Even though taking some time away from the allure of our digital devices is essential for a healthy life, there are times when we need them. Headlamps light the way, GPS watches keep us from getting lost, smart phones can dial up maps or connect us to others when we need help, and cameras help us document our travels.
But all these things rely on batteries and power to keep charged up and ready for those moments when we need them. There are no electrical outlets in the wilderness, and when the power goes down in otherwise reliable places like home (due to blackouts from weather or natural disasters), we’re stuck. That’s why I keep a portable power station at home, and sometimes take it on the road when I’m camping.
If you’re new to these devices (beyond the power sticks you may take with you on your travels, check out the Goal Zero Yeti 200X Portable Power Station.
Weighing 5 pounds, the Yeti 200X is one of the most lightweight power stations on the market. The compact and portable design (with carrying handle) makes it easy to tote on your adventures or store at home. And it doesn’t have the noise, fumes, or maintenance of a traditional gasoline-powered generator.
The lithium-powered Yeti has a high-speed power delivery port capable of charging USB-C laptops, tablets, mirrorless cameras, and phones in a fraction of the time that many other power stations may take. It fully recharges in 4 hours using the included 60W power supply, or plug it in with the Yeti X 120W Power Supply to cut the changing time in half. From a full charge, you can recharge your smart phone 16 times, tablet 6 times, laptop 4 times, head lamp 38 times, or DSLR camera 11 times.
Consider pairing it with a solar panel to keep your charging completely off grid when you’re in the field. You can also plug it into your vehicle’s 12V outlet using the Goal Zero Yeti 12V Car Charging Cable.
The Yeti 200X Portable Power Station lists for $299.95 on the Goal Zero site.