Goal Zero Launches Two More Powerful Solar Generators

I recently had a crisis. I left home super early in the morning and headed to a local coworking space. The plan was to get in a few hours of work before a morning dentist appointment. I got to my favorite spot and fired up my laptop only to realize I’d left the power cord at home, and the battery icon was already blinking red.

Desperate, I grabbed my Waka Waka Power solar charger and connected it to my computer. Although the charger was juiced up, it just wasn’t enough to save my laptop. Just two emails later, it was dead. “My kingdom for a bigger solar charger!” I shouted to an empty room. Goal Zero makes an entire line of solar generators that would have solved my problem in a second, and just yesterday, they added two new options for those who like off grid power.

Yeti Solar Charger Family

Image via Goal Zero

The newest solar chargers to join Goal Zero’s family of “Yeti” products are the Yeti 150 and Yeti 400. Both are perfect off-grid power solutions for adventurers looking to keep a campsite lit, or coastal families that want to be prepared for the fast approaching 2013 hurricane season.

While slightly smaller than the formidable Yeti 1250, the 150 and 400 still pack enough punch to keep users safe and connected even in harsh conditions.

The 29 pound Yeti 400 delivers 400 watt-hours of power, which according to the company is enough to charge a smartphone 30+ times, a laptop 5 times, running a TV for 3 hours or 100+ hours of light with Goal Zero’s Light-a-Life LED lantern. The AGM lead acid recharger features an internal pure sine wave inverter (grid equivalent), 2 AC outlets, 2 USB ports, and 3 12V ports. The Yeti 400 can be charged from the wall in just 5 hours or from the sun in 30 hours with the Nomad 27 Solar Panel.

At just 12 pounds, Yeti 150 Solar Generator packs enough juice to provide 50 hours of light, 15 smartphone recharges, 6 tablet recharges or 2 laptop recharges. And it can be fully recharged in 24 hours of full sun with the Nomad 13 Solar Panel or just 5 hours by plugging it into a wall outlet.

Sounds perfect for a certain someone who like to forget her power cord.

The Yeti 150 and Yeti 400 Solar Generators are available now at REI and Sportsman’s Warehouse and at GoalZero.com for $199.99 and $459.99 MSRP respectively.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • BobTheJanitor2

      Not to be picky, but, this story sucks. Is anyone really going to buy a $460 device that weights 29 lbs, just in case they forget their $30, less than a pound power adapter? Why not buy an extra power adapter, (or 15)?

      There are good reasons for these things, but this example isn’t it.