Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave21 Easy to use and great results
I bought the yeti 400 and 2 boulder 30 briefcase panels. I work outdoors a lot especially over the summer. I bring anything I can to occupy my time while working and this was the best investment that I have made. I have searched for a long time for a way to collect, store and use power as I needed to. I also use my gear when I go camping which makes it great to watch movies, have a fan and other amenities available to me. Thanks so much goal zero for making such a great product.
July 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by lifeguard First time dissapointed.
I've been a goalzero fan for a while. I have invested in some of their other products and been satisfied. When I purchased the Yeti 400 and took camping for the first time I was very dissapointed the 12v cigarret port didn't power my air bed pump and other items that uses this port. The air bed pump is a 12v, 65w, 10A airbed pump. I tried other pumps and it also failed. The specs of this divide should of had no problems powering these devised. I called goalzero after my horrible campingtrip. I was informed they didn't know the problem and asked for me to email them the specs of the air pump bed. Until now. I have not heard from goal zero. II took the pump to Costco to test other Yeti 400 and all six of their Yeti failed to power it. The Goal Zero sale person was also surprised. After the sales person talked with their rep I was informed I can use a Anderson Poer pole for now and connect it to the chainable port to get more power. I have an issue with customers have to buy extra cables when its advertise this product should power small items like a airbed pump or small hand car vacumm.
June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by whydowhat Proper expectations = 5 Stars
Purchased the 400 for some off-grid camping. If you do your research, understand your needs and the product capability, you can't be disappointed if this is your choice.
It ran 6 LAL, charged a Lighthouse 250, charged devices, did everything we expected it to do with no problem recharging the next day.
The real key to the Yeti products are that they are plug and play with Goal Zero panels (which are truly expensive for what you get), but there's no guess work here. Connect panels (or not, if at night), turn on the ports needed, plug stuff in, use the Watts In/Out and Battery "fuel" gauge. It's simple stuff. If you're taking more out than in, you're draining, if more in than out, you're charging. And doing that very simple math tells you how long you have power with what you have running.
Some people balk at the price, and some talk about being able to build one MUCH cheaper. But this is the where those people assume that others have both a mind for the engineering and building/wiring, etc. - including knowing all the solar panel specs, volts, amps, amp-hours, etc., AND totally discount that for those that just don't want to take the time, this, and the rest of the Goal Zero product line is really plug and play. We watch our fuel gauge on our vehicles all the time, and we know at what speed we're going how far we can go. The Yeti products are just that simple. Fuel gauge (battery level) and speed (watts in/out). For those talking about building your own, enjoy the experience. For those who just want to drive a car instead of build it, the Yeti products are for you.
Having run multiple test scenarios at home then taking into the field, I absolutely recommend both the products and Goal Zeros 5-Star customer service.
June 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HikeDoc Plenty of Power
Brought this on a five day camping trip. Charged tablets and phones for the whole ten-person group multiple times over. Ran Light-A-Life lanterns in the tent and the eating area and even recharged a battery on the boat with it. When the trip was over the Yeti still had 30% battery. I have no doubt that this was a perfect purchase for how it will be used
June 15, 2014