Goal Zero has unveiled its latest â€“ and largest â€“ power bank, with the Yeti 6000X packing a vast battery thatâ€™s up to the challenge of keeping a cabin or campsite running off the grid or in a power outage. Aiming to sweep up big battery buyers who might otherwise be swayed by a Tesla Powerwall or other fixed backup power supply, itâ€™s capable of being charged via solar panels or a regular wall outlet.
The size is certainly the first giveaway that itâ€™s a beefier battery than weâ€™ve seen before from Goal Zero. At 106 pounds and 17 inches high, itâ€™s no surprise that the Yeti 6000X comes with its own roll cart for easier transportation. The price is the second indication: at $4,999.95 itâ€™s easily the most expensive model, too.
What you get in return, though, is a whole lot of power, and delivered at high rates. Inside thereâ€™s 6,000 wHr of lithium-ion batteries, with two 2,000W AC ports on the front panel that deliver 2,000W continuous and 3,500W surge. You could run a full-sized refrigerator for 110 hours, Goal Zero says, or a 42-inch TV for 60 hours.
Other ports include a USB-A 5V/2.4A (12W max), a USB-C 5-12V/3.0A (18W max), and a USB-C PD input/output 5-20V/3.0A (60W max). Thereâ€™s a 12V output 12V/13A (160W max) and a 12V HPP 12V/30A (360W max).
Charging is via either Goal Zeroâ€™s included 600W power supply â€“ which takes about 12 hours for a full recharge â€“ or solar panels, with the Yeti 6000X having a built-in MPPT module for more efficient solar charging. With two of the companyâ€™s Boulder 200 Briefcase solar panels delivering up to 400W of power, Goal Zero says the new Yeti will charge fully in 18-36 hours.
Finally, you can plug the power station into a carâ€™s 12V outlet. Charging and power use can be monitored via the Goal Zero app, since the Yeti 6000X has built-in WiFi.
While you could just use it as a very expensive way to keep your phone topped up â€“ figure on over 450 recharges, Goal Zero says, or over 120 charges of a typical laptop â€“ the Yeti 6000X more likely comes into its own as a backup battery for the home. Itâ€™s compatible with Goal Zeroâ€™s Yeti Home Integration kit, a $249.95 box that, when installed alongside your circuit breaker panel, allows you to flip over to Yeti backup power in the case of an outage.
Thatâ€™s a similar approach to what weâ€™ve seen from Teslaâ€™s Powerwall and other systems, though Goal Zero points out that the Yeti system can be significantly more affordable. While a single Powerwall unit packs more battery than the Yeti 6000X, itâ€™s also a lot more expensive. Plus, the Yeti can be wheeled out and taken on the road.
Obviously there are advantages and drawbacks to both systems, but unlike a gas or diesel generator theyâ€™re a lot cleaner and quieter. The Goal Zero Yeti 6000X is available to order now, on its own or in a bundle with the compatible solar panels.