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REVIEW: Goal Zero Yeti 6,000X Solar Generator + Top 6 Alternatives

By SSK Admin November 20, 2021

 

Goal Zero Yeti

Top 3 Product Recommendations

1. EcoFlow Delta MAX
Quad Kit



$5,989.00

  • Has Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • X-Boost Charging
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2. Lion Safari ME
Gold Kit


Lion Safari ME

$3,945.00

  • 2000W continuous output
  • 922 watt hour base unit
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3. Bluetti EB240
Quad Kit



$2,099.00

  • Multiple Devices All at Once
  • Versatile Plug Options
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Top 6 Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Alternatives

Ready to explore your alternatives, here are our top 6 solar generators to buy instead of a Goal Zero Yeti 6000X.

 1.  EcoFlow DELTA MAX 6,000 [Quad Kit] - $5,989

It's no surprise that this convenient and highly advanced solar generator kit takes our top spot, as the EcoFlow DELTA MAX is one of the most anticipated solar powered generators ever built for off-grid, RV, Van Life, and home backup situations. Its already impressive 2,016Wh deep-cycle battery is expanded to a total of 6,028Wh, which is thanks to two compact external batteries. 

Not only is the battery capacity incredible, the DELTA MAX is also the fastest charging solar generator on the market. It has the ability to fully re-charge in under 2 hours and even features 3,600W dual charging capabilities.

The DELTA Max also features 3,400W X-Boost, which increases the charge rate, so you can charge your electronic devices faster than ever before. When you purchase the DELTA MAX as part of the Quad Kit, you also get four highly efficient 200 watt solar panels and all of the cables and accessories needed to get up and running with off-grid solar power!

EcoFlow DELTA MAX Solar Generator Pros:

When it comes to the benefits the DELTA MAX offers, it's difficult to know where to start. The fastest charge rate in the industry certainly stands out, but a crystal-clear display screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an enormous internal battery are also real highlights. The wide variety of input and output charging ports is also a major plus, as it ensures the DELTA MAX is incredible versatile.

Not only does the DELTA MAX perform well and offer plenty of unique and advanced features, it is available at a very reasonable price point, which is something consumers have come to expect from EcoFlow.

DELTA MAX Cons:

When you're talking about one of the most advanced and highly reviewed solar generator kits on the market, it becomes a little difficult to find any significant faults. Some people might find the kit somewhat bulky, especially if you plan on relocating the generator and the two external batteries on a regular basis, but this is to be expected of such a powerful solar generator kit.

What Can The EcoFlow Delta Quad Kit Actually Power?

Appliance Run Time
Full Size Fridge (120W) 60 Hours
Phone Charging (5W) Charge over 400 times
Laptop Charging (56W) Charge up to 100 times
55" LCD T.V (75W) 80+ Hours
LED Reading Lamp (4W) 1,400+ Hours
Hot Plate (500W) 12+ Hours
Air Conditioner (500W) 11+ Hours
House Fan - (50W) 120+ Hours
Microwave - (1k) 6+ Hours
Electric Blanket - (50W) 120 Hours
CPAP Machine (90W)

60 Hours

 

EcoFlow DELTA MAX Quad Kit

 

 2.  Lion Safari ME Solar Generator [GOLD Kit] - $3,995

As a close second, the Lion Safri ME solar generator is another high capacity device with modular, infinite storage possibilities. Each 2,000 Wh battery pack fit for the Safari ME has 2,000 lifecycles and can be easily swapped for ongoing power (rather than replacing a $5,000 unit in full). 

Our Lion Safari ME Gold Kit also comes with solar panels and wiring at a price significantly lower than the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X by itself. 

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Specs:

  • Output - AC [Standard Wall Plugs]: 2 (Easily split these with a surge protector or extension cable)
  • Output - USB: 2 USB-A  & 2 USB-C
  • Rated Battery Capacity: 922wH + 2,048wH = 2,970 watt hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium
  • Inverter: 2000 Watt Continuous / 4000 Watt Surge - Pure Sine
  • Fastest Solar Recharge Time: Under 2 hours
  • Lifecycles: 2,000

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Pros:

Unlike some of the company’s smaller products, Lion Energy has included a 2000W continuous inverter (same capacity as the Yeti), in this compact device. Just like the Yeti, the ME has 2 C wall outlets but is fully capable of running large appliances and electronics for long periods of time.

The main difference here is that the Lion Safari ME is both cheaper to purchase and less expensive to maintain large amounts of battery capacity throughout its lifetime compared to the Yeti 6000X.  

