As Goal Zero continues to make improvements to their line of solar generators, they continue to have a leg up on their previous models.
The Goal Zero Yeti 3000X is one such example.
The Yeti 3000X is one of several “X” models by Goal Zero. This solar generator line is the successor of the “Lithium” series generators. The 3000X has 3032Wh of battery capacity and an inverter that supports 2000W of continuous power output and 3500W of surge power.
Since there are several models in the “X” line, we will be focusing on the Yeti 3000X specifically.
Let’s get right into it.
Yeti 3000X – What Makes It Stand Out?
Similar to the 1500X, the 3000X has a larger inverter and also has an MPPT charge controller. The previous generation models had a 1500W continuous output with a 3000W surge capability.
This amount of power is usually sustainable enough for most users of the generators, but Goal Zero has enhanced the inverter capabilities to 2000W continuous and 3500W surge for both the 1500X and 3000X models.
With that being said, the MPPT charge controller is a huge improvement because not only is it the best style of charge controller to have with your generator, but the previous generator models came with a PWM charge controller, which works fine but is not the best.
This MPPT addition will allow for faster solar charging due to efficiency improvements.
In addition, the YETI 3000X (amazon link) now has the ability to input a maximum of 600W of solar panels into its system.
This is a massive boost from the previous 360W of solar from the YETI 3000 Lithium.
These are only some of the many improvements from the 3000X, so below will show you the full stats sheets comparing the 3000X to the 3000 Lithium.
Specs Overview - YETI 3000X vs YETI 3000 Lithium
The specifications above were provided by Goal Zero’s YETI 3000X and YETI 3000 Lithium product listings. Now, we’ll get into the details not featured in the table, including pricing, comparisons, and more.
Who Is the Yeti 3000X For?
The 3000X is a massive solar generator. It is heavy and bulky for certain events. But if you’re using it for the following events, it will be a very useful tool on deck.
Using the Yeti 3000X at a Tailgating Event
Going to a sporting event parking lot or a family event outside is a perfect way to use the 3000X. It has enough power to power electric stoves, speakers, TVs, and more with its various ports and extensive battery capabilities.
RV Camping With the Yeti 3000X
Having this unit with your RV will make great use for several appliances and devices when in and out of the RV.
The battery can run CPAP machines, lights, and even microwaves if you need some power in that format.
Utilizing the Yeti 3000X as a Home Backup Solution
This is one of the best full solar generator systems to have on hand during a power outage. The 3032Wh battery will be able to keep the refrigerator going until the power comes back on.
Want to use it daily for lighting and other sections of your house? No problem. The 3000X can be installed to power whatever you need.
The YETI App also makes it easier to access the power you need from your phone or tablet.
It lets you switch on and off specific ports and even shows user data from the past to help you take advantage of as much power as you need throughout the day.
Roll Cart – Key Accessory for the Yeti 3000X
This generator also comes with a roll cart, which is essential to move this 70 lb beast around. The rubber-treaded wheels will make it easier to navigate outdoors if need be, and the suitcase-style handle will collapse and make the unit easier to transport around.
The 3000X also has two green carrying handles on each side of the generator, so when you and a friend need to hoist it on the back of a truck or onto a table at a campsite or recreational area, you will be set.
Goal Zero’s Current Pricing for the Yeti 3000X
The Yeti 3000X is priced at $3,199.95. The solar generator comes with a 230W AC wall charger in addition to a roll cart. Its current price is $200 more than its predecessor, the Yeti 3000 Lithium, which costs $2,999.95.
Similar to the pricing analysis from my review of the 1500X, the 3000X is expensive, as most Goal Zero gear is. But when using this machine, it makes sense to purchase a high-quality system because it will be more reliable than some other brands that are cheaper.
For a similar price, you could buy the Point Zero Energy Titan, which has massive capabilities. Let’s see how the Titan matches up against the 3000X.
Yeti 3000X vs Titan – Which Solar Generator Has the Best Value?
As you can see from the table, the Titan outranks the 3000X in every single category except for battery capacity. The Titan, however, has a modular design, meaning it can have several additional batteries added underneath the system.
With two batteries on the Titan, it would be $4,395.00 but would have 4000Wh of battery capacity along with 2000W of solar input, which is more than three times the amount that the 3000X allows.
Also not mentioned in the chart is the battery lifecycles of each solar generator. The Titan’s battery is rated for 2,000 lifecycles and the 3000X’s battery is rated for 500.
This is a staggering difference and is a major win for the Titan. This means that the Titan’s battery will be able to use its full battery capacity for four times as long as the YETI 3000X.
This does not mean that after these set cycles that the battery will no longer work. This means that the battery will still work, but will be at around 80% of the original capacity after its set lifecycles.
Yeti 3000X vs Inergy Flex – Main Differences
Another great solar generator matchup with the 3000X is the Inergy Flex. The Flex comes with a single 1,069Wh battery, but like the Titan solar generator, it has a modular design, allowing multiple batteries to attach to the bottom of the system.
Since the battery capacity for the Flex is a lot less than the 3000X, I am going to add two more batteries to the Flex, giving it a total of three batteries. In addition, Inergy has what they call the “MPPT Supercharger” that is optional with the Flex.
I will add this to the comparison. In the chart below, you’ll see that I have adjusted the numbers accordingly to account for the additional batteries and the MPPT Supercharger on the Flex. The total comparison is with the YETI 3000X compared to the Inergy Flex with two additional batteries and one MPPT Supercharger.
