In this short and practical review we will be looking at the Inergy Kodiak as a way to having power off grid in a multitude of situations.
We will look at this unit by answering three simple questions in a way that anyone can understand, as well as a quick comparison to The Inergy Kodiaks’ main competitor the Goal Zero Yeti 1000. Please read until the end of this article for a special discount on the Kodiak as well as a full disclosure of intent.
From living in a van or other vehicle full time, to camping, to having backup power for your home or rv, I believe this is one of the best solutions for having power off-grid. In natural disasters and long term off grid situations gasoline and diesel can be hard or impossible to come by, so a traditional generator might not be the best idea. Plus they require regular maintenance, fuel cost add up, they take up a lot of space, and make a lot of noise.
What is it?
The Kodiak is an ultra light and compact all-in-one off grid solar generator. The word generator is somewhat of a misnomer though, as what it really does it in store, convert, and distribute energy. In simple terms it has a lightweight yet very powerful battery that can be charged in several ways. You can use solar panels, wind turbines, a standard 110 wall outlet, or 12 volt dc cigarette lighter adapter commonly found in cars, boats, and rvs to charge it. The Kodiak allows you power just about anything with a regular 110 wall outlet, usb, or 12 volt cigarette adapter, or plug into an RV (really nice when you don’t want to make noise with a generator but still want air conditioning, microwave, ect). We will get into some of the specifics of what makes this device to useful later in the article, but it’s basically a feature packed generator that utilize free natural resources instead of fuel.
Who is it for?
I think everyone in the world could use one of these things, or at least rest easy knowing they have a good back up. Due to the cost of lithium batteries at this time not everyone can afford one though. If you identify with any of the following I think The Kodiak is definitely worth considering:
- You live in any type of vehicle (van, truck, rv, boat, suv ect.) and don’t know how to wire up a custom system, or want an ultra lightweight, compact, and easy to use system with no hassle that is expandable
- Need to power RV without the noise, maintenance, and fuel cost of a fuel type generator
- Backup power for home or vehicle in event of power loss, natural disaster, ect. Please note: this is not powerful enough to power your entire home. It will keep your refrigerator running and allow you to use lights and electronics
- Backup power for life saving medical equipment (keeping insulin cool, breathing machines, powered wheelchairs, ect)
- Portable and expandable prepping set up for societal collapse, zombie apocalypse, martial law, ect
- Powering off grid vacation home
- Camping and weekend getaways where electrical power is wanted or needed
So who is it not for?
If you’re on a tight budget, are skilled with electrical work and don’t mind a larger system, or want to build a very large system this might not be the right solution for you. There are lots of people living or travelling off-grid setup custom systems comprised of an agm or lithium battery bank, solar panel, solar controller, inverter, battery isolator, fuse box, wiring, and outlets. This setup can work just fine for them (as they have for me), but it will require some electrical knowledge to install and select components, and will never be as small and light as the Kodiak. If you have to pay someone to pick out components or wire your system for you you would be better off buying the Kodiak
I will talk about buying a solar generator vs building your own system in a future article. In the meantime I will tell you that my custom setup with very similar specifications cost about $1,600. I am using a LifePo4 Lithium Battery, which cost much more up front (but is much cheaper in the long run!).
Part of what your paying for with this unit is all the development, trial and error, special knowledge, and skilled craftsmanship that goes into putting something this lightweight, compact, and powerful together. This is a proven no hassle solution.
What does it do?
The Kodiak allows you to power anything that uses less than 1,500 watts. You can power things through four usb ports, one 125 Volt RV plug, two 12V DC universal car sockets, and six 110 volt regular household plugs. For the full list of specs and information on The Kodiak please check out the inergy website here. It’s worth downloading the manual and taking a look at information not listed here or on their website.
*The above image is borrowed from https://inergytek.com/
Here are some of the benefits of The Kodiak:
- Easy all-in-one solution; nothing to do or figure out
- Chargeable in many different ways
- Pure Sine Wave Inverter safe for all electronics
- Only weighs 20 pounds!
- Easily portable (14″ Wide x 7″ Tall x 8″ Deep)
- Expandable- add as many agm batteries as you want and up to 600 watts of solar or wind!
- Ease of use- plug in, turn on, and you have power!
- Warranty (lemon policy and 1 year full warranty)
- Very long lifespan (2,000 cycles or 10 years, though dod for this rating is unlisted)
- Peace of mind- you don’t have to worry about poor construction, installation, or mismatch of components
- No reliance on gas or diesel, as long as there is sun or wind you can charge it (with additional panels or wind turbine). In natural and man made disasters (including economic) it can be almost impossible to get gasoline or diesel
- Can be used while charging
- Tax incentives. Click here to learn more about tax incentives in the USA
Ok so let’s quickly compare some of the main reasons to choose the Inergy Kodiak over its main and most direct competitor the Goal Zero Yeti 1000. After seeing the points below it’s a no-brainer, The Kodiak wins hands down.
|Inergy Kodiak||Goal Zero Yeti 1000|
|Expandible||Yes, with any AGM Deep Cycle||NO|
|Weight||20 pounds||40 pounds|
|Rated Charge Cycles||2,000||500|
|Charge Time (110 Volt Ac Charger)||11 hours or fast charge in 5.5 hours||18 Hours|
|Car Charger Availability||Yes||NO|
|Up Front Cost (unit only)||$1,875 (Minus Big Savings with Coupon Code Below)||$1,299.95|
|Long Term Cost||Since the Kodiak is rated with 4 times the the charge cycles it is much more cost effective||Short term savings will end up costing you more in the long run. Goal zero says the battery is replaceable but do not list one on their website|
As I said towards the beginning of this article, almost everyone could use on these units. I am now using one as a second and portable power system separate from my home made one. If I had to do it all over again, and I knew I was going to use lithium batteries I would have just gotten the Kodiak and added a high quality agm. Especially with the coupon below, it would have ended up being less money. Inergy also sells lights that you can be powered off of kodiak and even chained together as well as solar panels and other accessories.
Click here to check out the Kodiak for yourself. They are on sale now, make sure to use the coupon code below too!
Use the coupon code: “aboutvanlife” to receive 20% off your entire purchase! This deal will not last much longer!
Disclosure of Intent*
Into The Mystery 13 is a business, and as such occasionally I review products that are given to me at no cost in return for a review, other times I pay full price. This unit was given to me for review for free by the company. I am not paid to say or write anything, and this as well as all other reviews are purely my thoughts.
All links in this article and the video are affiliate links and I will make a commission from either Inergy or Amazon. The trust of my viewers is far more important to me than any commision I might make, and I work very hard to maintain this trust through honesty and open communication. I hope this transparency is proof of that.