From what we’ve heard, the current pandemic hasn’t affected power supply for most parts of the world. Basically, you won’t have to worry about the lights going out anytime soon. Still, if this current situation taught us anything, it’s that it never hurts to be prepared for the unlikely. The Goal Zero Yeti 500X makes sure you’re ready if those power outages ever come.
The newest addition to the outfit’s line of power hubs, the device lets you power small-to-medium appliances, allowing you to keep your home’s basic amenities going in the event of a power outage. Even better, the darn thing is sized for portability, allowing you to hide out in the backcountry for some extreme social distancing while enjoying a few simple creature comforts.
The Goal Zero Yeti 500X is the successor to the outfit’s Yeti 400, delivering 20 percent more power while coming in an enclosure that’s 20 percent smaller, measuring in at just 7.5 x 11.25 x 5.8 inches (depth x width x height). That’s right, it’s more compact than ever before, making it the perfect thing to keep in the closet for those emergency situations, all while being incredibly easy to transport even in a backpack. It has a 505Wh battery that you can charge from a wall outlet, a car’s 12-volt outlet, or a compatible solar panel, giving you plenty of options for juicing the battery, regardless of whether you’re quarantining in your cramped apartment, car camping by the lake, or just soaking the sun in the backyard because everything is closed in your town. Charging times, by the way, will vary on the input, with a standard wall outlet (60W) filling it up in 8.5 hours and a 120W car charger getting the job done in 4.5 hours.
According to the outfit, a full charge of the battery is enough to power a TV for up to three hours, while powering the control panels, thermometers, augers, and fans of a pellet grill for up to nine hours. It can also recharge most laptops eight times, most tablets 10 times, and most phones 40 times over, so this little thing can do a whole lot to keep you comfortable and connected when you have no access to the grid.
The Goal Zero Yeti 500X has four different charging ports: an AC outlet, a 12V outlet, a 60W outlet (similar to a wall outlet), and a USB-C slot. That means, you can use this to power any consumer electronic or appliance, allowing you to not just keep your electronic devices charged, but also use TVs, portable fridges, and ovens without a running wall outlet in sight. Of course, it’s best to pair it with a decent solar panel, so you have recharging options for those times the power outage lasts a little longer than you would like. When charging via solar panels, by the way, it uses an MPPT charge controller to optimize the power input, ensuring you get the most efficient solar charge available at all times.
Want one? The Goal Zero Yeti 500X is available now.