GOAL ZERO™ Yeti 400 Solar Generator
Great but AC! icon
I had the generator for almost a year now and lately i been seeing a "AC!" icon when i try to use the AC port is there anyway i can reset or what do i have to do at this point?
November 16, 2014
Awsome Little Generator!!
I purchased the Yeti 400 combo pack which included a Nomad 20 Solar Panel. I have been testing the capabilities of this set up here at home prior to taking it out camping (I recommend doing this for all outdoor equipment). As a power supply the Yeti 400 has performed flawlessly. I have powered (at one time) an iPhone 5, iPad 2, a Toshiba laptop, and a household lamp with a 13w CFL bulb (trying to get as close to the draw amount of 4 light-a-life lamps). The amp draw was 47amps. The Yeti 400 powered all of these devices simultaneously for almost 8 hours before depleting to 20%, at which time I plugged the Yeti into a 110v wall socket to recharge. In less than 5 hours I was ready to power my devices again. I personally believe that the Nomad 20 would not be sufficient to recharge the Yeti 400 under the power drain situation I tested my Yeti under. However I feel confident that with a full charge and good sun exposure, the Nomad 20 would handle the demands of a 3 day camping trip. Generally I would only be charging my IPhone, a Bluetooth speaker, and running 1 - 4 light-a-life lamps. Since the lights are required to be run at night for camp illumination, I would recommend charging subsequent devices during the day when the sun is providing power to the Yeti 400. This practice will minimize the power drain to conserve battery life. After a months worth of home testing I could not be happier with my purchase. Please note I do plan on adding one more nomad 20 to be chained for 40w of solar input while in the wilderness.
On a finishing note I would like to say the Yeti line boasts fantastic products that will power many different devices. However, pleases know the limitations of these products and set your outdoor experience expectations to a reasonable standard. This simple logic will ensure you are happy with your Yeti, and in turn it will deliver exceptional results for may outdoor adventures.
October 9, 2014
Not enough juice
I haven’t written many reviews but I felt the need to write this one. I have own Goal Zero products for several years and have had few issues. Today, after fully charging my new Yeti 400, I decided to run some simple test. I used a Watts meter to note the amount of watts each item used. Everything from a small pc at approx 25w to power drill at approx 268w.
I first used my Yeti to power my 42in Flat screen w/a blue-ray player. It ran approx 68-73w and with added cable box it hit 85w. Then I powered up my 240w Sony Music player it ran 40-45w. Everything was going well until I plugged in my power drill (1/4in drill 115 vac/2amps). My watts meter stated that it required up to 270w at the start but then settled approx 160w.
My Yeti ran it for about 15 second before shutting down completely. And then I had to re-set the power button and the AC button. By the way, I have two Yeti 400 and both did the same thing. So I whipped out both my DieHard 1150 portable power and my Stanley Professional power station both with inverts and both rank 400 watts of power just like my Yetis. And both my DieHard and Stanley ran my drill with no problems (at least for 30 or more seconds).
I measured the watts again of my small drill and again it measured approx 270, well under the 400 continuous power rating of my Yetis. Everything else ran fine but I caution anyone that this is not a generator replacement like so many have stated. Yes, it does provide enough power for small thing but it really doesn’t compare to some less expensive power stations ($140 to $170).
And yes, my other power stations can do nearly everything for less, even be charged with solar panels. I am still a Goal Zero fan but I am learning it limitations. Thanks for reading.
August 22, 2014
Worth every penny!
I bought this 2 months ago and have charged everything I can find with it. I've charged everything from my guide 10 battery pack to my cordless drill with it. This is easily one of the handiest things I own.
August 15, 2014