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Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart Spec Review

The Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart (30795) is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3700 W and a starting wattage of 4500 W.

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Description

Designed with camping and recreation in mind, this inverter generator is quiet, lightweight and efficient to easily enjoy the little conveniences of home anywhere you are. (source: Briggs & Stratton (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 P4500 PowerSmart's core is the 224 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3700W and a peak wattage of 4500W.

With a noise rating of 60 dBA (just as noisy as an office), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

With a full tank, the P4500 PowerSmart can operate for up to 16 hours (fuel consumption around 0.22 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 3.5 gallons.

The P4500 PowerSmart generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Briggs & Stratton generator is RV Ready.

Portability

Since the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart is an inverter generator, its closed design (L24.5 x W17.6 x H20.36 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 115 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its set of 2 wheels and its telecospic handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart

The P4500 PowerSmart's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the P4500 PowerSmart's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, power output and fuel level, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is on overload.

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.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

The P4500 PowerSmart 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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart also is packed along with the following accessories: oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

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

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The Briggs & Stratton P4500 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 P4500 PowerSmart compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 115 pounds, the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of only 66.1 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 60 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Cummins Onan P4500i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Given that the P4500 PowerSmart reaches an autonomy of up to 16 hours with a full tank and at 25% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200954, which is able to run for up to 22 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 0.22 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.14 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart vs Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton P4500 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
  • CO Guard™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (60 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (115 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No parallel ports
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts3700 W
Starting watts4500 W
Running amps30.8 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load16 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.5 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight115 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 17.6 x 20.36 in
Noise (lower limit)60 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and battery
Warranty3 years
Other model numbers30795

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 P4500 PowerSmart is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Security system180180
Total2947 W4447 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Radio100100
Total2940 W3530 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Total2910 W4010 W

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Briggs & Stratton P4500 PowerSmart
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  1. Avatar
    Robert A Gordon June 19, 2020 at 7:08 am
    2.5
    Price
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    50
    Quality
    50
    Performance
    30

    LED lights not working. Started manually.
    Electric start didn’t work; Battery terminals connected
    Assume battery dead??
    Returned to Home Depot

    + PROS:
    • Fairly quiet for size/power.
    - CONS:
    • LED lights not working. Started manually.
    • Electric start didn't work; Battery terminals connected. Assume battery dead??
    • Returned to Home Depot
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  2. 4.9
    Price
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    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    Got rid of a 3500 watt B&S open frame RV generator that was LOUD. Previously had a DuroStar DS4000 that lasted three years (1200 hrs) and blew up even with regular maintenance. I have only used this generator twice but can tell it does well in fuel consumption and noise. It seems to be at least as good as the rest of the line and having bought it on sale, saved a TON over what current pricing is.

    + PROS:
    • Powerful enough to run everything in a 30 amp RV
    • Quiet, even though it does make some 'noise'
    • Well thought out closed design.
    - CONS:
    • Weight. Changing the oil a little tricky, but I'm retired, what else do I have to do.
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    Brian Fitzpatrick October 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    2.65
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    Purchased at a good price on sale. Shipped directly to home. It was not assembled correctly at factory. Damaged filter housing, air breather not attached, filters not oiled. Battery was at 10 Volts when it arrived. LED lights unreadable when running. Can’t see the power level or fuel level in daylight, in the shade. To get warranty / repair it has to go to a Briggs dealer. Load it up (110 lbs) and take it to them. I should have bought it from the Briggs dealer and had them demo it before I accepted it.

    Other than that: I like it.

    lessons learned.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet. QPT function works well.
    • Easily moved around on hard surfaces
    - CONS:
    • Poor quality control. Damaged parts at factory during assembly. Battery was dead on arrival. LED lights unreadable for power and fuel levels in daylight, even in the shade.
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  4. 1
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    I own this generator and have owned it for about 6 months. It was manufactured less than a year ago. This unit hasn’t ran right since it was new. I contacted Briggs and they just told me to take it to a service center there was nothing they could do for me. I take it to the service center they referred me to. That service told me that Briggs & Stratton is the worst company to deal with and they do not support or stand behind their products. They told me there was no chance of Briggs covering the repairs of this unit even though it was well under a year old. Before I took it to the service center I tried ordering a new carb myself because I knew that is what the issue was and I needed it working for a weekend trip. The carb was on back order (obviously this is a common issue) After the first trip to the service center and spending $200 for them to “clean the carb” I took it home that night and had the same issue. I take it back they tell me it needs the carb replaced and the carb alone is $140. So now I will have over $400 into a generator that cost $1000 to start with an hasn’t ran right since it was new. I reached out to Briggs again after my experience with the service center. They won’t acknowledge my e-mails or the fact there is a know issue with the carburetor on these generators. I will never own another Briggs & Stratton product and will make it my mission to warn others to stay away. There are better options out there. I have owned a 2000 watt Champion invertor for several years and never had an issue with it!!!!!!

    + PROS:
    • It's a nice size and would be perfect for an RV if they built a reliable product.
    - CONS:
    • They build a poor quality and unreliable product and offer no support to their products. Their own dealers don't want to deal with them on warranty and product issues!
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    David Lastoria July 14, 2021 at 2:02 pm
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    Quality
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    Performance
    100

    I just bought my 3700 watt continuous generator a week ago. So far, I love it, except for the gas fill. Can’t see inside the tank when filling it up. So it is easy to overflow it.. The electric fuel gauge only works when it is running. Really??? Why not keep that gauge simple like a Honda? A non electronic gauge is much better with less to go wrong. Other than that, I love it, but things may change as time goes on. Hopefully not. I previously owned 2 Honda EU3000I which I absolutely loved, and used mist of the week for many years. But Hondas are getting ridiculously expensive as well, so I figured that I’d buy a generator that offers so much more for half the price.

    + PROS:
    • Everything, except....
    - CONS:
    • The fuel gauge and fill setup...
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