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The Little Power Station That Could or Couldn’t?
If you’re only just hearing about Goal Zero’s Yeti line of portable power stations, you must have been living under a rock for the past few years...in fact, a Yeti power station could help you do that!
They’re a fantastic, battery-powered, eco-alternative to the traditional gas-guzzling, fume-spewing generators that we’re all guilty of having used in the past.
But even though environmentalism lies at the core of Goal Zero’s business model, they claim that power stations such as the Yeti 150 bring much more to the table.
According to Goal Zero, they’re completely quiet, field-tested in extreme environments for maximum durability and reliability, and they’re incredibly efficient too.
This all sounded great...an eco alternative that didn’t shirk on performance — perfect! But I did wonder if it was all too good to be true, which is why I took it upon myself to source a Yeti 150, the smallest, most affordable power supply in the line, and tested Goal Zero’s claims.
Yeti 150 - Essential Specs
- Dimensions: 7.75” x 5.75” x 6.75”
- Weight: 12lbs (5.4kg)
- Watt Hours: 168
- Operating Temperatures: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
- Ports: 6 (including two USB)
- Battery: AGM Lead-Acid
Yeti 150 Pros & Cons
- Zero emissions
- Not rich in features
- Not weatherproof
Where Can You Buy a Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station?
If you like what you hear in this review, you can follow this link to check prices on the Yeti 150.
I’d heard that Yeti power stations were robust, but what I didn’t realize is that they would literally be built like tanks.
As soon as I laid my hands on this diminutive dynamo, I knew it wouldn’t have any trouble surviving in rugged environments, making it a fantastic choice for truly off-the-grid camping expeditions.
Verdict - 5/5: You could literally take a baseball bat to this thing, and you’d be wheezing and collapsing on the floor before you’ve even made a dent.
As I’ve already established in my list of key specifications, the Yeti 150 is an incredibly small power station, which is exactly what you need when you’re hitting the road in an RV or driving out into the wilderness with your tent.
The handles are a nice touch as well. It makes the often tedious task of setting up camp that little bit easier, which is always welcome.
Unfortunately, though, it’s hard to ignore the Yeti 150’s weight. Granted, it’s only a 12 lb. unit, but realistically, that rules out long treks to find a plot to hunker down. You’ll have to drive as close to your destination as possible. It’s just too BEEFY.
Verdict - 4/5: The handles are a welcome addition, and it is exceedingly compact, but the weight prevents traveling with it on foot for too long.
You have to have realistic expectations about the Yeti 150’s power. It’s designed to keep the essentials going exclusively. We’re talking cell phones, laptops, tablets, and lights.
I did try and tentatively push this little powerhouse to establish exactly where its limits lie, and I found that it really doesn’t have the juice to pump a plug-in air bed or anything like that.
Goal Zero claims that the Yeti 150 can charge your smartphone 10 times on a single charge, tablets - 6 times, headlamps - 35 times, and camp lights, well...it depends on how many and what sort of bulbs you’re using.
During my research, I never found any evidence to disprove Goal Zero’s promises. The Yeti 150 does indeed stand up to statistics.
Although it’s clear Goal Zero has designed the 150 to help people take some home comforts with them when they’re off the beaten track, as it genuinely is silent, I see a lot of home-use potential too.
Powering your laptop outside for a day’s work in the sun, for example, or stringing some twinkly fairy lights around your yard to add some magic to an evening in. Once you get this little device, your mind will be positively racing with electrical ideas.
Verdict - 5/5: It’s not incredibly powerful, but it does what it’s supposed to do seamlessly.
It takes roughly 6 hours hooked up to a wall outlet to get this Yeti fully charged, which isn’t bad. Add an hour if you’re charging it with your car.
One of the best things about the 150 is that it’s solar-enabled, meaning you can recharge the battery using solar panels. These are sold separately by Goal Zero in varying sizes, the largest of which achieves a full charge in as little as 5 hours — weather permitting.
Verdict - 5/5: It’s not the fastest charge in the world, but the ability to use the sun, your car, or a wall outlet, makes it an incredibly versatile device.
In terms of outlets, the Yeti 150 keeps it simple, which is definitely a bonus if - like me - you know very little about electronics.
The interface covers all the essentials, including a 12-volt car charger port, two USB ports, and a 110-volt AC (wall) outlet.
Verdict - 5/5: Not a dazzling array, but you get everything you need to make full use of its power rating.
I wouldn’t say that the Yeti 150 is feature-rich or flashy, but it definitely comes bearing a few gifts. The LCD communicating battery power is particularly handy.
It also arrives with a standard wall plug and adapter, as well as the cable you’ll need to hook it up to some solar panels.
Verdict - 3/5: I’ve noticed that the larger Yeti stations have more advanced features.
Value for Money
Here’s the thing...for its size, the Yeti 150 is quite a pricey unit. You could just as well buy a few small power packs for your phone and laptop at a fraction of the price and get more or less the same results.
However, the Yeti is a premium, highly versatile product that can harness the sun’s energy to provide days of green power. Can a little power pack do that? I think not.
Verdict - 4/5: It’s expensive, but in my opinion, it’s worth every cent.
Yeti 150 Portable Power Station - The Final Verdict
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t fallen in love with the Yeti 150. It’s a simple, robust design that can inspire activities and jaunts you never even thought of doing before you were introduced — a real life-improver.
Overall, I’m giving it a strong 4/5. If it had some of the more advanced features that the bigger Yetis have, it would have been a five.