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Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator

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ITEM#: 14794172

Keep the lights running with the Goal Zero Yeti solar generator. Carry the generator with you on a camping trip to enjoy the outdoors without sacrificing comforter, or use it at home to keep necessities running when the power fails. Chain several together to increase the power, and sleep soundly without being awakened by noise from this silent generator.

  • Most power available
  • For power lights, tools, refrigerators, freezers and health care equipment
  • Silent, no noise or fumes
  • Safe to operate indoors, no cords coming from outside
  • Chain together for additional power
  • Power source options: Sun, wall, or car
  • Approx. charge time: AC wall charger (80-watt) 16-20 hours
  • Goal Zero two Boulder 3020-22 hours
  • Car charging (30-watt) 40+ hours
  • Shelf Life: Charge every 3-4 months
  • Chainable: Yes, with other EXTREME 1250s and other 12V AGM batteries
  • Charging port (2x 8.0mm)16-20V, 10A max (200W) each port
  • Charging port (1x PowerPole)16-48V, 20A max (250W)
  • AC standard US outlets (3x)110VAC 60Hz, pure-sine wave
  • 1200W max total continuous, 1500W max short-duration
  • 12V port (1x female car)11-14V, 10A max (120W), unregulated
  • 12V port (2x 6mm)11-14V, 6A max each (72W), unregulated
  • 12V port (PowerPole)11-14V, 30A max (360W), unregulated
  • USB ports (3x)5V, 1.5A max (7.5W) each, regulated
  • Battery type: Lead-acid (AGM)
  • Battery capacity: 1250Wh (12V, 100Ah)
  • Battery voltage range: 11-14.8V
  • Life-span: Hundreds of cycles
  • Fuses (standard car style)200A (4x 50A fuses in parallel)
  • Inverter1200W pure-sine wave inverter
  • Charge Controller20A MMPT
  • Weight without battery: 16.9 Kg
  • Weight with battery: 111 lbs
  • Dimensions: 16 inches x 11.5 inches x 14.5 inches
  • Tested and Certified FCC and CE
  • Operating usage temp: 20-105F (-6-40C)
  • Optimal Storage temp: 70F (21C)

Solar panels sold separately.


Color Black
Wattage 200-400 Watts
Dimensions 16.00 in. x 11.5 in. x 15.00 in.
Warranty 180 day Manufacturer
Model Number 31901
Country of Origin China

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  • Most Recent

  • Great unit, powering a cabin!
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    This bad boy plus 4 more 100 Ah batteries and 2x285 watt PV panels for collection all day, works great powers a mini fridge all day, overhead LED lighting, TV blue ray player etc etc etc, only draw back is its heavy! good thing i keep stationary, great unit if not needing to be moved often.

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    alpha May 8, 2017
  • New to Goal Zero
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    VERY satisfied so far. Like the fact I an keep it charged at home. With the solar options I can take it everywhere.

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    Mike1836 Dec 27, 2016
  • Great Product.
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    Got this for a backup just in case we have power outage, This is the second purchase I have bought from Goal Zero and am very happy with the quality.

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    DUANE68 Dec 14, 2016
  • Perfect balance of functionality & sustainability
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    Wanted a home-scale backup power solution that would have the right features and capacity while also avoiding gas-powered options and including a solar-charging option. This generator checks all the boxes. Love it!

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    bruno68 Nov 3, 2016
  • Very Good Product
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    I bought this generator a couple of years ago. It works well for what we have used it for, and we are satisfied with it. One thing I would change is to have the controls on the top with a waterproof cover over it. It weighs about 100 lbs, so it is not easy to tilt, and leaning over to read the controls at ground level is difficult and ridiculous. Also, my Mom uses it to run a portable oxygen concentrator when the power goes out, but she has trouble seeing the buttons. They are black on black with tiny print. It looks spiffy, but for an older person, that is very difficult. Specifically, the Display light button is so difficult to see, even I didn't notice it for the first year, and it is intended to help see the screen. You cannot use it, if you cannot see it, so you had to work real hard to see the lcd screen. Overall though we have been happy with it. One thing though, you need to make sure it can run what you want. It is a good generator, but it will not run my Mom's household oxygen concentrator, but only the portable one.. You should check the wattage requirements of the equipment you want to use it for or you may be unpleasantly surprised.

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    Catt Oct 3, 2016
  • Most Helpful

  • Thumbs down.
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    Purchased four of the 30 watt panels with the Yeti. Here's how it goes, if you use 100 watts (that's a 100 watt light bulb for one hour), it will take the solar panels four hours to recharge the use. The Yeti hold 1250 watts, so that means you can run one item that uses 500 watts for 2 and a half hours. Using solar to recharge, it will take you three and a half days to replentish the battery. That's at say, 70 watts per hour (6 of their panels), 5 usable hours of sun in the winter, equals 350 watts per day or 3.57 days to charge it again. Hopefully you don't need power the next 3 1/2 days. This unit uses a laptop computer charger to charge the unit from your house (again, grossly under powered for a battery this size). Also, if you invest in this, keep in mind the charger will reach a temperature in the range of 175 to 190 degrees. It will burn out. Not made to carry a load of this size. The company staff is very good and helpful. They have tried to help me make this costly boat anchor. Even kind enough to replace the first unit. I now have 6 of the 30 watt panels and best it will do is 73 watts per hour replacement to the battery. At 120 pounds, you won't be taking this on vacation with you, unless you've got a large group going to take turns carrying it. That doesn't include the tripod and solar panels. The sales photo of it on the kitchen counter would have taken several strong guys or gals to hoist it up there. The tripods for the panels are poorly designed with legs that can be adjusted, but are kept from folding flat on the ground by a strap. If you have four panels, you'll not set this up by yourself, unless you have four arms. Still working with the company and now trying understanding how a clear day, isn't a clear day when it comes to solar power. That a 30 watt rated panel is really only capable of producing 10 to 15 watts. Buy their little solar charger for your cell phone. Believe me, you will not be able to run anything like the advertizing says. I've tried. Plus, you'll need additional wiring. Only come with a 8 foot charging cord. Your battery will need to be next to the panels. The Yeti shouldn't be in the direct sun. Thanks to all the staff for trying to help.

