Is The Yeti 1400 Worth It Over The Yeti 1000?
Goal Zero has a fairly big power station lineup. Its Yeti lineup consists of a large variety of battery sizes, and you have a lot of choices depending on what you need. The Yeti 1000 and Yeti 1400 are two of the biggest Goal Zero batteries available right now, and they’ve become popular with RV campers, vandwellers, homeowners for emergencies, survivalists, preppers, and the weekend-campers.
I travel fulltime in my travel trailer, and the Yeti 1000 is part of my solar setup. I plug it straight into my camper and let it power everything except the air conditioner. It has been excellent for us, and while other campers near us are running their gas generators to watch TV and run their furnace, we can quietly charge out laptops, watch TV, use our microwave, and run the furnace with our Yeti.
Today I am going to compare the Yeti 1000 to the Yeti 1400. They have a lot in common, but there are some small differences that can make a big difference to you depending on what needs you have.
We’ll talk about overall features, specifications, inputs/outputs, what solar panels you can use with them, charging times, and everything else that is relevant when it comes down to choosing which power station will be the best for you. I’ll end the post by sharing some alternatives to these power stations that might fit your needs better.
Yeti 1000 Compared To Yeti 1400 – Specifications
Let’s start by comparing their specifications side by side in a table.
Can’t see the whole table? Scroll left/right on smaller screens.
What They Have In Common
When you take a look at the specifications of both, they seem to share a lot of features, and that’s because they do. Goal Zero has a lot of Yeti power stations, and the 1000 and 1400 are the ones that are the most similar to each other.
Here is what they have in common
- Two AC 120V outlets powered by a 1500W/3000W surge pure-sine wave inverter
- Comes with PWM solar charge controller pre-installed, both are compatible with the optional MPPT charge controller module.
- The charge controller has one 8mm input and one power pole input
- Two 6mm 12V outputs, one 12V cigarette lighter output, one 12V power pole output
- A built-in screen that shows input watts, output watts, output amps, battery voltage, state of charge in percentage, and watt-hours used. Controlled with three small buttons to change units, turn on/off light, and an info button that switches between “hours to empty/full” and state of charge percentage on the right part of the screen.
- Three buttons to turn on/off 120V outlets, USB ports, and 12V output.
- Both come with the 5A Yeti charger in the box.
- Built-in handles.
The Differences Between The Two
The biggest difference between the two is the battery size. It’s a 1045Wh battery against a 1425Wh battery. I’ll talk about what difference that makes down below.
Both are lithium and perform the same in terms of charging/discharging, it’s just that the Yeti 1400 has a couple of extra cells.
Goal Zero has also put the new USB C ports on the Yeti 1400. There are two USB-A 5V 2.4A ports versus four of them on the Yeti 1000. But instead, you get one USB C 5V 3A, and one USB C PD capable of outputting 60 watts, on the Yeti 1400.
This makes the Yeti 1400 capable of charging the latest Macbooks and other laptops that can charge through USB C. A benefit with this versus using the AC outlet is that you’ll get a more efficient charge since the inverter isn’t 100% efficient.
Modern game consoles like the Nintendo Switch can also charge through USB C PD, making it a very powerful port to have on a portable power bank.
Yeti 1400 also has wifi, which lets you use an app on your phone to control and read the inputs/outputs and wattages. Note that this requires a current Wifi available for the Yeti to connect to, it doesn’t create its own Wifi network.
For a camper like me, I would’ve preferred if the Yeti 1400 could’ve created its own Wifi so I wouldn’t have to turn on a router or hotspot as well to use the Wifi functionality. Being able to choose between both would be ideal. But that’s a post subject for another time.
Other than the USB and the wifi, there really isn’t a huge difference between the two. The Yeti 1400 weighs 3.7 pounds more and measures one inch taller.
How Much More Power Do You Get Out Of A Yeti 1400 Vs A Yeti 1000?
So we know that the Yeti 1400 has a 1425Wh lithium battery which is larger than the 1045Wh found in the Yeti 1000. But what can you do with that extra 380Wh battery capacity, and does it matter?
Well, it is a 36% increase in battery capacity after all. This means that the Yeti 1400 lets you run your electronics, for 36% longer.
If you have a laptop that uses 60W, then the Yeti 1000 could ideally run it for 17.42 hours (1045Wh/60W), note that this is before we count in inverter efficiency which usually is around 85%.
That same laptop could charge for 23.75 hours with the Yeti 1400 (1425/60W). It isn’t more complicated than that. More watt hours means more usage in total.
So what’s the downside with having more power? As seen above when we compare the two, there aren’t any downsides except for weight and size differences.
It does take longer to charge the Yeti 1400 from empty to full since it’s a larger battery, but that’s not really a downside since it will charge to 1045Wh (the battery capacity of the Yeti 1000 at full) as fast, or even faster due to the “stadium effect“.