Lion Safari ME Cons:

Without an extra battery pack, the ME is a lean, 922 W solar generator. Although it is convenient and portable, this makes it entirely necessary to purchase more power (2 batteries) to meet the approximate reserve capacity of the Yeti 6000X. 

 

What Can The Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Gold Kit Actually Power?

Appliance Run Time
Full Size Fridge (120W) 25+ Hours
Phone Charging (5W) Charge up to 200+ times
Laptop Charging (56W) Charge up to 50+ times
55" LCD T.V (75W)  38+ Hours
LED Reading Lamp (4W) 720+ Hours
Hot Plate (500W) 5.8+ Hours
Air Conditioner (500W) 5.8+ Hours
House Fan - (50W) 60+ Hours
Microwave - (1k) 3+ Hours
Electric Blanket (50W) 60+ Hours
CPAP Machine (90W) 28+ Hours

 

Lion Safari ME Gold Kit

 

3.  Bluetti EB240 Solar Generator Quad Kit - $2,297

While the Goal Zero Yeti 6,000X is good at providing long appliance runtimes, I feel as if the Bluetti EB240 does it even better The Bluetti EB240 Quad kit has about half of the storage capacity of the 6000X, but it includes solar panels, wiring, and a longer expected lifetime for half of the upfront costs. 

Bluetti EB240 Solar Generator Specs:

  • Battery Capacity: 2400Wh (Watt Hours)
  • Battery Chemistry: LG Li-ion battery cells (Lithium)
  • AC Input: 7.9 x 0.9mm DC, 42V/160W (Wall Charger)     
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 16V~60V /Max. 10A (For Solar Panel Charging)
  • AC Output: 110V, Max. 1000 Watts (Pure Sine Inverter)
  • CarPort (Cigarette Lighter): DC 12V/9A 
  • USB Ports: 1 x 45W USB-C (5-20V) & 4 x 5V, 3A USB-A
  • Solar Charge Input/Mode: MPPT Charge Controller 
  • Efficiency: 99.5%
  • Exact Size of Generator (Dimensions): 19.4 x 6.5 x 14.4 inches
  • Weight: 48.5lb
  • Warranty: 2-Years

Bluetti EB240 Solar Generator Pros:

The EB240 comes with 2400Wh, which is still a large amount of power for a standalone generator, especially at just 48 lbs. If you are able to continuously charge the Bluetti EB240 (via solar, AC, or DC), then 24000Wh should be plenty for emergencies, camping trips, tailgates, or ongoing use. 

Knowing this, I feel as if many people overpay for the Yeti 6000X for power storage capacity that they do not actually need.  

Bluetti EB240 Solar Generator Cons:

Notably, the Bluetti EB240 is limited with its 1000W continuous inverter, only able to provide about half of the AC power that the Goal Zero YetiX. However, 1000W is still a lot of energy, especially while constrained to just 2 wall outlets. 

What Can the Bluetti EB240 Solar Generator Actually Power?

Appliance Run Time
Fridge/Freezer (100 watts) 24+ hours
50" TV (65 watts)  37 hours
LED Lights (6 watts) 400 hours
House Fan (50 watts) 48 hours
Smartphones (5-7 watts) 400+ hours
Tablets (25-40 watts) 80+ hours
Laptops (50 watts) 48+ hours
Electric Blanket (Queen Size, 75 watts) 32 hours
CPAP Machine (30 watts) 80+ hours

 

Bluetti EB240 Quad Kit

 

4. EcoFlow Delta 1800 Solar Generator Quad Kit - $1,709

If you were considering the Yeti 6000X as a “portable” power generator, then we highly recommend that you take a look at the EcoFlow Delta 1800 before making your purchase.

The Delta 1800 is 30 lbs, but still packs 1260Wh of electricity into its compact and portable design. 

EcoFlow Delta 1800W / 1300wH Solar Generator Specs:

  • [Newest Model]: DELTA 1800
  • [100% More Battery Capacity]: 1260Wh (350Ah,3.7V)
  • [Compact Design] Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6in (40 x 21 x 27cm)
  • [Light Weight]: 30.9lbs (14kg)
  • [Works in all Weather] Charge Temperature: 32-113℉ (0-45℃)
  • [Discharge In Freezing Temperatures]: -4 -113℉ (-20-45℃)
  • [Testing and Certifications]: UL, CE, FCC, RoHS, PSE
  • [Cell Chemistry]: Lithium-ion  
  • [Shelf Life]: 1 Year (after fully charged)

What can the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Actually Power?

