Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Portable Power Station: Reviewed

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Could This be the Green Future of Portable Power We’ve Been Waiting For?

Promising highly versatile, green, and efficient energy, the X-Series is Goal Zero’s most recent masterwork in their mission to prove that we don’t have to pollute our shared home in order to illuminate the darkness.

But are these promises just clever marketing with a hint of greenwashing thrown in for good measure? That’s what I endeavored to discover.

Welcome to my experience with the Yeti 1500X.

Yeti 1500X Portable Power Station at a Glance

The Yeti 1500X is Goal Zero’s best-selling portable power station, which says a lot. I attribute a lot of its success to the extra-large integrated inverter, providing enough energy to power anything you’d normally plug in a wall outlet.

An incredibly versatile power supply, it can be used in the home, on camping trips, or even on worksites and off-grid shindigs.

Yeti 1500X - Essential Specs

  • Dimensions: 15.25” x 10.23” x 10.37”
  • Weight: 45.64lbs (20.7kg)
  • Watt Hours: 1516
  • Operating Temperatures: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
  • Ports: 10 (including 3 USB)
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion

Yeti 1500X - Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Silent
  • Zero emissions
  • Capable of powering large electronics
  • Fast charge USB PD port
  • Enormous capacity
  • Robust build
  • Tons of charging options

Cons

  • Price

Where Can You Buy a Goal Zero Yeti 1500X portable Power Station?

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Durability

A portable power supply needs to be able to roll with the punches, and as far as I can tell, the 1500X is absolutely capable of doing so.

I actually borrowed the one I’m testing from a buddy of mine (thanks, Steve), so I’m doing my best to take real good care of it, but he did mention that it’s had a few minor knocks.

From where I’m standing, though, it looks brand-new — not a scratch on it. So, yeah, it’s marketed as being a tough son of a yeti, and it absolutely is.

One thing before we move on...it’s not waterproof; none of Goal Zero’s Yetis are. For waterproof power, you’ll need to check out Goal Zero’s Venture line.

Verdict - 5/5: As I wasn’t looking for a waterproof power supply, the 1500X ticks all my durability boxes.

Portability

Okay, so 40lbs sounds like kind of a lot, and really, from a purely portable standpoint, it is, but you have to view the weight of this station within the context of its power.

Thanks to the high-tech lithium-ion battery at the heart of this Yeti, the weight-to-power ratio is tipped massively in favor of power.

What’s more, the 1500X isn’t that big. I currently have a tiny tin can of a car, and even with all mine and my friend’s camping supplies loaded up in the trunk, it still fits.

Verdict - 4½/5: The 1500X is portable for its power, but it’s not like you can throw it in your backpack.

Power Potential

With a surge capacity of 3500 watts and continuous capacity of 2000 watts, you better believe the 1500X can push some serious juice.

So, what do those impressive figures actually translate to in real-life terms? Well, think of an electronic item, anything...there’s a good chance the 1500X can power it. Thanks to that expansive surge wattage, it can even power load-heavy power tools like circular saws.

The small stuff is basically nothing to the 1500X. Take your mobile phone, for instance, it can charge it from 0-100% 127 times in a single battery cycle.

It’s capable of charging a laptop 31 times over, which means if - like me - you work remotely, you’re no longer tethered to your wall — sweet, sweet freedom!

One thing I will say is that, while it is a fantastic home backup generator, it’s not quite powerful enough for hooking up directly to the breaker box.

Verdict - 5/5: No question about!

Charging Times

Goal Zero throws in a 120V wall charger when you purchase the 1500X, which will give you a full charge in 14 hours, or you can buy a more powerful 600-watt wall charger from them and bring it down to an infinitesimal 3 hours.

Unfortunately, you can’t hook it up to your car for recharging on the go, but a single charge lasts long enough to hold you over in the wild for weeks anyway.

In terms of solar charging, how long it takes depends on the panels you choose, the largest of which being the Goal Zero Boulder 200 Briefcase that will give you a full charge after 9-18 hours.

The Yeti 1500X is capable of simultaneous input and output, so I hooked it up to my solar array as I charged my phone and laptop, amounting to a never-ending power supply.

Verdict - 4½/5: Tons of options, but it’s a shame you have to make aftermarket purchases to cut down on charge time.

Outlets

My favorite thing about the outlets on the 1500X is the advanced USB-C PD port. It offers lightning-fast recharging for things like phones, tablets, and laptops. Then you have your other three USB ports, standard AC outlets, and a pair of handy 12V ports too (one high power, one regular).

In order to encourage you to stay within the Goal Zero ecosystem, the 1500X also features an expansion module port, allowing you to link it up with compatible Goal Zero products.

Verdict - 5/5: Has all you could ever want and more.

Features

I’ve already mentioned the 1500X’s solar superpowers, but I haven’t yet mentioned the integrated MPPT controller, which optimizes solar energy transfer, ensuring you get the fastest charge time possible.

The LCD is another highlight for me, as it displays all the relevant running information, which makes for an incredibly user-friendly Yeti experience.

But the 1500X also has probably the coolest feature I’ve ever seen in a power supply, period! Using the Goal Zero app, you can monitor and control it remotely from your phone — the future is now!

Verdict - 5/5: There’s no doubt about it; the 1500X is a feature-rich device.

Value for Money

Is the 1500X cheap? No, not by any stretch of the imagination. It averages out at $1.32 per watt-hour. You can find a unit of similar power by competing brands that’ll cost you between $0.99 and $1.02.

But here’s the thing...you’re not just spending the excess on brand reputability. The Yeti 1500X is genuinely a more advanced model with tons of integrated features and impressive expandability.

Verdict - 4/5: It’s a little overpriced, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the best.

Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Portable Power Station - The Final Verdict

I think the Yeti 1500X is hands down the best environmentally friendly power station on the market right now. Yes, the price tag is high but in my opinion, the versatility and reliability it provides is worth every cent.

It’s a big one-time payment that’ll help you to create a ton of priceless memories, and as soon as my next paycheck rolls in, I’ll be buying my own (and Steve can finally have his back).