GOAL ZERO Yeti 1250 Generator
For Backup generator / special projects
I bought this in lieu of a gas generator. I live part time on an island in the San Juan chain in Washington State. I bought it about 9 months ago with the solar panels. I haven't used the solar panels because it also charges off an outlet and so haven't needed them. My plan was to have it available in case of power outages, but so far I haven't had one long enough to need it. I have used it a couple time for building projects to run power tools and it has worked well. It is pretty heavy and I have a large property with gravel roads so doesn't roll very smoothly. However I found I can easily put it in the front loader of my tractor and take it where I need it. So far I am pleased with it but really haven't put it fully through its paces.
August 13, 2013
There is nothing like this on the market!!!
Buying the Yeti 1250 is probably the best emergency investment I have ever made. I live in an area where the power goes out often for a few hours at a time. I have my Yeti plugged in right next to my fridge. As soon as the power goes out I plug it right in and never have to worry. We have never lost any food because of a power outage and it's all thanks to the Yeti 1250. We have also taken it on our longer camping trips. We have 4 boulder 30's solar panels with the tripod. It's always nice to have power when out in the wilderness. We light up the camp with the LED lights, charge our phones at night, and keep our iPod's, iPad's, and laptops all charged so we can listen to music, watch movies, and the kids can play games for part of the trip. This is what we call camping with style.
June 26, 2014
YETI + a 250 watt solar panel = LOVE!!!
We have the Yeti 1250 hooked up to a single 250 watt solar panel that is mounted in the back yard. We opted to go this route after realizing how many 30 watt panel we would need. Plus we are using it for our home business, and wanted something more permanent. We pull in up to 238 watts with mid-day sun, which allows us to completely run a small fridge continually (uses @140 watts when engaged in the cooling process). During sunny days our power level stays above 80% and is often at full charge. Allowing us to still have a fully charged back up power source for when the electricity goes out. To increase our storage capacity Goal Zero sent us a free chainable cable to connect a deep cycle marine battery to doubling our stored watts. We LOVE IT!!! Definitely love the large panel too!
May 20, 2013
This beast saved my Wifes show.
This monster saved by wifes least art show where she had no available power for the track lighting. I replaced the 8 50w halogens with 8 6w warm white LEDs and we were in business. Ran the lights and register for 2 10 hour days straight and there was 40% power left. My only complaint is the that the cart wheels have a weak rail on the back of the battery which prevents dragging the thing up stairs like a traditional dolly without damaging the rails. Didn't try it, don't want to take the chance.
December 10, 2012