There is nothing as glorious and as impressive as abundant power, right on demand.
Fortunately, this is what the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station promises.
In this review, we’re going all thorough with the lithium portable power station and we hope to see what good the master of Goal Zero’s line is exactly, especially when it comes to matching sales copy with stark and harsh reality.
Please note however that:
- This review is going to be super thorough and cover what all the other thin affiliate sites have been either too lazy to write or did not think (in their limitation) that a review should ordinarily include.
- As a direct result of the first point above, the review is going to be a little lengthier than your normal everyday online articles. Be thus prepared to devote some minutes out of your clearly super precious time.
If you’re ready, we’re very eager to start. Shall we?
Article at a Glance
- Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station Review: An Overview
- Specs Of The Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Solar Generator
- Features Of The Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Solar Generator
- What The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Is Meant To Power/Can Power
- How To Charge The Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station
- Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Solar Kit
- Yeti 1400 Lithium Battery Replacement
- Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Compatible Solar Panels
- What Warranty Does Goal Zero Offer On The Yeti 1400 Lithium?
- Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Vs Goal Zero Yeti 1250: What Is The Difference?
- Alternatives To The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station
- Serious Videos Of Yeti 1400 Lithium Showing Its Raw Ability
- What We Love About The Yeti 1400 Lithium (Pros)
- What We Dislike About The Yeti 1400 Lithium (Cons)
- Summary & Bottom-Line
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station Review: An Overview
However, this unit is not just the latest – it is also the most powerful of the Yeti brand so far – superseding the its own erstwhile giant, the Yeti 1250 in battery capacity, Watt Hour and unfortunately, price 🙂
The distinction of the 1400 Yeti lithium from its predecessors is however not merely superficial: the solar generator was built from the ground up – deploying such advanced technology as lithium-ion as opposed to the old and largely outdated lead-acid battery technology.
It is thus a monster, designed without recourse to any of its older or younger siblings.
Capable of powering heavy duty tools, drilling machines, refrigerators and all things heavy that catches ones fancy from its abundant 1425 Wh of power, this power station is clearly worth taking serious – and according some respect.
However, will its hefty price tag and its monster 132Ah battery raw capacity justify your money and your time with it?
Continue reading below to find out.
Specs Of The Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Solar Generator
It is the raw specifications of a portable solar generator (as stated by its manufacturer) that first opens it up to judgement – either positively or negatively.
One cannot thus avoid the raw technical bits of a monster unit as this, if this review is to make sense and most importantly, serve the grand aim of any review – which is to honestly and productively guide you, the buyer, to a smart, educated choice.
So, what is the raw worth of this generator in its start nakedness?
- Battery Capacity: 1425Wh.
- Battery Voltage: 10.8V.
- Raw Battery Size: 132Ah.
- Raw Power Output: 12V.
This is what this generator is worth, when stripped of all its finery and when its core is laid bare and open.
Let’s now take a close look at its features – the finery that usually attracts less techie buyers.
Or, to put into perspective, the features that you’re bound to appreciate and understand as soon as you take a look at the generator.
Let’s fire 🙂
Features Of The Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Solar Generator
The features of this portable solar generator are quite long and easy to fall in love with.
However, to streamline the process and make it easier for you to objectively appreciate and access the solar generator, we’ll only mention and discuss the features that are the most notorious…and most appreciated by users and buyers the world over.
- The generator is super light for its size. This generator weighs only 45.7 pounds. This is a mere 20.7kg for a solar generator that is powered by a battery rated at 132Ah and capable of churning out an impressive 1425Wh of power.
- This generator is powered by a smart lithium-ion battery that has many advantages – lightweightedness and more run-time inclusive.
- The inverter of the unit produces clean, pure sine wave current that completely agrees with everyday electronics and gadgets in the home, office or field.
- Practical LED display that shows exactly what is going into the system and the power it is giving out come standard with the 1400.
- 4 USB ports for such gadgets as phones and tablets.
- 2 impressive regular sockets for everyday devices.
- Neat retractable handles that make the process of storage – and actual carriage from place to place a breeze.
- Hybrid rechargeable reality: the unit is rechargeable either by traditional AC or the solar panel that can be made a part of the generator.
- Finally, it is worthy of note that the design of this generator is practical enough to appeal even to the most skeptical of users. It is simply smart and something to fall in love with.
These are the primary 9 features of this generator that attract users like you to it on a daily basis.