YETI 3000X vs Inergy Flex - Specs Comparison
|Inverter||2000W Continuous; 3500W Surge||1500 Continuous; 3000 Surge|
|Weight||69.78 lbs||74.5 lbs|
From the chart above, you can see that the Inergy Flex is more expensive with all of the additional equipment at $700 more than the 3000X.
The Flex weighs slightly more and has a smaller inverter, however, the Flex beats the 3000X in terms of battery capacity (about 200Wh more) and solar charging (600W more). The biggest difference here is the price and solar input.
If you value fast recharging, then the Flex may be a better option to have in your arsenal. In addition, if having several batteries connected to make a massive solar generator system, the Flex is also the better option. However, for any other reason, the 3000X is a better choice.
Another important factor to consider is battery lifecycles. The 3000X has 500 lifecycles to 80% capacity for its battery.
The Flex does not state an exact amount of lifecycles each battery has, but Inergy claims that each battery “could last anywhere from 400 cycles up to 2,000 cycles or 10 years if you use it to run moderate loads and take good care of it.” Let’s say that you take moderately good care of the Flex system and get 1,500 cycles out of it. That is still three times longer of battery life than the 3000X.
If you take out the MPPT Supercharger from the Flex, it will not have the 1,200W of solar input available, but it would be much cheaper and lighter. Check out the comparison below if we compare the 3000X to the Flex with an additional two batteries.
Specs Comparison - YETI 3000X vs Flex (2x Additonal Batteries)
|Inverter||2000W Continuous; 3500W Surge||1500 Continuous; 3000 Surge|
|Weight||69.78 lbs||63 lbs|
|Lifecycles||500 cycles to 80% capacity||400-2,000|
This should give you a more accurate picture of each systems’ capabilities.
The 3000X beats the Flex in terms of solar input (200W more), inverter size (500W more continuous and surge), and price ($200 less).
The Flex outranks the 3000X in its battery capacity (173Wh more), weight (seven pounds less), and approximate lifecycles (if used correctly, about 1,000 more lifecycles).
There are several additional factors to consider when comparing these two models because the details will give you the absolute best option for you. But before we get into them, the last point I want to make is regarding the lifecycles of each battery.
The Flex battery will last most people 1,500 or more cycles when the 3000X will give out about 500. This is very important and in a way monumental because the cost of replacing a YETI battery that is 3000+Wh will not come cheap.
When speaking of longevity, the Flex beats the 3000X by a long shot, which brings the total cost over time down and also bring additional reliability and security. Make sure to weigh this factor higher than the other factors presented earlier.
Yeti 3000X vs Flex vs Titan Solar Generators – Down to Specifics
The 3000X, Flex, and Titan are all great feats of engineering and solar generator accomplishments, but what exactly makes them great besides their batteries, inverters, and solar input capabilities?
Now, we are going to focus on their ports and how the basic fundamentals of a solar generator translate into powering your devices, electronics, and appliances.
This comparison between the three generators will give you a good idea of which one is ideal for you.
The Inergy Flex comes in AC and DC versions, so we will be including both in this comparison.
Ports Comparison - YETI 3000X vs Titan vs Flex AC vs Flex DC
Key Features Setting the Yeti 3000X Apart From Its Predecessor
The 3000X has some great features that make it useful for many purposes. The battery and inverter are large and can surge to a significant amount of power when needed.
Paired with a 600W solar input and MPPT charge controller, you have a system that is capable of cycling through the battery and recharging quickly so you can have sustained power. This means you don’t have to wait a whole day or two to get your system back up and running.
Solar Panel Options for the Yeti 3000X
There are several solar panels to choose from both from Goal Zero and third parties.
Goal Zero panels are expensive, but they are very high quality.
The Boulder 200 and Boulder 200 Suitcase are both great models to choose from Goal Zero.
For less-expensive options, there are ones that are portable and ones that you can put on or around your home, RV, or an off-grid cabin.
Some models that are much less expensive are the Newpowa 100W polycrystalline solar panel, which you can get multiple and pair together for more power.
Another good option is the Rich Solar 160W polycrystalline solar panel which has more power and is taller than the Newpowa panel.
For portable solar panels, Goal Zero has the Nomad series panels, where the Nomad 100 would be a solid option for this system.
Yeti App – Included With the 3000X Among Other Yetis
One of the major aspects that sets the 3000X apart from other brands is the YETI App. The solar generator models that this app supports are the 1400 Lithium, 3000 Lithium, 1000X, 1500X, 3000X, and 6000X.
The Yeti App allows you to turn on and off ports with a WiFi connection, measure your past usage with your generator, and toggle power metrics, all via your smartphone. The application also has a “Help” feature if you need assistance in understanding its features.
Check out the short video below from Goal Zero, where you’ll see the full suite of what the application has to offer.
Goal Zero’s X-Series Innovation Over Time
Overall, Goal Zero has given the public several variations of solar generators that will support people off the grid. Over the years they have improved their systems to constantly be the front runner in their industry.
By making a system such as the YETI 3000X and the YETI X series in general, Goal Zero has overcome their lead-acid batteries of the past, switched to MPPT charge controllers in their 500X model all the way to the 6000X, and have shown that they are making their systems better as a whole for the consumer.
Although the price of the YETI X series is expensive, the 3000X is an excellent example of a home-backup system when the power goes out among many other scenarios.