GOAL ZERO Boulder 30 Solar Panel
Works great; very portable and durable
I own a Yeti 1250 and 3 Boulder 30 panels. During an 11,000 mile cross country camping trip we were able to dry camp for 6-7 days at time, keep our trailer batteries charged, and I was able to power my wife's AC medical equipment twice a day w/o ever hooking up to the grid. We also used it to power an Engel 42 qt AC/DC electric cooler/freezer. We no longer did we have to buy 20 lb bags of ice every 3 days, and our wine, beer and water stayed nice and cold. When at home the panels are set up outside the garage, and with an extension cable the Yeti and Engel sit inside keeping our beer at 40º all summer long without any grid power. From hot sun we get cold beer to share with our friends.
November 28, 2014
I am very happy with all my products. I had trouble with one of the 350 battery packs, called Goal Zero and they immediately replaced it with a new one, no issues since. The Solar panel efficiency is right on the money with advertised wattage. I live in Texas and even on the best sunny days I am lucky to get 20-25 % efficiency on the panels. I have plugged in over 1200 watts (full size fridge, 46" flat screen, cable box. lights, computers, etc) to the chained Yetis and 16 panels and showed a 150 watt surplus. I know the stuff is expensive but not as expensive as my piece of mind. I am very satisfied that during any electrical outage I will have power!
July 26, 2013
I mounted two Boulder 30 Solar panels on my shed in the backyard and connected them together. I put a shelf inside the shed where I can charge the Extreme 350. The panels charge the battery in a day if there is decent sunshine and two days if cloudy. Recently we had several inches of snow and after one day the panels had charged a fully exhausted Extreme 350 to 80% from filtered light through the snow. We use the 350's and the smaller battery units as power sources for bedroom reading lamps, charging an electric razor as well as for iphones. It is our sippy cup approach to solar energy without an array.
February 16, 2013
Bought this for my Yeti 400 and before I brought multi panels I wanted to give this a test run. My yeti was about 60% charged and right before I used the solar panel I plugged it into the wall and the input was 65 Watts on a 72 watt max, so I know the charge was needed. I placed it directly in the sun at the correct angle that was recommended. There were no clouds in the sky and no trees blocking the sun and it was about a 73 degree beautiful day. The most input I could get is 5 watts. This is suppose to be a 30 watt panel, but the only 30 watts this will see is if I hooked it up to jumper cables.
February 20, 2014