Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Review

Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Review

To power items such as TVs, kitchen appliances, power tools, RVs, and virtually all your tech equipment, there’s no better option than a portable generator that puts out ample amount of watts without constituting a nuisance. Aptly put, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 is all you need!

It’s engineered from the ground up and is among the most versatile & innovative power stations you’ll find on the generator market.

The unit works seamlessly, producing zero noise and fumes. Equipped with many types of power plugs, it can be used indoors or outdoors (on the road).

The device is mobile app-enabled, enabling you to control ports and also keep an eye on power usage right from your smartphone.

Also, the Yeti is rechargeable at home or using the sun via one of the Goal Zero’s optional solar panels. And again, you can monitor everything from your mobile phone via the Goal Zero app.

That’s just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits and perks this model offers you. Let’s cut to the chase and take a more in-depth look into the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 review.

Yeti 1400 Review – Design & Features

Build

The Yeti 1400’s build is like that of a cross between a high-tech car battery & a small guitar amp. The device measures 10.4 x 15.3 x 10.1in (HWD), with a weight of 43.7 pounds.

Battery Capacity

A lithium-ion battery pack sits inside the black-and-gray enclosure, delivering 1,425Wh (10.8V) capacity, rated to last 500 full-charge life cycles. After that, it’ll lose about 20% capacity.

Goal Zero promises around 7 years of use before it becomes necessary to replace the battery pack. The maker recommends discharging and recharging the power station every 3 – 6 months for maximum longevity.

It takes about 25hrs for the generator to go from empty to a 100% charge. At the top of the Yeti enclosure, we’ve 2 green carrying handles and a lid, opening to display a power input adapter & power port, a reset button, a Wi-Fi button & a Wi-Fi indicator.

Ports

The outside face contains multiple power ports, such as an input for AC charging, one 60W USB-C port, two three-prong 120V AC power outlets, two USB Type-A ports (2.4A), a 15W USB-C port. Others are three 12V power outlets, two inputs for charging with solar panels, in addition to a car (cigarette lighter) outlet. In each group of power output ports, there are buttons for turning them on and off.

Charging the Yeti 1400 is straightforward: Simply plug it into your wall outlet with the included AC cord. While the enclosure is built for travel, it’s no IP weatherproof rating, so you shouldn’t leave it out in the elements.

But it features an 802.11n Wi-Fi radio, which allows you to connect the Yeti to your home network and keep close tabs on its status via your mobile phone.

Easy Tracking

The generator has a 3-inch LCD monochrome panel on its face, which is super-easy to monitor vital information about the unit’s operation.

The option lets you keep an eye on the percentage of power left, the number of hours to be fully charged, the number of hours to empty, the average power input when it’s charging, and the average power output when your devices are plugged in.

Goal Zero Mobile App

Alternatively, you can check all this information via the Goal Zero mobile app, which is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones. This app opens to reveal a screen, which displays the Yeti name, along with its connection status, and the last time the power station was synced with the mobile app.

At the center of the screen, you’ll see a Battery Charge Level indicator, displaying the percentage of battery life as well as the estimated watt-hours available.

Checking just below the indicator, we’ve tabs that display power input (in watts and amps), that show power output (in watts, amps, and volts), and that tell you the time to get a full charge. To see the battery temperature, press the Time to Full tab.

Some buttons to switch the 12V, USB, and 120V AC power ports on or off lie at the bottom of the screen. But there are none for power usage and charging history reports, which will be useful for managing power usage over time.

By hitting the gear icon on the upper left corner, you can invoke Notifications, configure Temperature (Fahrenheit or Celsius) & AC Voltage (120 volts or 230 volts) readouts, and also download the latest firmware update.

Once Notifications are turned on, you can receive push alerts when the portable power station becomes fully charged, and when it’s dropping close to empty. However, it won’t notify you when the battery is completely discharged, and it won’t let you set a threshold for when notifications are sent. Apart from that, there’s no audible alarm, which tells you that the generator has run out of juice.

Accessories in the Package

Other than the Yeti 1400 Power Station, the package also contains a Yeti Home Integration Kit,  a 30-foot solar panel extension cable, a Boulder 100 Solar Panel Briefcase, in addition to a Lithium Roll Cart.

The Integration Kit works as a transfer switch, which can be wired to 4 separate circuits in the breaker panel in your house and is connected to the generator using a special power cord.

Once a power outage strikes, simply flip the 4 switches on the integration panel to bring the Yeti to life and power all the devices on the circuits.

The Boulder 100 Briefcase’s weight stands at 25.9 pounds, and it’s 2 foldable solar panels with adjustable kickstands, a black canvas carry case, and a carrying handle. When it’s folded for carrying, its dimensions are 21.7 x 26.7 x 3.7in (HWD), and 21.7 x 43.5 x 1.7in when unfolded.

The panels make use of monocrystalline cells and put out a combined 100W power rating (50W from each panel), which will charge the Yeti in 28 – 56hrs.