Having done with these features, let’s take a look at what this portable solar generator is meant to power.
What The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Is Meant To Power/Can Power
The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium-ion Portable Solar Generator is meant to be a monster – as far as power from a portable device goes.
However, even a lion has its limits.
It is thus good that we take a critical look at the load that you’re supposed to heap on this unit when you eventually purchase it.
Kindly remember that, as strong as it appears to be, overloading it is going to task the generator beyond what it can deliver and that is certainly going to ensure that instead of serving you for a long time, it instead, finds itself on the dump heap (sooner than later).
So, what good is this beast, load wise?
The very first load that actually excited us (as reviewers of the Yeti 1400) was the reality that this generator can actually keep the drinks cold for up to 24 (straight) hours in an small-average sized refrigerator.
However, during our practical test, we found out that the 24 hours was not practical for a standard deep freezer.
However, a small refrigerator was powered in a smart manner and a bedside fridge actually went a little more than the stated 24 hours – it capped in at 26.5 hours.
However, we found a way around this:
First, we ensured that the refrigerators to be used with this unit were all Energy Star certified.
With such smart units, we discovered that we could very well save on energy and by so doing, add some additional (and very precious hours) as compared to units that were not so ‘optimized’.
Second, we also found out that not opening the refrigerator at all during its use with the generator also improved overall runtime.
Finally, we further found out that, actively charging the generator (with the solar charger NOT AC cord) on a bright sunny day whilst using it ensured that the battery hardly dropped, even when in use.
When the sun came up the next day, we still had some power and plugged in to continue our session of keeping our beer and drinks ice cold.
These are the tips we found out when we were testing this unit…you may as well use them to great results and ensure more runtime if you’re planning on running some ice cold beer, water or drinks with this solar power station.
2. Power Tools
It is quite difficult to find any solar generator of the portable variant today that can comfortably provide power for traditional power tools, especially electric drill hole saws.
However, for a short time – and in a sensible fashion, this portable solar generator can send enough power to ensure that you get to drill holes and use your power tools anywhere in the world that you desire – in so far as the device is well charged up or there is sun to use the solar charger it deploys.
A fully charged unit would typically be enough to finish a job – if you’re a work man and usually get contracts or jobs where power is a challenge or in areas far away from civilization.
3. Everything Else In-Between
At 1425Wh and with a battery capacity that is rated at 132Ah, this portable portable station can comfortably power just about anything.
This means that, phones, laptops, tablets, TVs, emergency medical lights etc can also be powered with this unit in the most impressive of fashions.
For light devices like a laptop that is rated at about 50Wh, this portable solar unit can recharge it north of 25 solid times!
For casual users, this actually translates to about a month of using the generator without actually making recourse to any (other) recharging option – the solar panel or the traditional wall socket!
For a smartphone rated at about 7Wh, about 70 plus charges are expected and a tablet rated at about 40Wh can comfortably be recharged about 50 times.
Even for the hardcore of users and adventurers, this capacity is well beyond reproach – and when used sensibly, will certainly ensure that enough power is ALWAYS available on demand…right on the touch of a button.
4. Finally, An Entire House!
It sounds quite strange that a mere solar generator that also doubles as portable can power an entire house.
However, if your house is a simple cabin, an apartment with one or at most, two rooms or a flat that is furnished in a simple manner without the fancy of heavy duty electronics like pressing irons, heating elements and air conditioning, this solar generator may just be what you need to keep yourself off from the challenges of the grid.
What is required however is a quick wiring of the entire building/room by a competent electrician who knows exactly what you plan on doing then ensuring that you don’t overload the system itself.
It is however very important to state here that, if you’re going to be relying on the Yeti 1400 lithium to power your entire apartment, you must make certain that you take pains and also ensure that you buy the accompanying solar panels so that you can be able to charge the unit even as it works or immediately when it depletes.
Further, as we’ve already indicated above, even a cheetah gets tired after some point.
If you’re going to be using this generator in this manner, you must be smart enough to completely switch it off and let it rest when you’re not actively using it.
This will add some impressive years to the system overall – and ensure a longer span of trouble-free operations.
How To Charge The Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station
Unlike other portable solar generators manufactured by Goal Zero, the Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station has just two ways of charging it instead of the conventional 3.
- A wall socket and
- Dedicated solar panels.
