Review: Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station

9.3

Power

9.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Build

10.0/10

Reliability

10.0/10

Pros

  • Has multiple powering and charging options
  • Uses a LCD screen that shows the Output, Input and Power Capacity
  • Lots of power to charge lots of devices to full power many times and to power devices for quite a long time

Cons

  • Large and Heavy

If you read our review for the Anker PowerHouse, then you probably know just how useful it is.

These types of portable power sources are not very common mostly because they require a lot of work to be brought to fruition.

With that said, there are still quite a lot of power sources that have very high power capacities beyond just any other normal power bank and lots of charging/powering options that are on the market. These types of devices are really meant for situations that you think you’ll really need them so let’s take a look at another one of them.

This is the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station that has a lot of abilities just as the Anker PowerHouse has. However, this Yeti 400 definitely has quite a few differences that you may find more useful, let’s take a look at what this behemoth has to offer.

Anker PowerHouse 120,000mAh Power Bank

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity of this Goal Zero Yeti 400 is covered by a 400Wh Battery and that basically puts it into the same range as the PowerHouse because it has a 120,000mAh power capacity that it starts with.

Of course, you’re not going to be receiving the entirety of the initial capacity because there are lots of charging and powering options that you could use, which means that the conversion of the power capacity is going to change depending on how you use the Yeti 400.

There are quite a lot of ways that you can use the Yeti 400, such as:

  • 12V Outlets
  • 6mm Hex Port for Goal Zero Devices
  • 2 USB Ports
  • Two AC Outlets

With lots of powering and charging options, the Yeti 400 has the potential to lose lots of power when it is being used. With that said, we’re going to assume that you’re going to be using the power source in an average way by using just a single AC Outlet and two USB ports at the same time.

3.7 x 120,000 = 444,000 / 5 = 88,800

 Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station
(Output Power Capacity = 9,250mAh)
Phone CapacityGoal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station Left Over Capacity after One Full Charge

Number of Full Charges
iPhone SE88,800mAh1,624mAh87,176mAh Left Over

54.6 Full Charges
iPhone 688,800mAh1,810mAh86,990mAh Left Over

49.0 Full Charges
iPhone 6 Plus88,800mAh2,915mAh
85,885mAh Left Over

30.4 Full Charges
iPhone 6s88,800mAh1,715mAh87,085mAh Left Over

51.7 Full Charges
iPhone 6s Plus88,800mAh2,750mAh86,050mAh Left Over

32.2 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S688,800mAh2,550mAh86,250mAh Left Over

34.8 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge88,800mAh2,600mAh86,200mAh Left Over

34.1 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S788,800mAh3,000mAh85,800mAh Left Over

29.6 Full Charges
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge88,800mAh3,600mAh85,200mAh Left Over

24.6 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 288,800mAh6,470mAh82,330mAh Left Over

13.7 Full Charges
Apple iPad Mini 488,800mAh5,124mAh83,676mAh Left Over

17.3 Full Charges

With all that said, the power capacity has the potential to through a conversion and result in an Output power capacity of 88,800mAh.

However, it’s important to know that the Output power capacity that you receive could be a lot worse than this because if you’re using the AC Outlets at max power then the Yeti 400 could be outputting 600Watts at once and that can result in a conversion lower than 88,800mAh.

Power Capacity for Smartphones

A power capacity of 88,800mAh that you can actually use is still very useful though because when it comes to charging smartphones you’re going to have absolutely no problems.

As charging even the highest capacity smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 will result in 30 full charges then there are ones that have higher capacities than that such as the Google Pixel XL smartphone with its 3,450mAh capacity, the Yeti 400 can charge a Google Pixel XL to its full power 25 times. 

So if you own a smartphone that has significantly lower battery capacities than those two smartphones, you’re going to be able to charge your phone a lot more times. It’s important to know though, that we’re just basing this off solely charging smartphones and nothing else.

So the number of full charges would be less if you were charging another USB chargeable devices or if you were also charging a laptop or powering an appliance with the Yeti 400.

It’s important to know though, that we’re just basing this off solely charging smartphones and nothing else, so the number of full charges would be less if you were charging another USB chargeable device or if you were also charging a laptop or powering an appliance with the Yeti 400.

Power Capacity for Tablets

Charging tablets with the Yeti 400 is also really good because Mini tablets such as the iPad Mini 2 or the iPad Mini 4 are able to charge to their full power about 17 times. Charging Full-sized tablets such as an iPad Air 2 will result in having 12 full charges.

Then other large devices such as laptops can also charge to full power multiple times too. It’s just that it’s going to depend on what laptop you’re going to be charging to determine how many full power charges you’re able to get.

Output Charging:

USB Ports:

There are two USB ports on this Yeti 400 power station and they’re not the most powerful charging ports out there.

That’s because each of the two ports has a charging speed of 5V/2.1A and the Max Output of the USB port section is 2.1A, which is also 10Watts. So if you’re charging two devices at once with the USB ports, each of the devices that are charging will most likely be able to charge at 5V/1.0A because the Max Output of 2.1A is being split up.

6mm Hext Port for Goal Zero Devices:

You’re probably wondering what the Hex ports are for on the Yeti 400. Well, they’re used to power devices that are from Goal Zero. Some of Goal Zero’s other devices such as their lights are able to be powered through these Hex ports and so they have specifically created a part of the power station for that. It’s somewhat bizarre and at the same time, it makes sense because it’s connected to other products that they make.

