Backing Up Lives With The Yeti 1250

Backing Up Lives With The Yeti 1250
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Guest post by: Rebecca Litchfield

It is raining out and I am loading up the back of my Tahoe with almost 700 lbs of batteries.  It is actually a beautiful thing.  David Rosner (our solar/battery technician) and I are delivering a battery backup system to a family in need.

This particular family needs to have access to electricity 24/7.  This is not so their kids can play video games, or so they can still have access to Netflix; this is so their two girls with severe Cerebral Palsy can continue to live.  These beautiful girls depend on feeding pumps, oxygen pumps and heart monitors to keep their bodies going.  The parents depend on the electricity running through their home to keep the equipment going.  When there is no electricity, it is not just panic that they feel – the feeling is truly heartbreaking.

I have been working on this project for several months now, and it is finally ready to be installed.  This is one of those times that makes me reflect on all the wonderful things in life, and how blessed not only I am, but how blessed we are as a community and as human beings.  GOAL ZERO was founded on an idea that was given to one man.  That man took that inspiration and made something tangible.  That led to more and more ideas given to many more people and the final product of one of those ideas is going to save a life.

It never fails – whenever I am having a hard day, or when I feel like being a 5 year old and screaming – LIFE ISN’T FAIR!!  The universe reminds me that I have the best job in the world.  I get to work for a company that changes lives, and I get to see that change first hand.

When Dave and I show up and start unloading our batteries, it isn’t the smile on Emma’s face that gets me – it is the relief in her eyes.  The years of worry and concern for her sweet girls is wiped out in one look.  I could literally see her shoulders relax and the weight being lifted off.   In our office we call this our “why”.  Why do we come to work every day, why do we stay up late looking for solutions to problems, why do we get up early and check our email to see what happened over night?  THIS is why.  Some of us may not ever see the results of our why, see that look and how it changes lives.  But when we do – it is the best feeling in the world.  All the hard work pays off in a split second.

The power solution they received is very basic, but powerful.  The main unit is our Yeti 1250 with 3 more raw batteries changed to it.  This gives them 5,000 watts of power.  The Yeti 1250 is a perfect solution.  It gives them the ease of use with the integrated inverter and the display so they can see what is going on with their battery system.  The other really cool aspect of this solution is with the Yeti, they can unplug the unit from the rest of the batteries and put it in their van.  The family can now go on day trips and let the girls see and experience the world around them.  Not only is the family set at home, they are free to go places they have never been able to go to before!

Another thing we say in our office is – do good; get good.  You can’t do good in this life without it coming back to you – usually in a way you don’t expect, but it is always in the way you need.  The Leota family is doing good in this life, doing whatever it takes to provide a great life for the children they have.  The good is coming back to them, and Dave and I are thankful to be part of just one piece of that good.


  1. Nagivator1 4 years ago

    Love the Nomad. It bails me out of trouble with my gadgets endlessly. Have one for myself and bought one for my daughter. I live in LA – land of Shake and Bake. I would love a more serious system to use semi-long term when we have our next major EQ. I have considered a regular ol’ generator, but really don’t want one. In the two major EQs that I have experienced in my life, our neighborhoods went without power typically for at least the first 3 days – sometimes for 3 weeks. What exact components did you utilize for this family’s system and what would the cost of these components be? I need the plain English version of what this would power and how it would work….. and yes I am blonde ; 0

    • goalzero 4 years ago

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re glad you like our Nomad panels. The largest “Solar Generator” we make is the Yeti 1250 ( We suggest you leave it plugged in so it’s full in the case of an emergency. We also offer a Solar Kit for the Yeti 1250, it includes solar panels so you can replenish the battery off-the-grid ( If you have any questions that our product pages don’t answer feel free to click the live chat link at the top of our site or give our support team a call at 888-794-6250, they’d be happy to help. Stay safe down there!

  2. Keith Golwitzer 4 years ago

    Hi, I have a Yeti 1250 (along with several 350 extremes, 4 panel solar array and MANY other Goal Zero products)
    My question is you linked 4 external batteries to the Yeti 1250. They seem to be powerful “RV” batteries (or such) in their own cases. What I don’t see is how you have them connected to the Yeti 1250!
    I surely would like to do this to mine as I have insulin that needs protection and I am on a “Air concentrator” all night and part of the day.
    Can you please give me instructions on how to do this?
    Thank You
    Keith Golwitzer

    • goalzero 4 years ago

      Hey Keith,

      We would love to talk to you more about this. Please give us a call so we can talk you through the system. 888-794-6250


  3. Nancy Russell 4 years ago

    I have a daughter on the oxygen concentrator I see pictured in this article (350 watts). I am very interested in the Yeti 1250 for use during power outages but didn’t think it had the ability to power the concentrator for any length of time.

  4. Bruce 2 years ago


    Assume story. What you all are doing is truly impressive. I too have a Yeti 1250 and would like to learn more about chaining. Is that information published somewhere? Thank you.


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