YETI 1400 vs. YETI 3000 – Goal Zero’s Top Solar Generators

Yeti 1400 vs 3000 front image

Solar generators are fantastic devices for harnessing energy from the sun. Typically, solar generators work alongside solar panels, and solar panels absorb sunlight with PVC (photovoltaic cells). After the absorption, they generate DC, which converts to AC. That process is usually accompanied by a solar generator, especially when you are trying to power appliances or charge devices.

Goal Zero, the creators of the Yeti solar generators, had the sole aim of meeting people’s direct and indirect power needs. Also, the company produces a lot of products aside from their exquisite solar generators, such as USB power banks, AC power banks, solar chargers, portable solar panels, and mountable solar panels.

For this article, we will be comparing two of their solar generators: the Yeti 1400 and Yeti 3000. To do this, we will base our comparison on certain factors, including battery capacity, charge time and ports.

Overall, the Yeti 1400 and Yeti 3000 have a lot of similarities, but their major differences are their battery capacity and MPPT charging from solar panels. The Yeti 3000 has an MPPT charge controller within it, allowing for faster solar charging. The Yeti 1400 MPPT is sold separately. The Yeti 3000’s battery capacity is over twice the capacity of the 1400, making it the ideal solar generator for home back up.

Yeti 1400 front view

The Yeti 1400 solar generator

Yeti 3000 Lithium front view

The Yeti 3000 solar generator

As mentioned earlier, this article will break down in great detail each of the significant specifications of these generators.  After explaining each feature or specification, we’ll give our verdicts and provide you with a clearer picture of each of the specifications.

ALL STATISTICS

YETI 1400 VS. YETI 3000 - STATS

YETI 1400CHARGE TIMESPORTSBATTERY DETAILSGENERAL
Wall Charger (5A): 25 HoursUSB-A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulatedCell Chemistry: Li-ion NMCProduct SKU: 38300
Maximum Input (360W solar panels): 4.5 HoursUSB-C port (output): 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulatedPack Capacity: 1425Wh (10.8V, 132Ah)Weight: 43.7 lbs (19.8 kg)
Nomad 50: 43-86 HoursUSB PD port (output): 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)Single Cell Equivalent Capacity: 396Ah @ 3.6VDimensions: 10.1 x 15.3 x 10.4 in (25.7 x 28.9 x 26.4 cm)
Boulder 50: 43-86 Hours6mm Port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)Lifecycles: 500 cycles to 80% capacity (Discharge rate: 1C, Full charge/discharge, Temp: 25C)Operating Usage Temp: 32-104F (0-40 C)
Boulder 100: 22-44 Hours12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)Shelf-life: Charge every 3-6 monthsWarranty: 24 Months
Boulder 100 Briefcase: 22-44 Hours12V Power Pole Port (output): 12V, up to 20A (240W max)Management System: PWM charge controller, low battery protectionWiFi RF Certification: FCC/CE/IC/TELEC/KCC/SRRC/NCC
Nomad 100: 22-44 Hours120V AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC, 60hZ, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W surge)WiFi Protocols: 802.11 b/g/n (802.11n up to 150 Mbps)
Boulder 200 Briefcase: 11-22 HoursCharging Port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)WiFi Frequency Range: 2.4~2.5 GHz
Boulder 100 x 3: 7-14 HoursPower Pole Charging Port (input): 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)
Boulder 200 Briefcase x 2: 5-10 HoursExpansion Module Port: Covered port under the lid. To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only.
YETI 3000CHARGE TIMESPORTSBATTERY DETAILSGENERAL
Standard input max: 9 hrsUSB A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulatedCell chemistry: Li-ion NMCProduct SKU: 38400
Combined input max (standard and MPPT): 6 hrsUSB C port (output): 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulatedPack capacity: 3075Wh (10.95V, 280.8Ah)Weight (Yeti & MPPT charger): 68.6 lbs (31.1 kg)
Wall charger (2x 5A): 25 hrsUSB PD port (output): 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)Single Cell Equivalent Capacity: 842Ah @ 3.65VWeight (cart only): 8.9 lbs (4 kg)
Boulder 100: 35-70 Hours6mm port (output, 6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)Lifecycles: 500 Cycles to 80% capacity (Discharge rate: 1C, Full charge/discharge, Temp: 25C)Dimensions (Yeti only): 10.1 x 15.3 x 13.1 in (25.7 x 38.9 x 33.3 cm)
Boulder 100 Briefcase: 35-70 Hours12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)Shelf-life: Charge every 3-6 monthsOperating usage temp. 32-104 F (0-40 C)
Nomad 100: 35-70 Hours12V Power Pole port (output): 12V, up to 20A (240W max)Management system: PWM charge controller, low battery protectionWarranty 24 months
Boulder 200 Briefcase: 18-36 Hours120V AC Inverter: 120VAC 60Hz, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W surge)
Boulder 100 x 3: 12-24 Hours(output, pure sine wave)
Boulder 200 x 2: 9-18 HoursCharging port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)
Boulder 200 x 3: 6-12 HoursPower Pole charging port (input): 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)
Boulder 200 x 4: 4-8 HoursExpansion Module port Covered port under the lid. To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only