The option of charging via the 12V cigarette lighter of your car has been completely deprecated, ensuring less charging options, overall.
If this is your favorite charging option, oops, you’re out of luck!
This generator is termed a ‘solar’ power station: it thus comes as no surprise that it is rechargeable via the direct rays of the sun.
With this option, users who choose to deploy it are completely free from the grid and can power their generators anywhere that is fortunate enough to have bright (or even dull) sunlight.
The recommended solar panels for the unit are the boulder 100 solar panels also produced and sold by Goal Zero.
One of such panels will charge the Yeti 1400 from a flat state to 100% between 32 and 64 hours, depending on the intensity of the sun and the direct access it has to the panels.
However, up to 6 of such panels are recommended for heavy users or users who have challenges with the sun where they intend to use the portable generator.
For such users, the 132Ah battery of the generator can be brilliantly charged from 0%-100% in just about 6 hours – no matter the external conditions.
In pretty perfect sunlight, the battery typically gets charged in less than 5 hours.
Unfortunately, the solar panels necessary for this reality, the boulder 100 solar panels do not come standard with this generator upon purchase – and cost a hefty price tag on their own – especially if one is a heavy user and is thinking of getting all 6 as recommended.
Charging The Yeti 1400 Generator Via A Regular Wall Socket
There is a smart wall AC wall charger included in the box when you buy this power station: the function of the charger is to recharge the unit upon depletion when it needs to be recharged.
The bad news is that, a flat battery takes about 25 hours (non-stop charging) to reach 100% – a time-span that we consider a little too long for such a generator.
However, there’s a piece of great news too: the generator can be charged with both AC and DC (solar panels using the sun) con-currently.
What this implies is a faster charge time overall, especially if the sun is shinning brightly outside and you’re fortunate/financially buoyant enough to buy 6 boulder 100 solar panels.
The net implication of such a smart combo is that, instead of waiting for up to about 5 hours, you may need to wait only for just over 2 hours to get a full battery that majestically points and announces loudly that is has reached a 100%.
If the great outdoors beckon, you’ll naturally find yourself smiling wildly and grinning from ear to ear as you rev either your pickup or your badass dedicated off-road SUV.
Kindly follow us below, let’s continue the review/honest discussion with the solar kit of this power station.
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Solar Kit
The Yeti 1400 lithium-ion solar power station does not ordinarily come standard with a solar panel – and we consider this ‘option flaw’ (as we love to call it) one of its greatest cons, overall.
However, that is for the standard package.
If you decide to purchase the solar kit, the boulder 100 solar panel, a 100watts monocrystalline solar panel is added to the generator (together with an instruction manual plus an AC charger) and shipped to you. With an added price tag, of course.
The advantages buying this solar kit, complete, as it is offered are as many as they are varied:
- You’re prepared to use your generator wherever you find yourself. This could be right in NYC or at the edge of the world in the Sahara desert.
- Buying the complete kit means that you do not run the risk of buying an incompatible solar panel when you eventually need one. While the chances of such an occurrence are actually rare, they’re nevertheless real and present.
- Finally, it is rare to find a compatible solar panel that is portable and can fold in the manner of a briefcase while boasting a raw capacity of up to 100watts. This is however your new normal when you elect to go with this kit.
However, it is clear that while the kit (which essentially means the addition of a 100w solar panel to the generator itself) is very important, it is not mandatory and as a matter of fact, one can conveniently avoid the kit altogether and settle for only the generator, especially if power is regular and the generator is purchased simply for emergency back up purposes and for use only once in a while.
However, if power from the grid is not reliable – or if you plan on using the unit outside conventional environments, then, by all means, you should not only get the set but also ensure that you get at least, two or more of the boulder 100 solar panels that are capable of powering the unit, solar wise.
Yeti 1400 Lithium Battery Replacement
Unfortunately, Goal Zero has not made the replacement battery of the Yeti 1400 lithium a priority for now which means, there is none at the moment.
However, this is a new release that was pushed into the market only early 2017. Accordingly thus, the unit is still very fresh in the market.
This means that, it will take about 5 or more years before users of the lithium 1400 generator begin to need battery replacements.
From what the company is saying, it appears that replacements will come right in well before then.
For now, all that we (and you, of course) can do is to hope, wait and see.
It will however be a positive wait, we’re pretty certain, since the replacement batteries of all the older solar power generators are already available and in stock for users to take advantage of and replace the batteries of their own generators when they need it.
