As you may or may not know, we decided to use a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 as the basis for our power needs in the van. Now that our system has been in use 24/7/365, I’d like to report back on how it’s holding up.

The short answer is: mediocre

The Yeti 1250 came with a one year warranty upon purchase, which I didn’t think much of at the time. I figured it was a relatively short warranty mostly because of the battery. The life of a lead acid battery can be drastically reduced if it is run completely dead (more than 50%-60% depth of discharge) multiple times, and especially if it is left uncharged for extended periods. I can understand how Goal Zero would rather not be responsible for replacing abused batteries, so a one year warranty makes sense. Besides, the battery in the 1250 is user replaceable, so when the battery does eventually need replacing, it’s much cheaper than the entire unit, and very quick and easy.

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