One of Goal Zero’s latest creations, the Yeti 1400 Lithium solar generator, is engineered to innovatively produce higher power efficiency in a much more versatile yet powerful output that gives you the confidence to power up your appliances wherever you go.
The Yeti 1400 Lithium portable power station has extensive capabilities that give power generators a whole new look.
A few of its unique features include the ability to maneuver its control ports and manage power usage remotely through a mobile app.
Upgrades Made to the Yeti 1400 Lithium
Goal Zero has made extensive efforts to create an improved version of a power unit that has a significant increase in battery life compared to the rest of its products.
Especially with built-in-surge allowances plus multi-stage protection, you can expect that the Yeti 1400 will have better compatibility with a range of devices.
This solar-powered generator is built to adapt to modern requirements for efficiency, ensuring that all features and functions are constantly updated to the latest release.
UPDATE: The Yeti 1400 is no longer available to purchase. Goal Zero has released the successor to this system – the Yeti 1500X. My review of this system will give you more details on its improvements and buying options: The Yeti 1500X from Goal Zero – Overview + Comparison.
Yeti 1400 Lithium Aesthetics
The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 is made to be a lightweight, portable, compact solar-powered generator.
Taking in a measurement of 10.1 x 15.3 x 10.4 inches, making it compact for its battery size. Plus, it is only half the weight of the Yeti 1250.
Looking into the design aspect of the Yeti 1400, it takes after the usual Goal Zero theme of similar color tones.
Front Side of the 1400
The front exterior of the generator consists of a clear display containing information of the battery status and the input and output of power in Watts, Amps, and Volts, as well as the battery level indicator, showing 5 segments, approximating 20% – 40% – 60% – 80% -100% capacity.
The sides of the display consist of several types of delivery ports independently sectioned accordingly.
This also includes buttons placed alongside certain output ports that allow users to turn on specific ports for charging.
The MEAT – Internal Features of the Yeti 1400
As a premium gas generator alternative, the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 definitely steps in as an eco-friendly power generator without the need for gas and noise pollution.
This power station stands by your needs to charge all essential devices and appliances with a simple button.
Here’s what makes the Yeti 1400 much more than just an on-demand power generator:
Goal Zero Yetis Bring Along Industry – Leading Outputs and Delivery Ports
Just like the Yeti 1250, the Yeti 1400 has versatile ports that allow 10 devices to charge anywhere at any time.
What’s new with the Yeti 1400 is that it features the latest USB-C delivery port, allowing the generator to easily provide power to current devices that utilize a USB-C as a method of charging.
Manage Power and Battery Levels with the Goal Zero Yeti App
Let’s not forget that the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 is integrated with WiFi connectivity, which lets you connect your generator to the Goal Zero Yeti mobile app.
This provides remote features that mainly involve:
- Monitoring the power usage
- Checking battery levels
- Updating the power generator to its latest firmware
- Switching the ports on or off.
The Yeti 1400 Lithium was one of the first portable power stations to be WiFi-enabled.
High-Quality Lithium Batteries
Every Yeti model is built with an ultra-safe lithium battery made to last years on end.
These lithium cells, used to store and deliver power, are used for their high stability in ensuring that nothing gets overcharged or shortcircuits.
Plus, these batteries are packed securely in a water-tight enclosure that protects them from disturbance from external elements.
3 Different Charging Methods
We already know how powerful the compact Yeti 1400 can be, but what’s even more impressive is how Goal Zero has successfully made the whole thing even more versatile.
Integrating three different ways to recharge the unit gives users the convenient ability to charge their generator efficiently with the resources they have available.
- Wall Outlet: 4.5-25 Hours
- 12V Vehicle Outlet: Charging rate dependent on vehicle and alternator type.
- Large Solar Panel: 5-6* Hours – *Based on max input
Solar Charging Option
A compatible solar panel can be used to recharge the power generator.
However, the rate of charging depends on the size of the solar panel, the amount of brightness you’d get on that day as well as the number of solar panels used.
To maximize solar charging on a sunny day, about six 100W solar panels can charge the Yeti 1400 in six hours.
This can be accomplished by attaching the Yeti Lithium MPPT Solar Charging Optimization Module to the system.
With one panel, you might need to wait about several sunny days to get a full charge.
Users can utilize Goal Zero’s Boulder 200 Briefcase that is capable of recharging the generator within 14 to 25 hours.
On the other hand, if you’re not a fan of solar charging, the Yeti 1400 Lithium has two more different ways to charge the generator.
Wall Charging Option
One of the quickest ways to get your power unit charging is by plugging it into an AC outlet.
