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Amazon.com [amazon.com] has Goal Zero 23000 Yeti 400 Solar Generator on sale for $300 (Regular price is $459 almost everywhere else). Shipping is free.

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Quiet, portable power for base camps, cabins and unexpected outages. The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury, or power through an outage without the noise and fumes of traditional back-up generators.
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Some seriously harsh reviews...not going to tell people what to do but I would be very hesitant buying something rating so poorly. Don't let the 4 stars fool u. Amazon averages stuff in a funny way. Newer generations of this product will most assuredly be better.
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This is not a generator. Its a big ass lead acid battery and inverter. It can charge off solar if connected to it but can not charge on its own. Most of these are built off refurbished fork lift batteries so capacity and condition will vary a lot. Someone will probably chime in but I know the owner in SoCal that supplies them their batteries.
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would this place be located in sun valley?
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I could not recommend such a setup as this one, especially with claims of "The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury, or power through an outage without the noise and fumes of traditional back-up generators".

I am in the middle of setting up an "off the grid" system and have done a LOT of research recently, with little experience in this subject matter.

To adequately cover, even as a backup style power system, you will need these "basics"

2 6 volt GOOD batteries, which I use the Trojan T105 RE's (best price I have found is $125 with core exchange ($140 each with no core exchange)

1 30 amp charge controller for a solar panel(s) about $35 for a good rated one on Amazon.

At least 1 230+ watt solar panel (can be Poly, but prefer Mono) and you can find good panels, new, UL listed and 25 year warranty, for around .60 per watt.

Then a good inverter, which can be had for under $100, but one that will actually run everything (I am using 3 2000/4000 watt inverters which are about $135 each).

So minimum costs, to have an adequate reasonable backup power setup would be as follows (this is ball park folks)

2 Trojan T105 RE's $280
1 250 watt solar panel $150
1 charge controller $35
1 inverter (figure a 1K watt for basic emergency backup) $75
Misc (like wiring, cables, etc.) $50

So baseline for a GOOD QUALITY backup, ball park.. $590

To go truly "off-grid" or "camp in luxury", then you need to bounce that up, depending on your actual needs. This will VARY GREATLY on your needs/wants to how much real power you need.

I'm in the middle of a larger size project and will be "totally off-grid", but also have designed my setup will a TON of over-kill!

I'm not saying this to "brag", simply a very good reference of first hand experience and actual cost basis.

I have an older 34' RV (single wide, no slides) with limited electricity available and what is available is not very reliable. So my use is 2 fold. Given outages (which is not too common), but the fluctuation can be horrendous, which can reek havoc on all electrical items (especially sensitive items such as computers), I want a good reliable setup that I expect to last at least 10 year with proper maintenance.

I only have the solar panels left to get, but everything else is now in place. Again, mine is a LOT of over-kill. But definitely gives me much more options to add anything down the line. I can also help provide emergency power to close neighbors here if ever needed. I live by an old saying .. "its better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it" .. and electricity is essential these days.

My current setup, which has all been purchased within the last 6 or so months...

16 Trojan T105 RE 6v (separated into 2 banks of 8, series for 12v operation and then paralleled)

4 12v sealed batteries and paralleled as a 4 battery bank

3 2000/4000 watt inverters

2 30 amp charge controllers (to hook in solar panels when purchased) running on good auto battery chargers for now. Again, with the big fluctuation in the power feed, these battery banks act as a very good buffer and keep the electricity within the unit much more constant, giving an even load to run all electrical items.

Solar panels (yet to be purchased) either Poly of Mono, around 270+ watts per panel, with ball park average around .60 per watt.

And don't forget to leave room for all the additional materials. And DO NOT GO CHEAP on these, such as cable,, because the proper wiring is critical to a long lasting system. Such as using 2 AWG copper wiring for battery bank connections, etc.

I currently run ... (almost everything Energy Star)

1 large 24 cf stand-up freezer
1 larger 26 cf refrigerator
1 mid-sized 10 cf refrigerator
1 washing machine
1 gas dryer
changed out most 12v lighting to LED at 6 watts each (have added lights everywhere, including cabinets .. I can't see well in dark/shaded areas and I can run 10 of these LEDs for the usage of 1 60 watt conventional bulb.
1 60" 4K TV
1 50" 4K TV
3 surround sound receivers
2 Blueray players
1 media/storage server
1 90 watt laptop
1 60 watt laptop
3 routers
3 UPS's
1 1250 watt microwave
1 air cleaner (runs 24/7)
2 smaller fans
exterior 12v lighting (porch lamps, motion sensing lights, etc. all LED)
Lots of smaller electronics, such as telephone systems, USB charging setups, etc.

And I still have LOTS of extra power. So to be totally "off-grid" or "camping in luxury", this is more than enough. My setup could easily run a large home, totally off-grid.

I would easily recommend the basic setup I listed above, for any "emergency" style backup. So for an extra $200 more (ball park) a MUCH better solution than this advertised setup.

This advertised one on Amazon (and I LOVE Amazon) will not live up to the "hype" of "off-grid" or "luxury camping", unless a person considers maybe being able to charge their cell phone and use a computer as a "luxury camping".

