Goal Zero Yeti Powers: Camping Edition

Hey, there I'm Kaplan, Stewart and welcome to this episode of Yeti powers. So in our last episode, we talked about a bunch of different things that can be powered by a goal. Zero Yeti power station around the home. And today, we're going to roll through a number of different camping, scenarios and talk about some different things that can be powered anywhere from in a van to a trailer or any other off-grid camping scenario.

So let's get started alrighty. So let's get started here with our goal. Zero Yeti.1,400 lithium, Power Station, which stores 1,400 watt hours of power and is a really awesome option for powering things around the van whether you're living full-time on the road or simply going out for a weekend or a week-long adventure. One of the first things that people generally think to need power for in a van are lights. And one of the first options that mostly people reach for our Christmas lights. So we've got our Christmas lights here. Plugged in and Christmas lights are an awesome option.

However, they actually are a little heavier on the power draw. So we've got them plugged in, and they're turned on here. And if we look at our information display, we can see that they are pooling 55 watts, one of the really cool things about our yeti. Lithium power stations is that you can also actually toggle through the screens and check run time. So essentially you can see that if I've got my Christmas lights plugged into this power station and that's. The only thing I've got plugged in at the. Moment, they're going to run for X amount of hours.

And you can check that right here. Another option for lighting your van. If you don't want to use the Christmas lights would be to go with LED lights, such as our goal, zero light, a life 350 here.

So let's plug this in and see what we've got alrighty. So as you can see, if you look on the display here, we're still only pulling four watts. So if you bring that down even lower, you can see we're only going to pull one watt. So the really neat thing about the 350s. Is that they're chainable. So even if you want to chain let's say, eight light, a life 350 used to light up your van you're still going to be pulling significantly less power than these Christmas lights, which we can remember pulled about 55 watts. So these light alight 350.

S, are a great more power, conservative option. But the Christmas lights will certainly run well off the yetis as well. So whether you are working full-time on the road as a professional photographer, or you simply want to be able to. Capture your adventures on camera and have the ability to upload them and edit them while you're off-grid camping, it's important to be able to keep your laptop charge your camera batteries. Charge also might want to power drone batteries additional camera equipment or tablets. And right now I've kind of got the whole setup going where I've got my laptop. I've got my camera batteries plugged in, and I'm only pulling about 23 24 watts.

Now it is significant to mention that right now. My computer is pretty. Much fully charged. So if your computer was at 40 50, 60 % that what it would go up a bit. So a good thing to do is make sure that you've got your computer charged ahead of time. And that way when you plug it in you're kind of just maintaining, but as you can see kind of how the setup is right now, you have plenty of power to be able to work through the day, or even throughout the night, if you need to add lights in the mix to be able to work when it's dark out, your Yeti should be able to handle.

That just fine and keep you plugging away all right now let's dive into what is one of my favorite parts of camping, which is cooking outdoors. So a lot of people keep food cold when they're camping, just simply by using a cooler and that's awesome. If you do want to venture into the world of portable refrigeration, there are some options like this here, Domestic fridge. So the things to keep in mind about these guys is that the fridge really only requires a bunch of power when the compressor kicks on. To adjust the temperature and get it to the that cold setting. So there are a lot of things you can do to actually kind of manage how much power you're using with this fridge, one of them being got it cold before you go, you know, plug it in at home, get it cold, and then make sure to keep the lid, shut nice and tight while you're out and that'll help keep that power draw to a minimum and just kind of keep it's maintaining while you're camping. So let's plug it into the Yeti and see where it's at already.

So it's ramping up here a bit, it looks like we're kind of around 40 watts here as it's kicking on, and it's already set here at 23 degrees Fahrenheit. So generally what we say, you know with this Domestic it's gonna work great with the yeti, if it's all you're running off of the yeti you're, probably going to get about 2 to 3 days worth of power in here and be able to keep your food, pleasant and cold while you're camping over the weekend next up. We've got some blenders here. So if you want to make a delicious. Fruit smoothie in the morning or a green smoothie in the afternoon, you might want to consider bringing along a blender. So we've got two options here. We've got a big Ninja Blender here, and then a smaller magic bullet.

So let's, first take a look at the power specs here and see what we've got. It looks like the ninja is rated at 900 watts. And if we take a look on the Magic Bullet, this guy is rated at 250 watts.

So right off the back that kind of gives us a sense of where things are going to go. But. Let's run them and see what happens all righty. So it looks like the ninja was running, but it was pulling about 450 watts or so definitely a lot of power. Maybe not the most sustainable option. There are different power settings. You can always adjust, but let's, give the magic bullet.

A try all righty. And so the magic bullet was running well at about 180 watts. So you know, you could use both if you're going to go with the ninja you're, probably going to drain your power pretty quickly, whereas the magic. Bullet is a great way to make a morning, smoothie and still have plenty of power left for the rest of your day.

