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  1. How to Choose the Perfect Solar Generator for Your Needs

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    No matter if you need a lot of power or a little, or if you’re using your solar generator for an emergency or for recreational use, there’s a Goal Zero power solution for you. Our portable solar generators are a valuable addition to your emergency prep supplies, but they also provide everything you need to comfortably enjoy your off-grid camping trip. 

    What factors should you consider when choosing a solar generator?

    Portable solar generators are a great way to have power during an emergency or on your travels off-grid, and there are a few factors to consider when choosing your optimal solar generator. 

    • How much power do you need? Portable solar generators come in various sizes, so you’ll want to choose one that can provide the amount of energy you need.
    • What will you be using it for? If you’re just looking for a backup power source for your home, you’ll want a multi-functional solar generator that can be used at home for camping or other outdoor activities.
    • How easy is it to use? Some solar generators can be quite complicated, but Goal Zero solar generators are designed to be straightforward for intuitive use. 

    What are the benefits of using solar generators instead of traditional generators?

    Solar generators are a great way to provide portable power for your home or small business. They are an excellent emergency preparedness tool, as they can be used to power virtual devices in the event of a power outage.

    • They are renewable and sustainable: Solar generators rely on renewable energy from the sun and are an environmentally friendly and sustainable source of power. They produce clean energy that does not pollute the air or water.
    • They are reliable: Solar generators can store energy in batteries, so you will still have power even if there is an interruption in the sun’s rays.
    • They are cost-effective: Solar generators can save you money on your electric bill, and they require little maintenance once they are installed.
    • You don’t need fossil fuels to run them: Solar generators don’t require them to operate, so you won’t have to worry about running out of gas or oil. 
    • They are low maintenance: Solar generators are low maintenance and easy to use. Simply set them up in a sunny location and let the sun do the work!
    • They are much quieter than gas generators: You know how loud they can be if you’ve ever used a gas generator. Solar generators are much quieter, so you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors or waking up the kids. 
    • They are portable and can be used anywhere there is sunlight: Solar generators are portable and can be used anywhere there is sunlight. This makes them ideal for camping, boating, and RVing. 
    • They are a great backup power source: Solar generators make a great backup power source for your home or office in case of a power outage. 
    • Solar generators can be used even when the power is out: If the power goes out, you can still use your solar generator to power lights, appliances, and other essential devices. 
    • They are an investment in your future: Solar generators are an investment in your future because they will save you money on your energy bills and help you be prepared for power outages. 

    What are some common uses for solar generators?

    A portable solar generator can be a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit. It can provide power for lights, phones, and other small devices in a power outage. A solar generator can also be used to charge batteries for radios and other critical equipment in an emergency.

    In addition to emergency preparedness, a portable solar generator can also be a valuable asset in disaster preparation. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or other natural disasters, having a portable solar generator on hand can help you keep your family safe and comfortable during an evacuation. 

    Finally, solar generators are helpful for camping and outdoor activities with limited access to traditional power sources. They are becoming increasingly popular as people look for ways to reduce their reliance on traditional power sources.

    What can Goal Zero solar generators power? 

    Goal Zero solar generators are some of the most versatile on the market. Not only can they be used to power small appliances and devices, but they can also be used as emergency power sources. So, what can Goal Zero solar generators power? Let’s take a closer look.

    Goal Zero’s Yeti 6000X + (2) Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator

    The Goal Zero’s Yeti 6000X + (2) Boulder200 Briefcase Solar Generator is the perfect way to get power when you need it most. This solar generator can do the job or just need a little extra power on hand. With its reliable and efficient solar panels, you can recharge the Yeti in as little as 18 hours from the sun. 

    The durable aluminum frame makes it more resistant to damage from bumps and scrapes. And because it’s powered by solar energy, there are no fumes or noise to worry about.

    Some of the devices/appliances it can power include:

    • Full-size Refrigerator (85 hours)
    • Mini Fridge (172 hours)
    • WiFi Router (241 Hours)
    • CPAP (93 hours)
    • TV (42″ LED) (60 hours)
    • Light Bulb (547 hours)
    • Laptop (120 recharges)
    • Smart Phone (501 recharges)

    Goal Zero’s Yeti 3000X + (4) Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator

    Goal Zero’s Yeti 3000X + (4) Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator kit is a  top-of-the-line generator set perfect for keeping your life powered up, whether at home or on the road. With four Boulder 200 Briefcases, you’ll be able to recharge in as little as 6 hours – perfect when you need a little extra power. 

    This set also includes a Combiner and Extension Cables to connect all of your devices and appliances easily. Whether you’re facing a power outage or just want to be prepared for anything, the Yeti 3000X + (4) Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator kit has you covered.

    Some of the devices/appliances it can power include:

    • Full-size Refrigerator (43 hours)
    • Mini Fridge (87 hours)
    • WiFi Router (122 hours)
    • CPAP (47 hours)
    • TV (42″ LED) (31 hours)
    • Light Bulb (276 hours)
    • Laptop (61 recharges)
    • Smart Phone (253 recharges)

    Goal Zero’s Yeti 1500X + (4) Boulder 100 Briefcase Solar Generator

    Goal Zero’s Yeti 1500X + (4) Boulder 100 Briefcase Solar Generator is the perfect power solution for any situation. It provides a whopping 1500 watts of power, while the four Boulder 100 Briefcase Solar Panels produce a combined 400 watts of solar energy. Add in the Extension Cables, and you’ve got a complete power solution that can go anywhere, whether you’re looking to keep your lights on during a power outage or need a reliable power source for your camping or tailgating setup.