12V Outlet:

The 12V Outlet is going to be useful charging any devices that use a 12V Outlet for charging or powering needs. It has a power output of 12V/10A or 120Watts.

Two AC Outlets:

The main event of the Yeti 400 is the use of its two AC Outlets. You can power two appliances at the same time because the Yeti 400 offers a 300Watt max continuous power supply, it also has a 600Watt Surge Max at which point it would automatically turn off.

A continuous power supply of 300Watts combined with the two AC Outlets, means you’re able to power appliances such as a Mini fridge or any other appliances that are within the 300Watts range.

Input Charging:

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 has 3 ways for recharging. The three ways of recharging are through:

Wall Charger (72Watts) – 5 Hours full recharge

Car Charger (30Watts) – 13 Hours full recharge

Solar Panel:

Nomad 20 Solar Panel – 40-80 hours

Boulder 30 Solar Panel – 26-52 Hours

Boulder 90 Solar Panel – 9-18 Hours

Overall, it’s going to be best to use the wall charger to recharge the Yeti 400 because it offers the fastest recharging speeds. However, if you’re in your car, you could just recharge it using the Car Charger.

The slowest recharging option is the Solar charging options and it makes the most sense to recharge the Yeti 400 in a Solar way when you’re out camping or hiking because you’re able to rely on the sun on recharging the Yeti 400.

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Design

Size and Weight:

Of course, when you have something that has such as high power capacity and many charging/powering options, you’re going to have a large size for such as device.

It has a length of 10.2 inches, and 8 inches in width and thickness. The weight of the Yeti 400 is a whopping 29 pounds, so you should be ready for some heavyweight if you plan on hold holding it for a long period of time.

Functional Components:

The Goal Zero Yeti 400 is easy to use because it has a button above each of its charging and powering options that are clearly labeled.

Once you press the button, the green light for that specific power source turns on and then you’re able to charge your devices and power your appliances. To turn off the power source you simply just press the power button again.

There’s also an LCD display that shows the amount of Input Watts for when the Yeti 400 is recharging and it also shows the amount of Output Watts for when the Yeti 400 is charging and powering your devices. In addition to showing the amount of power that the Input and Output are doing, it shows the power capacity that it has.

There’s a battery logo and it has increments of 100, 80, 60, 40, and 20 being the last one.

Next to the screen, there’s a button that is labeled as “Display” and once you press it the display’s backlight turns on and it turns off after a few seconds even while a device is charging or being powered. That is a good thing though because the Yeti 400 is able to conserve more power.

At the top of the power station, the Yeti 400 has a handle that makes it a lot easier to hold.

Build

Structure and Material:

The build quality of the Goal Zero Yeti 400 is absolutely solid, even though it’s entirely made out of plastic. The Yeti 400 is held together by quite a lot of screws it can serve some lights fall. Just don’t go treating it like an absolutely Rugged power bank.

Tech:

On the tech side, the Yeti 400 has a good regulation of what it needs to do so things don’t heat up too much when you’re using lots of power from it. It even automatically turns off once you reach an Output of over 600Watts so it doesn’t get damaged.

Reliability

It’s a reliable portable power station and that can basically be said about any other power station out there because they hold a high power capacity and they have lots of powering/charging options for you to use.

This Goal Zero power station is very reliable because of its two AC Outlets though, because you’re able to power two appliances at the same time and even charge your USB chargeable devices too.

The only unreliable aspect of it is that it’s really heavy and large and not really meant for everyday use.

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Summary:

Power:

The power capacity can last quite a long time and is able to charge smartphones, tablets, and laptops to full power multiple times over. You can power and charge devices too.

Design:

The most obvious thing about the Yeti 400 is that it’s going to be large and heavy because of its massive power capacity. On the bright side, it’s easy to use because all you have to do is just press a button to turn on a certain segment for charging and powering needs.

Build:

It’s a well-built power bank that has lots of screws and plastic covering all around it. It can turn itself off once it reaches a point beyond its powering limits.

Reliability:

It’s a very reliable source of power because the Yeti 400 has lots of ways to give you power and also for charging your devices. Not the best to just pick up and charge your smartphone while you walk around because it weighs 29 pounds though.

Specs of the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 120,000mAh            Real Capacity: 88,800mAh
  • Output:

USB Ports:     Port 1: 5V/2.1A  Port 2: 5V/2.1A   Max Output: 2.1 Amps

6mm Hex Port to Power Goal Zero Devices

V12 Outlet: 12V/10 | 120Watts

AC Outlet: 110V, 2.6A (300W continuous, 600W surge max)

  • Input:

Wall Charger (72Watts) – 5 Hours full recharge

Car Charger (30Watts) – 13 Hours full recharge

Solar Panel:

Nomad 20 Solar Panel – 40-80 hours

Boulder 30 Solar Panel – 26-52 Hours

Boulder 90 Solar Panel – 9-18 Hours

  • LED Power Indicators: LCD Display
  • Size: 10.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 29 Pounds

Conclusion:

Overall, the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Power Station is a great power source that you’re able to rely on in those times of emergencies, as it has so many powering and charging capabilities.

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