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Briggs & Stratton 30681 Spec Review

The Briggs & Stratton 30681 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6250 W.

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  • $1,204.24 - January 13, 2021
  • $903.00 - January 12, 2021
  • $1,204.24 - December 12, 2020
  • $1,177.40 - December 8, 2020
  • $903.00 - November 24, 2020
  • $1,177.40 - November 20, 2020
  • $903.00 - November 19, 2020
  • $1,177.40 - October 8, 2020
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Since: August 25, 2020
  • Highest Price: $1,204.24 - December 12, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $903.00 - August 25, 2020

Description

Designed to keep delivering power for home essentials or home improvement projects. (source: Briggs & Stratton (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Briggs & Stratton 30681 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 30681 is powered by a 342 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 5000W as well as a peak wattage of 6250W.

Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the 30681 can operate for around 12.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.56 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

As the 30681 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

With its dimensions of L29 x W25 x H27 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Briggs & Stratton 30681 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 171 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton 30681

The 30681's control panel

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

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

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Briggs & Stratton 30681's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton 30681 is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Briggs & Stratton 30681 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton 30681 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 171 pounds, the Briggs & Stratton 30681 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 4500 and 5500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56500, standing at just 119 lbs.
  • As the 30681 features an autonomy of around 12.5 hours at 50% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Cat RP5500, boasting with around 15 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. Standing at an estimated 0.56 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse WGen5300v, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.35 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton 30681 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (171 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton 30681 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine342 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5000 W
Starting watts6250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% load12.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankMetal, 7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight171 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 25 x 27 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel kit
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.

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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 30681 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3972 W5447 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Rice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3985 W4405 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3530 W6230 W

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