Finally, it is worthy and important to remind you that even the old models did not have their batteries available as soon as they featured on the market.
It took some months before they actively began featuring.
The 1400 lithium appears to be following the same trend and cycle…which explains our ‘waiting’ position.
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Compatible Solar Panels
Of the array of solar panels that Goal Zero makes, only 2 are compatible with the Yeti 1400 lithium.
We shall treat them below in detail and explain exactly what it means opting for any of them.
Let’s fire and unravel the details!
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Solar Panel
The Goal Zero Boulder 100 solar panel is a monocrystalline solar panel that is rated at 100watts.
The solar panel is weather resistant, sports a rigid anodized aluminium frame that ensures that it does not easily damage – even when handled roughly.
Further, the solar panel is covered with a tempered glass that makes it suitable for installation in and around even the most challenging of environments.
This solar panel plugs directly into the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station and powers it directly.
In this fashion and direct configuration, there is no need for extra cables, charge controllers or any other secondary accessories – making it perfect for emergency use, camping and off-grid scenarios especially when it is understood that is can be folded and transported as a mere brief-case, when the need arises.
The solar panel comes with a standard 1 year warranty.
Charging wise, a unit of the boulder 100 solar panel can charge a unit of Yeti 1400 in about 25 hours.
However, for faster charge times, about 6 can be paired together and and made to charge a generator.
In such an instance, then, the charge time reduces considerably and is pegged at a mere 3-5 hours – if the sun is up and shinning in a bright manner.
Further, it is instructive to note that, the boulder 100 can be used simultaneously with a regular AC power pack (which draws power from the conventional wall socket of your home, powered by the grid).
In this manner, the generator is charged faster than if only one method were used.
Goal Zero Boulder 30 Solar Panel
Unlike the Goal Zero Boulder 100 Solar Panel above, this unit, the Goal Zero Boulder 30 Solar Panel, is not expressly recommended by Goal Zero for the charging of the unit under review.
However, it is also very important to point out that this panel can charge just about any of the generators from the stables of Goal Zero…just that, it will take more time – and of course, if you’re busy, ensure more stress coupled with acute frustration 🙂
The configuration of the Boulder 30 is the same as the Boulder 100 – except that:
- The Boulder 100 sports 100watts and the Boulder 30 features only 30watts.
- The former is made in a briefcase fashion and the latter is made as a simple, plain solar panel.
- Finally, the former is made with ‘stands’ that make the process of sun-tracking way easier, something the Boulder 30 does not sport nor feature.
In terms of charging times, the Boulder 30 can power a Yeti 1400 lithium from 0% to 100% between 96-190 hours – depending on the intensity of the sun and the angle it actually reaches the solar panel.
To reduce such lengthy charge times, it is suggested that the AC charger should also be plugged in since the Boulder 30 and traditional AC power can brilliantly work together in the most seamless of manners.
Let’s take a look at what this solar generator has to offer warranty wise.
What Warranty Does Goal Zero Offer On The Yeti 1400 Lithium?
Every great product that the manufacturer is sure of comes with a standard warranty and the Yeti 1400 is no exception.
The power station comes with a standard 1 year warranty, issued directly by the manufacturer, Goal Zero.
This means that, should the generator have any issues or develops any fault that is not as a result of the carelessness or negligence of you, the user, the company undertakes to either completely replace the lithium solar generator or carryout the necessary repairs, free of any cost to you.
For a new addition to the line of portable solar generators, this is a good start and certainly something worth taking serious since it will go a long way to instill faith and confidence in the new model of lithium-ion portable solar generators.
Let’s now take a look at something else: compare the Yeti 1400 lithium with the Yeti 1250 generator since the two generators are very similar in almost every respect.
With this comparison, we’ll see exactly how the two generators either differ or are the same.
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Vs Goal Zero Yeti 1250: What Is The Difference?
Both the 1250 and the 1400 are badass portable solar generators in their own individual respects.
However, since the 1400 superseded the 1250 (and cost way more than it), it is worth taking particular note of what actually went into the 1400 that made it what it is today.
Importantly, the comparison will also show you whether you need to bother with the new 1400 lithium as against simply opting for the good old lead acid 1250.
Let’s look at the comparison below.
Yeti 1400 Lithium Vs Yeti 1250 Portable Solar Generator
- Battery Type: The 1400 lithium is powered by lithium-ion why why the 1250 operates with lead acid.
