In some parts of the world, violent storms that can knock out grid-supplied power for several hours are a regular feature of life — and it follows that a reliable generator is as well. With that in mind, Goal Zero is promoting its Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit to homeowners, business owners, school districts, health clinics and emergency shelters where tornadoes and hurricanes can wreak havoc.
At $1,999.99, the Yeti 1250 is the company’s biggest portable recharger. Offering power surge protection (for when the voltage exceeds the maximum safe level of 169 volts as delivered by your power company), the Yeti 1250 insures that you will have a steady source of electricity during hurricanes, tornadoes and similar events. These power surges, or voltage surges, are the result of your utility switching over from one .power source to another during a brownout or blackout, though can also be caused by a momentary drop in power as a result of lightning strikes on power transmission equipment.
Debuted at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Yeti 1250 solution to emergency preparedness is not only quiet – as compared to a gasoline or diesel generator – but has a built in surge protector, multiple ports of varying sizes, and will take a full charge in about 20 hours (in direct sunlight; or about 18 hours from a wall outlet). Once charged, it will run a laptop for more than 30 hours, allow a printer to generate more than 18,000 pages, run a full-sized refrigerator for two to four days, and maintain below-zero cold in a chest freezer for eight days. This last is especially important for large families who buy and freeze a side of beef at a time, at a cost in excess of $1,500.
Goal Zero also has an Extreme 350 Adventure Kit, for $769.95, that will power several devices – a laptop, a fan and a lamp, for example – from AC, DC and USB ports. A 30-watt solar panel briefcase, the Escape 150, offers a 3-watt LED lantern and will provide power for one or two mid-sized devices. Finally, there is the Lighthouse USB Power Hub, a lantern that can be charged via a solar panel, by hand, or from an AC/DC outlet, and can in turn charge smaller USB devices. And don’t forget the Guide 10 Adventure Kit, which we wrote about last year, combining several Goal Zero products for portable solar charging and remote connectivity.