The Goal Zero Yeti 1250 is a great silent, solar, fuel-less generator. It’s powerful enough to back-up critical appliances – refrigerators and freezers – as well as home health care equipment – heart monitors, oxygen & CPAP machines.
After reviewing and comparing a good number of portable power systems, the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 is one of my favorites and I look to it for my backup power as well as my emergency power source. Here is some info that I’ve found as the key benefits of the Yeti over other battery power packs.
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The DC to AC power inverter the Yeti uses is a great plus. An inverter is the electronic component that takes the stored power in the battery and converts it to the power that we usually use in our homes. The Goal Zero Yeti uses a pure sine wave inverter which means it’s power output is exactly the same as what comes from your home wall outlet. Other powerpacks and generators use inverters that only try to duplicate your home power in what’s called a modified sine wave. A pure sine wave works much better with your usual appliances and devices or those that need the ”cleanest” power compared to the wave produced by the modified/square wave inverters that most other power packs use.
The Yeti’s inverter outputs up to a 1200 watts of power and will run about 90% of most appliances and devices. The battery will run at max output (1500 watts) for approximately 50 minutes before it will need to be recharged or at 100 watts for 12 hours. Read more about the Yeti’s inverter.
Because the Yeti’s power is generated silently and cleanly from the sun or your wall, it can be operated inside your house, tent, or cabin. It comes with a roll cart for easy maneuverability, and can be taken just about anywhere and it makes it easy to move the generator closer to appliances and use shorter extension cords, minimizing power loss and tripping hazards.
The Yeti’s battery is able to be charged from quite a few renewable power sources, the most widely used being solar power, and also from the AC power wall outlet in your home. It’s case is a full steel box which makes it quite durable – I’ve never had any problems with parts breaking even in the most rugged environments. The input and outputs are fused with a thermal fuse so if they ever trip they will automatically reset without the need to replace the fuse. Read more about the Yeti’s info.
My favorite way to charge the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 is silently using the free and clean energy of the sun. You can also charge it from the wall or from your car. Whatever way you choose, you’ll never have to worry about toxic fumes or transporting and storing flammable fuel.
With a solar panel added the Yeti is a great fuel-less solar generator for surviving long term power outages. For those of us who have already experienced days without power, we know how useful having the Yeti’s emergency power source is or would have been if we would have been smart enough to have one with us beforehand. Consider all the many things that we do on a daily basis that only require a small amount of electricity to accomplish, but would take quite a bit of time if we didn’t have access to power. You can even get the Goal Zero Yeti with the Solar Generator Kit which comes with 2 Bolder 30 Solar Panels – I would recommend using up to 4 solar panels with the Yeti. Read more about the Yeti and Solar Power.
Having the Yeti’s power source is imperative for emergency preparedness. Just think about it. You have bulk grains, but how are you going to grind them for flour? You’ve got your lights, but how are you going to power them? You have a TV or radio for communication but can’t plug them in. There are many thing that we take for granted but will rapidly come to our attention when the lights go out. We need to take a step back every now and then and consider and prepare for the things we really need, and how to utilize essential tools and devices we already own when they are actually needed if we only had power to use them.
Another great plus of the Yeti is the ease of use. Multiple ports – DC, USB, and AC – make it easy to power all your devices. The different ports are all activated with one master switch and let everyone in the family help themselves.
I’ve built portable solar and battery backup systems using various parts and components over the last seven years and much prefer the size, power capability and package of the Yeti compared to many of those I’ve built. Whenever I need more battery capacity I just use multiple Yetis as it is very simple to link them together. One Yeti by itself, however, has the ability to run most kitchen appliances, grain mills, bread mixer, tools, lights, radios and other basic devices enough to handle the basics needs for an emergency or even long term power outage. It will even power some fridges or freezers for short periods of time when needed. The Goal Zero Yeti is a great fuel-less portable power system and I would recommend it to anyone.