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Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station $299.99 - Lowest price to date

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I've been looking at picking one of these up for about a year now. Last year, Amazon had the same deal as part of there Deal Of The Day for $299.99. It's up again at that same price for TODAY only.

Goal Zero did come out with a lithium version, but the price is $700 which is just outrageous to me. The lithium version is lighter, but all preference based on needs.

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Love this unit. Sure, you can make one yourself and save some $, but this is an awesome pre-built that is extremely convenient.

I've got mine trickle charging on a 50W panel from my patio. I take a Renogy 100W when camping. charges my laptop, dslr, drones, gopro, a small Vornado fan for my dog. Gets the job done and I love having it for emergencies, camping and tailgating!
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Saw this earlier today and researched the model a lot. Everything I read basically said it was crap and wont charge 10-13months after purchase. This is the best price I have seen on it though.
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Saw this earlier today and researched the model a lot. Everything I read basically said it was crap and wont charge 10-13months after purchase. This is the best price I have seen on it though.
If you don't maintain the battery like any other sealed acid battery then yeah that's what happens. Battery is replaceable btw
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Battery lasted a year now no longer charges, only 6 month warranty
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Lasted one year, battery no longer holds a charge. Contacted customer service who suggested i reset the battery. Did not help. out of warranty (only 6 months) so out of luck. $400 item that lasts a year? what a rip off. Also purchased goal zero solar panels and have kept constantly charged with either wall or solar power. Very expensive battery that lasted a year. would not recommend and will not buy future goal zero products.
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I'd have to guess that if you're not familiar with batteries, this could ultimately be a frustrating product for the consumer. Just remember to keep it charged (trickle) and you shouldn't have any issues.

And as someone mentioned above, the battery is completely replaceable. A pure sine inverter is not cheap so this is a great solution in my mind.
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I've had my Yeti 400 for 2 1/2 years. Battery holds a charge just fine. They had a quality issue with their battery supplier several years ago. Now, the battery is fine. I bought extra batteries to chain them together, I use Mighty Max ones from eBay whenever they have a $15 off eBay coupon. Note that despite chaining batteries together you are still limited on output amps, you just can run it longer. Yeti 400 gives you about 2 amps output
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I've had my Yeti 400 for 2 1/2 years. Battery holds a charge just fine. They had a quality issue with their battery supplier several years ago. Now, the battery is fine. I bought extra batteries to chain them together, I use Mighty Max ones from eBay whenever they have a $15 off eBay coupon. Note that despite chaining batteries together you are still limited on output amps, you just can run it longer. Yeti 400 gives you about 2 amps output
Got a link to the batteries you like to use?

I did buy one but I'm also super interested in a folding solar panel kit. Renogy has 2 options but they are crazy expensive ($250 ish) for 60 and 100 watts. If anyone has any suggestions on a cheaper solution, I'm all ears.
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Got a link to the batteries you like to use?

I did buy one but I'm also super interested in a folding solar panel kit. Renogy has 2 options but they are crazy expensive ($250 ish) for 60 and 100 watts. If anyone has any suggestions on a cheaper solution, I'm all ears.
I'm on my phone so I can't get a link. They are mighty max brand 35aH. I think they are $60 each
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Got a link to the batteries you like to use?

I did buy one but I'm also super interested in a folding solar panel kit. Renogy has 2 options but they are crazy expensive ($250 ish) for 60 and 100 watts. If anyone has any suggestions on a cheaper solution, I'm all ears.
I'm not a fan of the folding ones, despite the convenience. The new boulder 50W panels with the integrated kick stand are pretty solid, can be had for a little over $100 from promotiv. Definitely a step up over the boulder 30 ones
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Lead acid batteries like to be constantly trickle charged. Not topped off and stored, and most certainly NEVER EVER EVER run down to empty. Even one drained battery experience will drastically shorten the life of the battery.

I have lead acid batteries in my electric lawn mower, and they work like a champ because I use the 12AH batteries until they are about half discharged, then switch to my second battery, and they are instantly back on the charger. Batteries are 7-years old and still going strong this way.

The problem people are likely experiencing is that they want to use this like a lithium, where you charge it full, set it aside, and use it only when needed.
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Can anyone recommend a solar panel to go with this? I saw the Boulder 50W recommendation, wasn't sure that's well suited to this battery.

Also curious if anyone thinks its better to buy the inverter and battery separate, like the AntiGravity battery + an inverter?
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If you don't maintain the battery like any other sealed acid battery then yeah that's what happens. Battery is replaceable btw
I know you're into this stuff... Not sure if you've seen the Kodiak https://www.inergysolar.com/product/kodiak/ I got it on sale for $1500 and love it so far. Made fresh popcorn at the drive in the other night, which was pretty cool. Seemed to be, by far, the most versatile battery pack out there in the 1000-1200wh size for the price because you can use wall, 12v car, or any solar panel to charge it.
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Can anyone recommend a solar panel to go with this? I saw the Boulder 50W recommendation, wasn't sure that's well suited to this battery.
The boulder 50 is a good option, you can even chain a few together to speed up charging times. There is a max input for the Yeti 400 though . The specs are on goal zero's site
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I know you're into this stuff... Not sure if you've seen the Kodiak https://www.inergysolar.com/product/kodiak/ I got it on sale for $1500 and love it so far. Made fresh popcorn at the drive in the other night, which was pretty cool. Seemed to be, by far, the most versatile battery pack out there in the 1000-1200wh size for the price because you can use wall, 12v car, or any solar panel to charge it.
Nice I'll check it out!
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