    Some of the devices/appliances it can power include:

    • Full-size Refrigerator (21 hours)
    • Mini Fridge (44 hours)
    • WiFi Router (61 hours)
    • CPAP (24 hours)
    • TV (42″ LED) (15 hours)
    • Light Bulb (138 hours)
    • Laptop (31 recharges)
    • Smart Phone (127 recharges)

    Power your life off the grid with Goal Zero solar generators

    Portable solar generators are an excellent choice for those looking to go off the grid or who want an extra power source in case of emergencies. They are also reliable to stay powered up while enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you’re camping, tailgating, or just need a little backup power for emergencies, Goal Zero has you covered. Visit our website today to learn more about our solar generators and other backup power sources.

  2. 70 DAYS AND 1000 MILES IN THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN

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    By: Ben Kraushaar

    “WE GOT A FLIPPED BOAT!” Cody yelled over the roar of crashing waves and boiling rapids.

    I looked downstream. Amid the most violent and unforgiving whitewater I have ever seen, a tiny blue speck was bobbing in and out of sight. My heart sank. I was petrified. Our most experienced oarsman and his passenger (a 70-year-old woman) were in the water, fighting for their lives in one of the deadliest sections of river in the United States. We were 41 days into a 70-day river journey – deep in the bowels of Cataract Canyon more formitably known as the Graveyard of the Colorado. The river was raging at 54,000 cfs and we were undeniably at the whim of mother nature. We were riding a fine line between life and death; glory and chaos.

    We were in what everyone called, “the media boat”, part of a multidisciplinary river expedition led by the United States Geological Survey and the University of Wyoming. This year marks the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers. In recognition of Powell’s legacy, a collaboration of scientists, writers, artists and voices from the Colorado River Basin embarked on a 70-day, 1000-mile trip down the same rivers to revisit Powell’s legacy and re-envision the future. As filmmakers, it was our goal to document this journey and help tell the modern-day story of the Colorado River Basin.

    Filming on a river for tireless months was no easy feat. Safeguarding our production equipment from the elements was top priority. If we ruined gear, our production would be over. No more filming. No more story. All our hard work and years of planning would be for nothing. This can be a game of chance when running Class V water. Even the most experienced oarsmen are not immune to flips and there are situations on the river that are literally out of your control.

    We had a full production house onboard our 18-ft raft. Laptops, hard drives, gimbels, microphones, and 10 cameras, some of which were more valuable than a new car. For power, we utilized four Yeti 1000’s and four Nomad 100 panels. A gas generator wasn’t a sustainable option for this production. There was not enough room. A generator would be too noisy and we didn’t want to run the risk of spilling toxic gasoline into the water. We relied entirely on the sun to keep our cameras rolling. Our power system still contained electrical components and were vulnerable to extreme heat and water – a daunting task considering the nature of our journey.

    One of the Yeti 1000 power stations was rigged within the boat that flipped in Cataract Canyon. As we watched the capsized boat get churned in waves and bounce off rocks, we hoped that the dry boxes remained watertight. The last thing we wanted was an electrical fire on a boat floating down an unforgiving river in the middle of nowhere.

    After a multitude of near flips, two lost oars, and nearly a half hour of the most chaotic and exhausting rowing, we confirmed that our swimmers had been rescued by another boat. We eventually caught up to the flipped rig that had come to rest in an eddy packed full of driftwood, debris and swirling foam and our expedition regrouped under the blazing desert sun. After hugs, tears, and some celebratory beers, we set up a z drag (a rope and pulley system used to flip boats) to right the 2000-lb raft. This would be the moment of truth. Did our power station survive the flip and the journey in the water? What kind of mess would we find in the drybox? To our immense relief and surprise, the dry box actually stayed dry. Not one single drop of water punched through the rubber seal.

    Everyone we consulted about filming in remote and rugged conditions told us a solar system wouldn’t support our power needs. Filming everyday, for 70 days, rain or shine, people said there would be no way to pull that off without a gas generator. We proved them wrong. Our set up worked flawlessly and the Goal Zero system was a critical component of our daily routine. We successfully shot for 70 straight days, backed up footage, and kept a constant rotation of camera batteries charging. Day after day, from Wyoming to Nevada on the Green and Colorado River, Goal Zero kept powering our production.

    To learn more about our voyage and to keep tabs on the progress of the film, you can follow BenCody and Powell150 on Instagram or check out the trip website.

  3. First Look: Yeti 500X

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    First Look: Yeti 500X

    We were stoked to be able to take the new Yeti 500X with us on a recent weekend camping trip.

    The Yeti ran our 80 Litre Companion fridge throughout the three days. The fridge proved very efficient, no doubt helped by the winter temperatures, and we still had more than 10% charge left in the Yeti 500X when we started our trip back home.

    This was pretty fortunate as the sun wasn’t our friend over the weekend and we didn’t even get the solar panel out!

    We didn’t have phone coverage, so the phones stayed in the car and we didn’t need to use the Yeti USB ports for charging. My sister left her drone at home (doh!), so we didn’t even use the Yeti’s built-in 300 Watt inverter.

    We are looking forward to getting out for some more camping as the weather warms up and the Yeti 500X will be one of the first things we pack!

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