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Teri Frank

Teri Frank

Uinta Mountains

Teri Frank's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Climbing
Skiing

Teri Frank's Bio

Born and a little bit raised in Texas, also raised in Nevada. Traveled a bit, moved to Utah to peruse speedskating, met and married a speedskater. He introduced me to backpacking and skiing - 2 things I never had any desire to do, ever. I bought a hammock and my life is the most complete it's ever been. Starting to not fear bears.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

This is too cool not to use everyday
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Going on 13 weeks straight of everyday use.

We were going to get the Yeti 1250 but decided that we probably weren't going to need that much power and we were right! This little thing powers our off-grid tiny house and it's more than enough power for us.

Decided to go with this brand because it seemed like the most simple way to use solar. It is extremely simple.

Things we need electricity for:
3 - Barebones Pendant Lights - total watts per hour range from 9-11
1 - cell phone - uses about 7 watts
1 - electric razor - uses about 5-7 watts
1 - radio - 5 watts
1 - small fan - between 25-35 watts depending on the speed

We do not plug in all these things at once, just when needed. It was advised by GoalZero to keep the battery fully charged when possible, because it's basically a car battery. We have 2 Boulder 30 solar panels that charge this Yeti 400. We charge it once every 1-2 weeks (that is how long it takes us to lose a bar or 2) for an entire day, sometimes it takes 1.5 days to get a total full charge.

This battery box is pretty heavy, at first I minded till I realized that I could get muscles from lifting it. :) I believe it's about 35-40 lbs. It sits up on the loft floor for everyday use, then we move it near a window when it's time for a charge.

Haven't had any problems with it and it's pretty easy to understand and use.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on July 28, 2015

Cool Like Ice
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is our fridge. Literally. We live in a tiny house and this is our fridge. Been using it for 13 straight weeks now and this thing is awesome.

We use the yeti ice blocks to maintain the fridge's coolness factor. We have 2 big yeti ice blocks (4 lbs each) and 2 small ones (2 lbs each). Overall, it works, but we don't love it - meaning the yeti ice blocks don't seem like anything more special than a regular plastic ice block that you'd buy at the store. This little paragraph is kind of a review for the ice blocks. Using a rotation schedule, we take the yeti ice blocks back and forth to a freezer at work and bring them home. The blocks keep the fridge pretty cool actually, but don't last for more than 24 hours. Once in a while, we go buy 2 lbs of dry ice and that keeps things real cold for about 24 solid hours.

A bag of ice will survive for a surprising long time. We added a 2 gallon bag to our already chilled Yeti Cooler and there was a little less than 1 gallon of ice remaining 4 days later. Draining the cooler was super easy. Open the spout, all water comes out!

Went with the 35 instead of any other size because it wasn't too big and wasn't too small. We are very happy with the size. Perfect for our situation.

We have a love hate relationship with the top basket. Sometimes its in the way and other times it's wonderful to have.

Yes, I would recommend it.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on June 18, 2015

Fun to carry around - so many options!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Me and camera bags have relationship issues. I love them, I like them, I dislike them and I wonder why...? This little bag is a great investment to my collection. I love the size. It's easy to carry and has a lot of carrying options. I originally wanted a external bag that I could wear with my backpacking backpack. Thought I would try this one out. Well I haven't been backpacking since I bought it, but I can see how it would work out well. Husband likes to take the nice camera out skiing and is able to pack this bag around easily. My Canon 7d fits nicely in this bag. Love the 2 inside pockets. Love the top zipper pocket. The camera is protected and secure when placed in a luggage or a large travel bag. Great little bag, would totally recommend it.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on June 10, 2015

They Light up my Tiny House
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The GoalZero Yeti 400 powers our tiny house. When we were looking for lights, we found these wonderful things that say they are only 3 watts each! The light that is produced is plenty. We hung 3 up in the living room for a more appealing look. The light that comes from one light is plenty to see around. Light from all 3 is like wow! When all 3 are running the Yeti says it's pulling anywhere from 9-11 watts per hour. We've used these almost every day for 6 weeks and all is well. Great buy. Cool look.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on May 11, 2015

It Does It's Job
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for high powered water jets hitting you at every angle, this is not for you. The stream of water that this awesome shower provides is just enough for a shampoo, conditioner and body wash. There is usually just enough left over to stand there and do nothing. This is my first solar shower and theres nothing to complain about. It holds water and with a simple twist of the nozzle, water comes out. Tip: close the flow of H2o while you are soaping up.

UPDATE: Been using this thing everyday for 15 weeks now in my tiny house. It's still going strong and works like it did on day 1.

Sometimes that water will gather and instead of a little shower, it will turn into 1line-stream of water. In this case, turn it off and back on (maybe a few times) and the shower of water should work again.

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on February 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: It is bigger than a twin size mattress. Lots of room to move around. We bought this to use as a guest bed in our apartment and had many guests not have to sleep on the floor. Once you figure out the set up process, it's pretty easy to put together. Its really high off the ground, perfect to store all your luggage under. Very strong and durable.

Cons: Heavy. The cot fabric sags after it's been slept on. You have to have lots of space to set it up.

All in all: I'd recommend it!

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Teri Frankwrote a review of on August 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have so many things wrong with my feet (plantar fasciitis and soreness in my ankles and heels) and have tried a lot of different insoles. These have been amazing! I've been on my feet at work all day, taken them to workout and my feet don't hurt like they used to at all! The construction of these insoles are really well made. There is a lot to consider when ordering these things, but it's well worth it! 100% recommend.

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