By Lisa Johnston
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NEW YORK — Goal Zero has expanded its line of portable utilityclass solar generators, shipping its Yeti 400 and Yeti 150 models to retailers.
Aimed at the outdoor enthusiast and the emergency preparedness markets, the 29-pound Yeti 400 delivers 400 watt hours of power, enough to recharge a typical smartphone more than 30 times, a laptop five times, run a TV for three hours or provide more than 100 hours of light with the company’s Light-a- Life LED lantern, the company said.
The 400 can be charged from the wall in five hours or from the sun in 30 hours with the included Nomad 27 Solar Panel. It runs off an absorbent glass mat lead acid battery and an internal pure sine wave inverter which fuels two AC outlets, two USB ports and three 12-volt ports.
The step-down but similarly equipped 150-watt Yeti 150, announced at International CES and shipping now, provides 50 hours of light, 15 smartphone recharges, six tablet recharges or two laptop recharges. It weighs 12 pounds and has two 12-volt ports, a USB port and an AC port. The 150 can be fully recharged in 24 hours of full sun with the included Nomad 13 Solar Panel or in five via wall outlet.
“The Yeti line is all about preparation and gaining a sense of security,” commented Joe Atkin, president/CEO of Goal Zero. “We wanted to provide enough power to keep the lights on after a big storm or keep a base camp connected to the world in a smaller, more portable form factor than our first solar generator, Yeti 1250. Yeti 150 and 400 offer industry-leading size to power ratios and provide our customers with the peace of mind to know they’ll have power whenever and wherever they’ll need it.”
The Yeti 150 and Yeti 400 solar generators are available now at outdoor and camping supply retailers and at GoalZero.com with $200 and $460 suggested retails, respectively.
Goal Zero also markets the Yeti 1250, a 1,250-watt model designed to back up critical home appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers and home health care equipment, in the case of a power outage. It can be fully charged in about 20 hours with two included 30-watt Boulder 30 solar panels.
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