Glad your son made it through the storm okay. It has to be worrisome waiting to see if a family member makes it through a storm of that magnitude with or without damage and more importantly, safely.
Going to switch gears back to a Goal Zero Yeti. I have replied a few times but our internet connection was sketchy for a bit with all the line damage so I lost a couple replies. To explain, the upgrade would not be to run our home during a storm. My goal is to make the Interstate more usable all the time. We camp in places that sometimes donít have good cell service, which has nothing to do with power, but itís just hilly and Iíd actually like to be able to be off the grid in places like that for a couple hours, especially when we have the dogs in the Interstate. Be nice to go have lunch and let them nap without the generator growling away and such. So my intentions to upgrade are not just in thinking of powering a fridge or our house. I understand the limitations of generators and solar units and such to a certain extent. Like I said, until you really are under crunch time with no water, or food where the more you open the door, the less cold it stays since the electricity is out, or a hot shower, you start to think about how you can make things work a bit better during times like that, but itís a dual goal. Iíd like to have a bit more flexibility to stay without being plugged in a bit of the time. Thereís enough posts that I can piece some of that together. Just didnít have the time or ability while in clean up mode or without electricity.
Iím going to see if anyone has invested in a smaller solar powered unit, as weight becomes an issue and since we have a bigger unit. I was looking at the Goal Zero Yeti 500 as an option to use outside the Interstate, to increase our abilities to charge different smaller items, and maybe be able to run our portable cooler. Anyone have any experience with one of the smaller Yetis? What can you power with them and possibly information as to how long?