Goal Zero Yeti 400 Review

Smaller, eco-friendly, portable power is here and you can see it being used just about everywhere. Personally I have seen a Goal Zero Yeti 400 used in a tradeshow to power a wireless access point and 84 inch LED screen looping a video presentation. Extremely impressive, as the tradeshow booth was open for about 5 to 6 hours and the Yeti held up with no problems.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station, 428Wh Rechargeable Generator and Backup Power Source with 300 Watt (1200 Watt Surge) AC inverter, USB, 12V Outputs

Yeti 400 Features…

If you need dependable power to recharge your smartphone, tablets, laptop or other rechargeable devices, the Yeti 400 provides a steady source of energy reliably. Here is a quick list of features this impressive portable power unit provides:

  • Lithium Battery: Dependable rechargeable battery that can power up to 7 devices at once.
  • USB Ports: Three 5v 2.4amp powered USB ports to provide quick charges to smartphones.
  • Plug-In: You get two 110v standard plugs that are surge protected up to 1200w.
  • Solar Panel: Can easily recharge with a Goal Zero solar panel, all you need is sunlight!

The Yeti 400 comes with several more features, there are some really important ones, so let’s further breakdown how you can use and maximize your portable power.

Plugging Into Your Yeti 400

Unlike gas-powered generators that cannot be used in your home and have to be set up professionally outside, you can store your Yeti 400 fully charged for up to 12 months! No toxic fumes or fuel spillage, just put it on a shelf and it will stay charged, ready for an outdoor trip or emergency.

So what exactly can you plugin to your Yeti 400? If it’s got a USB, three-prong plug or even a car cigarette power adaptor, it can be used and charged with your Yeti 400. Below is a quick list of some common use items you can recharge:

  • Headlamp: If you are hiking or working, your mini rechargeable headlamp will never go dark.
  • Smartphone: Communication is everything, in times of emergency, your phone is your lifeline.
  • GoPro Camera: Taking video and capturing important events, easily recharge your GoPro.
  • Digital Camera: Photographing a wedding or family outing? Stay charged with Yeti 400.
  • Tablet: Long trips quickly drain tablets, recharge 10+ times with your Yeti.
  • Laptop: Doing work on the road and no coffee shop in sight? No worries, plug in and recharge.

Solar Recharging Times for Yeti 400

If you are on a camping trip enjoying the great outdoors or on the road, knowing you can recharge is comforting, but just how long does it take to get your Yeti full-powered? Well, that all depends on the size of the solar panels you decide to purchase. The fastest recharge time as shown below is plugging in directly to a power source. But what happens if you don’t have anywhere to plugin? That’s where solar power comes into play, so let’s take a look at a few options you can look at in order to decide if you want to buy solar panels and which would work best for you.

  • USB or Wall Charging: This will give you the fastest recharge times, full charge in about 5 hours.
  • Small Solar Panel: Using a Goal Zero Nomad 100 watt solar panel, full charge in about 8 to 16 hours.
  • Large Solar Panel: Using a Goal Zero Boulder 200 watt solar panel, full charge in about 5 to 8 hours.

Interestingly enough, you can connect Goal Zero solar panels together to increase your solar charging ability. So, if your budget doesn’t allow for the large solar panel and you buy a small solar panel, you can later connect two small solar panels to increase your charging ability.

Goal Zero Nomad 100 Watt Monocrystalline Portable Solar Panel
  • 100 watt (18-22v) foldable and Weatherproof Solar panel
  • Features an 8mm Goal Zero connector for plug and play adaptability to Goal Zero Yeti power stations
  • Folds down to 20" X 15" X 2" In a compact portable size
  • Best paired with a Goal Zero Yeti portable power station
  • Big wattage, Chainable, and weighs only 10 lbs. For chaining multiple nomadic 100 Solar panels together, purchase an 8mm to app Combiner cable.
Goal Zero Boulder 200 Watt Briefcase Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • Lightweight, 200-watt monocrystalline solar panel with briefcase folding enclosure
  • Features rigid, anodized aluminum and tempered glass construction
  • Ideal for camping, emergency, or off-grid situations
  • Engineered to solar recharge Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Stations (Yeti 1000 and larger)
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

Frequently Asked Questions…

Below are some common questions people have before they buy a portable power device like a Goal Zero Yeti 400. If you have a question and don’t see it listed below, feel free to ask it in the comments section below.

Can I recharge my phone while the Yeti 400 is recharging with Solar Panels?

Yes, the Yeti 400 has special technology that enables you to simultaneously recharge your devices while it recharges itself using Solar Panels.

How long can I power a television with a Yeti 400?

Television modes vary in power consumption, in my experience, the Yeti 400 powered an 84 inch LED tv with sound at a booth at an expo for 5 to 6 hours with no problem. Depends on the size and power requirements of the television you are using, your power availability will vary.

What is the size and weight of a Yeti 400?

Goal Zero designed the Yeti 400 for small spaces and easy transporting. Approximately 12 inches long by 7 inches tall and 7 inches wide, when holding the Yeti 400, it feels like a smaller sized radio. The only major difference would be the weight, as it would obviously weight more than a radio at 17 pounds.

Final Thoughts…

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 is a great device, it does what it’s supposed to do, provide clean, silent energy for a period of time. Best of all, it can be recharged using solar power and it can recharge many of the devices we use today. It is small and compact, providing a reliable source of power when going on a family trip or just in case you need it in a time of emergency.

If you are in the market for a portable power device that is silent, clean and rechargeable using solar power, the Goal Zero Yeti 400 is a remarkable device and gets the job done.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station, 428Wh Rechargeable Generator and Backup Power Source with 300 Watt (1200 Watt Surge) AC inverter, USB, 12V Outputs
  • 428Wh lithium portable power station can power up to 7 devices at once (39,600mAh at 10.8V/119,000 at 3.6V)
  • Continuous 300W, 1200W surge pure-sine wave inverter, 2.4A USB ports, 120W 12V ports
  • Charge phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and most small devices. Provides power for small appliances, lights, CPAPs and more
  • Recharges from AC or pair with a solar panel (sold separately)
  • Designed and engineered by power station experts with a US-based customer service center
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