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Firman H03652 Spec Review

The Firman H03652 is an open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 3650 W and a starting wattage of 4550 W.

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Description

The H03652 Dual fuel generator can run on both Gas and Liquid Propane fuel, giving you flexibility during a storm, or when you’re out camping. This generator features 4550 starting watts and 3650 running watts (4100/3300 LPG) with a reliable recoil start system. (source: Firman (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Firman H03652 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Firman H03652 in use

The Firman H03652

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Firman H03652 delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3650W and a peak wattage of 4550W. When propane-powered, it has 3300 rated watts and 4100 peak watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 67 dBA (less noisy than background music). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 5 gallons, the H03652 can operate for around 14 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), or for around 8 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.59 GPH) using propane.

As the H03652 has a relatively high THD (<25%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 4 AC outlets:

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

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

Portability

The Firman H03652 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L25.7 x W21.8 x H21.6 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.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 112 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Firman H03652

The H03652's control panel

The H03652's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), 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 Firman H03652 also comes with some accessories: oil, propane hose, tool kit and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Firman H03652 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Firman H03652 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman H03652 compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At a weight of 112 pounds, the Firman H03652 places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 67 dBA. 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.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 14 hours at 50% load, the H03652 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EB4000X, reaching around 16 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Firman H03652 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (112 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (67 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

Do you own the Firman H03652 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine208 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3650 W3300 W
Starting watts4550 W4100 W
Running amps30.4 amps27.5 amps
Peaks amps37.9 amps34.2 amps
Run time @50% load14 h8 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight112 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.7 x 21.8 x 21.6 in
Noise (lower limit)67 dBA
THD< 25%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit and propane hose
Warranty3 years
SeriesHybrid

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.

About FIRMAN Power Equipment

Founded in 1999, Firman Power Equipment is a company with a short, but established history in the power equipment industry. Based in Arizona, the company offers an immense range of products, including power tools, automotive equipment, storage utilities, work wear, but most importantly, a wide selection of generators of all sizes, designs and outputs. Interestingly, Firman is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation - a somewhat well renowned company in China and acts as a de facto distributor of their products in the US.

Warranty Information

The Firman H03652 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 Firman generators, please consult Firman's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-844-FIRMAN1 (844-347-6261).

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
Washing machine9001650
Total2892 W3892 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Total2890 W3480 W
For workTable saw18004500
Total1800 W4500 W
Can the Firman H03652 dual fuel model be fitted to use natural gas? (Asked January 20, 2020)

Firman doesn't seem to have an official natural gas conversion kit. You could have a look at this article: https://www.propane101.com/lpgasapplianceconversions.htm. Needless to say, without an official conversion kit, such conversion would immediately void any warranty you may have.

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    I purchased the Firman on 8/23/20 and recd it 9/3/20. Well packaged with only having to attach sturdy wheel and front rubber ft. Easily pulled to back yard by my small pool shed. Easy to ck oil and add oil. Gas ready right on top.
    I wanted to run on propane tanks as they are easy to store & last two yrs or more without spoiling. It Was HARD to start comparing to my son’s Champion.
    His pills by 2nd pull. This takes two pulls on choke, then at least 4-5 pulls to get it going on “run“ . After running though, it was nice and smooth for the 5 hours with the light load that the instructions said to use during 5 hrs break in period. I shut her down and put it away. Negative- the plastic choke lever is cheaply done. It seems off center from the “choke” & “Run” markings. I will call “services” about this. I like the meter. I can see Volts-Amps- total hrs run – Gas Fuel Guage is a Nice item too. I live in Texas and our Power goes out in heavy Tropical Storms Hurricanes. My Briggs & Stratton lasted from KY2 1999-2000 until last summer but I kept holding off until last minute before ordering this Firman. (Lucked out and the hurricane struck Lake Charles,La. instead.)
    I made it thur Ike and Harvey with a couple of trees down and 11 days without power) Hope this review helps.
    Steve

    + PROS:
    • Good price with Military Discount for a portable Generator with features that can run two refrig. At one time.
    • And good running time if 14 hrs gas.
    • Hope the propane will be 10 hrs on 20 lb tank.
    - CONS:
    • Cheap plastic choke lever and hard starting pull. Also, it won’t run on Propane tank if small acid-lead battery is low or dead! But, manual does state it would run on Gas with no battery.
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