Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 81 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.1 stars 
Expert Rating: 4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 581

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Can be charged from multiple sources.
  • Very quiet.
  • A fully charged battery has enough battery to re-charge a variety of devices.
  • The USB ports are reliable and convenient.
  • Resistant to water and cold weather.

Expert Reviews

  • Best use is as a re-charging station, not a continuous power bank for appliances.
  • The flat handle design makes it stackable but also easy to carry.
  • Provides a large variety and number of ports.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Limited storage capacity, especially considering the cost.
  • Battery life can be unreliable.
  • Takes a very long time to charge.
  • Can have a short life, even when kept charged.
  • The AC output is a weak point in durability.

Expert Reviews

  • The “solar charging” capability is best for keeping the generator topped off while in use, not charging the entire unit.
  • Can’t be used for all appliances, especially high-output ones.
  • The solar panels must be purchased separately.


The Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator offers power to those looking for an off-the-grid getaway, or power for emergency uses, although it is most effective when fully charged by a power outlet, and topped-off using solar panels (sold separately). This generator is popular with people using CPAP machines while camping for a few days, and also has multiple ports for charging devices simultaneously. This does not have the capacity to power kitchen appliances, but for specific uses and portability this generator is a solid choice, although the battery may not last long enough to justify the price.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.