- Recharging Options: The 1400 recharges with only a wall socket and solar panel. The 1250 on the other hand recharges with the cigarette lighter port of a car, the traditional wall socket and solar panels.
- Solar Panel Type: The 1400 uses Boulder 30, 90 & 100 solar panels while the 1250 deploys Nomad 20, Boulder 30, 90 & 100 solar panels.
- Power Outlets: The 1250 features USB (3x), 12V, AC (3x), Anderson Power Pole outlets while the 1400 sports only USB (4x), 12V and AC sockets (2x).
- Weight (With Battery): The 1250 weighs 103 lbs (46.7 kg) while the 1400 weighs only 45.7 lbs (20.7 kg).
- Chainability: The 1250 is chainable with another 1250 while the 1400 is not.
As you can clearly see, the difference lies primarily in the weight of the two units, the battery type and then, their recharging options.
All the other differences are generally minor – for instance say the Wh or the battery capacity (Ah).
However, if power is your primary concern and you’re willing to grab every bit you can get, then, by all means, go ahead and purchase this generator – in comparison with the 1250.
However, if you’re looking forward to just a unit with ‘monster’ power, you should very well consider the Yeti 1250 solar generator and save yourself some cool bucks while benefiting from the little niceties that the 1250 has to offer like more charging ports, ‘chaining’ ability and more recharging options.
Alternatives To The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station
For such a power solar generator, it is always damn difficult trying to pick up and identify a smart alternative that will very well perform the tasks of the main unit/contender.
However, in the instant case however, we’ve already identified an option that is almost as good as the lithium inspired latest addition.
It’s the Yeti 1250.
How the 1250 compares with the 1400 lithium has already been clearly and brilliantly shown in the paragraphs above.
If you’re really serious about an alternative, then, we suggest that you take a second look and really assimilate the points that we had covered just some lines above.
Now, let’s take a look at some videos; for if a picture is worth a thousand words, a simple video is well worth over a billion words 🙂
Serious Videos Of Yeti 1400 Lithium Showing Its Raw Ability
These videos show varying aspects of the solar generator under review.
Their inclusion here is meant to aid in the overall review process and importantly, help you decide if this generator is for you or not.
The first video is the tech video which shows you all the workings and bits of the generator.
Presented by an engineer who was part of the team that created the generator from the ground up, there is nothing that is left unsaid – or unexplained.
We have no challenges with the video itself nor its presentation and must say its an awesome job from Goal Zero.
Having taken a close look at the technical bits of the Yeti 1400, let’s now look at the raw power of the generator in action and see in practice, all that we’ve been trying to write and explain here in thousands of words.
This is the task of this second video.
Now that we’re done with the videos, let’s take a look at what we love about the 1400.
What We Love About The Yeti 1400 Lithium (Pros)
In all honesty, there are a lot of things that we sincerely love about the lithium 1400 portable solar power station.
Afterall, it projects a whole new world of portable solar power inspired by lithium technology in a manner that the world has never seen before.
Accordingly thus, the following are the points we consider the greatest merits of the generator.
Note however that, not all the points that we’re in love with are reflected here…we simply picked up the greatest/most attractive.
1. Hybrid Recharging Reality/Simultaneous Solar & AC Recharging
There is no one that does not love options – especially when it comes to something as important as a solar generator.
Fortunately, this generator is powered with 2 smart recharging options: the traditional socket (powered from the regular grid) and the Boulder 100 solar panel.
What this implies is that, while you’re feeling lazy and reluctant to bring out the generator solar panel outside for some quick charging, you can very well still recharge the unit right from the comfort of your own bedroom.
Aside the reality of recharging from the wall, one can also deploy the Boulder 100 solar panel (sold separately by Goal Zero) and use same for recharging the generator.
However, the best part of this hybrid reality is the unique ability of the generator to recharge itself both by solar and AC means simultaneously.
This certainly reduces overall recharge times to as little as just over 3 hours (when about 5 panels are used with the sun shinning brightly).
2. Super Light Weight
Before the introduction of the 1400 lithium into the market, there was practically no portable solar generator that was capable of monstrous power and at the same time, light enough to be easily carried even by one person/user without any challenges.
The 1400 lithium changed the game – completely and we’re besides ourselves with intense joy as to the power that is available at such a simple and ‘affordable’ weight.