Appliance Run Time
Large Fridge 15-18+ Hours
Lights (10W) 36+ Hours
Coffee Maker 50+ Cups
Circular Saw 1+ Hours
Laptop 27+ Recharges
Electric Vehicle 3-5 miles (5-8 km)
CPAP Machine 20+ Hours
Air Conditioning 0.8+ Hours
Electric Blanket 25+ Hours

 

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator Pros:

In our review of the EcoFlow Delta, we noted its lightning-fast 2 hour AC charge time as a revolutionary feat for solar generators and solar generator kind. This remains true, as the Delta makes an incredibly convenient and affordable solar generator for long-term, occasional uses.  Check our next review of EcoFlow Delta 1300.

Also, the Delta has a 1800W inverter, which means it can power nearly everything a Yeti 6000X can, just for shorter durations. 

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator Cons:

Of course, 1300Wh of battery is simply a fraction of what the Yeti 6000X can hold. If you are looking for convenience, the Delta is the king, but in terms of storage capacity, there are many more capable options. 

 

EcoFlow Delta Quad Kit

 

5.  Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator Hex Kit - $2,897

Lastly, we return to MaxOak for their high-performance Bluetti AC200P.  Unlike the Bluetti featured above, the AC200P can run 2000W of continuous power, just like the Yeti 6000X.  With our Hex Kit, The Bluetti AC200P and 500W of solar can be purchased for over $2000 less than Goal Zero’s latest. 

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator Specs:

  • 2,000wh High Capacity Lithium Battery (LiFePO4)
  • 2000W Inverter for Continuous AC Power
  • 6 x AC (Wall) Outlets
  • 1 x 60W PD 2.0 USB-C
  • 4 x 5V/3A USB-A
  • 1 x PV 35-150V/12A
  • 1 x 12V/25A Output
  • LG premium electric-vehicle battery cell
  • 3500+ Charge Cycles
  • MPPT Charge Controller
  • 2*15W Wireless charging pads
  • Intelligent temperature-controlled cooling fan
  • Smart touchable LCD control panel
  • 24 Month Warranty

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator Pros:

With 2000W of continuous electricity at your disposal, the Bluetti AC200P blows past the capabilities of the Yeti 6000X with 6 included wall outlets. Although its battery capacity is about ⅓ of the Yeti’s (at 2,000Wh), the AC200P is rated for 3500+ charge cycles.

Knowing this, The Bluetti is capable of delivering much more lifetime power than the Yeti 6000X.

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator Cons: 

Compared to the modular generators at the top of this list, the ABluetti is limited to its 2000Wh storage capacity for the duration of its lifetime. Although it will not be able to meet the storage capacity of the Yeti 6000X, its efficient charging systems make it easy for continuous, daily operation.  

What Can the Bluetti AC200P Actually Power?

Appliance Run Time
A cell phone (6 W) 250+ Hours
Light (10 W) 150+ Hours
GoPro (18 W) 90+ Hours
Camera (25 W) 60+ Hours
Laptop (50 W) 30+ Hours
CPAP Machine (60 W) 25+ Hours
Flat Screen TV (110 W) 13+ Hours
Large Fridge (150 W) 10+ Hours
Coffee Maker (600 W) 2+ Hours
Electric Grill (1650 W) About 1 Hour
And more

 

Bluetti AC200P Hex Kit

 

6.  The Titan Solar Generator Quad Kit - $3,895

If it's power you seek, then the Titan Solar Generator from Point Zero is what you’re looking for. The Titan Solar Generator has a 3000W inverter (1,000W more than the Yeti), and an “unlimited” amount of battery storage with its modular design.

With our Titan Quad Kit, you can purchase the Titan solar generator with 500W of solar (and all of the wiring) for over $1,000 less than the price of the Yeti 6000X alone. 

Titan Solar Generator Specs:

  • Battery: 2000wH Lithium-Ion
  • Inverter: 3000W / 7700W Surge
  • 2 MPPT Charge Controllers
  • Charging Options: Solar panels, AC, & DC
  • Outputs: 6 AC wall outlets, 4 DC (12V) ports, 1 RV Plug (30amp), and 8 total USB ports
  • Shelf Life: 3-6 Months
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Weight: ~35 lbs. (plus batteries)

Titan Solar Generator Pros:

Compared to the Yeti 6000X, the Titan can output 1000W more continuous power through 3x the amount of AC outlets (the Titan has 6). Plus, each expandable storage pack made for the Titan is 2,000 Watts, so you can easily match the Goal Zero with 2 extra batteries. 

