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Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart Spec Review

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The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart (30545) is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2600 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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Description

Get more power for the great outdoors with inverter technology which is quieter than traditional camping generators. (source: Briggs & Stratton)

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart in use

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart's core is the 171 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 2600W and a peak wattage of 3000W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (PowerSmart parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

Enjoying a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a conversation at home), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The P3000 PowerSmart can operate for up to 10 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.15 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon.

The P3000 PowerSmart produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 5A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries and a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

This Briggs & Stratton generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included). However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L26 x W14 x H21 in. Thus, it is more esthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

The P3000 PowerSmart's dry weight of 84 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Additionally, it can be easily moved with the help of a wheel kit (⌀6"), once it is on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart

The P3000 PowerSmart's control panel

Monitoring of the P3000 PowerSmart's status and activity is made possible by an illuminated StatStation™ data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and power output and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

The unit benefits from Briggs & Stratton’s Quiet Power Technology (QPT™), a feature designed to greatly improve its noise levels, emissions and fuel consumption. When the switch, located on the control panel, is turned ON, the engine speed increases as electrical loads are connected, and decreases as electrical loads are removed.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, oil, battery charging cables, RV adapter and funnel.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

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The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart weighs only 84 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Honda EG2800i, standing at just 66.6 lbs.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 58 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 10 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the P3000 PowerSmart falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Honda EU3000iS, with 20 hours .
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.15 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV3200P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.13 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • RV adapter included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (84 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (58 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine171 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2600 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps21.7 amps
Peaks amps25 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load10 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 5A (cigarette lighter style)
1x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight84 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)26 x 14 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)58 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, RV adapter and battery charging cables
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Briggs & Stratton

Founded in 1908, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton is a well renowned American based gasoline engine manufacturer. While the company mainly focuses on engines – including outdoor, power tool, karting, cast iron and aluminum models, power generators are a crucial component of their portfolio as well – Briggs & Stratton provides both portable and standby solutions for casual users with full support, including installation. The company operates on a global scale, with 13 facilities spread across all the of the continents.

Warranty Information

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 PowerSmart is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Briggs & Stratton generators, please consult Briggs & Stratton's warranty policies stated in the user manual. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

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