Over the years, Goal Zero has created a reputable and trusted brand in the world of sustainable energy.
Its products are well known for providing reliable and efficient green power solutions for people all around the world through its solar panels, power stations, and many of their numerous products.
Moreover, the need for a reliable and efficient source of electrical power for emergency and outdoor use have driven Goal Zero to design and manufacture products that answer the yearnings of their numerous customers around the world.
These products are not only designed to be strong and durable, but they are also built-in ways that make them suitable for the use and operation of the users, no matter the circumstance.
Among these numerous top-quality products from Goal Zero are the Yeti 1000 and Yeti 1400 power stations. These are two of the many products in the Yeti Series of power stations produced by Goal Zero. The two products are portable and durable power stations.
In this review, we would endeavor to compare these products objectively and comprehensively, assessing features and qualities that matter most to the users of these products.
The Yeti 1000 vs 1400 – Which is better?
It stands to reason that the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 portable power station with Wi-Fi has more advantages over its counterpart from the same company, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Portable Power Station. From aesthetics to functionality and output capacity, the Yeti 1400 has been the more outstanding product with incredible features that surpasses that of Yeti 1000 power station.
Dive into the reasons why the Yeti 1400 is better by reading the detailed information below…
Aesthetics and Appearance – Yeti 1400 Power Station with Wi-Fi
The Yeti 1400 portable power station (aka solar generator) is built in the conventional rectangular shape that is true of most power stations. Measuring a total of 10.1 by 15.3 by 9.3 inches (26 by 39 by 24 centimeters), it is a portable and suitably-sized gadget.
It comes with two comfortable and elegantly-designed handles positioned at the edges that make it easier to move around. This powerful solar generator weighs a total of 43.7 lbs. (approximately 19.8 kilograms).
The gadget is built entirely of plastic, meaning it is light and easy to carry for a device of that capacity. Nonetheless, it was built in such a way that there will be minimal cracks or damage suffered by the gadget in the event of a fall.
The color of this product isn’t that flashy; it uses the conventional Goal Zero colors of black and lime green, with most of the body-colored black and the handles and sturdy edge bases colored lime green. Apart from the strong plastic handles situated atop the product, the product also features a lid that encloses a Wi-Fi indicator, Wi-Fi button, a reset button, and a power port.
Another advantageous edge that the aesthetics of this power station engulfs is its water-resistant ability. Encased in a waterproof compartment, the battery of this power station is safe in cases of water splashes or light rain. With these features, campers and lovers of outdoor life will love this product.
Aesthetics and Appearance – Yeti 1000 Power Station
The Yeti 1000 power station, on the other hand, has a similar build as the Yeti 1400. It is also shaped like a rectangular box. It is also a portable gadget measuring a total of 10.1 by 15.3 by 9.3 inches. The weight of this product is also remarkable as it weighs a total of 40 lbs., which translates to 18.1 kilograms.
Comparatively, the Yeti 1000 power station shares the same aesthetics with the Yeti 1400. This includes the colors and materials for the top, middle, and bottom sections, the color and effect of the handle, and the strength of the casing. There is, however, no indication of the fact that it has water resistance features. This is one of the advantages that the Yeti 1400 can be said to have had over the Yeti 1000 power station. This, however, matters a lot especially with campers and lovers of outdoor life. This means that these set of users will prefer the Yeti 1400 power station to its counterpart, because of the protection it provides against weather elements, which is a regular feature of the outdoor life.
The weight of these power stations is also a point of concern for users. No matter how useful a power station is, if it is difficult to move around, then it is an issue to the users – especially campers. The Yeti 1400 power station weighs about four pounds more than the Yeti 1000 power station.
While this can be attributed to the battery size and the capacity of the power stations, the difference in weight is minimal and shouldn’t be an issue (when deciding which generator to have) even for users who are concerned about portability.
