Portable power comes in handy when holding activities in areas beyond the grid. Goal Zero Yeti 3000 provides reliable and long-lasting portable power. Here is a detailed review.
Have you ever found yourself in a place where your phone is about to die, there is no socket nearby and you do not know what to do? Well, your answer could be a portable power station and Goal Zero Yeti 3000 is one of the best. In a technological world, we have multiple gadgets that require charging. I have used the Goal Zero Yeti 3000 on two occasions.
First, we were camping outdoors and needed a power source for our phones and tablets. The second time when hosting a cookout and needed power outside to play the music system. In both instances, this device proved to be an invaluable addition to any home. Here is why.
Goal zero yeti 3000 reviews and breakdown
The Yeti 3000x is a PowerStation that provides clean and renewable energy for use in case of emergencies, in sites far from the grid. It has a 2000W continuous inverter which is packed on a two-wheeled cart making it easy to transport to wherever it is needed. It can charge devices with a low power demand like cellphones and those with a high power demand like microwaves.
This PowerStation has various port options which allow users of different gadgets to easily plug into it. These options include fast charging 60W USB-C power delivery. It can be connected to multiple devices at once with its various ports and support all of them at the same time. When connected to the wall, it acts as an extension of the grid power allowing one to take power a little further from the wall without a struggle.
One of the most unique traits of the goal zero yeti 3000 is that it can be charged in three different ways. First, it can be charged using portable solar panels. This allows the users to charge even while they are away from the grid. This option also allows it to provide reliable and clean renewable energy to the user. Secondly, it can be charged from the wall.
When plugged into the wall, it fully charges within 14 hours. Finally, it can be charged from the car. This is done by plugging in the 12V adapter, using the specialized goal zero yeti lithium 12V car charging cable. When charging it using the car, it is important not to use the regular charging cable as it can destroy the unit. The multiple charging options make it very convenient especially in cases of emergency.
What we liked
- It has a Lithium-ion battery
- It has a wide range of power options
- It can be charged with solar power
- It has an app to monitor power usage
- Has a huge input capacity for solar
- A rolling cart to ease movement from one place to the other
What we did not like
- It is more expensive than most other alternatives.
- Its battery capacity drops massively after a 3-year continuous use.
- Has slow AC charging
Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Review Specifications
|Model||Goal Zero Yeti 3000X|
|Chainable||Yes, with Yeti Link and Tank Expansion batteries|
|Simultaneous recharge & discharge||Yes|
|Single Cell Equivalent Capacity||273Ah|
|Cell Chemistry||Li-ion NMC|
Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Features
Design and Build
To have a large battery capacity, it has a large battery with a weight of almost 70 pounds. This can be hard to carry around by hand which is why it has an inbuilt cart with two wheels. The cart has a handle that makes it easy to move the power station around as one desires.
It is installed with multiple charging ports as well as outlets which allow it to be charged in three different ways and to supply power to various devices at the same time. All these are protected in a steel casing with a plastic top.
Inputs and Outputs
The Goal Zero Yeti has three inputs. One output is for charging it by connecting it to the wall socket. The second output is for charging it by use of solar panels. The last input is for charging it by using a car. These three do not work together at the same time, but individually, they work fine. It also has multiple outputs to allow the charging of various devices.
These outputs include USB-A, USB-C, USB- PD, 6mm port, 12V Carport, and charging port among others. All these output ports work at the same time to power different devices. The input and output ports can also be used at the same time.
The Goal zero yeti 3000 is fitted with a 70-pound Li-ion battery. This battery can be disconnected when looking to replace it after using it for a long time. It packs a capacity of 3032Wh which is capable of supplying several devices with power at the same time.
It also has a lifecycle of 500 which means it can be charged up to 500 times at 80% capacity before it needs to be replaced. If the PowerStation is not being used, it should be charged at least once every 3-6 months as the battery has a shelf-life of 3-6 months. Failure to charge it can lead to a rapid reduction in its capacity to hold power.
Who is it best suited for?
Having established that this portable power station has a high power capacity and can be used for long hours away from the grid, it is best suited for people looking to power low-consuming gadgets and who want to utilize renewable solar energy. It is also suitable for people who often experience power outages that are not prolonged and need an emergency power supply. The table below shows some gadgets this power station can power and the periods it can power them or the number of recharges it can charge them.
Are there alternatives to the goal zero yetis 3000?
Yes, there are alternatives to the goal zero yeti 3000. It is possible to get portable power stations that can be charged using solar panels, on the wall as well as using the car. Since the goal zero yeti, 3000 is comparatively expensive, you can replace it with Lion Safari ME Gold solar generator kit, The EcoFlow Delta 1800 Quad Kit, or The Bluetti AC200 & EB240 solar generator kits. They are all portable power stations that can save the same purpose. Check out the comparative table below.
Features of alternative goal zero yeti 3000
|Model||Goal Zero||Lion Safari||The EcoFlow Delta||The Bluettie|
|Inverter||2000 W||2000 W||1800 W||1800 W|
|Shelf Life||3-6 months||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Charging Cycles||500||2,500 (3,500 for extra battery)||800||2,500|
|AC Charge time||14 hours||2 hours||3.5 hours|
Verdict: So should you buy the goal zero yeti 3000?
Yes, you should buy it. If you are looking for a power station that has multiple charging options, and that can charge multiple devices both with low power consumption and high power consumption, then the Goal zero yeti is your ideal power station. When well taken care of, it offers a greater service than its alternatives except they outlive it. However, in terms of battery capacity and overall performance, it is worth your purchase.
How long could a yeti want a portable AC?
This depends on the conditions you are using it in. If they are too hot or too cold, then you might need to carry a portable AC to keep it within the recommended operational temperatures.
Can I use the goal zero yeti 3000 to power my whole house?
Yes, but only for a short while. Also important to note, that you would need your house to be configured in a way it can utilize power from this power station.
Will it power a space heater?
Yes, it can power a space heater but only for a short while.
How do I know when my PowerStation is charged?
You can check the battery display on the PowerStation to check the level of charge.