How You Can Charge A Goal Zero Yeti Or Sherpa While Driving A Car, RV, or Van
Today I would like to talk about four ways to charge a Goal Zero Yeti or a Sherpa in an RV, car, or van. These four ways go from simple to advanced. If you have any questions about any of these ways, please leave a comment down below.
Goal Zero would be the best people to call if you’re going the advanced way, but I might be able to help somewhat.
Related Post: 5 Ways To Charge A Goal Zero Yeti Faster
Now, let’s take a look at how to charge your Yeti or Sherpa in your vehicle while going down the road.
Goal Zero finally released a car charger that plugs into your cigarette lighter plug in your vehicle. It has two options, 5A or 10A, so you can charge your Yeti by either 60W or 120W.
This means that the car charger is capable of charging faster Goal Zero devices faster than what the wall adapter included with the Yeti’s are (unless you have the 25A fast charger).
It’s an easy way to charge your Yeti or Sherpa on the go. It supports the Yeti 150, 400, 400 lithium, 1000, 1250, 1400, and 3000. It also supports the Sherpa 50, 100, and 100AC.
Note that the Goal Zero car charger is a “smart charger” that needs to see a certain voltage before it starts charging. This is to stop it from depleting your vehicle battery when your vehicle is off. This means that the charger will probably not run off of 12V plugs in campers found in some fifth wheel and travel trailer models.
2. 12V Car Inverter
If you have a car inverter like the BESTEK 500W Power Inverter you could charge your Yeti or Sherpa with the included AC wall charger in your vehicle.
Paired with the Goal Zero 25A fast charger, it would be able to charge up Yeti’s quickly while you’re on the road.
Another option is to purchase an additional Goal Zero 5A wall charger since the Bestek inverter has two outlets, this would double the charging speed.
One reason to use a cigarette lighter inverter instead of the Goal Zero car charger is that you could use the inverter to charge more things than the Yeti or Sherpa. You could use the second outlet to run a fridge, charge your laptop, or other electronics under 500 watts.
The downside is that unless you have the fast charger, it would charge slower than with the car charger.
3. Goal Zero Link
The Goal Zero Link kit is an expansion module kit released by Goal Zero last year that connects straight to the alternator in your vehicle to charge a Yeti power station. It’s compatible with the Yeti 1000, 1400, and 3000 lithium power stations.
If you travel in a van or a car and would be interested in doing this, I recommend watching the video below made by the Goal Zero team.
4. Solar Panels
Another way to charge your Yeti or Sherpa on the road is with solar panels. You can mount solar panels to your RV, van, or car roof and leave them plugged into your Yeti all the time.
If you don’t want to use Goal Zero’s panels, you can use third-party panels from companies like Renogy, HQST, and Newpowa. I have written a separate post on how you can connect third-party panels to the Yeti and what adapters you need.
A flexible panel like the Kingsolar 100W flexible solar panel is the kind of lightweight panel that would work great on a car or van roof. They’re lightweight, easy to install, and easy to clean.
How do you charge your Yeti or Sherpa on the road? Let me know in the comments, where you can also leave any questions you might have.