It may take up to 25 hours to have the solar-powered generator charged with a full battery, but you can easily cut charging times to 4.5 hours if charged with the Yeti Fast Charge 25 Amp Power Supply on a standard 120v AC Outlet.
Car Charging Option
As mentioned before with the Yeti 1400’s solar power charging feature, the Yeti 1400 can also be charged with a Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 12V Car Charging Cable.
Unfortunately, you can’t use any other 12V car charging cable other than the one made by Goal Zero as this may damage the generator.
The majority of cars often produce around 12.5 to 13.7 volts of power, but the overall charging rate is highly dependent on the type of vehicle and alternator.
Most users can often expect the charging speed to be half the overall rate from an AC outlet.
Technical Stats/Battery Performance
Based on the previous power generators by Goal Zero, they know the importance of using battery systems that emphasize efficiency and output.
By integrating a lithium battery that is both safe and powerful, we can observe the Yeti 1400’s performance with its 1425-watt hour battery securely integrated within the unit, providing more power for all kinds of appliances at 1500 watts continuous as well as 3000 watts of surge capacity.
Yeti 1400 Key Specifications:
- 1425 Wh Li-ion NMC Battery
- 6mm 12V Output
- 12V Car Port Output
- 12V Power Pole Output
- 4 x 5V USB Outputs
- 10.1 x 15.3 x 10.4 inch
- 500 charges to 80% capacity Lifecycle
- Replaceable Battery
- Pure Sine Wave Inverter (1500W Continuous, 3000W Surge)
- 32-104F Operating Temperature
Different Areas To Use the Yeti 1400 Generator
You can power most of your devices and some tools and appliances with the Goal Zero Yeti 1400.
Their official website mentions that you could easily charge your phone over 70 times before the generator runs empty.
Even heavy-duty appliances like a refrigerator can be powered up to 23 hours or more.
The Yeti 1400 can charge numerous appliances and devices, including:
- Smartphones – 70+ Recharges
- Action POV Cameras – 230+ Recharges
- Headlamps – 230+ Recharges
- Tablets – 52+ Recharges
- Laptops – 23+ Recharges
- Light-aLife – 465+ Hours
- Refrigerator – 23+ Hours
- LCD TV – 14 Hours
If that’s not enough charging for you, the Yeti 1400 can easily connect to more batteries.
Under the top lid, the expansion port contains connections to external batteries if more power is needed.
How Do You Connect Your Yeti Generator to an External Lead-Acid or Lithium-Ion Battery?
To use goal zero’s specially developed lead-acid external batteries with the Yeti 1400, you will also need to pick up the Yeti Link Expansion Module to connect the two together.
The Yeti Tank Expansion battery is sold separately on Goal Zero’s site and has 1200Wh of power with it. This is nearly the amount of power from the Yeti 1250 generator that was the precursor to the Yeti 1400.
You’ll be getting a HUGE boost of power if you decide to add an external battery to your generator reservoir.
Shelf Life of the 1400
In addition, this battery provides a much longer shelf life compared to regular batteries.
Since this generator uses a lithium battery, you can store it for up to six months with the same charge.
Storing backup power is incredibly convenient with the Yeti 1400. Lithium batteries can last much longer than regular lead-acid backup batteries.
- Compact and Lightweight
- Lower maintenance cost as compared to a conventional gas generator
- Eco-friendly – no exhaust fumes
- Operates quietly
- 3000-watts of high surge power
- Long lifespan on both generator unit and lithium battery
- Not as high of power output as traditional gas generators
- Accessories (Solar Panels) sold separately
Though not the first of its kind, the Yeti 1400 Lithium still makes a huge difference in portable power technology.
Without the need for fossil fuel nor complicated feature extensions, the Yeti 1400 solar-powered generator makes a point at how complicated technology can be integrated into something that’s small, subtle, and powerful.
Why is this a good investment?
Because you and your loved ones will be ready in case the power goes out.
You’ll be ready to charge and use your favorite devices and appliances at your next tailgate, and any other scenario where you could use portable power, you have it on demand!
Can I charge the Yeti 1400 and use it at the same time?
A: Yes, you can use all of your inputs and outputs to their max capacity simultaneously.
I’d like to add capacity to the Yeti 1400. Can I add additional batteries that are connected in parallel?
A: Yes! Goal Zero recently came out with the Yeti Tank Expansion Battery, which you can find more information on here. It adds 1,200Wh of juice to your kit!
You can find more information on the successor to the Yeti 1400, the Yeti 1500X, in my review post here: The Yeti 1500X from Goal Zero – Overview + Comparison.