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Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station Review

Explore the Yeti 500: Ultimate Portable Power Review

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As the weather gets nicer and we start to do more outside, a portable power station is an essential smart device to consider getting this year. These devices offer a range of benefits for various situations, from emergency preparedness to outdoor activities. They are a convenient and safe option for ensuring access to electricity wherever it's needed without the drawbacks of traditional fuel-powered generators. And we just finished testing a portable power station that comes with app control. It's the Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station, and here is our review.

What is the Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station?

a phot of Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station and the boxGoal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station. unboxedGearBrain

The Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station is a testament to portable power, delivering best-in-class power output in a compact frame. Despite its modest size, the Yeti 500 is a powerhouse capable of running portable fridges, air pumps, pellet grills, and even larger power tools, making it an indispensable companion for outdoor adventures and home use. At the heart of its performance lies the upgraded LiFePO4 battery technology, which offers class-leading power and ensures an exceptional lifespan exceeding ten years of daily use, thanks to its 4000+ cycle lifespan.

In terms of convenience, the Yeti 500 sets the bar high with its superior fast charging capability, fully recharging from 0% to 100% in just 90 minutes. This feature ensures that you're always ready to go, whether you're heading out on a short-notice adventure or need to prepare for unexpected power outages quickly. Furthermore, the Yeti 500's unrivaled build quality positions it at the perfect intersection of portability and durability. Meeting stringent UL2743 and IPX4 certifications, this power station is designed to function in all temperatures, offering you a reliable power source under any condition. With the Yeti 500, you can enjoy a blend of robust performance, longevity, and rapid charging, all encased in a durable, travel-ready design.

Showing the outputs and inputs on the Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power StationThe Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station comes with a bunch of inputs and outputs.GearBrain

One of the features you look for in a portable power station is the number of outputs and the power they offer. For the Yeti 500, you get the following outputs:

  • 2x USB-A 18 W
  • 1x USB-C 100 W
  • 1x USB-C 30 W
  • 1x 12V 6mm port: 10 A
  • 1x 12V Car Port: 12 A
  • 2x AC 500 W, 1000 W Surge

(Note: Combined output of 12 V ports cannot exceed 15 A)

The Goal Zero Yeti 500 portable power station includes an AC charging cable for easy recharging from any standard outlet, ensuring your power station is ready for action whenever you are. Enhanced with mobile app integration, the Yeti 500 allows for seamless monitoring and control of power usage and levels directly from your smartphone, adding a layer of convenience to manage your device remotely. Ensure your Android device is running 7.1 and up and your iOS mobile device uses 12.4 or later.

For those who prefer eco-friendly charging options, the Yeti 500 features an 8mm solar input, supported by an integrated MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) technology, allowing up to 200W of maximum solar charging. This capability not only maximizes the efficiency of solar panels but also ensures that the power station is charged most effectively, making it an ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and eco-conscious users.

How do you set up your Goal Zero Yeti 500?

use Goal Zero app to connect your Yeti 500 to your smartphone.Use Goal Zero app to connect your Yeti 500 with your smartphone via Bluetooth.GearBrain

Setting up your Goal Zero Yeti 500 portable power station is simple and quick. Just follow these steps, and you will be up and running:

  1. Unbox and Inspect: Carefully unbox your Goal Zero Yeti 500, removing the portable charging station and AC power cord. Inspect the power station for any visible damage from shipping.
  2. Charge Your Yeti 500: It's a good idea to charge your Yeti 500 thoroughly before using it for the first time. Connect the AC charging cable to the power station and a wall outlet. You can also charge the power station via solar panels (sold separately) by connecting them to the 8mm Solar input. The integrated MPPT ensures efficient solar charging. Charging from 0% might take several hours, so plan accordingly.
  3. Download the Goal Zero Yeti App: To fully utilize the mobile app's features, download the Goal Zero Yeti app from the App Store (iOS devices)or Google Play Store (Android devices). Follow the in-app instructions to connect your Yeti 500 to the app via Bluetooth and then your home Wi-Fi network. This will enable you to monitor power usage, check battery levels, and control the power station remotely.
  4. Connect Your Devices: Once charged, you can start using your Yeti 500 to power or charge your devices. Use the various outputs (AC, USB, 12V, etc.) to connect devices like smartphones, laptops, lights, and small appliances. Make sure not to exceed the power station's output limits.
  5. Optimize Solar Charging (Optional): If you're using solar panels, place them where they can receive direct sunlight without obstructions. Adjust the angle of the panels as needed throughout the day to maximize solar intake. This is particularly useful for outdoor activities or in emergency power-outage situations.
  6. Maintenance and Storage: To ensure your Yeti 500 remains in top condition, keep it charged and discharge it to about 50% if you plan to store it for an extended period. Avoid exposing the power station to extreme temperatures and moisture.

By following these steps, your Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station will be set up and ready to provide reliable power wherever needed. For detailed instructions and safety information, refer to the official Goal Zero user manual.

a screenshot of Goal Zero app showing USB port in useGoal Zeroi app will help you monitor the powering up process of your devices plugged into the Yeti 500.GearBrain

How much does the Goal Zero Yeti 500 cost?

The Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station has an MSRP of $499.00 and is available on the company website, Amazon, and REI. Is that a reasonable price? We think the price is competitive, and here is why. When comparing to other 500W portable power stations, like Jackery Explorer 500 and Bluetti EB55, it's crucial to look at the following:

  • Battery technology: The type of battery used (e.g., lithium-ion vs. LiFePO4) affects longevity and safety.
  • Output options: The variety and type of outputs (USB-C PD, AC outlets, etc.) can impact the device's usefulness.
  • Solar charging capabilities: Integrated MPPT and solar charging efficiency are critical outdoor and eco-friendly charging solutions features.
  • Additional features: Water resistance, portability, and warranty should also be considered.
Based on these criteria, we found the Yeti 500 had prices and outputs similar to those of the competition. In some cases, they even had more USB and AC outputs than the others.

Performance - How did the Yeti 500 perform?

After testing the Goal Zero Yeti 500 for two months, we can say this portable power station is an excellent device if you are a camper and like to work outside and away from AC power. The Yeti 500 comes with a flap that covers all the ports on the front and back of the power station, which we have not seen in any connected portable power stations we tested. This is handy when caught in the rain while camping or hanging out in the backyard. You can quickly turn the Yeti 500 on and off and all the outlets without lifting the protected flap. We were a littler surprised though there was no way to shut down the portable power station in the app, but you could turn on and off each individual output in the app.

We found the Goal Zero app to a wealth of information. As we mentioned above, you could see the status for each output and turn them on and off in tghe app. You can also see the power station's overall power left in terms of percentages, day and hour. The app can also monitor the input power by source, temperature, and the batteries' overall battery life. The display on the unit also provides this information but only for the power source in use and the overall battery life.

photo of Goal Zero Yeti 500 display monitoring the output to charge up a iPhone 14 ProYeti 500 comes with a display to help you monitor the batteries output and battery life.GearBrain

Another nice feature of the Yeti 500 is its LiFePO4 batteries. Lithium Iron Phosphate or LiFePO4 batteries offer several advantages over traditional battery types, making them a popular choice for various applications. LiFePO4 batteries have a significantly longer life cycle compared to other lithium-ion batteries. They can handle more charge-discharge cycles, often exceeding 2000 to 4000 cycles without a substantial decrease in capacity, which translates to years of reliable service. They are also safer and more stable than other batteries. Due to their thermal and chemical stability, they are less prone to overheating and are unlikely to catch fire or explode, even if punctured. LiFePO4 batteries can operate in a wide range of temperatures without degrading quickly. Their high thermal stability ensures performance even under high-temperature conditions, making them suitable for outdoor and industrial applications. These batteries are also environmentally friendly, efficient, have low self-discharge, and are cost-effective due to the long lifespan and durability of LiFePO4 batteries.

a photo of the Yeti 500 powering a iPhone 14 pro.Yeti 500 does not come with a light but the display screen is bright enough to help you see at night.GearBrain

During testing, we got more than 5 days' worth of power when using the Yeti 500 outside to power smart outdoor lighting and portable speakers. We also used it to power our laptops and mobile devices while sitting outside for several hours daily. Charging up the power station was quick, too.

As for the weight of the Yeiti 500, it was lighter than other portable power stations we tested. It weighs 16.09 pounds and has a handle that makes it easy to carry. We were surprised the Yeti did not have a light built-in. Many competitors' models had lights that came in handy at night. However, the Yeti 500's display is bright and will give you some illumination if needed.


After testing this connected portable power station, I can say the Goal Zero Yeti 500 Portable Power Station is an excellent choice for those engaging in outdoor activities or seeking reliable emergency preparedness solutions. With its compact design yet powerful performance we experienced while testing, I can see how this power source can run portable fridges, air pumps, pellet grills, and larger power tools, making it a versatile companion for adventurers and homeowners alike. The Yeti 500 and its upgraded LiFePO4 battery technology provide a remarkable lifespan of over ten years with 4000+ cycles, and I like how it can fully recharge in just 90 minutes. I also found it to have a durable build with UL and weatherproof ratings, which can help it withstand all temperature conditions.

It can power a wide range of devices with various output options, including USB-A, USB-C, 12V ports, and AC outlets. Its ease of use is enhanced with mobile app integration for remote monitoring and control, and it supports efficient solar charging with up to 200 W via an integrated MPPT, I can see why Yeti 500 is appealing to eco-conscious users. The simple setup process and maintenance and storage guidelines ensure long-lasting performance and reliability. And even though some might think the priced ($499) is a little high, the Yeti 500 is competitive within its category, offering similar or superior features to alternatives like the Jackery Explorer 500 and Bluetti EB55, especially in terms of battery technology, output options, and solar charging capabilities. So, in my opinion, Goal Zero's Yeti 500 is a worthwhile investment for those prioritizing durability, versatility, and eco-friendly power solutions while living off-the grid or looking for a power source for those times when the electricity goes out due to bad weather conditions any time of the year.


  • Compact and powerful, suitable for various devices
  • Upgraded LiFePO4 battery ensures a lifespan of over 10 years
  • Fast charging capability, fully recharges in 90 minutes
  • Durable build with UL2743 and IPX4 certifications
  • Multiple output options for versatility
  • Mobile app integration for easy monitoring and control
  • Supports efficient solar charging with integrated MPPT


  • Higher initial cost compared to some competitors
  • No built-in light, unlike some competitor models
  • Limited ability to shut down the station via the app

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