Stats - Yeti 1000 vs 1400
|Yeti 1000||Yeti 1400|
|CHARGE TIMES||CHARGE TIMES|
|Wall Charger (5A): 18 Hours||Wall Charger (5A): 25 Hours|
|Nomad 50: 31-62 Hours||Maximum Input (360W solar panels): 4.5 Hours|
|Boulder 100: 15-30 Hours||Boulder 100: 22-44 Hours|
|Boulder 200 Briefcase: 8-16 Hours||Boulder 200 Briefcase: 11-22 Hours|
|Boulder 100 x 3: 5-10 Hours||Boulder 100 x 3: 7-14 Hours|
|Boulder 200 Briefcase x 2: 4-8 Hours||Boulder 200 Briefcase x 2: 5-10 Hours|
|PORTS||Boulder 200 Briefcase x 3: 4-8 Hours|
|USB Port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated||PORTS|
|6mm Port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120 W max)||USB-A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated|
|12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)||USB-C port (output): 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated|
|12V Power Pole port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)||USB PD port (output): 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)|
|AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC 60Hz, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W surge)||6mm Port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)|
|Charging port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)||12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)|
|Power Pole Charging port (input): 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)||12V Power Pole Port (output): 12V, up to 20A (240W max)|
|Expansion Module Port: Covered port under the lid. To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only.||120V AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC, 60hZ, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W surge)|
|BATTERY DETAILS||Charging Port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)|
|Cell Chemistry: Li-ion NMC||Power Pole Charging Port (input): 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)|
|Peak Capacity: 1045Wh (10.8V, 96.8Ah)||Expansion Module Port: Covered port under the lid. To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only.|
|Lifecycles: 500 Cycles to 80% capacity (Discharge: 1C, Full charge/discharge, Temp 25C)||BATTERY DETAILS|
|Shelf-life: Charge every 3-6 months||Cell Chemistry: Li-ion NMC|
|Management system: PWM charge controller, low battery protection||Pack Capacity: 1425Wh (10.8V, 132Ah)|
|GENERAL||Lifecycles: 500 cycles to 80% capacity (Discharge rate: 1C, Full charge/discharge, Temp: 25C)|
|Product SKU: 38004||Shelf-life: Charge every 3-6 months|
|Chainable: No||Management System: PWM charge controller, low battery protection|
|Weight: 40 lbs (18.1 kg)||GENERAL|
|Dimensions: 10.1 x 15.3 x 9.3 in (25.7 x 38.9 x 23.6 cm)||Product SKU: 38300|
|Operating Usage Temp: 32-104 F (0-40 C)||Weight: 43.7 lbs (19.8 kg)|
|Warranty: 24 Months||Dimensions: 10.1 x 15.3 x 10.4 in (25.7 x 28.9 x 26.4 cm)|
|Operating Usage Temp: 32-104F (0-40 C)|
|Warranty: 24 Months|
|WiFi RF Certification: FCC/CE/IC/TELEC/KCC/SRRC/NCC|
|WiFi Protocols: 802.11 b/g/n (802.11n up to 150 Mbps)|
|WiFi Frequency Range: 2.4~2.5 GHz|
Features of the Yeti 1000 and 1400
In terms of ports and output options, the Yeti 1400 comes loaded with ten different port options. Out of which three are USB ports, these ports have varying capacity and uses.
The Yeti 1400 power station has three USB ports (Type A, Type C and PD) each rated 5V 2.4A (12W max), 5-12V 3A (15W max) and 5-20V 3A (60W max) respectively. Added to this, is a 12V car charging port rated 10A (120W max) and an 8mm charging port.
There is also a 12V 6mm port, a 120V AC inverter port, and a 12V Anderson Power Pole. There is also a 6mm output port, a 14-22V power pole port, and an expansion module port. All these ports are indicative of the ability of the power station to power multiple devices and gadgets all at once.
Goal Zero confirms that this power station can fuel about 10 different devices all at once with its numerous port options.
These ports are all situated in the front face of the product. With the exception of the expansion module that is located under the lid atop the product, all the ports were grouped and marked so that users won’t get confused as to which is what.
Comparatively, the port options on the Yeti 1000 nearly measures up to that of Yeti 1400 power station, except that it is only two USB ports short. This power station only has type-A-styled USB ports. However, that is where the differences end. The rest of the ports in the Yeti 1000 are as powerfully-rated as that of the Yeti 1400 power station. This includes the carport, which rates at 12V 10A and the 8mm charging port.
Another similarity in the features of these two solar generators is the battery meter or battery LCD screen. The Yeti 1400 and Yeti 1000 both have an LCD screen that shows the battery percentage during usage and charging, accompanied a battery meter.
The major difference in the features of the two power stations is the presence of Wi-Fi connectivity in the Yeti 1400 power station. This is a new feature in the Goal Zero Yeti Power Station series, and Yeti 1400 can be said to be the first power station to possess this quality. This Wi-Fi connectivity allows for compatibility with the Yeti app that helps control and operate the Yeti 1400 power station remotely. The Yeti app is an Android and IOS powered application that can be installed on smartphones to help users operate their power station from a reasonable distance within the home. You can charge, enable and disable ports, switch on and off, and obtain information about the performance of the power station as long as you have synced the app to your gadget and are connected to it. The distance allowed for the remote operation of the power station by the app is determined by the Wi-Fi frequency, given as 2.5 gigahertz.
The inclusion of this Wi-Fi feature by Goal Zero scored a major point for this device over all other power stations of its size and capacity.
