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Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower - 5000/6500W Inverter Generator

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower (30761) is a portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 5,000 W and a starting wattage of 6,500 W.

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Description

Designed to give you quiet confidence during power outages, the Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator is more than 60% quieter than standard generators and can deliver 6,500 starting watts of reliable backup power. (source: Briggs & Stratton (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower is a portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower in use

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower's core is the 306 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 5,000W and a peak wattage of 6,500W.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 66 dBA (less noisy than an office).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 5 gallons, the Q6500 QuietPower can operate for up to 14 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the Q6500 QuietPower produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Because the Q6500 QuietPower is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L24.8 x W21.2 x H21.5 in), the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Since the generator weighs 139 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its set of 2 wheels (⌀8") and its telecospic handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower

The Q6500 QuietPower's control panel

The Q6500 QuietPower and its control panel include power use LEDs that can both display the power output and the amount of hours the generator has accumulated. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is on overload, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the inverter generator.

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.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

The Q6500 QuietPower also benefits from Briggs & Stratton’s CO Guard™ (opens in a new tab) carbon monoxide shutdown. This new patent-pending technology uses advanced algorithms to shut down the generator when harmful levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the generator's operating area.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower also comes with some accessories: funnel and oil are included. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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

In addition, the unit meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower only weighs in at 139 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 4500-5500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN5600, weighing just 103.6 pounds.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 66 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU7000iS with only 52 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 14 hours on a full tank at a 25% load, the Q6500 QuietPower is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar 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 DuroMax XP5500EH, with up to 19 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.36 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the DuroMax XP5500EH. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.21 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W inverter generators, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Guard™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (139 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (66 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine306 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts5,000 W
Starting watts6,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load14 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower & runtime hours LEDs
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight139 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.8 x 21.2 x 21.5 in
Noise (lower limit)66 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil and funnel
SeriesQuietPower
Other model numbers30761
UPC011675307615

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.

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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 Q6500 QuietPower 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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total3992 W5492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Total3990 W4580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
Is the Q6500 electric start? (Asked February 26, 2020)

This unit only has a classic recoil start.

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Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower
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  1. 4.65
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    Impressive performance. I had purchased the generator about 3 months before being hit by Hurricane Laura. It had not been used. I ran the generator continuously for 10 days and it ran flawlessly. Very fuel efficient consuming only 9 to 10 gallons of gas a day compared to similar wattage of my non-inverter generators that were consuming 16 to18 gallons per day.
    No major complaints. I Just wish that it was possible to run this unit in parallel with another 6500. I would then be set.

    + PROS:
    • Extremely fuel efficient
    • Low noise as good as competitors
    • Reliable
    • Starts easy
    • Excellent control panel
    • Heavy frame reduces vibration and improves stability
    - CONS:
    • No parallel port
    • No electric start
    • Inconvenient location of oil drain plug
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