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In case you haven’t heard (or read my last blog post) I sold my beloved van, Millie.

Why, you ask? Because I now live in Portugal and she was just hanging around in California waiting for my return. She deserves to be out there rolling around with someone new who will love her and give her the adventures she deserves, so I sold her to a woman who will carry on the tradition.

Despite selling Millie, I still get asked often about my favorite products for minimalist van travel, so I decided to gather these answers together in specific posts.

This post focuses on the Goal Zero range. Yes, there are affiliate links to Amazon—I make a few pennies if you purchase anything after clicking on my links. IF you don’t want to do that, just do a Google search for the products I mention, below.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station

This is the original Power Station from Goal Zero and this little baby made my road trips so much more functional and fun. The Yeti 400 kept my devices powered up, keeping me cool by running my USB fans and my cell phone and iPad topped up and ready to use.

Here are the features of the Yeti 400:

  • 396Wh lead acid battery portable power station can power up to 7 devices at once (33Ah @ 12V)
  • Continuous 300W, 600W surge pure-sine wave inverter, 2.1A USB ports, 120W 12V ports
  • Charge phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and most small devices. Backup power for small appliances, lights, and more
  • Recharges from AC, 12V or solar panels (sold separately). Gas-free generator alternative with no noise, no fumes, no maintenance
  • Chainable with other 33Ah lead acid batteries for longer runtimes
  • Designed and engineered by power station experts with a US-based customer service center

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Power Station

I have not tried this, so I can’t comment, but it is on sale via Amazon (the link is affiliate). Have you tried it or do you use it? Would love to hear what you think. I would consider this updated Power Station if I get back in the van game.

From the manufacturer’s listing, here are the features:

  • 428Wh lithium portable power station can power up to 7 devices at once (39,600mAh at 10.8V/119,000 at 3.6V)
  • Continuous 300W, 1200W surge pure-sine wave inverter, 2.4A USB ports, 120W 12V ports
  • Charge phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and most small devices. Provides power for small appliances, lights, CPAPs and more
  • Recharges from AC or pair with a solar panel (sold separately)
  • Designed and engineered by power station experts with a US-based customer service center

Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini Lantern

I absolutely love this little lantern! It’s super bright and powerful, with high and low mode. Plus, it powers my cell phone while lighting up the space (and it’s USB-rechargeable and solar panel-ready). It has a stand, a hook, a loop, AND a magnet as various ways to attach the light (great for all those metal van and camper interiors).

I love this so much that I brought it with me to Portugal—if you get one Goal Zero product, make it this one!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Dimmable, Dual LED Light Adjust brightness and direction for extended runtimes, up to 500 hours on low. Fold-down legs for maximum light dispersion. Built-in hook and magnets for versatile mounting
  • Recharge anywhere, anytime Power up from Goal Zero Nomad solar panels, plug into any USB port with the built-in charging cable, or swap out the internal battery with a spare 18650 Goal Zero Battery
  • Charge Phones and other USB gear Built-in 1A USB port with 3,000mAh battery for up to one full phone charge

Check out the Lighthouse Minis bigger sister >> Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern and USB Power Hub

Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker

This little Bluetooth USB and solar-rechargable speaker truly rocks! And look—they now have it in teal 🙂 It’s tough-as-nails with a waterproof casing (I forgot mine in the rain and it was fine) and it has an integrated bungee for attaching or hanging anywhere.

Here are the details:

  • Built with a weatherproof outer shell to withstand all Mother Nature can throw
  • A roomy, fabric-lined pocket keeps your gear safe inside; the attached bungee lets you strap your speaker anywhere
  • Dark Bass chamber allows massive airflow for deep, precise sound without the bulk; Chainable with other Rock Out Speakers for a bigger, louder party
  • Built-in solar panel and advanced battery engineered to provide long-lasting stereo sound; Charge it on your hike, jam out by the fire
  • Also charges fast from USB; Advanced Bluetooth enabled
  • Built with a weatherproof outer shell to withstand all Mother Nature can throw
  • A roomy, fabric-lined pocket keeps your gear safe inside; the attached bungee lets you strap your speaker anywhere

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

I’ve owned this little portable, folding solar panel for many years prior to van life. It charges Goal Zero rechargeable batteries and most USB devices directly. Great for the Lighthouse lantern and the Rockout Speaker (see above). There is an upgraded version, and several in the lineup with more wattage (see link. Below).

Per the manufacturer:

  • The Nomad 7 will directly charge most USB and 12V devices (not tablets). Most handheld USB devices, including: Cell phone, smart phone, GPS, MP3 player
  • Collect 7 watts of solar power from the sun
  • The Nomad 7 works best with the following Goal Zero products: Goal Zero Switch 8 & 10 Recharger, Flip 10 & 20 Recharger, Guide 10 Plus Recharger, Venture 30, Rock Out Portable Speakers, and Lighthouse Lanterns
  • Foldable, rugged design, and weather resistant
  • Use the USB and 12V ports at the same time. The Nomad 7 will split the incoming solar power between the two ports to charge devices simultaneously (Some devices may not be compatible)

If I didn’t already have the Nomad 7 panel, I’d definitely want this: Goal Zero Nomad 20 Panel.

So that wraps up my little Goal Zero favorite products round-up. What’s your favorite van life or camping product by Goal Zero? And, as a reminder, yes, these are affiliate links, no obligation to use them, though (but it’s nice and keeps in in my modest Portuguese coffee habit).