Energizer EG6850 - 5500/6850W Portable Generator

The Energizer EG6850 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,500 W and a starting wattage of 6,850 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Energizer's® EG6850 is a great companion to have around in case of a power outage. This unit produces up to 5500 continuous watts of electricity in both 120V AC and 120/240V AC outputs to power virtually any appliance within your household. (source: Energizer (opens in a new tab))

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To sum up, the Energizer EG6850 is a portable generator tailored for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • 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 in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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

Power & Run Time

The Energizer EG6850's design includes a gasoline-fueled 420 cc Energizer OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 5,500W and also a peak wattage of 6,850W.

Its starting mechanism is based on a manual recoil starter system.

The EG6850's fuel tank, with a capacity of 6.6 gallons, supports uninterrupted operation for around 10 hours at 50% load when fully fueled (fuel consumption at an estimated 0.66 gallons per hour).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 8 AC outlets:

Three Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

While not classified as 'RV Ready,' this Energizer generator can still provides the advantage of RV connection via its L5-30R receptacle, ensuring power supply to your RV with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the EG6850 is configured to be transfer switch ready, allowing straightforward connection to your breaker box to supply backup power to your home during outages.

Portability

At L28.9 x W26 x H26 in, the traditional open frame structure of the Energizer EG6850 ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 168 lbs. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Energizer EG6850

The EG6850's control panel

Enhancing monitoring capabilities, the EG6850 features a digital data center within its control panel, furnishing essential details on the lifetime run hours for tracking activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will signal if the oil level is too low.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Energizer EG6850 also comes with some accessories: oil and tool kit are included.

The Energizer EG6850 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Energizer EG6850 compare to generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 168 lbs, the Energizer EG6850 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 5000 and 6000 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Champion 201238 is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 101.4 pounds.
  • As for its runtime, the EG6850 runs for around 10 hours at a 50% load, placing it towards the low end among comparable products. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Predator 6500, as it provides around 14.5 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. This generator is not fuel-efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.66 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA7000L. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.36 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 5000-6000W generators, the Energizer EG6850 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Impressive quantity of AC outlets
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (168 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Energizer OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5,500 W
Starting watts6,850 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)57.1/28.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 3x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight168 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.9 x 26 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, and wheel kit
Other model numbersGENEG6850DUD

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About Energizer

Founded in 1896, Energizer Holdings, Inc. is most well known as an American battery manufacturer, namely of Energizer, Varta, Rayovac and Eveready batteries. However, throughout its history, Energizer has worked in many industries, including power generators. The Energizer Brands LLC’s, (a subsidiary of Energizer Holdings, Inc.) power generator selection includes mostly portable generators of both the conventional and inverted design. All Energizer generators are designed and supported in North America, while their production is outsourced overseas.

Warranty Information

The Energizer EG6850 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 Energizer generators, please contact the Energizer Customer Support: 1-877-528-3772.

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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4397 W5497 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total4010 W6710 W

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