Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Energy Kit – Review

Natural disasters, life off the grid, camping, emergency preparedness, survivalists, conspiracy theorists, environmentalists, teenagers…regardless of the situation, it is becoming more and more imperative to have a source of energy outside the governmental grid. Most people will tell you their needs vary between the need to power critical gadgets like lights and radios with the desire to fire up all the electronic gadgets that are commonplace in the typical American home. Regardless of your specific needs, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Energy Kit is likely to fit all of them and more!!!

In our adventure of a lifetime, we are often boondocking (camping without hookups) down by the river, in the middle of the National Forest, at the base of a cliff, at the entrance to a cave and this means off the grid … completely.  While this is fun and exciting for a few days, Dan does have to work (you know, make a living, so we can eat) and that means he needs a computer with power at the very least.

Enter the Yeti 150.  It’s been like a God send, and so easy to use.

I am somewhat of a solar moron, and I was pretty confident I would open the box and have no clue what to do with it.  To my delight it is incredibly intuitive and I had it charging via the glorious Colorado sun in no time!!   When the sun ran out and the snow started falling, I pawned it off onto my 16 year old son, Brody, to charge via the wall!  🙂  Versatility is epic and quite necessary with the lives we live.  We are all over the country and some spots naturally have more sunny days than others; the ability to charge the Yeti in more ways than one is a huge bonus!

Now, for $369 on Amazon, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Energy Kit can be yours (as it is ours).  It stores 150 watt-hours of juice … plenty enough to charge cell phones, laptops, GPS, Kindles, etc. You can charge it from a wall outlet and from your cars 12v adapter but the most versatile part of the Yeti 150 is that you can charge it with the accompanying 15-watt solar panel which makes it ideal for camping or RV’ing in remote areas.

Once the Yeti 150 is fully charged it stores enough power to charge your phone 15 times over; your digital camera, 12 times; your GoPro, 25 times; your laptop, 2 times, your tablet 6 times … plenty of juice for Dan, the software engineer and a gaggle of kids who love their GoPros, Kindles, Cameras and Smart Phones!  The Yeti 150 makes it possible for us stay for extended periods of time where we otherwise would not, thus enhancing our feeling of utter freedom!  In fact, as I type this my laptop is charging via the Yeti 150 and we are nowhere near any exterior sources of power …

The Yeti 150 is also the perfect size to either be tossed in the mix for a weekend camping trip or to find a nesting spot inside an RV where all real estate is prime due to very limited space for anything considered “extra”!  Seriously, it weighs all of 12 lbs and it’s dimensions are 7.75 x 5.75 x 6.75 in — that’s just the perfect size for our travel needs!!  Obviously you wouldn’t want to cart it with you along the Appalachian Trail, but that’s not it’s purpose … nor is it the purpose of the AT!!

And just for you techies out there, here’s the technical specs on the Yeti 150, taken right off the Goal Zero site!

Charge Times

  • Wall Charger (45W): 6 hours

  • Car Charger (30W): 8 hours

  • Nomad 13 Solar Panel: 26-52 Hours

  • Nomad 20 Solar Panel: 17-34 Hours

  • Boulder 15 Solar Panel: 22-44 Hours

Battery Details

  • Cell Type: AGM Lead-Acid

  • Peak Capacity: 168Wh (12V, 14Ah)

  • Lifecycles: hundreds of cycles

  • Shelf-life: Keep plugged in, or charge every 3-6 months

  • Fuses: 20A, user replaceable fuse

  • Management system Charging and low-battery protection built-in

Ports

  • USB port (output): 5V, up to 2.1A (10W max), regulated

  • 6mm port (output, 6mm, green, hexagon): 12V, up to 10A (120W max), regulated

  • 12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

  • AC inverter US (output, 60Hx, modified sine wave): 110V, 0.7A (80W continuous, 160W surge max)

  • charging port (input, 8mm, blue, circle):14-29V, up to 5A (60W max)

General

  • Product SKU: 22004

  • Chainable: No

  • Weight: 12 lbs (5.4 kg)

  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 5.75 x 6.75 in (19.7 x 14.6 x 17.2 cm)

  • Operating usage temp.: 32-104 F (0-40 C)

  • Certs: CE, FCC, ROHS

  • Warranty 6 months

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