I have had my Yeti 1250 for nearly a year now. I sell products at various farmers markets and need to keep my product cool. I have the solar generator installed in my truck with two Boulder 30 solar panels. It runs a refrigerator continuously. It also runs a heater, fans and other items as needed. I would recommend this product to anyone requiring an external power source that portable and can provide power for a wide variety needs.
I use the Yeti 1250 in our home in Zimbabwe.. The USG provides us a diesel generator to use when the spotty power grid cuts out, but I'd rather not pollute when I'm just running a crock pot and internet router. The Yeti sits in our kitchen to provide power to our kitchen appliances, iOS charging station, and network extender. The Yeti was my go-to plan when I heard the grid was as dodgy as it was in Nepal; even though it's better, it's still my plan, as the power can be out for up to 24 hours here. It's great as the LCD gives me live reporting of how many watts I'm getting from the boulder panels (2 panels), typically 20-40 watts in full sun, and also what my appliances draw. Apple Time Capsule: 20-25 watts. Rice Cooker: 400+ watts (have to figure out a better solution there). Kitchen aid mixer 20-60 watts (depending on speed). There are a few downsides to the product, most of which are solvable. 1. There is no included 8mm extension cable; the 6' cables exiting from the boulder panels (which are chainable, awesome!) are too short to place the panels on the roof (just one story up, and perfectly pitched) and put the Yeti on the kitchen counter inside. I'm ordering a couple 30' extension cables to fix this. At the current price-point, one would think the up-sell opportunities are there. 2. There is no 200v output! What? EVERY GZ inverter so far has had a dip switch for converting this, so I'm amazed there is not the option. I'm going to try out a local cigarette lighter ("car power" in the parlance of our times) 12v - 220v inverter and see if that works. Otherwise there is no way to power our 220v refrigerator 3. There is a 6 month warranty. Seriously? I bought this in the private pre-sale earlier in 2012, and I am just now getting this up and running, it having been delivered in our effects to post in November. My six months are long gone. Not that was that worried; this product is in the core of GZ's focus and everything else I've had* has been top notch quality. 4. Lead acid, definitely traditional and will be interesting to replace. I look forward to working with GZ on reclamation and replacement of the battery in 3-5 years. 5. The handles for the yeti (the dolly handles) are not collapsable. I removed them after placing it and put them in the pantry. When we take this on Safari, I'll just leave it in the vehicle. My bottom line: for globe trotters in long term assignments abroad with dodgy power grids (actually not that uncommon), this is a real asset. *Includes Escape 350 batteries, Escape 30w briefcase panels, Sherpa 120 power pack, Escape 150w jug, light-a-life lights, 400w inverter, sherpa inverter, fold-up 27w panel, fold-up 3.5w panel, fold-up 7w panel, guide10 and guide 10plus, boulder 15 panel..
I am a station manager of a radio station. We have to go every where and most of the time there is no power. I bought this just for that. We have been at 4 remotes this season and the Yeti has worked like a charm.. Running a sound system for 8 hours didn't even put a dent in the battery. For kicks I plugged in the panels to charge it up and with two it took less then 2 hours. This is my radio stations new portable best friend. Thank you Goal Zero.
This is the best insurance for when the power is out! We had a storm take out our power for a half a day, and we had a neighborhood party, so people could charge up their tablets, phones, under the lights we plugged into it.
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