This monstrous, exceedingly powerful portable solar generator weighs only 45.7 lbs (20.7 kg) – which happens to be the very best anyone can hope to get (for now) on a solar generator this powerful.
3. Lithium-Ion Battery
Lithium-ion batteries perform far better than ordinary lead acid batteries when they’re placed in devices, especially in such things as portable solar generators.
The reasons are as many as they are varied.
However, principal amongst the reasons includes the fact that the lithium-ion batteries discharge up to 100% (as against only about 70% for lead acid), are more than 70% lighter than lead acid batteries and have longer overall charge cycles that their lead acid counterparts.
Fortunately, this portable solar generator features the lithium-ion battery type – ensuring all the good we’ve mentioned above.
4. Replaceable Battery
Another thing we sincerely love about this solar generator is the fact that its internal lithium-ion battery is completely replaceable.
This means that, when the cycle of the original battery unit of the generator comes to an end, users will find it extremely easy to open up the unit and change its internal lithium-ion battery.
What we particularly love about this reality is that, this is a task even non techies can brilliantly accomplish without any help.
The net effect is this: this generator can conveniently be used for years to come, quite possibly even outliving the original owner and will (possibly) go by with only an occasional battery change every 5 or so years.
5. Monster Capacity
The 1400 lithium solar generator features quite an impressive capacity: it churns out an admirable 1425Wh from its 132Ah battery.
This is sufficient to power even the hungriest of power devices – and certainly, possesses more than enough juice to get the regular devices going for weeks or even months, depending on use.
Far away from civilization and very well into the jungle, this monstrous capacity will prove to be real gold…
…and we love the generator further on that account.
6. Multi Ports
The 1400 Yeti lithium solar powered generator from Goal Zero is powered by a plethora of ports which makes it an awesome and practical generator to use, especially when you need to charge up more than one device or gadget at a time.
The AC ports are two – and can power up devices directly and with the aid of an extension cord, can positively add up the total number.
For USB, there are 4 ports that can simultaneously charge devices like power banks, cellphones and tablets.
Options, generally, are what we love – and we especially love the awesome options this generator provides by way of practical charging ports.
7. Simultaneous Charging Options
Finally, we love this generator because of its ability to combine both the solar panel and the traditional power outlet for recharging the internal lithium-ion battery.
This combination dramatically reduces overall recharge times and always brings down the stress associated with the long wait times when one desires to charge his/her solar generator.
Aside the solar-AC combination/marriage that is made possible when recharging the lithium-ion battery of this unit, the fact that the charge time can be reduced from about 25 hours when using solar panels to a mere 3-4 hours by pairing the panels together is also a time saving hack that we sincerely appreciate in this lithium powered generator.
Let’s now take a look at the things that we do not particularly like about this generator.
What We Dislike About The Yeti 1400 Lithium (Cons)
In as much as we love many things about this Yeti 1400 portable power station from Goal Zero, if truth is told, there are some things about the generator that we do not particularly like.
1. The Yeti 1400 Lithium Is Not Chainable
Unlike the Yeti 1250, the Yeti 1400 lithium is not chainable to another similar unit.
This reality makes it difficult to increase run time, assuming the power of the generator is not enough and a second unit is close by or you actually own another 1400.
The idea that Goal Zero must have had is that the generator is powerful enough and does not need to be backed up at any instance 🙂
The sad truth – and honest truth is that, even the 1400 lithium can be overwhelmed – if you know how to load it properly – or rather, can load it easily like a mad man or woman 🙂
2. This Generator Cannot Be Recharged By A Car
Secondly – and finally, we’re not very impressed with this power station on the ground that it cannot be recharged by the cigarette lighter port of a traditional car.
This reality means that, the generator can only be recharged via solar and AC – and not the DC options that close alternatives like the Yeti 1250 sport.
As persons/users who love options, you can pretty well understand why we deem such a fact a con worthy of mention.
Summary & Bottom-Line
At over 5000 words, two videos and many photos, we’ve finally come to the end of the review of the 1400 lithium portable solar generator.
To conclude, kindly understand that, at the price, power and energy-weight ratio this generator stands at, it is practically impossible getting a better deal.
However, before you commit your money to the Yeti 1400 lithium generator, be certain that you don’t have any problems/challenges with the cons of the unit (as mentioned above) and importantly, have need for the monstrous power this unit is capable of.