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    Jim Dec 11, 2012
  • Good product not a great product
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    We researched the Yeti 1250 for over a month before we bought it. We read the reviews here on this website and others. The complaints about the slow recharging times are valid as we experience the same issues. We live in the Phoenix AZ area and it has been clear skies and over 100 degrees each day. Despite buying four Boulder 30 panels and the 30ft extension cable to make sure that the panels are in the sun but that the Yeti is not (major flaw that they don't tell you about in the stores), the Yeti cannot recharge itself in a single day. According to the literature and the sales rep at CostCo (where we got a good price for the unit with an extended warranty) it should recharge fully in a day. It barely does HALF that. However, we see value in the system even with these flaws, and plan on keeping the unit for emergencies. We were hoping to take an appliance or two off of the grid, but it is clear that product is not designed for this type of heaving lifting yet. It's not a bad product, just don't expect it to do what they say it will. Listen to the reviews. They aren't harsh, just real world experiences.

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    R6 Jun 28, 2013
  • Jump started my Jeep J8 Battery
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    I was a bit sceptical at first when the fine ladies and gentleman at Goal Zero described the Yeti 1250 to me as a Solar Generator. A unit that could legitimately replace household power in the field for a substantial amount of time, without using any gasoline, and be completely self-sufficient by having the capability to be charged 100% by solar energy. It was a pretty big claim, so clearly it needed a challenge to match it.After a long day on the trail, I pulled into one of my favorite camp spots, and began to set up camp for the night. Based on my previous experience with the vehicle, I knew there was absolutely no way that the jeep battery would hold a charge overnight, and waking up in the early morning and messing around with electrical wiring didn't sound too appealing. My solution was simple, plug one end of the charger into the power poles located on the rear bumper, and the other end into the Yeti, have a beer, eat a sandwich, and watch The Beatles' Help! on my Macbook Pro(while it was being charged by the AC power of the Yeti of course.) I'd find out in the morning if my crazy scheme would work and save me the distress of getting out into the cold to figure out a better plan.There's absolutely no way you could do this with a traditional generator, as you'd die of CO poisoning while it was running inside the small cabin of the Jeep you are sleeping in. It raises an interesting, and practical point about the green factor that this device has, it doesn't produce any emissions, and if you're charging it via solar energy, it doesn't require any emissions to replenish the battery. Think of the inside of this vehicle as a micro-environment, I'm living in it, right alongside the Yeti, and we're both happy.Check out my whole experience and images here:http://www.expeditionportal.com/expedition-gear/accessories/1092-goal-zero-yeti-1250-dump-the-gas-generator.html

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    Matthew Scott May 17, 2012
  • It worked but very impractical
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    purchased 1250 yeti from costco with 4 30w panels and returned it already.It did power a refridgerator for 12 hrs. with the panels in the sun but the panels 4 together put out only 35 watts the fridge when running drew 126 watts,it supposed to be portable but way to heavy. and cables that came with the panels are way to short, its very hard to keep the heavy box inside and the panels in the sun,and there longer wires reduce the wattage. would not recommend this product even if it was half as much as there charging.

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    jack Dec 17, 2012
  • Runs Everything!
    Reviewed at http://www.goalzero.com/

    This thing is a beast just like the name says! It ran my full size stainless steel fridge for 15 hours straight. I haven't found something that it cant run. I leave it plugged in the garage ready for any camping trip or power outage.

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    Handsome Carl May 1, 2012

Questions & Answers

  • Q:

    "Can this item be used as it is or I have to also buy the panels in order to make it work, also why cost $ * if it don't comes with panels."

    • A:

      Hello lordthunder, thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the information you have requested is currently unavailable. You will receive an email notification once an answer is posted. Have a great day.

  • Q:

    "Do you know if I can use these Solar Panels to charge the Yeti 1250? ***** They are AspectSolar EP60. I have two of them already."

    • A:

      Hello eduardonunez81, those would not be compatible with this generator. It is recommended that you use a Nomad 20, Boulder 30, or the Boulder 90 panels. Thanks for shopping with us! A.S.

  • Q:

    "If there are no solar panels, how can it be a solar generator? How is it charged? If you have to plug it in ,you need electricity . If you have electricity, you don't have a problem."

    • A:

      According to the Yelti website, this product has two Boulder 30 solar panels with ratings of 30 watts.

    • A:

      The manufacturer's rep has just informed us that the solar panels are not included on this item. They are sold separately. Please accept our apologies for this misinformation.

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    "Does the unit come with the solar panels for charging, if not what are the solar panel specifications? If sold separately, do you stock the recommended solar panel?"

    • A:

      This product does not come with solar panels for charging. In addition, there are no solar panels made for this product.

    • A:

      Not quite sure that what overstock is saying is true. If it has no solar panels, it's not a solar generator. Also see below http://www.rei.com/product/842690/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator-kit#reviews

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