Here we've got a number of different ways to cook food outside. We've got our induction plate. We've got a griddle. Furthermore, we've got a Trader grill.

And each of these work a little differently are going to draw a little different amount of power. So let's plug them all in and see how they run. So we're gonna start off with our induction plate and plug that in here that started already. So.

Right off the bat that looks like we're, pulling about 820 watts. So that's gonna work just fine it's gonna power the induction plate. And it looks like. We've got a run time of about two and a half hours to empty. So you could definitely use this to cook something up now let's move on to the grill.

So that's heating up and right off the bat here. It looks like we're, pulling 14 about 1,400 watts. So that's a lot more power than the induction plate. So the griddle is going to run off the Getty. And if.

You've got the solar to back it up, you know, you can certainly cook some food on this, and it will work with the Yeti just fine. It just might go through some of your power a little quicker. But especially if you've got the solder back up, you can use the griddle now let's move on to the trigger put it on smoke here. And the trigger as you can see, it draws a lot less power, it's only drawing about 240 watts of power. So the trigger grills are going to work awesome with this yeti 1400 on the.

Induction plate will run the griddle plate will run these two, you know, are good options. If you've got some solar to back them up, if you just kind of want to cook for a little with them, and the triggers going really nicely while camping and converted vans has certainly increased in popularity. Over the past couple years, pop-up trailers have been a staple of the camping world for a long time.

And now while a lot of the power usage from van life is going to carry over into trailer life. We are going. To talk about a couple of different devices and electronics and things you might use in a trailer. So we're gonna start off with something that we get asked about a lot, which is medical devices powering medical devices and specifically CPAP machines. So powering CPAP machines is a little tricky, because the power usage is really going to vary from user to user things like having a humidifier having your CPAP set at different pressures and that's all going to affect your power draw.

So we've got. A CPAP machine here so let's plug this in and get this going and see what the power draw is already, so it's running here. And so we've got our CPAP machine set at 3, and it looks like it's pulling about 30 to 33 watts. So this machine running at this setting is probably going to run just fine through the night like I said, though, since the power JAA really varies from user to user, depending on what kind of CPAP you use and other variables we do recommend that you know, you can always call your.

Cpap manufacturer in order to get some of those specific power, draw specs alrighty. So next up, we've got a couple more creature comforts. You might want to bring along with you camping.

One of the things people sometimes look for is a way to stay warm on cold or camping nights. So here we've got a space heater. So this space heater is rated at 1,500 watts. So again, right off the bat that might be a little much for the get a 1,400, but let's plug it in and give it a go all righty. So here we have it. Running and right now, it's kind of on a middle setting and looks like it's, pulling quite a bit of power here around 1300 watts. If we bump that up to the max setting and put it on high that's going to go quite a bit higher.

So it looks like it is running here. But as you can see it's got, you know an hour to empty. So even though it's going to run it's, probably not going to get you through the night you can kind of bring the settings down a little lower and that's going to bring your power draw down.

Pretty significantly, but still again, not going to necessarily be the most power conscious decision. So a great alternative to a space. Heater is a heated blanket. So we've got a nice, big, fleece, heated blanket here that could keep you warm throughout the night, um.

And if we take a look at the power specs it's rated at 180 watts, so let's plug that in and give it a try already so right off the bat here. It looks like the display is reading 75 watts, just keep in mind that there is a potential for a power. Surge going on with this as well because again, it's trying to heat up to a certain temperature, but it looks like it's running pretty well at you know, sticking around 77, 82 watts. So the heated blanket would be a great option for you to run. You know, throughout most of the night and keep you warm all righty last, but not least we've got our tent camping setup. So this maybe is more of a glamping setup. But if you are a tent camping, you might want some power to run fans blow up air.

Mattresses red. Lights inside your tent that kind of thing so Yeti 400. Lithium is going to be an awesome option. It's going to give you some power. You can also keep your phone to charge things like that, but you're probably not going to need anything as big as the 1400. So let's power, a couple of things off of the 400, so we're going to start right off the bat here with an air mattress pump, get a nice comfy bed. Going got our plugged in here, let's turn this on all righty.

So, um, as you can see while I was running that me.We're pulling about 50 watts off of the air mattress pump. So that'll, let you get this air mattress pumped up and ready to go ready to sleep on next up if it's a really hot night, or even if you're just chilling in your tent during the day you might want to have a portable fan go in keep it cool. So let's give that one a shot all righty. So this guy's only pulling about 1516 watts.

So maybe you don't want to run it through the whole night, but at least for a couple of hours or til it kind of cools down. You'll, definitely be able to run a fan in your tent, all righty. Well that concludes our goal, zero Yeti powers, camping, edition, thanks for watching. And we hope you learned a bit about what you can power in off-grid camping scenarios. And if you want to learn more be sure to check out our previous episode goal, zero Yeti powers, the home edition to find out what you can power around the home. Thanks.

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