Goal Zero Yeti 150 Review
Based on the 14Ah capacity, you may mistake this product for just another power bank. In this Goal Zero Yeti 150 Review, we will find that this Yeti 150 has abilities that surpass those of a typical power bank. This 150Wh power station is a very capable portable energy unit that can power a variety of things. It can also be powered by multiple sources.
It is one of the strongest battery devices we have come across. One thing that may bother you is the cost (it’s almost four times that of conventional batteries of the same size or more). Nevertheless, the features provided are useful and rare, rendering the cost reasonable for some, if not all.
While other 10Ah or 20Ah power banks can produce a fixed DC current at 5 volts, the Yeti 150 can supply a 12V DC, 5V DC, and a 110V AC current. This makes three different sets of appliances compatible with this power station. The charging of the 14Ah battery can also be done by your standard wall charger as well as solar panels. If needed, a car charger can also do the job, but that will take eight or more hours (compared to the six hours of a wall charger or a 50W solar panel). The solar panel, however, will charge much slower if the sunlight intensity and orientations aren’t favorable.
A considerably thick plastic enclosure houses the battery of this power station, and does a good job of protecting it from the elements. The vertical edges are protected with serrated plastic patches, that even improve the looks. The product is weatherproof to some extent, sustaining dust and sun. It does not have any water resistance rating, which might be a matter of concern for some. The legs and even the body of this power station can absorb some small to moderate amount of physical shocks.
Ease Of Use
Having five different ports to draw power from may sound complicated. Interestingly, Goal Zero does a great job with this Yeti 150 by designing and placing everything in a decluttered fashion. Each port has a border and a label on the voltage and current type (DC/AC). Charging occurs in three different ways, but a single input port and leads to less confusion. Goal Zero’s line of solar panels also come with a single pin output, which simplifies things. Car charging is equally uncomplicated, except that you will need a specific cable for it.
A display screen showing battery percentage, 5 different output ports, and three different ways to charge are noteworthy features. The display is smaller than more advanced versions, and it lacks some information such as input-output power. Another important feature that is missing is the ability to chain this unit to other battery packs to increase capacity.
The construction of the Yeti 150 is visibly strong and modern. It wears a mix of black and metallic grey, with a sturdy lime-green handle, feet, and front label. The Yeti series has two main designs, and this product belongs to the better looking, less boxy design.
At 12 lbs., this is a compact and lightweight product, taking into account everything that it has to offer. It could have been smaller and lighter with a lithium-ion battery, but that could have increased the cost, which is already eyebrow-raising. Its dimensions are small enough to fit inside the trunk of a car, its seats, and even some backpacks, which make it a real portable device.
What We Like
The smallest sibling of all in the Yeti series is a feature-rich and well-built device. It may not house some interesting features from higher versions, but for an entry level power station, it does not disappoint. It is a purely portable, elegant-looking unit that can deliver versatile power. It has its share of flaws, notably the pricing, but with features that deserve everyone’s attention, it might just be your perfect pick. If this one isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, here are some other transportable solar power stations we have reviewed for you to take a look at.
- Compact, rugged
- Multiple ways to charge
- Five types of output ports
- Easy to use
- High cost
- No water resistance