Sorry for the long winded response and I am NOT trying to flame this item. Just wanted SDers to know some facts in regard to this setup, because this is from first hand research and knowledge I have gotten in the last 6 or so months putting together a true off-grid system. Smilie
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This is not a generator. Its a big ass lead acid battery and inverter. It can charge off solar if connected to it but can not charge on its own. Most of these are built off refurbished fork lift batteries so capacity and condition will vary a lot. Someone will probably chime in but I know the owner in SoCal that supplies them their batteries.
Forklift batteries are huge & weigh over 1,000 pounds. This Yeti weighs 39 pounds. What exactly are they "refurbishing"?
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I have 3 of these and just bought a 4th earlier. Could I build something with better specs? Of course. Could I do it for less $$? Yes again. But then life is full of options. Im not going into some long over drawn dissertation on how someone should live their own life, life is too important to me and it is the internet after-all, a tool for some, ego extension and social acceptance for others. Of the 3 I have, all 3 have been flawless and have worked great. Very handy, very portable, do not look like some mom/pop backyard put together jalopy. These are easy to carry around in one convenient package. It's a battery pack hooked up to my solar panels for camping. They are not going to power the 5th wheel, or house, or tip the balance of power in the world. Know what it is, ask if it will work for you and make a decision. Life really is that simple. If you do not like it, trust me, the world will continue to spin without someones ridiculous recipe to hack together something else. Big thumbs up for the quality, portability, and use.
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you'd be better off with a petrol generator
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you'd be better off with a petrol generator
Depends on the circumstances don't you think? Unless of course you believe everyone lives their life according to yours?
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Seriously? Why are you posting a setup that is clearly outside the scope of the 39lb Goal Zero? Go away, your post is worthless. Ego issue? How about posting a jalopy build of yours that is as portable and useful as this unit for under 39lbs? Put yours in a box and post a pic? In fact load it all up in your arms and post up a pic from the campsite. Gheesh, people. Im looking forward to you posting a dump truck build when someone shares a shovel deal.

It's in directly response to the ad claim.. "The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator allows you to live life off the grid, camp in luxury, or power through an outage without the noise and fumes of traditional back-up generators".

Sounds like you have troll issues.

This would not work in EITHER case as a "live off the grid" or "camp in luxury". That is pure HYPE and easily FALSE ADVERTISING.

People who have little or no knowledge in this arena deserve to know what to really expect.

My post was simply showing, if you want any chance of meeting the goal of "living off grid" or "luxury camping", that the basics I listed is what anyone would need. Not this falsely claimed junk for $400.
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Seriously? Why are you posting a setup that is clearly outside the scope of the 39lb Goal Zero? Go away, your post is worthless. Ego issue? How about posting a jalopy build of yours that is as portable and useful as this unit for under 39lbs? Put yours in a box and post a pic? In fact load it all up in your arms and post up a pic from the campsite. Gheesh, people. Im looking forward to you posting a dump truck build when someone shares a shovel deal.
I just wanted to thank TuckFigerDirect for his write up. Numerous people have rightfully called into question this product advertising itself as an "off the grid generator." TuckFigerDirect has shared hours of his own research on what you really need to do to accomplish what this product claims. It's on my to-do list!
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this is more of a camping battery back, than an off-the grid device. if we can get beyond Goal Zero's misspeak in their marketing and focus in on what this product was really designed for, i think a lot of the back and forth can be avoided.

i have several Goal Zero products. i could easily build my own setup but not in a compact rugged profile like the Yeti 400. when space is a premium in my vehicle when loading up for a camping trip, every square inch counts.
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I just wanted to thank TuckFigerDirect for his write up. Numerous people have rightfully called into question this product advertising itself as an "off the grid generator." TuckFigerDirect has shared hours of his own research on what you really need to do to accomplish what this product claims. It's on my to-do list!
Thank you .. and you are very welcome. Smilie Not many people understand what is involved. I surely did not understand when I started this project, but quickly learned a lot and wanted to share, because this "advertisement" is very misleading. "living off grid" and "luxury camping" claims, I know I would be extremely disappointed getting one of these, because "living off grid" is impossible with this .. and "luxury camping" to me is not being able to charge a cell phone and running a laptop for a few hours. Smilie

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this is more of a camping battery back, than an off-the grid device. if we can get beyond Goal Zero's misspeak in their marketing and focus in on what this product was really designed for, i think a lot of the back and forth can be avoided.

i have several Goal Zero products. i could easily build my own setup but not in a compact rugged profile like the Yeti 400. when space is a premium in my vehicle when loading up for a camping trip, every square inch counts.
I would totally agree! If they advertised this as a "portable power supply", no problems. But to directly say "live off-grid" and "luxury camping" is far beyond a stretch. Maybe great for charging your cell phone and running a laptop for a few hours while camping in a tent .. sure, I'll go with that. Smilie
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I would totally agree! If they advertised this as a "portable power supply", no problems. But to directly say "live off-grid" and "luxury camping" is far beyond a stretch. Maybe great for charging you cell phone and running a laptop for a few hours while camping in a tent .. sure, I'll go with that. Smilie
btw thanks for the write-up. i rep'd you and saved the page for future setups
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