Energizer eZG3500 - Spec Review

The Energizer eZG3500 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3000 W and a starting wattage of 3500 W.

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Description

Energizer®'s EZG3500 is a great companion to have around in case of a power outage. This unit produces up to 3000 watts of clean 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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In a nutshell, the Energizer eZG3500 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

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 Energizer eZG3500 in use

The Energizer eZG3500

The Energizer eZG3500's core is the 208 cc Energizer OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 3000W and a peak wattage of 3500W.

At a noise rating of 76 dBA (less noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 4.2 gallons, the eZG3500 may run for up to 19.5 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.22 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Since the eZG3500 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The Energizer eZG3500 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L25.6 x W23.6 x H21.9 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 117 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). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Energizer eZG3500

The eZG3500's control panel

When its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Energizer eZG3500, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Energizer eZG3500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Energizer eZG3500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Energizer eZG3500 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • With its weight of 117 lbs, the Energizer eZG3500 is one of the heavier generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Generac GP3300i, with a dry weight of only 59.5 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 76 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU3000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 50 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 19.5 hours at 25% load, the eZG3500 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Champion 200914, reaching 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 generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.22 GPH at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH, the Energizer eZV3500P is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Energizer eZG3500 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
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the heavy side (117 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (76 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Energizer eZG3500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Energizer OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts3000 W
Starting watts3500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)25/12.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load19.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight117 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.6 x 23.6 x 21.9 in
Noise (lower limit)76 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbersGENEZG35GEUD

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 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 eZG3500 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 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Fan40120
Total2020 W3495 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total2380 W2800 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Drain cleaner250250
Total2380 W3480 W

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    This is is an excellent generator for the price..Paid $350 plus tax Canadian..Surprised at how quiet it is for a generator..a lot of nice features not found on generators this size and price point..So far very reliable..

    + PROS:
    • Long run time on tank of fuel at 25 percent...
    • Fuel gauge, low engine oil light, 120-240 generator plug not found on smaller generators
    • Noise level was quieter than most generators of this size, Generating power switch, rocker switch for 240-120,wheel kit included for $349.00 Canadian dollars
    • Great value..Starts on first pull of cord...
    - CONS:
    • No remote start
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