So… did you hear about that Las Vegas woman who trekked 26 miles in the snow to save her family? We have two takeaways from this story:

  1. That woman is amazing.
  2.  You don’t want to do that.

To help with takeaway No. 2, we suggest you add this gadget to your emergency kit: the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator ($460).

There are many reasons why this thing is wonderful. First off, it’s got “Yeti” in its name. Second off, you can power it via the sun. It’s compatible with many small solar panels. Or, because we can’t all be Jimmy Carter, you can also power it via a wall outlet or your car’s 12V adaptor.

What’s more, it’s pretty small—shorter than a water bottle and less than 30 pounds. And it’s quiet.

In short, it’s the perfect sidekick for your next camping adventure, road trip or tailgate session. With its two USB outlets, two AC outlets and a 12V output, you could theoretically charge an iPhone, iPad, laptop and lantern at once.

So picture this: You and your traveling partner are finally gonna drive cross-country together. Only somewhere outside Moab, Utah your car gets stuck in the mud. And your phones are out of juice. You could walk through the desert for help. Or the better option: Plug one of those phones into this baby, call AAA and within an hour be cuddling in a Utah hotel room.

This little generator is even powerful enough to charge things like televisions and CPAP machines, which is handy.

Because loud snoring is not an emergency. But on the other hand, it sort of is.

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