In terms of charging, the Titan beats out the Yeti with a larger solar input capacity, more efficiency, and even an included car charger. 

Titan Solar Generator Cons:

The main drawback of the Titan is its weight. Although the 6000X weighs more, the wheeled cart is incredibly convenient. The Titan and its batteries can be separated, but each unit (weighing about 40 lbs), will need to be carried to wherever power is needed. 

What Can the Titan Solar Generator Actually Power? (Per battery pack) 

Appliance Run Time
Smartphones (5-7 watts) 330+ hours
Tablets (25-40 watts) 66+ hours
Laptops (50 watts) 40+ hours
Electric Blanket (Queen Size, 75 watts) 26+ hours
50" LED LCD TV* (65 watts) 30 hours
Refrigerator (55 watts) 36+ hours
Chainable USB LED Lights (6 watts) 330+ hours
CPAP Machine (30 watts) 66+ hours

 

Titan Solar Generator 500 Watt Kit

 

The Goal Zero Yeti 6,000X is one of the largest storage capacity solar generators on the planet, but is it the best choice for your electricity?

With Shop Solar Kits, I meticulously test every power station that I can get my hands on, in an effort to find the most efficient, sustainable, and portable solar generator possible. 

In this complete review, we will break down the Goal Yeti 6000X part-for-part to see where it compares with the top portable power stations of today. 

Portable Power Stations 101

For a lot of people shopping at stores like REI, a Goal Zero Yeti offers an introduction into the world of unlimited, portable power. If this sounds like you, here is some quick baseline to bring you up to speed:

  • Portable power stations are also called solar generators, solar-powered generators, portable power outlets, and more. 
  • Almost all high-quality solar generators can be recharged with solar panels, traditional AC electricity, and/or a DC carport (cigarette lighter). 
  • Today’s best batteries are made with lithium-ion (Li) technology, and the maximum capacity is measured in Watt-hours (Wh). 
  • And a battery’s expected solar capacity degrades over time. 

Once you charge your portable battery, the electricity can then be exported through a series of ports. If you are plugging into the AC outlet (wall plug), the electricity will be sent through a solar power inverter, which has a continuous wattage rating to measure how much power you can use. 

To get a good idea of your approximate electricity demand, simply multiply the wattages of your appliances with their approximate runtime, or feel free to use our solar load calculator. 

History of Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generators

Goal Zero has been producing its solar generators for about a decade, which makes them one of the longest standing and well-known brands in the industry. The Yeti model debuted in 2012 and has seen several product iterations since (see our review for the Goal Zero Yeti 3000X here).

 Are Goal Zero Yeti Generators any good? 

Although they are one of the highest selling brands on the market, we find that there are many better “bang for your buck” solar generators available today. If you want to explore your options first, feel free to jump to our top Alternatives below.  

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Review

Okay, now that we’re up to speed, let’s jump right into our review. The Goal Zero Yeti 6000X is a high-priced device with tons of premium features, but is it worth it? To find out, I took a closer look at each of the generator's key components. 

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Battery - How long does it last?

*500 CYCLES?? ...

First of all, the battery is enormous. Massive. This thing is giant and impossible to ignore. Out of the box, the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Battery offers 6071 Watt-hours of lithium-ion storage, making it one of the largest capacity “portable” batteries on the market today.

Of course, we put quotes around the word “portable” because this massive battery is well, massive. The entire unit weighs 106 lbs., which also makes it one of the heaviest portable power stations I’ve ever seen. 

Anyway, the 6,000X has a very long run time. For instance, 6,071 watt-hours of battery life are enough to power a full-size refrigerator for over four days straight. As a back-up source of power, you will be thankful for this battery. 

Unfortunately, that power won't last very long. The Yeti 6000X is rated at 500 lifecycles to an 80% capacity. If you are planning on using Goal Zero as your main power source, then you can probably expect to replace it in less than 5 years. Which is not ideal, especially when you consider the Bluetti AC200P has 3,500+ Cycles! 

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Charging and Inputs

For a battery to work, it must be charged, and the 6000X can be charged in three ways: with solar, AC, or DC electricity. Knowing this, it is very easy to charge this device at home, on the road (via the carport), or out in the field with up to 400W of continuous solar power. 

