The Goal Zero Yeti 6000X is the best solar generator for home backup. It packs a bigger battery than any other portable power station we’ve seen - a whopping 6000Wh capacity - and the 2000W AC inverter can power any appliance in your home.
While Goal Zero calls it a ‘Portable’ power station, it’s not portable in the sense that you can take it camping (unless you are trailer camping). It weighs 106lbs.
Instead, it’s portable in the sense that you can wheel it around your home on the included roller cart.
The Yeti 6000X is also a great choice for RVs and boats that want an alternative to noisy and polluting gas generators.
And if you spend a lot of time in an off-grid cabin, the Yeti 6000X is an excellent source of off-grid power.
Read on for our full review of the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X.
If you are looking for a cheaper power station, see our reviews of other high-capacity solar generators for home backup.
If you want a versatile power station that you can use for home backup as well as camping and road trips, we recommend the 1500Wh Goal Zero Yeti 1500X or the bigger 2000Wh Bluetti AC200P power station.
And if you prefer a small, ultra-portable power station for camping and keeping your devices and gadgets charged at home, try the Suaoki 150Wh power station.
1. Massive Capacity
The Goal Zero 6000X is one of the highest capacity solar generators you are going to get before you have to switch to a gas generator.
The 6000Wh lithium-ion battery is adequate backup power for most homes. You can power essential appliances for days and keep all your devices charged up.
According to Goal Zero’s estimates, you can run a full-size fridge for about four days, a microwave for 6 hours, a 1500W heater for 4 hours, and a 42” LED TV for about two days.
Of course, that’s assuming you connect only that appliance to the power station.
The actual runtime will depend on how many appliances and devices you’ve plugged in.
2. Optional Home Integration Kit
If you want to connect the Yeti 6000X directly to your home circuitry, Goal Zero sells a home integration kit, also known as a transfer switch, at times.
The kit lets you transfer up to four circuits from your breaker panel to this switch.
So, you can select exactly what the Yeti 6000X powers in case of a blackout.
For example, you can transfer the circuit for lights, the refrigerator, the TV and a couple of wall outlets.
You’ll need to get a licensed electrician to set up the kit for you.
Goal Zero also gives homeowners the option to expand capacity for a longer-lasting power supply during extended blackouts.
You can add as many lead-acid batteries as you want. If you link four expansion batteries to the Yeti 6000X, you’ll have 10,800Wh of total capacity.
3. Multiple Outlets
If you’d rather plug-in appliances and devices directly into the power station, the Yeti 6000X comes with multiple outlet options so that you can power multiple devices simultaneously.
Let’s start with AC.
The pure sine wave AC inverter has a max continuous output of 2000W, allowing you to power almost any appliance in your home. That includes large appliances like your kitchen refrigerator or a space heater.
It has a surge rating of 3500W.
You can plug appliances into one of the two AC outlets, which we think are too few for a power station this powerful.
You also get plenty of DC power options.
These include a 12V/13A carport, two 6mm 12V/10A ports, and a high power 12V/30A port that lets you power an entire RV or van power system. There’s an additional 12V/30A output port under the lid.
For your gadgets and devices, there are four USB ports.
These include two USB-A ports, a USB-C PD port (60W power delivery), and a USB-C quick charge port.
4. Multiple Ways to Charge
You can charge up the Yeti 6000X in one of three ways.
The primary method is using a regular wall outlet. The power station comes with a 600W AC charger.
You can also hook up the power station to solar panels. Because of the high battery capacity, you’ll need a sizable solar panel kit to get decent charging times.
A 300W kit will add 20-30% of capacity per day. A 600W setup will charge the battery fully in 12-24 hours.
The max input for the Yeti 6000X is 600W. But Goal Zero says you can exceed 600W to improve charging speed in low-light conditions.
The built-in MPPT solar charge controller will step down any excess power to a safe 600W.
Another charging option is the DC socket in your vehicle. This is handy if you are setting up the Yeti 6000X in your truck or trailer. You’ll need to purchase Goal Zero’s car charger.
5. WiFi Connectivity
If you want, you can connect the Yeti 6000X to your home network and then download the Yeti App to monitor the power station remotely.
The app lets you monitor power input, power output, and the remaining charge level.
You can also turn individual power ports on or off and select a charging profile to increase battery life.
Issues & Concerns
Takes Longer to Charge
The downside of having a massive power station like the Yeti 6000X is that it takes longer to fill up the battery.
The fastest the power station charges is 12 hours using the 600W wall charger. Solar will likely take at least two days to fill the battery.
Goal Zero doesn't offer a fast-charging option like Bluetti. The Bluetti AC200P power station can deliver up to 1000W or 1200W of power to the battery using dual AC charging or dual AC and solar charging.
If you are shopping for a budget-friendly home backup power station, the Yeti 6000X may not be what you are looking for.
It’s one of the most expensive solar generators, and that’s before you add the cost of the large solar kit you’ll need for reliable power during blackouts.
If you are looking for a lightweight, portable power station, the Yeti 6000X is not it. It weighs 106lbs and comes with a roller cart to move it around.
Though it would be nice to have this much power, especially on a long camping trip, the Yeti 6000X is definitely not the best choice for campers.
The exception is if you do trailer or truck camping. Then, you can set up the 6000X in the trailer or truck where you don't have to move it around.
How is the Yeti 6000X Power Station Different?
Here are the main areas the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X stands out from other portable power stations.
Care and Maintenance
Lithium-ion batteries need careful maintenance to last long. The most important thing is to keep the battery topped up when you are not using it. Keep it connected to a wall outlet or solar panels exposed to the sun.
If that’s not possible, charge the power station to capacity every three months.
The Goal Zero Yeti 6000X comes with a 24-month warranty.