4 Off-Grid Ways to Light Up and Power Up your Cottage

by | May 24, 2018
The cottage. The escape you have been waiting for all winter long. Your own personal vacation home. You've packed your coolers, grabbed your flip-flops, and stocked up on all the necessities to open the cottage for 2018. But what about your electronics? Long-gone are the days where a heavy gas generator was the only solution for off-grid centralized power. What if you had a gas-free, fume-free, noise-free power solution that was light enough to take from dock to bunkie, bunkie to cottage?

Goal Zero's line of portable power solutions offers you just that. No more ill-prepared power outages, or being unable to use your lights and electronic devices where and when you need them.

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Here are 4 ways to make the most out of your summer at the cottage with the power of Goal Zero:

1. Back up power for your most essential equipment

Losing power at the cottage is inevitable. Easily save your fridge stock with a lightweight, low maintenance portable power station - it's plug-and-play! With no gasoline needed, the Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 1400 and Yeti Lithium 3000 operates with zero fumes and zero noise to power all your essential electronics and appliances at the push of a button. It’s safe enough to store inside your cottage for running lights or appliances during a power outage. Featuring a pure-sine wave inverter, the Yeti Lithium provides safe, clean power for all of your electronics. The best part is that the Yeti Lithium models are lightweight enough (or come with a roll cart depending on the model) for you to take your backup power home with you during the winter, or for other off-grid adventures.

TIP #1: Hook it up to the Boulder 100 Solar Panel to keep your power station charged up from the power of the sun.

TIP #2: Hook up low wattage LED lights to your power station in high traffic areas of your cottage so you can keep the party going and keep your family safe.

Backup Power for Your Home   

2. Make your bunkie feel like home for your guests

"Bunkie" is an affectionate term used by Ontario cottage-goers to describe the bunkhouse or guesthouse cabin on a cottage property. The bunkie's core function is to be an additional sleeping quarter. Usually kitchenless, bathroomless, and electricity-free, there may not be any other reason for wanting to be in the bunkie other than to sleep. You can change that however with a portable power station that fits your power needs. A Goal Zero Yeti 150 is more than enough power to keep LED lights turned on, power up smartphones/tablets during the night, or even power up a small-sized USB fan. For even more power, check out the Yeti 400 which allows you to throw laptops and TV monitors into the mix to keep the kids entertained on rainy days. Finally, use the Yeti Lithium 1400 to power a small space heater or floor fan so your bunkie is comfortable to sleep in all night.

TIP #1: Recharge your bunkie Yeti during the daytime with a small solar panel like the Nomad 14 Plus, or bring it up to the main cottage and plug it in to recharge from a regular AC wall outlet.

TIP #2: The portability of the Yeti power stations allows you to take the units anywhere when they are not being used in the bunkie - making it more adaptable than ever.

Yeti 150   

3. Lighting down by the dock

Your day is winding down, the sun has set, but you're not ready to leave the dock just yet. Light up your dock with LED hanging and handheld lanterns so you can enjoy the evening outdoors with safety in mind. 

HANGING LIGHTS: String up the Light-a-Life Mini Quad (which comes with both white and fun colourful shades). Chain two strings together from a single USB power source, like the Venture 30 Recharger. Alternatively, the Light-A-Life 3W lamps can be chained into a string of 8 from a single 12V port, with 9 feet of space in between each lamp - making it the perfect semi-permanent installation of lights around the dock.

LANTERNS: For a portable solution, look no further than the NEW Crush Light - a low cost, collapsible LED lantern with its own built-in solar panel which allows it to be recharged during the daytime. At only $29.99, the Crush Light is the most affordable solar-powered lantern from Goal Zero yet.

Light-a-Life Mini Quad   Crush Light

4. Boat cruise-approved waterproof power

Worry no more about exposing your portable battery pack to big and small splashes while motoring across the lake. Recharge phones, tablets, cameras, portable Bluetooth speakers (like the waterproof Ultimate Ears Wonderboom), and USB lanterns with the durable Venture 70. The Venture 70 Recharger packs 17,800mAh of power and is rated IP67 with a rugged waterproof and dustproof design. The Venture 70 Recharger is available with 2 micro-USB mini cables, or with 1 micro-USB and 1 Lightning mini-cable so you can share it with your friends and charge two devices at once. Did we mention it also has a built-in flashlight for emergencies?

TIP #1: A fully charged Venture 70 can provide 6 to 7 full smartphone charges. Hook it up with a Nomad 14 Plus Solar Panel to maintain your Venture 70's charge while on the boat.

TIP #2: Leave the Venture 70 in the boat's glove compartment for emergency power and light (operational between 0 to 45 degrees Celsius).

Venture 70 Recharger   

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