1000 Lithium that weighs in at 31.7lbs and measures 9.86” x 15.25” x 10.23”. That’s like carrying a sack of potatoes with you wherever you go, which isn’t ideal for us outdoor enthusiasts who may actually also have a sack of potatoes with us.
Sure, it’s got the lateral handles on the top, but as they’re so far apart, you either have to share the load with another or dedicate both hands to shifting it.
The power-dense lithium battery does help tip the balance on the power-to-weight ratio a little, and in general, we will always have to sacrifice some portability for more power, but I’d be lying if I said that this “portable” power station wasn't unwieldy.
Verdict - 3/5: Some larger Yetis arrive with a roll cart, but not this one.
The 1000 claws back a ton of dignity in terms of its raw power, well...maybe “raw” isn’t the right word; it’s actually rather refined power.
With a surge rate of 2400 watts and continuous rate of 1200 watts, it can be used to power nearly anything. Seriously, that’s like construction site-level power.
It’s quiet too, almost too quiet. I thought mine was broken when I first hooked it up to my work laptop, but the little charger symbol appeared on-screen, easing my doubt.
Goal Zero claims that the 1000 Core Lithium can run a 42” LED TV for 10 hours straight, which would be one heck of a Friends marathon, and while I didn’t test this theory, I did use it to power my 40” TV for a couple of hours, and it had tons of juice left in the tank.
In a single battery cycle, it can also charge a laptop 17 times, a smartphone 50 times, a Light-A-Life for over 335 hours, and a fridge for 18 hours, making it suitable for wilderness lovers, event planners, and doomsday preppers alike.
Verdict - 5/5: 2400 watts ain’t nothing to scoff at, folks!
Charging efficiency is another iffy area of this yeti’s performance. A standard 5A wall charger gets it up and running in 9 hours, so you really do have to remember to charge it up in good time before using it.
It can also be hooked up to your vehicle’s 12V port to charge, which will provide a similar charge time of around 9 hours.
In true Goal Zero fashion, it can be linked to a solar panel array, but I found that even when the sun was out, there was significant energy loss from the rated transference wattage.
This is in part due to the fact that it’s not fitted with an integrated MPPT (You’ll have to fork out for an X-Series Yeti for the privilege). Even Goal Zero’s largest solar option, the Boulder 200 Watt Briefcase, will take anywhere from 6-12 hours to charge it.
Verdict - 3/5: Solar potential was a large reason for my interest, so this really stung.
The interface provides a decent array of outlets, including a handy expansion port for linking compatible Goal Zero products, but I would like to see a dedicated DC port on a supply this big.
I appreciate the four 5V USB ports, as it allows you to charge all your small electronics simultaneously — no plug ends required. However, I really felt the absence of the PD option found in the X-Series Yetis.
Verdict - 4/5: Had I not heard of the USB PD ports in newer models, I’d probably be less disappointed on this count.
Although the solar side of things turned out to be a little disappointing, it's important to remember that it still has the basic capability to solar charge. Furthermore, the charge time can be cut down massively to 4.5 hours with the available 230-watt Power Supply (sold separately).
The unit can handle charging pretty much any device, from fridges and TVs, to smartphones and tablets, which makes it incredibly useful as a one-stop solution to your charging needs.
The LCD is another high point for me. Shedding a light on power reserve, remaining running time, and wattage input/output, it makes using this beefy power supply a total breeze!
Verdict - 4½/5: They do pack quite a lot into this Yeti.
Value for Money
I know you can’t put a price on saving the planet, but I do feel that the Yeti 1000 Lithium is dearer than it needs to be, especially as you have to make aftermarket purchases if you want to optimize its performance (MPPT controller, solar panels, DC charger).
Verdict - 3/5: Goal Zero gets a little greedy.
Yeti 1000 Core Lithium Portable Power Station - The Final Verdict
Perhaps I’ve been a little hard on the
It’s immensely powerful, and I would recommend it for home, commercial, and expedition use, but if you can stretch your budget for an X-Series model, even better.
My final verdict is a very average 3½/5.