Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium 2020 Latest Updated Review
The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station With Wi-Fi is a portable power station that you can monitor and control with your phone
The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 tackles the biggest drawback of solar power generators – having a lower capacity than fuel-powered generators.
This compact and lightweight portable generator has an impressive continuous output of 1500 watts and surge power of 3000 watts.
Design and Features
The Yeti 1400 looks like a cross between a high-tech car battery and a small guitar amp. It measures 10.4 by 15.3 by 10.1 inches (HWD) and weighs in at a hefty 43.7 pounds.
Inside the black-and-gray enclosure is a lithium ion battery pack with a 1,425Wh (10.8V) capacity that is rated to last 500 full-charge life cycles, after which it will lose around 20 percent capacity.
According to Goal Zero, you should get around seven years of use before having to replace the battery pack.
It suggests discharging and recharging the Yeti every three to six months for maximum longevity. It takes around 25 hours to go from empty to a full charge.
- Multiple charging ports.
- Solar charging capabilities.
- User-friendly mobile app.
- Lacks usage/charging history.
- No customizable alerts.
Designed as an alternative to noisy gas generators, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station With Wi-Fi is a portable power solution you can use to power things like TVs, power tools, kitchen appliances, RVs, and nearly all of your tech equipment.
It’s free of noise and fumes and can be used indoors or taken on the road, and it offers several types of power plugs.
You can recharge the Yeti at home or let the sun do it for you with one of Goal Zero’s optional solar panels, and you can monitor everything from your phone with the Goal Zero mobile app.
Installation and Performance
The Yeti power supply is very easy to set up, but you should have a professional electrician install the optional transfer switch as it requires wiring to your home’s circuit breaker box.
I had an electrician wire the switch to the four circuits that supply power to my refrigerators and freezers, gas furnace, kitchen lights, and my office, which is where my modem is located.
These were the devices that I powered with my gas generator when I lost power due to Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.
Once the transfer switch installation was completed (it took around 2 hours).
Plugged the Yeti into a regular wall outlet to begin charging, connected the Yeti to the transfer switch using the included 10-foot cable, and downloaded the mobile app.
I tapped Add Yeti, pressed the Wi-Fi button on the Yeti, and tapped Find Yeti.
This step had me connect to the Yeti’s SSID using my phone’s Wi-Fi settings, return to the app, and connect to my home Wi-Fi.
Once connected, the app needed around 17 seconds to sync with the Yeti, and the installation was complete.
It’s obvious from the name that the Yeti 1400 Lithium uses a lithium battery. Specifically, it uses a lithium-nmc or “lithium-ion” as it’s more often called.
The lithium-ion is leaps and bounds better than what they were using before in their Yeti 1250 since that used a Using the Goal Zero Yeti 1400lead-acid battery. The lithium-ion battery is far lighter and has many more cycles.
The pure sine wave 1,500-watt continuous inverter has a peak value of 3,000 watts which is exactly what it should be.
The peak wattage really should always be at least twice as much as what the running wattage is. This makes it easier to run heavy-duty items with large surges of power.
Or when multiple items are running at the same time and then one of the items turns on a condenser are starts up a motor.
he 3,000-watt peak allows the system to continue running without any interruptions.
Since the inverter is pure sine wave it will also have no problem running any kind of device that uses 1,500 watts of power or less.
The Yeti 1400 Power Station uses two types of input power connections. Primarily it uses an 8mm barrel connector that is universal throughout all the Goal Zero power stations.
It also has an Anderson Powerpole connector which is one of the most common solar power connectors worldwide.
It’s great the Goal Zero didn’t try to make everything 100% proprietary because that generally makes people unhappy.Anderson to MC4
It’s very easy to get an MC4 to Anderson Powerpole adapter and use that for connecting to other brands of solar panels besides Goal Zero. The Goal Zero solar panels use the 8mm connector
When Goal Zero first launched their Yeti 1250 with the lead-acid batteries it had three 110/120v outlets.
I generally don’t like having to put power strips into solar generator outlets because it makes it much easier to overload them
There are a number of things that set the Goal Zero Lithium 1400 apart from the other solar generators on the market. First that it can expand it’s solar with the MPPT charge controller up to 720 watts is great.
Also that it has the Link car charger is not available on any other brand of solar generator to this date.
That is a great way to charge when in the car
It’s really too bad that the MPPT charge controller is an upgrade. It is so common for solar generators to have MPPT charge controllers as the standard now. Goal Zero should have redesigned an upgraded unit that has prebuilt MPPT charge controllers already in it.
Goal Zero produces portable power stations. These are fitted with a rechargeable battery for any regular wall outlet or connect to solar panels for clean energy.