BATTERY CAPACITY

Indeed, most of us see this a lot, and a couple of us don’t even know what it means. Most times, what people care about is value, so a random person would prefer to go for a battery of 20000mAh rather than that of 10000mAh. 

Naturally, the higher the value, the pricier the generator. Now you don’t have to worry, we will see what that ”value” means. After the in-depth comparison, you’ll understand what they are and choose based on this specification.

Battery animations

The battery capacity simply means the amount of current a battery can endure.  The majority of electrical devices use AC. Now, this is where the battery plays a role. The battery works with the inverter, which usually converts DC into AC. Not to digress into AC and DC operation, essentially you should know that batteries are there to store the power. 

When you see mAh, it essentially means milli-ampere hour. For instance, a 2000mAh battery can supply 2000mA for just one hour, and likewise, a 1000mAh battery can provide 1000mA for an hour. So, with a 10000mAh generator, your 2000mA device will charge five times. With that in mind, we’ll compare the battery capacity of the Yeti 1400 and the Yeti 3000.

The YETI 1400

This solar generator comes with a battery capacity (peak capacity) of 132Ah at 10.8V. Technically, its peak capacity is 1425Wh. Essentially, this means that this generator will power a device that draws 2000mA for 66 hours, which is super-efficient. Also, this is the major reason why this generator powers a Laptop 23+ times. There are so many sides to the battery capacity of the Yeti 1400, which performs quite well in this area. Later, we will discuss the devices this battery capacity can power and for how long.

The YETI 3000

This solar generator has an entirely different battery capacity than the Yeti 1400. Its peak capacity is 3075Wh (10.95V, 280.8Ah), allowing it to power a device of 3000W for an hour. Also, it means it can power devices of 500W for six hours. For a mobile phone of 2000mAh, the Yeti 3000 can charge it over 150 times.

VERDICT

From my perspective, the choice is obvious. If you’re trying to get a battery that lasts longer and can power your devices for a longer time, go for the Yeti 3000. Naturally, both of these generators have awesome battery capacities. Although, if I had to choose one, I’d go for the generator that can power my appliances for a long time. In summary, regarding battery capacity, the Yeti 3000 does a brilliant job.

CHARGE TIME

One important feature to also consider when choosing between these two generators is their charging time. The number of hours it takes to charge up the generator matters a lot. However, you should know that there is more to charging up the generator.

Solar generators are often able to charge up in different ways. For instance, you can charge your solar generators by plugging them directly to a wall socket or by using solar panels. For instance, both solar generators can charge by using the Nomad and Boulder solar panels.

Examples of Goal Zero solar panels are the Nomad 50, the Boulder 50, the Boulder 100, the Boulder 100 Briefcase, the Nomad 100, and the Boulder 200 Briefcase. Interestingly, each of these solar panels has specific charge times, so they charge-up at different times.

The YETI 1400

As for this generator, the charge times are just a little bit on the high side. With this generator, you can charge up your devices via a wall charger or solar panels, and you can use the Goal Zero custom solar panels. With a wall charger, this generator charges up for 25 hours, which may seem too long, but in reality, this is average. However, the maximum input (360W solar panels) will charge it up for only four and a half hours.

Besides, the Nomad 50, the Boulder 50, and the Boulder 100 take 4386 hours, 4386 hours, and 2244 hours, respectively. The Boulder 100 Briefcase, the Nomad 100, and the Boulder 200 Briefcase take 2244 hours, 2244 hours, and 1122 hours, respectively.

