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Goal Zero Yeti 3000X

Goal Zero Yeti 3000x Portable Power Station Review

In their new Yeti X lineup, the Yeti 3000 portable solar generator has been replaced with the new Yeti 3000X.

Notable improvements include a higher-output AC inverter, a more efficient MPPT charge controller and a higher solar input limit of 600W for faster solar charging.

The Goal Zero Yeti 3000X is a great choice if you want a portable power station that can power most appliances.

The Yeti 3000X is especially ideal for RVs, boats, off-grid cabins, and home power backup.

Quick Summary

Generator Applications

Off-grid living


Home backup


Large appliances


Small appliances






Cell phones



Battery Capacity: 3032Wh
Power Output: USB (4 ports), 12V (3 ports), AC (2 outlets)
Weight: 69.7lbs

Best Features of the Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Portable Power Station

3000Wh Lithium Battery

If you need a solar generator that packs more power, the Yeti 3000X is a great choice. The built-in lithium battery has a 3032Wh capacity, which is more than most portable solar generators.

The high capacity battery makes the 3000X an excellent choice in situations where you need to power appliances for a long time. Think an RV, a boat or at home when there’s a prolonged power outage.

The Yeti 3000X will power a full size fridge for 55 hours, a 42” LED TV for 42 hours and a laptop for 61 hours.

You’ll have to trade off portability for the extra capacity. But this is not an issue if you use the power station at home or in an RV.

It’s also not that difficult to handle when driving to campsites in your truck. But I recommend using the power station while it is in the vehicle. Loading it off and back onto the truck is a tedious 2-person job.

For easier portability, Goal Zero supplies the Yeti 3000X with a cart.

Powerful 2000W Inverter

Yeti 3000X 2000W AC Inverter

One of the biggest upgrades Goal Zero made to the new X version of the Yeti 3000X is the AC inverter. The previous version had 1500W continuous output and a 3000W surge output.

The new Yeti 3000X has a 2000W continuous output and can handle surge demand of up to 3500W. This means the Yeti 3000X can power larger and more power-hungry devices. It can also power multiple appliances at the same time.

You can safely plug in most household appliances including a blender, coffee maker, fridge and TV.

Multiple Output Options 

Best Portable Power Station

The Yeti 3000X offers three types of outlets: AC, USB and 12V DC.

There are two 120W AC outlets for powering appliances.

Four USB ports let you charge different kinds of devices including a smartphone, drone, camera, tablet and so on. The USB outlets include a pair of 5V USB-A ports, a USB-C PD port with up to 60W output, and a USB-C port with Quick Charge technology.

For power tools, lighting, CPAP and other DC-powered electronics, use one of the five 12V ports. They include a 12V car port with 160W output, two 12V high power port with up to 360W output and a 6mm 12V port with 120W output.

Three Ways to Charge It 

Yeti 12V Car Charging Cable

The fastest way to recharge the Yeti 3000 is from a wall outlet. Using the included 230W adapter, it takes 14 hours to fill up the 3000Wh battery.

If you spend a lot of time on the road, in a car, truck or RV, you can recharge the 3000 from your car’s 12V socket using the Yeti 12V charging cable (available separately).

Yeti 3000X Charging

And if you are outdoors or during a power outage, you can recharge the Yeti 3000X using solar power. You’ll have to buy a solar panel separately. A 200W solar panel will charge the battery in 18-36 hours.

To make solar charging faster, the 3000 comes with a built-in MPPT charge controller.

Wi-Fi Connectivity 

The Yeti 3000 comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to monitor and control it from anywhere via the Yeti app.

This includes checking the battery level, selecting power modes and remotely turning individual outlets on and off.

Limitations of the Goal Zero Yeti 3000X

It’s Expensive

Functionally, there really are no serious drawbacks to the Yeti 3000X. It exceeds expectations in all the important areas –power capability, battery capacity, safety, versatility, and portability.

But these great features come at a price. And that’s what we would consider the only real downside of the Goal Zero Yeti 3000X generator: it’s expensive.

If you want something a bit cheaper, check out our list of the best home backup solar generators.

There are also a few powerful portable power stations that will not break the bank. But many don’t match the power and capacity of the Yeti 3000X.


The Goal Zero Yeti 3000 lithium generator is a home backup recharging monster. It’s not powerful enough to back up your entire home during an outage, but for a portable solar power station, this is as good as it’s going to get.

The Yeti 3000 can easily power your most important devices and appliances for a couple of days. It’s an awesome solution for family and larger group campers, field workers and those who go on extended off-grid stays.

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