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  • Green Gadgets from 2013

    Green Green Gadgets: The Goal Zero Yeti 150 can give you a quiet portable way to power your life

    It seems like advances in technology are coming along at a faster pace than ever before. According to The Next Web’s article 9 of the best green gadgets from 2013, there have been “. . . quite a few green gadgets that made waves in 2013, many making headway in terms of solar technology uses and energy conservation.”

    Featured among products like a bamboo keyboard and a Bluetooth Plant Monitor is the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Power Pack. This solar generator can power lights, phones, tablets, laptops … almost any device that’s USB powered. The Yeti 150 can charge in six hours from the wall, or in 15 hours using a Boulder 15 Solar Panel.

    Using solar power not only lets you collect power during a crisis, but helps save you from the bulk, noise, and toxic fumes that come from traditional generators. Power packs such as the Goal Zero Yeti 150, Goal Zero Yeti 400, and the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 give you a quiet, portable way to power your life whether you’re camping, living off the grid, or getting through an emergency. Don’t get caught off guard during a power outage.

    Learn more about solar power with our Insight article, “Solar Power: Clean, Quiet, and Safe” 

    To read more about the other green gadgets that came about in 2013, check out TNW’s article, 9 of the best green gadgets from 2013

    Has solar power ever helped you during an outdoor adventure or in an emergency?

  • Goal Zero Special Offer: One Week Left

    There’s just one week left to participate in our Goal Zero Solar generator kit offer.  From now until August 14th, when you buy a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator kit, you will receive an extra Boulder 30 solar panel ($240 value) for free!

    The standard kit includes the Yeti solar generator and two Boulder 30 solar panels. For the next week you'll get that extra solar panel for free—so you can draw power from the sun 50% faster!

    Goal Zero Yeti Special Offer

    Having an extra solar panel means that you can power your electronic devices—cell phones, tablets, laptops, or lights—faster from the sun in less time. Using a solar generator will also help you to save on your power bill.

    To learn more about this great deal check out our post, “Special Offer!! Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

    And if the Yeti 1250 sounds cool, check out Goal Zero’s awesome rechargeable flashlights, lanterns, and speakers for your Ipod or laptop, all powered by the sun!

  • Solar Power: Clean, Quiet, and Safe

    field of grass and sunset

    Hey, did you know that today is Earth Day? So let’s talk about getting prepared by using one of our planet’s incredible eco-friendly (and free!) resources: the Sun.  Gathering sunlight and turning it into power is one way to be prepared for a variety of electronic needs in an emergency.

    It seems like the electricity goes out during almost every disaster situation, so it’s wise to have items on hand that will provide light and power when you need them. Solar power is a clean, quiet, and safe source of electricity. And, bonus: No gasoline or propane is required for solar power, so no flammable chemicals will be hanging out in your basement or garage.


    How does solar power work?

    Goal Zero, a company that makes solar power products, gives three steps on how the system works:

    1. Collect Power: As sunlight hits a panel made out of silicon, electrons begin to move in the material and it creates electricity. The silicon material can vary between different panels.
    2. Store Power: Once the electricity is created the panel can charge a battery for future use. This can be done with a large battery or a smaller internal battery in a cell phone or tablet.
    3. Use Power: You can use the stored power to run a variety of needed devices.

    Remember that there are different sized solar panels for different needs.  A portable panel that fits in a backpack may only produce 7-13 watts an hour.  This can only power small electronics like radios, UV purifiers, tablets, or GPS units.  Larger panels charge batteries used for T.V.’s, CPAP machines, or even a fridge.


    What are some items that use solar power?

    The Nokero Light: this light has a solar panel built into the top.  You hang the light in a window or outside during the day to charge the internal battery, and a built-in sensor turns the light on when it gets dark. The battery can last 6+ hours between charges.

    Voyager Radios: a built-in solar panel is one of several ways these emergency radios can be charged. The solar panel will still charge the radio as it plays important information during an emergency.

    Goal Zero Nomad 7 and Guide 10 Plus: the Nomad 7 is a solar panel that can produce up to 7 watts per hour.  It charges AA or AAA batteries in the Guide 10 Plus.  The battery charger has a USB port that charges cell phones, tablets, or other hand held electronics (cool, huh?!).

    Goal Zero Boulder 30 and Yeti 1250: the Boulder 30 is a larger solar panel that can draw up to 30 watts per hour. Multiple panels together can charge various units, up to a Yeti 1250.  The Yeti is a large battery with enough stored power to run some fridges up to 48 hours per charge. This system can light your whole house—and it’s surprisingly compact, considering all the power it offers!

    Goal Zero Yeti

    Click here to see all our solar-powered items. Have you used solar power before? What’s your favorite thing about it?

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