Furthermore, there are ways you can combine solar panels to charge your generator. What is the charge time of these generators after getting combined? First of all, let’s see the possible combinations.

POSSIBLE SOLAR PANEL COMBINATIONS

  • The Boulder 100 x 3
  • The Boulder 200 Briefcase x 2
  • The Boulder 200 Briefcase x 3
  • The Boulder 200 Briefcase x 4

For all of the possible combinations above, this solar generator charges at different times. In other words, it takes 7–14 hours for the generator to charge up using the Boulder 100 x 3 combination. Also, the Boulder 200 Briefcase x 3 takes 5–10 hours, the Boulder 200 Briefcase x 3 takes only 4–8 hours, and the Boulder 200 Briefcase x 4 only takes 3–6 hours. Usually, this only applies to full sunlight.

The YETI 3000

Interestingly, this solar generator takes a bit longer to charge up than the Yeti 1400. You can make use of the solar panels, the wall charger, and the Goal Zero custom solar panels, just like the 1400. In other words, this generator is compatible with the Nomad and Boulder solar panels. For the standard maximum input, it takes nine hours, while the maximum combined input takes six hours.  

Using the wall charger, it takes just 25 hours to charge fully. The Boulder 100, the Boulder 100 Briefcase, and the Nomad 100 take the same time to charge (35–70 hours). However, the Boulder 200 Briefcase takes 18–36 hours. As for the combinations, the Boulder 100 x 3 takes 12–24 hours to charge, and the Boulder 200 x 2 takes 9–18 hours.

Furthermore, the Boulder 200 x 3 and the Boulder 200 x 4 take just 6–12 and 4–8 hours, respectively. Lastly, the Boulder 200 x 6 takes only 3–6 hours. Invariably, this means if you’re looking for a quick charge, the Boulder 200 x 6 is your best bet.

VERDICT

Both generators take quite a while to charge, however, the Yeti 3000 takes much longer. Also, I’d like to commend Goal Zero for giving multiple charging options. Fortunately, more charging options simply means more applications. If you’re going camping, your best option might be the solar panels. 

However, if you’re staying indoors, your best bet could be the wall charger (or the solar panels). Here’s how it works: if you’re outdoors, you probably have to stick with the best panel combination. However, if you stay indoors, there’s more flexibility. The only downside to this is the cost of solar panels. In other words, it’s not so pocket-friendly to buy six Boulder 200s.  Overall, if we’re trying to pick the best in terms of charging time, it’s the Yeti 1400.

Similar: Top 15 Best Solar Generators for Camping (Small to Large)

PORTS

There are so many things to analyze under this specific feature. Surprisingly, without ports, your generators are useless, and ports are more of the low-profile supports of the generators. You should know that you cannot charge up your phone without a port. Interestingly, you cannot also power any sort of home appliance without them. In fact, you cannot use a solar panel to charge up your generators. 

Furthermore, you should be aware of the types of ports in these generators. They use the standard USB-A port, USB-C ports, the USB-PD port, the car port, power pole port, and the regular charging port.

The USB-A port has a rectangular shape. You can otherwise see it as a horizontal port, in which the “bottom” portion is for pin connectors. The USB-C port, meanwhile, is a new port design made around 2014 with a 100W, 20V connection that is much more potent than the USB-A. With the USB-PD port, you can have a faster and more flexible charging. Also, using either the car port or the power pole port is an efficient charging method.

The YETI 1400

Brace yourself, we’re going into some technical details. For better comprehension, check out the list below, showing the various ports and their specifications.

  • USB-A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated
  • USB-C port (output): 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated
  • USB-PD port (output): 5V, 12V, 20V, up to 3.0A (60W max)
  • 6mm Port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 12V power pole port (output): 12V, up to 20A (240W max)
  • 120V AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC, 60Hz, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W)
  • Charging port (input, 8mm): 14–22V up to 10A (120 max)
  • Power pole charging port (input): 14–22V, up to 30A (360W max)
  • Expansion module port: covered port under the lid (only for Goal Zero expansion modules)

All of the specifications above make the generator suitable for charging devices and all other appliances. However, you should know that each of these ports gives different voltages, and so they have different charge times. In my opinion, the Yeti 1400 has a large number of ports, which is great. The more ports, the more flexibility, the more useful.  

The YETI 3000

The Yeti 3000 makes use of the same ports as the Yeti 1400. Interestingly, similar ports also favor different chargers. Hence, they have different charging times.

