Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium Portable Power Station Review
- Li-ion battery
- Multiple charging methods
- Display panel
- Built-in pure sine-wave inverter with surge protector
- 10 devices possible
1046Wh or 96.8 Ah, 12V battery
Weight: 40 lbs. (18.1 kg)
Dimensions: 10.1 x 15.3 x 9.3 in (25.7 x 38.9 x 23.6 cm)
Operating Usage Temp: 32-104 F (0-40 C)
Goal Zero’s 1000Wh lithium battery station is not your usual battery pack. One of the largest in its lithium series, it flaunts a minimal yet stunning design. It comes loaded with features such as an easy-to-read display, three-way charging, and multi-port DC or AC output. Unlike the smaller Yeti versions, the 1000 can power a wide range of devices, even covering some machine tools.
Light enough for almost 100Ah, it is durable, portable, and uncomplicated to use. The price tag almost becomes too much for the offered features. But if that is not a concern for you, the Yeti 1000 lithium is an incredible machine to have. If it is not exactly what you are looking for, here are some other solar powered generators.
The Yeti 1000 lithium is a highly capable unit. Its charging compatibility with a wall charger/solar panels/car port brings convenience. The wall unit can charge the battery in up to 20 hours while solar panels may need up to 50 hours, depending on the capacity of panel.
What separates this model from smaller Yetis is its ability to effortlessly power fridges, circular saws and hand-drills along with the usual bunch of TV, laptops and mobiles.
Strong plastic casing with reinforced corners and sides improves this Yeti’s strength. The handle is not a swinging one, but like a traditional large battery’s handles, and it is less susceptible to breakage. Goal Zero has kept the design devoid of any projecting parts or permanent wiring, which also improves durability by making it compact in a sense.
For the size of battery that it carries inside, it is impressively light. The significant weight difference in comparison to standard 100Ah batteries also adds to its durable nature.
Ease of Use
In the first interaction with it, the Yeti may feel or look complicated. It does, however, get much easier the more you use it. There are clear markings for input, output, and the respective ratings/types. The display is also easily readable, with clear mention of what it is showing. The single pin input-output design greatly simplifies connecting and disconnecting it to loads or solar panels or the wall unit.
With a wide range of options in portable power stations, there isn’t much one can add in the features list. The Yeti 1000 however still stands out with its compact li-ion battery and versatile abilities. You can choose from 5V USBs, 12V DC and 110W surge-protected AC outputs, while the solar panel charging makes it truly outdoor-capable. It does not carry the chaining ability like other Yetis, but in most cases, you wouldn’t need it.
The design of this Yeti is quite nice. The front panel includes all the ports and the dark display. The sides and rear are nothing extraordinary. The lid on the top can house small items like USB cables or coins. Goal Zero maintains its black, metallic grey and lime green mix on this Yeti. Overall, this may not be the most handsome Yeti, but it is still pleasant to look and feel.
With its compact design and li-ion battery, it does remain portable, but it also has the option of being stationary. At 18kg, it is certainly not easy to handle, but it is still over 30% less than a 100Ah lead-acid battery. The strong handles and durable build are also responsible for its portability.
What We Like
It is a heavy and costly unit, but it houses an entire kWh and is made up of lithium ion, which almost makes it a machine from the future. The Yeti 1000 is remarkably easy to use, with a noticeably strong build and a well-thought-out design. But at $1,400, it is almost a luxury.
- Highly capable, charges a wide range of devices
- Compact for the given capacity
- Multiple input and output useful
- Very costly, even by li-ion standards