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Energizer eZV4800 Spec Review

The Energizer eZV4800 is a compact open frame portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3600 W and a starting wattage of 4800 W.

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Description

The Energizer eZV4800 is the no-nonsense, reliable, portable workhorse that’s ready to deliver clean power with no unnecessary frills. It’s the ultimate inverter generator for the professional who wants maximum power at a cost-effective price. Compared to other inverter generators, this open frame design with contractor inspired features packs a huge punch for its compact and portable size. Activate EcoMode and save money on fuel without sacrificing power with class-leading inverter technology, including Smart Device Protection. Producing a continuous 3,800 watts of clean electricity, the eZV4800 quietly powers anything, including smart electronics for construction, tailgating, hunting, and jobs around the house or workplace. (source: Energizer (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Energizer eZV4800 is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 eZV4800's design includes a gasoline-fueled 223 cc 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3600W and also a peak wattage of 4800W.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 70 dBA (just as noisy as a dishwasher). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 3.2 gallons, the eZV4800 may run for up to 11.5 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH).

The eZV4800 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 5A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Even though this Energizer generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

With its dimensions of L18 x W17 x H21 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Energizer eZV4800 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The eZV4800 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 78 lbs. In addition, it is even easier to grab and move the generator around thanks to its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Energizer eZV4800

The eZV4800's control panel

Monitoring of the eZV4800's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

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

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Energizer eZV4800 is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The Energizer eZV4800 is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

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

The Energizer eZV4800 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Energizer eZV4800 compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Energizer eZV4800 weighs only 78 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest noise of 70 dBA can be judged as noisy. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Cummins Onan P4500i. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The eZV4800's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only up to 11.5 hours at 25% load on a full tank. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200954, as it provides up to 22 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.28 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen4200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.14 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Energizer eZV4800 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (78 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • On the noisy side (70 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Energizer eZV4800 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine223 cc 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3600 W
Starting watts4800 W
Running amps30 amps
Peaks amps40 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 5A receptacle
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight78 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 17 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)70 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
Other model numbersINVEZV4800AD

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 eZV4800 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Freezer8101750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total2877 W3877 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
DVD player350350
Cell phone charger2020
Total2860 W3450 W
For workTable saw18004500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total2050 W4750 W
In the features & specifications they said that it's not RV ready why. (Asked July 08, 2020)

"Not RV-ready" simply means that the unit does not have a TT-30R outlet. Feel free to read our definition of RV-Ready for more info.

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