Taking a road trip doesn’t necessarily mean leaving technology behind. When I’m traveling, I use a creative combination of products to keep my spaces bright and my devices charged.
My go-to is the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Generator. This device holds up to 400 watts at a time, weighs 29 pounds, and runs silently; this means it isn’t very portable, so better left with #vanlifers. It can be charged from your vehicle’s standard 12V outlet (around 13 hours), an AC wall outlet (around 5 hours), or a solar panel (times vary, but up to 80 hours). Charging from solar can take a while, but all such products do; yet, with a constant stream of energy from a panel, it’s possible to never run out of juice. With the Yeti 400, you can charge multiple devices simultaneously, and control which power output is active at any given time.
Be mindful of the settings so you don’t waste energy. It charges everything from my laptop to my GoPro to my ceiling fan. The display screen tells you exactly how much power you’re pulling in and putting out at any given moment. The main downside is price—at $459.99, it might break your bank, but it’s worth its weight in gold for extended time on the road.
Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Generator | $459.99 | Check it out here!