Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium Portable Solar Generator Review


The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 is a clean and quiet portable power station that can run all your devices from refrigerators to power tools and smartphones to laptops.

It is a powerful power station backed with a replaceable lithium-ion battery. With just 46lbs weight, it can do any job both outdoors and indoors.

Either you use this device to run devices off-grid or in an emergency, you would always find it there for you. Even it can power CPAP machine without any issue.

Before going forward, let’s have a look at the devices it can power and their backup time.

DevicesBack-Up Time/Recharges
Smartphone 50+ Recharges
POV Camera165+ Recharges
Light-a-Life335+ Hours
Laptop17+ Recharges
Tablet37+ Recharges
Headlamp165+ Recharges
Fridge17+ Hours
32″ LCD TV10 hours

Features of Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium

  • Charging Optimization Module (External)
  • Three Way Charging
  • Long Shelf-life
  • PWM Charge Controller
  • Advanced Cooling System
  • 1500W Surge Power

Features and Specifications of Goal Zero Yeti 1000

Compatibility

What we see first in a portable power station is its compatibility! Luckily, Goal Zero yeti 1000 Lithium shows how compatible it is with its three-way charging feature.

It is compatible with not only Gaol zero solar panels but other panels like Renogy too.

So, even if you already have a solar panel, it is possible that it can charge your Yeti 1000. Another factor that separates this model from other smaller ones is that you can power other tools and appliances like fridges, hand drills, circular saws along other usual electronic devices.

Durability

What makes a power station durable? The material used for casing and edges usually makes a power station durable. In Yeti 1000, the case is made from hard plastic and the edges are reinforced, making the Yeti 1000 lithium less vulnerable to breakage.

There are no permanent wiring and projecting parts which makes it rather compact and the size and power of the battery that it incorporates, it doesn’t seem so heavy.

I have noticed that a 100Ah battery alone is even heavier than this solar power station.

Design

The design of the Goal Zero Yeti series is almost the same for all the power stations. Like other Yeti models, the front panel consists of all the ports and the display.

There is a small housing on the top where you can keep your USB and other wires.

As far as color combination is concerned, the top and bottom parts are black and the middle portion is grey. The handle is quite strong and has a lime green color.

Overall, the design and color of this Yeti 1000 are the same as of all the models but it gives beautiful look and feels.

Portability

The Yeti 1000 lithium is compact, weighs 40lbs, and contains a li-ion battery housed inside the case. The weight of this solar generator may not be fit for everyone to carry with the hand but you can carry it well on an RV, car, or boat.

The build quality is really durable and its strong handle makes it much more portable than its other high-end power stations.

Three Ways charging

Basically, three-way charging means that you can charge your Yeti in three different ways – sunlight, a 12V carport, and a wall socket at home.

You just need to plug the Nomad 100 into the input port to allow it to charge through sunlight. If you are a person who uses just 30-40 % of the power in a day, then Nomad 100 solar panel is best for you. But if you consume more energy then you should go for a more powerful solar panel like Boulder 200 Briefcase.

If you are at home or if you have a wall socket available, plug the yeti 1000 charging cable into the wall socket and it will be charged in nearly 9-18 hours.

However, if you are traveling and you don’t have a solar panel or due to any other reason if you don’t have any other way to charge then use a Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 12V Car Charging Cable to charge it through the carport.

Ease of use

When you saw the Yeti 1000 lithium for the first time you may get confused with so many ports but if you have already used any of the Yeti solar generators before, you would find the same.

For first-time users, the ports have been marked clearly with input, output, and ratings and the display panel is also easy to read and see what is happening!

On the other hand, the single pin input out has made it quite easy to connect and disconnect from solar panels and wall sockets.

1500W Sine Wave Inverter

Besides the lithium battery which makes it lightweight and more portable, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 lithium also features a 1500W sine wave inverter.

The sine wave features make this solar station more powerful by producing 1500W continuous output which can go up to 3000W at peak level.

Sine wave technology is most innovative and powerful and is best suited for sensitive devices like smartphones, laptops, cameras, and many other electronic devices.

External MPPT Module

The MPPT Module (Solar Charging Optimization Module) is used for monitoring and optimizing solar charging.

With the help of using an external MPPT module, the charging efficiency of the Yeti 1000 becomes faster by 40% with solar panels.

I would recommend you to use this MPPT module by Goal Zero for faster charging with solar energy.

Multiple Charging options and Smart Display

For fast charging, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 lithium can be connected to a wall socket and solar panel at the same time. Suppose that your Yeti 1000 take 9 hours to charge then with both the charging points attached together, it can charge in just 4-5 hours.

The LED display is, even more, smarter and you can clearly see how much battery is left to power your device for how much time!

Furthermore, the device has control switches for every output port like AC, DC, and USB.

What I like

Yes, it is true that it is a costly portable power station but the kWh its houses with a lithium-ion battery makes it something that you can use for years.

The cost of $1400 is not affordable for everyone and makes it a luxury product but spending this amount of money for something like Goal Zero Yeti 1000 lithium makes it totally worthy.

On the other hand, the device has strong build quality with a well-thought design.

What I don’t like

The one thing that I don’t like about Yeti 1000 is its cost of $1400, however, the power that you get with the device is certainly amazing but still, it is not affordable for everyone.

So, if you don’t need the power to run your big appliances like the fridge, grills, and other power tools, you must go for goal zero Yeti 400 lithium.

With such an investment, I would certainly look for a solar panel coming with the product which you need to buy it here separately. Adding a compatible solar panel in the kit would certainly make Yeti 1000 more worthy.

Pros

  • Multiple input and output slots (7 outputs)
  • High capacity for charging and using multiple devices
  • Compact and can even be used for home power back-up

Cons

  • High cost

Recommended Solar Charger for Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium

recommended solar panel for Yeti 1000

The solar panel that is portable, foldable, and weatherproof usually fits a portable solar power station. So, here comes the Nomad 100, a portable solar panel with big wattage (100W), with just 10lbs weight.

The Nomad 100W solar panel is also a Goal Zero product. Apart from having high wattage, the solar panel can be easily changed with another panel through an 8mm combiner cable.

However, there is another solar panel, Boulder 100W, you can also buy. This is a high-quality briefcase solar panel that is protected by strong tempered glass and aluminum frames.

The Boulder 100 Briefcase comes with an aluminum kickstand which you can place anywhere at an angle where it can grab most of the sunlight.

Our Verdict

The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium is one of the high-end and powerful solar power stations in the lithium series packed with unbeatable features like three ways charging, MPPT, easy readable LED display multi AC and DC inputs and outputs.

The power station is durable, portable, and uncomplicated to use.

However, the price is a bit high but if that is not an issue for you then you can bring a mid-sized yet powerful solar generator for you.

Jason

This is the site where I share all of the information about home security. I have been working in this industry from last 10 years and therefore, sharing all my experiences and learnings.

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