If you have no idea how many watts you use with your electronics in a day, I recommend getting a Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor. You can plug your electronics into it and it will tell you how many watts the device is using.
Test a couple of devices you use daily, write it down, and think about how many hours you would like to use that device every day.
For example, if the Kill A Watt says that a device is using 100 watts, it means 100 watts every hour. So if you would plug it into the Yeti 1000 which has 1045 watt hours to spend when fully charged, it would be down to about 945 watt hours after an hour of use with your device.
One of my favorite features with the Goal Zero Yetis is the screen that tells you exactly how many watts the outlets are outputting, it’s like a built-in Kill A Watt. With the Wifi functionality of the Yeti 1400, you can also track this info on your phone with an app. The app will tell you exactly how many watt hours there are left.
How Fast Does The Yeti 1000 Charge Compared To The Yeti 1400?
Since the Yeti 1400 comes with the same 5A wall charger the Yeti 1000 does, it will take longer to charge out of the box.
It takes 18 hours to charge the Yeti 1000 with the included wall charger, and it takes 25 hours to charge the Yeti 1400.
One way to speed up both would be to buy the MPPT charge controller that not only increases the input watts when charging from solar panels but also when using the included wall charger.
If you use the 12V car charger cable, the Yeti 1000 will be fully charged in 9 hours, versus Yeti 1400’s 12 hours. I have written a separate post about charging times with the car charger that you can find here.
Using Solar Panels With The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 And Yeti 1400
They share solar charging compatibilities and are compatible with both the Goal Zero Boulder solar panels and some third-party 100W panels from companies like Renogy, HQST, Newpowa, and Rockpals.
If you’re considering using third-party panels I recommend reading my post about what adapter you need and what to think about.
I recommend using the Goal Zero MPPT charge controller module with both Yetis to improve charging efficiency both when using solar panels and the wall charger. Goal Zero advertises up to 40% increased solar charging, which I can confirm is a legit number. It especially makes a big difference on cloudy days, in the morning, and in the evening.
Can You Combine/Chain A Yeti 1000 With A Yeti 1400?
No, what you can do is add an expansion kit to either of them to increase the battery capacity.
Alternative Power Stations To The Goal Zero Yeti On The Market
There are other brands making power stations as well, but the obvious one I need to mention first is that there is also a Yeti 3000 that has 3x the capacity of the Yeti 1000.
Goal Zero’s smaller Yeti is the Yeti 400, available as the Yeti 400, and the Yeti 400 Lithium. The lithium model is like a smaller Yeti 1000 with a less powerful pure sine wave inverter. It does have two AC outlets, three USB ports, and a solar panel input though. A great portable option for people with fewer electronics to use and charge.
Renogy makes a power station very similar to the Yeti 1000, called Renogy Lycan. It has wheels, more AC outlets, and a slightly larger battery.
The Maxoak Bluetti is one of the best alternatives to Goal Zero Yeti. It’s a lithium power station with a 1000W inverter. The best thing about it is the 1500Wh battery, which is 455Wh more battery capacity than the Yeti 1000.
It comes with a solar adapter ready for any solar panels with MC4 connectors, and a great built-in handle that makes it extremely portable and travel-friendly.
You can input a maximum of 500 watts of solar into it which means that you could potentially charge it from 0 to 100 in less than five hours of peak sun if you have 500 watts of solar panels. It has a built-in MPPT solar charge controller, so it will be much more efficient than the Yeti 1000 and Yeti 1400 out of the box.
So what’s the downside? The only downside is that the inverter is rated at a maximum of 1000W versus Yeti 1000’s 1500W. If you don’t plan on running a microwave or any power-hungry tools, this won’t be a problem to most. It will still be able to run coffeemakers, toasters, and other small electronics.
One smaller but really popular option is the Jackery Explorer 500. It has half the battery capacity of the Yeti 1000, only one AC outlet, but has a nice display and three USB ports. The inverter on the Jackery Explorer 500 is a pure sine wave inverter, but can’t handle more than 500 watts continuously.
The reason I am sharing it as an alternative is that not everybody needs a large battery with a large inverter. If you’d like to have the same capacity as a Yeti 1000, you could buy two Explorer 500. For vandwellers or car campers with limited space, it might be the best choice. It won’t run a microwave, but it will charge laptops, tablets, run a TV, and other small devices for several hours.
It’s also a solid choice if you just need a portable battery to run your CPAP machine at night.
The Sungzu power station is a very portable yet powerful little gadget with 1010Wh, two AC outlets, and four USB ports.
Sungzu also sells a portable foldable 100W solar panel that together with its power station makes a very portable travel-friendly setup, perfect for a small camper, van, or car camper.
If you have any questions please leave a comment down below.