Due to its battery size, it takes a considerable amount of time to charge the Yeti 6000X to full capacity. Under ideal conditions, users can expect the following:

  • AC Charge Time: 12 hours with supercharger
  • Solar Charge Time: 18-36 hours, full sun with 400W of solar
  • DC Charge Time: 24 hours+ with car charger, must be purchased separately

Here, the AC charge time is inconvenient, but I forgive Goal Zero because the battery is just so large. If you’re taking the Yeti 6000X on the road, just remember to charge it the night before, especially because the car charger costs extra.

For continuous use, it would be difficult to run large amounts of daily electricity while strictly relying on solar energy. The 6000X is limited with 600W of total solar input capacity, and most days are limited to less than 10 hours of ideal sunlight


It is also important to note that this device uses an HPP connector. If you are planning on using solar panels with generic Mc4 solar connector, then you will need to buy an adapter or purchase new solar panels.   

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Inverter and Outputs

Once you have your Yeti 6000X charged, there are a lot of things you can do with the power. The Yeti 6000X comes with a great amount of outlet variety, which includes wall outlets, 12 DC, and 3 different types of USB ports (including fast charging). 

When plugging into the AC wall outlets, users can enjoy the luxury of 2000W of steady electricity for running high powered appliances, power tools, and more. Of course, it is very difficult to overload this inverter because the 6000X only has 2 AC wall outlets. 

In a way, it is somewhat frustrating that the inverter is so large, but there are only two AC outlets. With 2000W, it would be possible to run lights, a television, a game console, a fan, and more simultaneously, if only there was the outlet space. Knowing this, the Yeti 6000X may work better as a backup power supply wired through a transfer switch. 

Price - Is the Goal Zero Yeti Worth it? 

Currently, this Yeti retails at the cool price of just about $5,000. Oof. That’s a lot of money for most people, especially if you are only planning to use it for emergencies. With a daily use expected lifetime of just 5 years, this means that consistent use of the Goal Zero 6000X costs about $1,000 per year. 

When looking at other options, this high price just does not seem worth it, no matter how massive the battery is. Plus, this price does not include solar panels or a car charger and customers may be limited to purchasing more Goal Zero products rather than use what they have on hand.  


Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Specs: 

  • Battery Type: Li-ion NMC
  • Storage capacity: 6071Wh (10.9V, 556Ah)
  • Pure Sine Wave AC Inverter: 120VAC 60Hz, 16.5A (2000W continuous, 3500W surge)
  • Single Cell Equivalent Capacity: 1668Ah @ 3.6V
  • Lifecycles: 500 Cycles @ 80% capacity 
  • Shelf-life: 3-6 months
  • MPPT charge controller
  • Weight: 106 lbs (48.1 kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.3 x 10.1 x 17 in (38.9 x 25.7 x 43.2 cm)
  • Operating temperature: 32-104 F (0-40 C)
  • Warranty: 24 months

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Inputs & Outputs

Inputs - How can you charge the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X:

  • Charging port (8mm): 14-50V, up to 10A (150W max)
  • HPP charging port: 14-50V, up to 50A (600W max)
  • USB-C PD port: 5 - 20V, up to 3.0A (60W max)

Outputs - What can the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X power:

  • USB-A port: 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max) 
  • USB-C port: 5 to 12V, up to 3.0A (18W max)
  • USB-C PD Port: 5 - 20V, up to 3.0A (60W max)
  • 12V car port (DC): 12V, up to 13A (160W max) 
  • 6mm port: 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 2 x AC Wall Outlets (2000W continuous, 3500W surge)

Pros and Cons of the Goal Zero Yeti 6000 X

For a quick overview of the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X, here are the solar generator’s main advantages and disadvantages.

Pros 

  • Massive battery bank
  • Good outlet variety
  • Large capacity inverter 
  • Comes with a wheeled cart

Cons 

  • Critically low expected operating lifetime (500 lifecycles @ 80% capacity)
  • Limited AC outlets for your devices
  • DC car charging cable not included with purchase
  • Relatively slow charging times (solar, AC, and DC)
  • HPP connector less common for solar panels
  • Extremely heavy (106 lbs)
  • Very high price 

Should you buy the Goal Zero Yeti 6000? 

To sum up our review in one simple sentence, no, I do not think you should buy the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X. 

Although the high capacity charger and inverter would be great as an emergency source of power, there are simply too many lower-priced and longer-lasting generators available today.  

Still have questions? Don't hesitate to reach out or give us a call at 877-242-2792

 


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