  • USB-A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated
  • USB-C port (output): 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated
  • USB-PD port (output): 5V, 12V, 20V, up to 3.0A (60W max)
  • 6mm port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 12V power pole port (output): 12V, up to 20A (240W max)
  • 120V AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC, 60Hz, 12.5A (1500W, 3000W)
  • Charging port (input, 8mm): 14–22V up to 10A (120 max)
  • Power pole charging port (input): 14–22V, up to 30A (360W max)
  • Expansion module port: covered port under the lid (only for Goal Zero expansion modules)

Similar to the Yeti 1400, this generator has several ports for different purposes. Also, just like the Yeti 1400, the ports favor flexibility. The USB-PD port allows for faster and more efficient charging. So basically, these inputs and output ports perform important roles.

VERDICT

Overall, there’s no difference between the Yeti 1400 ports and those of the Yeti 3000. They have the same number of ports for the same purposes. Also, their power delivery port (USB-PD) performs a powerful role. Interestingly, the USB-PD ports are just better versions of the USB-C port, so you can go for any if you’re choosing based on this criterion.

PRICE

It’s no news that one of the most important factors to consider when comparing two different products is their price. Obviously, no one would want to buy anything not worth their money. The perfect solar generator is one that is worth the price.

Dollar bills in a pile

The YETI 1400

The Goal Zero Yeti 1400 comes off a bit expensive. Although it has outstanding features and specifications, the price is still a bit on the high side. In fact, this generator costs a lot, especially for the average person.

Click here to find the Yeti 1400 on Goal Zero’s website

The YETI 3000

The Goal Zero Yeti 3000 is not just expensive—it’s very expensive. You are guaranteed quality, but at a high price. However, it all depends on the buyer. So, if for some reason, you like this Goal Zero product, then go for it. But overall, for the Yeti 3000, the price is just too high.

Click here to find the Yeti 3000 on Goal Zero’s website

VERDICT

We can conclude that after comparing the two generators, the Yeti 1400 is obviously cheaper. Basically, in my opinion, the battery capacity must have been the cause of the increase in price. So, if you want to purchase the cheaper one, know that it comes with lesser battery capacity.

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SIZE

If you’re familiar with solar generators, you would be aware that portability is a significant factor, especially when you intend to use that generator for outdoor activities. Although there are some exceptions, people might intend to use them indoors. But no matter the purpose, most people consider portability, so size/weight is always a significant thing to look out for in solar generators.

The YETI 1400

Just as expected, the Yeti 1400 is entirely on the heavy side. Compared to other similar solar generators, this product from Goal Zero is indeed heavy, with the weight of the solar generator plus its MPPT charger coming in at approximately 43.7lbs.

The YETI 3000

As for this generator, it is much heavier than the Yeti 1400, so if you’re more of an outdoor person, you might want to go for a lighter product. However, this product is useful indoors. Overall, if you’re going camping, you probably should consider a lighter generator. The Yeti 3000 is approximately 68.6lbs.

VERDICT

Technically, these two generators are quite heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend either for light travel. Comparing both generators, the only difference between them is 24.9lbs. In conclusion, if you wanted to choose based on weight, you should go for the Yeti 1400.

WHAT CAN THEY POWER?

What they can power is by far the most important thing to know, as essential or straightforward as that may sound. In fact, you should note that an appliance draws a different amount of wattages. For instance, a fridge draws a lot of power, the same as a TV. If you remember our comparison of the battery capacity, you should understand this. For example, a battery rating can either be in milliamperes hour or watt-hour. A watt is essentially a unit of power and determines the amount of energy a device will draw.

In other words, you cannot use a solar generator of 500W to power a device of 1000W; it wouldn’t work out. However, you can use a solar generator of 1000W to power a device of 500W. So with that in mind, we’ve listed the devices that each generator can power below. We’ve also added how long each would power those devices, using hours for non-rechargeable appliances (e.g., fridges) and number of times for the rechargeable ones (e.g., smartphones, laptops, cameras, etc.).

The YETI 1400

Resulting from the wattage of this generator (1425W), the Yeti 1400 can power or charge the following appliances and devices:

  • Smartphone: 70+ times
  • POV camera: 230+ times
  • Tablet: 52+ times
  • Laptop: 23+ times
  • Light-a-Life: 465+ hours
  • Fridge: 23+ hours
  • 32 LCD TV: 14 hours

The YETI 3000

With a power rating of 3000Wh, this solar generator is only capable of powering the devices below for a specific number of times. 

