Know there are all kinds of opinions about alternate power sources, and I’m not going to get into that conversation other than to say have considered my capabilities and have gone with the Goal Zero.
Not too long ago bought their Yeti 1000 Lithium at Costco – where it is just $999.99 vs the $1250 Goal Zero sells it for.
Meanwhile, my old Goal Zero with the lead acid battery, the battery had died. Gave it to a friend, who only has to replace the battery, which gives him a short term power option for his very limited needs.
Keep the Yeti1000 in a cooler to help keep its temperature moderated, cause I’m not too keen about having the big lithium battery in the house.
And have been thinking of getting another and had been debating between another 400, or just going for another 1000. Then thought about replacing the 400 with the lead acid one, as it can be chained, unlike the Lithium. And then there is the question of disposal of Lithium batteries . . .
So, Goal Zero has “open box” items discounted. new items but not in the original packing; like used for displays at shows, etc. Had been looking for the Yeti400 in the open box (almost 1/2 the full retail!) but they didn’t have any.
So today, bit the bullet and bought a yeti 1250, lead acid, open box for less than $1000. Heavy thing, comes with a roller cart. Went with the lead acid because it is chainable, which means I can increase the total power by just adding in a battery of the appropriate strength – or two! The max draw remains the same, the ohms and amp remain the same, but the total wattage is increased.
Sometimes it seems like a total waste to spend so much money on this stuff, but then again, if you start adding up the money you spent on water storage, food stocks, etc. it comes to a lot of money, doesn’t it? and actually, I’m hoping to start switching over some of the household electric needs to these goal zero’s before we get to a “have to” situation!!