We never got around to testing the generator while it was still under warranty, But rolled it into a closet with an outlet, plugged it in, and had it ready. When the electricity went out, my husband was going to fire up the gas generator, and all the setup/outside location required, but I pointed out we had this nice, silent product all ready to go, and it was!! Charged out phones first, just in case, then plugged in a lamp and a toaster over and had a nice meal. Way to go, Goal Zero!
I bought the Yeti pack with 4 boulder 30 panels, tripod and three LED lights. The package is best for someone who wants solar right out of the box without needing much learning. However, you do pay a good amount more for it than building your own. But, in all honesty, goal zero makes an awesome, sturdy and aesthetically pleasing product which is worth the money. Additionally, I had one of my LED lights break. Goal zero replaced it at no cost! Awesome customer service!
We bought the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator kit for both camping and overall safety when we loose power in the house. We have lost power twice for 24 hours and the generator worked perfectly giving power to the fridge, sump pump, lights, computers, phones, etc.....we felt secure without paying for one of those gas generators that are so noisy. No one even knew we had a generator except for the lights that were on at night.....
Moved to the Adirondack Mountains and lived off the grid for 2.5 years in the old place while building the passive solar home with a house-sized array and battery bank. We kept two of these chained in the attic, connected to two 100W panels, and they powered our laptops, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, headlamps, "Lighthouse" lamps rechargeable batteries, cell phones, etc. Around winter solstice we sometimes had to top off the power with a generator, but overall these did the trick beautifully. We're keeping them connected to the new home as a backup power source, just in case. I just recommended one of these to a friend whose sister lives in Puerto Rico and has been without power since Irma washed through.
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