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ArkPak vs. Goal Zero Yeti 400?

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I think the next small upgrade I want to get is a charging station. I have heard some people in the club have the ArkPak and it sounds great. I like how you can swap the battery out. It makes it seem like it would make the system last a lot longer but I don't like how few charging ports it has or how big it looks. I like the look and how many charging ports the yeti 400 has but feel like once the battery dies on it I would need to buy a new one(not cheap).

I was just hoping to get some reviews from people who have used one or the other.

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The Arc Pak is at least twice as large in physical size and also capacity. But it all depends on what you need it for. I would not be able to fit the arcpak. I have the Extreme350, the earlier version and it tucks away nicely. With solar panels, I can stay stationary indefinitely charging my ARB and running lights at night. I really like the Goal Zero products and that they are plug n play.
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A pic of the Extreme near my ARB.
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all i want it to do is run my arb fridge and also charge phones, ipad etc.

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all i want it to do is run my arb fridge and also charge phones, ipad etc.


I would recommend Goalzero over ArcPak as the Pak is just overkill and very large. I leave my ARB plugged into the powerpack and while driving it is charged by the 12v adapter. I wired in a BlueSea fusebox to Anderson plugs for a more secure fitting. Then at night the GZ powers the fridge on its own. If I am basecamping and not driving, then I plug in solar panels to keep it topped off, but now I have enough solar (80+ watts) that it recharges the pack even while being used to run the ARB. I feel it is more versatile and lighter than a full dual battery kit and if I want to pull the fridge out, it can run off the PowerPack out of the truck. Now with the LR3 and the Rangie, I can swap the fridge into each vehicle without buying two dual battery systems or the fear of running my main too low.
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Great thanks for the advice. I want to check out a Costco road show for Goalzero and see what the price is.

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I wanted to check out the costco road show and see what the price is or if they even have the Yeti 400. I think you posted on ExPo about a year ago about it. the closest one is in Hayward on friday and i dont want to waste a trip out there.

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Baja Rack, Gap EAS IID tool, LEDramized 40" light bar and work lights, BFG TA/KO tires, ARB Fridge Freezer, Front Runner Drawers, PowerTank 20lbs Co2 tank, Front Runner Rear Ladder, Traxide duel battery kit. Tactical Rovers Sliders and Rear Bumper

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As you know, I have the ArkPak and I really like it. It is bigger, but I love the functionality and seems to work very well. I use it to power the ARB 50 quart fridge/freezer with no problems and works great for other devices.

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Interesting comparison.

Hey DavidW, can you confirm your Arkpak has a 240v receptacle (see pix)? And does the manual say the amp rating - is it rated at least 13.3v via 240V? Working on a solar panel project and plug-in electric Rover (I wish). Let me know about the 240v and amp rating - thanks!

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Interesting comparison.

Hey DavidW, can you confirm your Arkpak has a 240v receptacle (see pix)? And does the manual say the amp rating - is it rated at least 13.3v via 240V? Working on a solar panel project and plug-in electric Rover (I wish). Let me know about the 240v and amp rating - thanks!


Hi Ron,

For some reason I can't see the photo you attached, but I don't think there is a specific 240v receptor - based on what I have seen of what that looks like. Here are the technical specs on the ArkPak:

Input (Nominal) 240V AC, 50 Hz or 110 AC 60 Hz
Input Power 120W
Output Voltage 12V DC
Output Current 6A
Minimum Start Voltage 10.5V
Back Drain 0.1A
Reverse Polarity Protection By fuse

Charge 6A up to:

14.5V (Wet)
14.1 (Gel)
14.5V (AGM)
14.9V (Calcium)

Boost Constant voltage for 4 hours
Resting Allow voltage to drop to 13.2V
Float 13.2 constant for 500V
Re-awaken Return to charge cycle after 500 hours

Deep Cycle 60Ahr up to 140Ahr
Automotive 300-800CCA
Marine 350-950MCA
Type of batteries Most types of 12V lead acid batteries including gel, AGM, wet and calcium

A few more technical specs and FAQs here:

https://www.arkporta...h-Specs-And-Faq

I hope this helps!

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Go Westy (vw company) sells a kit that I bought. Have not hooked it up yet for the season but it was recommended to me as a perfect fit for the Westy needs (ARB fridge!). I did find that the company is this: http://www.zampsolar.com/ and the 80 watt kit is the same as I have, but with the controller built into the panels, not like mine built into the car.

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I wanted to check out the costco road show and see what the price is or if they even have the Yeti 400. I think you posted on ExPo about a year ago about it. the closest one is in Hayward on friday and i dont want to waste a trip out there.


I got my Extreme 350 at the road show along with a few panels for 30% off retail prices. The lowest you will find anywhere but they don't sell everything at the shows. Go the first day as they will sell out of some inventory and it won't be replenished. I actually knew more about the products than the rep when I was there!

I also picked up a cool Switch8 flashlight kit last fall that wasn't available until now on their website. I also bought the rechargeable lantern that puts out great light and can recharge my phone as well. GZ makes some cool products and they are plug n play.

I purchased a nomad13.5 on Sierra Trading Post which is the older version but I got it for about half off. I can chain the panels together or split some up to recharge different devices.
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Looks like they have a bunch of roadshows in the Bay Area this month.

http://www.goalzero....-roadshows.html

Edited by Teds, 09 June 2014 - 06:32 PM.

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Can't go wrong with PowerFilm. My 60 watt folds down to 13"x7" and weighs 3lbs. Added a 16$ Compact solar controller from Amazon and happier than ever

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Can't go wrong with PowerFilm. My 60 watt folds down to 13"x7" and weighs 3lbs. Added a 16$ Compact solar controller from Amazon and happier than ever

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That PowerFilm is awesome, compact and efficient, but pricey at around $700.
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