The Roll Cart comes handy for transporting the generator around, inside or outside your home. It gets a telescoping handle as well as 7-inch wheels.

Other accessories in the package are a Yeti Tank Lead Acid Expansion Battery, a Boulder 200 Solar Panel Briefcase, an assortment of USB & power cables, and a Light-A-Life 350 LED Light.

Pros

  • Portable design
  • Works silently
  • Features solar charging capabilities
  • Equipped with multiple charging ports
  • Has a user-friendly mobile app

Cons

  • Price tag is high
  • Doesn’t have customizable alerts
  • Lacks charging or usage history

Yeti 1400 Installation & Performance

You can set up the Yeti power supply yourself without breaking a sweat. But you’ll need to a professional electrician for installing the optional transfer switch because it requires wiring to the circuit breaker box in your house.

For instance, I hired an electrician to wire the switch to the 4 circuits supplying power to my gas furnace, refrigerators & freezers, kitchen lights, and my office (where my modem and PC are located).

As soon as the installation of the transfer switch was done (this lasted about 2hrs), I plugged the power station into my regular wall outlet, so it could start charging. Also, I connected the generator to the transfer switch via the included 10-ft cable and downloaded the Goal Zero mobile app from the App Store.

Then, I hit the Add Yeti option, tapped the Wi-Fi button on the Yeti, and pressed Find Yeti. With this step, I was able to get connected to the Yeti’s SSID via the Wi-Fi settings of my smartphone, go back to the app, and then connect to my home Wi-Fi.

Once the connection was established, the mobile app only took about 17secs to sync with the Yeti. And that completed the installation!

The items I used the generator to power included a 50” TV, a cable box, and a smartphone, which drew about 110W (according to the app). However, that figure revolved around 100W and 120W.

It lasted about 10 hours and 56 minutes before I got a push notification that the power station was almost empty, with 19% power left. After another 3hrs, it became completely drained.

Also, I made use of the Yeti for powering an older 21-cubic foot fridge in my basement, and the power station worked just less than 24hrs before requesting a recharge.

It’s pertinent to note that the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 works completely quietly and doesn’t emit fumes because it doesn’t make use of gas.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Yeti power a 700-watt microwave?

Yes, it can for up to 2 hours.

The Yeti’s lithium batteries have 500 charge cycles, but other lithium batteries contain up to 2000 charge cycles. How are Yeti’s batteries different?

Yeti’s batteries are rated at 500 cycles to 80 percent of their original capacity and more than 2000 cycles until the batteries die completely. The major difference lies at the specific stage of life cycle different manufacturers decide to focus on.

Are there any fuses in the package; if so, how many and what size?

No regular fuses are on the Yeti 1400. But there are eFuses, which aren’t user-replaceable, don’t break like normal fuses, and reset themselves.

Can this power station be used to live off the grid in an RV?

Yes. You can use the power station with a 200W briefcase for all your electric needs. When on the road full time in your RV, you can run your power tools, in addition to an air compressor, and a microwave (1100W).

You can also use it for charging a phone, laptop, camera batteries, and powering your TV. Also, you can plug the entire RV into it for recharging your RV’s lead-acid batteries, and you can use the lead-acid RV batteries to power thermostat for fridge or freezer setup that works off propane.

Is it possible to connect 24V solar panels to the Yeti 1400, and if so, how many watts of input can it take?

Yes, you can connect 24V solar panels to the Yeti 1400 so long they’re chained in parallel. There won’t be any change in the wattage input: 160-Watt input for the 8-millimeter port and 360-Watt input for the Anderson Power Pole (APP) input.

How does the Goal Zero Yeti handle low battery?

The power station offers battery protection, which ensures that once the battery is “dead”, the device will make a chirping noise to notify you to recharge. And this feature will be available for nearly 6 months before any damage to the battery occurs. Please, note that the shelf life from full charge to a point in which damage could occur is 18 months approximately.

The battery is best stored by charging to 80 percent, allowing it to drain to 20 percent, and repeating. There’s a second-best option, where you’ve to maintain a constant charge on the battery using an AC outlet (also called a solar trickle charger).

The Yeti features nearly 500 empty to full charging cycles before the battery capacity comes down to 80 percent (and that can still be used well beyond the initial 500 cycles). Also, the outlet ports do vary — AC outlets are 120V, USB are 5V, and we’ve a 12V outlet, too.

These ports are regulated to ensure that the voltage stays consistent from full to empty. As soon as the power station can’t sustain the voltage of the port in use any longer, it’ll go off and need to be recharged.


Wrapping up

The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 offers you a wide range of exciting features, giving you the confidence to power any item anywhere. The Yeti app makes sure that you always get the latest features and functions as they’re available.

With a price well over a thousand dollars, this unit is expensive. However, if you reside in an area prone to power outages or need to have a quiet power source handy wherever you go, this power station is a solid and reliable investment.

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