  • Smartphone: 150+ times
  • POV camera: 500+ times
  • Headlamp: 500+ times
  • Tablet: 110+ times
  • Laptop: 50+ times
  • Light-a-Life: 1000+ hours
  • Fridge: 50+ hours
  • 32 LCD TV: 30 hours

VERDICT

As seen above, the Yeti 3000 beats the powerful Yeti 1400 by approximately twice its capability, so that it can charge a smartphone twice the amount of times as a Yeti 1400 can. So, to a considerable extent, the Yeti 3000 is a perfect choice in this area.

OTHER FEATURES

The YETI 1400

EASY TO USE

The Yeti 1400 operates with zero noise and zero fumes and is very much easy to use, with a “plug-and-play” method of powering devices. Moreover, it’s okay to use this generator indoors for emergency power outages, and it’s perfect for your outdoor activities. Overall, the Yeti 1400 proves to be an excellent alternative for a fuel generator. 

PORT FLEXIBILITY

Interestingly, the Yeti 1400 also has about ten ports, ensuring your appliances or devices are ready anywhere you are. Besides, it also features high surge capacities for highly demanding devices and a USB-PD port (as explained under “ports”) for charging larger USB devices like laptops.

WI-FI CONNECTIVITY

This solar generator favors Wi-Fi connectivity and works by using a mobile app. With the mobile app, you can turn ports on and off, check battery levels, and update the Yeti’s firmware with a chosen device. To get the Yeti app, access the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. 

BATTERY TYPE/BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Earlier, we discussed battery capacity, but what we didn’t discuss is the battery type. This battery is from lithium cells, which are stable and are monitored by the management system, preventing over-charge, short-circuiting, and over-current. Also, the battery pack is in a water-tight enclosure for protection.

The YETI 3000

PORT FLEXIBILITY

Just like the Yeti 1400, this generator has ten ports to choose from, keeping devices powered anywhere. It also has high surge capacities for excellent compatibility with highly demanding devices. Lastly, it has a USB-PD that helps charge larger USB devices like laptops.

WI-FI CONNECTIVITY

This generator also supports Wi-Fi connectivity with the help of the mobile app, which gives you the ability to turn ports on or off and helps you monitor battery levels. Aside from all that, with this solar generator, you can update the Yeti’s firmware with your chosen device. You can get the mobile app through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, depending on your device.

FAST CHARGING

Amazingly, this generator also features pre-installed solar charging optimization modules, which function as an MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracker) that helps increase the charging percentage by 40%. Mostly, this increment applies to solar panels.

Unlike other solar generators, this one comes with a kit, commonly called a mobility kit, pre-installed. Also, you can remove it when needed. So, if you’re an outdoor person by nature, this is great for you. This feature is not so bad at all if you’re hoping to go camping.

BATTERY TYPE

Furthermore, an extra feature of the Yeti 3000 is its lithium battery. Earlier in this article, we analyzed its battery capacity, which, if you recall, has nothing to do with the battery type. A good battery type could, however, make your solar generators last longer and make you trust the battery better.

BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Aside from the battery type mentioned above, the Yeti 3000 comes with a powerful battery management system, which helps prevent over-charge, overcurrent, and short-circuiting. Also, just like the Yeti 1400, it comes with an enclosed battery pack. This enclosure is water-tight and prevents the battery from getting damaged.

VERDICT

As you can see in the specifications above, they have similar features. They both support Wi-Fi connectivity, have several ports for charging, the same battery type, and a good battery management system. However, please note that the MPPT comes pre-installed in the Yeti 3000 but not in the Yeti 1400. You can purchase a separate MPPT charge controller for use in the Yeti 1000 and 1400, however.

FINAL VERDICT

In conclusion, without a doubt, these generators are both efficient, so choosing between these two will require personal taste and budget. For instance, if the price is a problem, the Yeti 1400 may be the best choice. However, the Yeti 3000 is efficient in areas of battery capacity, price, and what it can power. Overall, the Yeti 1400 beats the 3000 in areas of size and price. 

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Hi! I'm Max and I am passionate about off-grid solar technology and adventure! I'm using my knowledge of solar generators, solar panels, and everything in between to provide you with the best tools to keep you powered while off the grid. Read more about me here: About Max Peters."

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