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Could This Yeti Be the Off-Grid Powerhouse You’ve Been Dreaming Of?
If you’re not entirely sure what the deal is with Goal Zero’s Yeti power stations, allow me to fill you in. They’re battery-powered, eco-alternatives to traditional gas and propane generators, keeping our wilderness adventures as green as the surrounding landscape.
The Yeti 200X at a Glance
The 200X is Goal Zero’s lightest ever Yeti power station, and it’s designed to handle the rigors of a life lived on the edge, the periphery, where we can reconnect with nature and realign our priorities.
At least that’s what Goal Zero would have us believe, but how much of it is true? That’s exactly what I endeavored to find out.
Yeti 200X - Essential Specs
- Dimensions: 7.9” x 5.1” x 5.1”
- Weight: 5lbs (2.27kg)
- Watt Hours: 187
- Operating Temperatures: 32-104°F (0-40°C)
- Ports: 7 (including 3 USB)
- Battery: Lithium
Yeti 200X Pros & Cons
- Fast charging technology
- Robust build
- Can be solar charged
- Not waterproof
Where Can You Buy a Goal Zero Yeti 200X Portable Power Station?
You can purchase your very own Yeti 200X power station by following this link.
Goal Zero has a reputation for making incredibly robust power supplies, so I had high hopes going into this review, and I’m happy to report that the Yeti 200X continues their sterling track record.
It may be small, but this little thing is tough as nails! There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s capable of accompanying me on countless nature expeditions without taking on so much as a scratch.
Ever the butterfingers, I actually dropped it by accident onto my patio from roughly 3 feet and the housing still looked good as new, no dents or anything, and of course, it worked perfectly after the fact.
My one caveat is that it’s not a weatherproof design, so you’ll have to keep it out of the rain.
Verdict - 5/5: Sure, it’s not waterproof, but it can certainly roll with the punches.
Side-Note - If it’s waterproof you’re after, allow me to politely nudge you in the Goal Zero Venture’s direction.
Portability is where the Yeti 200X really shines. Weighing a minuscule 5lbs, which equates to a bag of sugar, you can walk with this thing in a single hand or in a backpack for however long is needed to find that perfect spot.
I'd say it’s about the size of a lunch box and features an integrated, ergonomic handle for easy transportation once you arrive at your destination.
Tucking away nicely into any small space, you’ll never have to sacrifice other essentials to fit it in your vehicle.
Verdict - 5/5: It’s certainly larger than your average battery pack, but it’s light as a feather (or bag of sugar anyway), has a very comfortable handle, and doesn’t take up too much tent real estate — perfect!
While the Yeti 200X does pack a heck of a punch for such a small device, it’s still only meant for keeping the essentials topped up.
To give you a better idea of what it’s capable of in a single charge, I’ve composed this table illustrating Goal Zero’s claims.
Charges/Run-Time Per Lifecycle
12v Mini Fridge
Just Over 10 Hours
Light-A-Life (Highest Setting)
Pretty impressive, right? The 200X ensures that all your vital electronics last from the moment you lock your front door, till the moment the key enters the lock upon your return.
I haven’t yet tested all these claims, but the phone statistic rings true, as well as the camera and laptop figures.
Is it a silent power supply? Pretty much, yeah. You do hear the fan quietly kick into action when you push it with some demanding electronics, but overall, I am very pleased with the running volume of the 200X.
Verdict - 5/5: As long as you stick to small to medium-sized electronics, the Yeti 200X is incredibly reliable and offers sufficient longevity for extended off-grid jaunts.
It may have been designed as the ultimate essentials recharger, but Goal Zero has also kitted the 200X out with a plethora of different ways of recharging the station itself.
Of course, you can plug it into a standard wall outlet, but using the appropriate cable, you can also link it to your car’s cigarette lighter and charge it on the go.
Alternatively, the 60-watt USB-C PD port can take a charge too, or best of all (in my opinion), you can link it up to some solar panels and recharge it the au naturale way.
Goal Zero claims that their X-Series features hyper-efficient changing, and as far as I can tell, they’re correct. I managed to hit 100% charge after about 5 hours using my wall outlet, which isn’t bad at all considering the 200X’s 187 watt-hour rating.
Compatible solar panels are sold separately by Goal Zero and charge times vary depending on the size you go for.
Verdict - 5/5: If it was mathematically possible, I’d give it a 6/5 on this count.
With 3 USB ports (A, C, and PD), the 200X can charge all your small to medium devices without the bulky plug ends. This helps to both reduce pack size and prevents you from inevitably stepping on them if you get up during the night, letting out a scream that stirs every animal in a 5-mile radius.
Besides that, there’s nothing too exciting to speak of. You get your standard 12V car port, a 6mm port, and an AC inverter outlet.
Verdict - 5/5: With all the essentials covered and a slew of USB ports to choose from, it’s full marks from me on this front.
The Yeti 200X has a nifty LCD that tells you what percentage battery power you have left, which I absolutely love, but I feel it could display a bit more information, such as power suck ratio when you have multiple devices charging simultaneously.
As I’ve already mentioned, the 200X is solar-capable, which is fantastic for all us eco-warriors, especially as it also features an MPPT charge controller.
Verdict - 3/5: I’d prefer a more expansive LCD.
Value for Money
The 200X is expensive, but I think what you’re paying for here is the portability of this unique device. You simply won’t find a lighter power supply with as much juice as the 200X.
Verdict - 4/5: Worth the money, but it still hits your wallet hard.
Yeti 200X Portable Power Station - The Final Verdict
I’m just going to go ahead and say it...I think this is one of the best portable power supplies on the market. It’s not a totally perfect unit, but it brings more functionality to the table than other power supplies two or three times its size. That’s why I’m giving the Goal Zero Yeti 200X a 4½/5.