Wi-Fi and App Control – Yeti 1400
This feature has marked the Yeti 1400 as a big name when it comes to portable power stations. Not a lot of power stations possess this feature. This feature enables users of the Yeti 1400 to connect with their product and control it remotely without having to touch the power station. This is useful in the home as you can control the power station from any room in the house using the app, and also outdoor from a safe distance.
To use the app, you need to download it from the appropriate app store applicable to your device. The app is supported both on the Android and IOS powered devices. After downloading, you need to sync the app with the power station through the Wi-Fi connection. This gives you the required control to the power station and you can start operating the gadget through the app. Some of the operations you can carry out on the app includes powering the power station, activating, and deactivating selected ports for use, controlling and monitoring the charging process, and much more.
The absence of this feature in the Yeti 1000 power station is a big setback when compared to the Yeti 1400. The only form of control available for the power station is manual control which requires the presence and proximity of the operator at all times. This feature is one of the areas where the Yeti 1400 trumps Yeti 1000 power station in comparison.
The Yeti 1400 power station is a powerful solar-powered generator delivering up to 1480 Watt-hours of electricity. This is an incredible capacity for a power station of its size and weight.
This implies that not only can it power your everyday gadgets like phones, cameras, laptop computers, and the likes comfortably for numerous hours, but also power tools and powerful home gadgets and appliances like refrigerators, the television, and the likes can also be powered by the generator.
For instance, the power station will fully charge your laptop computer 23 times, while your tablets receive 52 full recharges. You can charge your phones more than 70 times and headlamps get over 230 recharges.
And as if that was not enough, the power station can power a portable 12V fridge for more than 23 hours. Your 32-inch LCD television will work for over 14 hours when used with this power station. Campers are also in luck with the power station as it can charge your camp lighting lamps for several hours.
The Light-A-Life lamp produced by Goal Zero for campers and lovers of the outdoor life can be powered for more than 465 hours non-stop, at the highest setting.
Some power tools can also be comfortably powered using this solar generator. These tools include electric cutters, portable drilling tools, and many more small and medium-sized tools.
The power station is also protected with a strong power surge feature of 3000W in case of appliances overloading or power surge during use. This means that the power station can withstand most blenders, microwaves, and other high-surge-powered appliances comfortably.
The Yeti 1000 power station, on the other hand, has an output capacity of 1045Wh. This is not bad at all for a portable power station, but it does not measure up to the output of the Yeti 1400. With its output capacity, it works well with medium-sized gadgets and devices, charging most of them comfortably.
For example, the power station can charge your laptop computer more than 17 times comfortably, your smartphones 50 times, and headlamps can be charged more than 165 times.
Users of cameras and tablets are also covered as it charges these devices fully up to 165 times and 37 times respectively. It can also power fridges and television sets, for 17 and 10 hours respectively.
Comparatively, the Yeti 1400 is more powerful than the Yeti 1000, seeing its output capacity and the duration of charging appliances. This stance is still valid despite the similar AC surge ratings possessed by the two power stations.
From the number of ports available and the size of the power output, the Yeti 1400 power station powers more gadgets and appliances comfortably for a longer duration. Some power tools can be used with both of these power stations, making them suitable for outdoor work if needed.
Recharging and Battery life
Like nearly every Goal Zero power station, these two power stations have three means of recharging each. This is not surprising as they are made by the same manufacturer. These three charging options include solar panels, a wall outlet, and a car charger.
The Yeti 1400 power station can be charged fully in 4 hours and 30 minutes when plugged to a wall outlet using the Yeti Fast Charge 25 Amp Power Supply. This fast charge power supply is a product of Goal Zero which can be used to rapidly charge this power station. Unfortunately, it is not included with the Yeti 1400 power station as it has to be purchased separately. However, this is not the only means to charge the power station through a wall charger. The included power supply can be used, although, it takes up to 25 hours to get the power station fully charged using this means. The 8mm charging port is the appropriate port for this function.
The other options include charging through the cigarette lighter of your car, an endeavor that takes more than 20 hours to fully charge, and solar panels, whose duration depends on the capacity of the solar panel. To charge with your carport, the 12V Yeti charging cable is used. Any attempt to use any other type of cable may result in damages to the functionality of the power station, according to Goal Zero. The duration it takes to charge with solar panels depends on the capacity of the solar panel. For instance, the Boulder 100 Briefcase solar panel from Goal Zero will charge the power station fully between 22 and 44 hours, while the Boulder 200 Briefcase solar panel will take between 11 and 22 hours to fully charge the power station. Using two Boulder 200 briefcase power stations reduces the charging duration to about 5 to 10 hours. It should be noted that these durations given are subject to change based on the elevation of the panel, temperature of the region, and the intensity and position of the sun.
