You don’t need a giant photovoltaic array on your roof to take advantage of home solar power. Even if solar energy isn’t the answer for all your day-to-day power needs, it can be a great alternative to gasoline- or diesel-powered generators for power outages or off-the-grid applications like a vacation cabin. The GoalZero Yeti 1250 solar generator delivers serious household power in a convenient all-in-one package.
The Yeti 1250 uses a pair of 30-watt solar panels to collect the sun’s rays, and the charge is stored inside the unit. When fully charged the Yeti delivers 1,250 watt-hours (hence the name), which is a lot of juice: according to GoalZero, the Yeti can keep a full-size refrigerator cold for up to 4 days, power a laptop computer for 30 hours, or recharge a whole array of smaller gadgets.
The Yeti can power multiple devices at once, and includes AC, 1.5 amp USB, 33amp 12V DC, 6.6 amp 12V DC outlets. It fully charges in about 20 hours of bright sunlight, or 16 hours when plugged into a wall outlet (so you can keep it charged and ready to go). Essentially, the Yeti does for your whole home what the Solio charger does for a phone or iPod.
Measuring about 16″ x 12″ x 15″ and weighing about 100 pounds, the Yeti 1250 is fully portable. It requires no fuel storage, and emits no fumes or noise when in use.
It will be available in May, 2012 but the Yeti has already been attracting attention since its unveiling at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. View more details at the GoalZero website.
Update: The Yeti is now available. GoalZero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Power Pack + Boulder 30 Solar Panels, $1,799.95.