On the other hand, the Yeti 1000 power station can also be charged using the same three options. The wall outlet charging, using the 8mm charging port, takes 18 hours unlike the 25 hours taken by Yeti 1400 power station, however, this power station also allows for the use of Yeti 25 Amp charging cable, which charges the power station fully in 4 hours.
This is lower than the 4.5 hours taken by the Yeti 1400 power station. This, however, cannot be said to be an advantage as the Yeti 1400 has a higher power output.
Car charging using the 12V charging cable takes within 9 to 18 hours, as opposed to the 20 hours maximum charging required by the Yeti 1400 power station. Using solar panels for this power station is also subject to the vagaries of panel capabilities.
Nonetheless, the Boulder 50 solar panel by Goal Zero will charge this power station within 31 to 62 hours. However, if you are using the Boulder 100 Briefcase solar panel, the charging time is between 15 and 30 hours, as opposed to the 22-44 hours required by Yeti 1400.
Also using a single Boulder 200 Briefcase solar panel to charge the power station takes about 8 to 16 hours, lower than the 11 to 22 hours required for a full charge of the Yeti 1400 power station.
The duration of charging these two power stations, if compared, brings one to the conclusion that Yeti 1000 charges faster than Yeti 1400 power station. While this assertion is true, it cannot be referred to as an edge if the output capacity of both power stations is considered.
With regards to battery life and strength, there isn’t much disparity between the two power stations.
They are both equipped with a lithium battery which is well known for its efficiency in engineering. The batteries of these power stations, however, both have a low-battery protection system, which protects the batteries when they’re low and sustains a durable shelf life.
The shelf life can be maintained as long as the power station is kept in use or charged every 3 to 6 months. The batteries can both be used for five years non-stop before the need to replace them occurs. This means that the batteries are removable and replaceable.
In conclusion, the difference between the batteries of these products is not much except for the charging time, which favors the Yeti 1000 power station.
Price is a very important feature that users consider when comparing two products. While the price of a product sometimes reflects its capabilities, it’s also a function of the manufacturer’s decision (supply and demand of a specific product).
At a retail price of $1899.95 dollars, the Yeti 1400 is not a cheap product at all. It is one of the more expensive power stations in the market. However, that price is in tandem with its features and qualities included with the product. The Yeti 1000 power station cost only $1199.95 dollars, which is a lot cheaper than the Yeti 1400.
This is one of the few areas where the Yeti 1000 supersedes Yeti 1400, but this can hardly be called a great bargain. This is because the features and qualities of the Yeti 1400 greatly supersede that of Yeti 1000, so it is expected that its price will be higher than that of the Yeti 1000.
Certification and Warranty
Every electronic gadget requires some level of certification to reassure users that the best practices and professional care has been taken in the design, manufacturing, and assemblage of the components of the product. Most Goal Zero Portable Power Stations have met the standard in their manufacturing and possess several different certifications including FCC, RoHS, UN38.3, and many more.
All these certifications are evidence of the quality components and professional expertise put into the manufacture and assemblage of their power stations.
It is however surprising that no information about the certification for the Yeti 1000 power station is given. The website of the company says nothing about the certification of this product. Comparatively, the Yeti 1400 power station has its certifications stated.
They include CE, FCC, and ROHS. These certifications speak volumes about the professional care that has been put into the manufacture of the product. Additionally, the power station also possesses required WiFi certification for its included WiFi connectivity.
However, it is also important to note that there is a two-year warranty on both the Yeti 1400 power station and the Yeti 1000 power station.
This means that if for any reason, not applicable to the user, the power station develops a mechanical fault or refuses to perform its expected functions, the user is allowed to return the product to the manufacturer for repair or replacement within those timeframes.
Conclusively, the absence of information on the certifications of Yeti 1000 power station leaves one in doubt as to the standard met in the design and manufacture of the product. While this doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with the product, it does leave users in limbo. This is one area where the Yeti 1400 trumps the Yeti 1000 power station.
Both of these products are outstanding solar generators from Goal Zero. They are efficient and reliable with regards to the provision of electrical energy in the unexpected time of power outages within the home, or while out on the campsite or in the wild. They both have amazing features that make them stand out from their counterparts in the market. You will be hard-pressed trying to find a better power station than these two in the market.
Having said that, it stands to reason that the Goal Zero Yeti 1400 portable power station with Wi-Fi has more advantages over its counterpart from the same company, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Portable Power Station. From aesthetics to functionality and output capacity, Yeti 1400 has been the more outstanding product with incredible features that surpasses that of Yeti 1000 power station.