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Firman P01001 Spec Review

The Firman P01001 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1050 W and a starting wattage of 1300 W.

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Description

The P01001 is an open frame portable generator. It’s integrated handle and lightweight design makes it easy to transport for those weekend camping getaways. This generator features 1300 starting watts and 1050 running watts, perfect for small appliances and a reliable recoil start system. (source: Firman (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Firman P01001 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Firman P01001 in use

The Firman P01001

The Firman P01001 is powered by a 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1050W as well as a peak wattage of 1300W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.3 gallon allows the P01001 to operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the P01001 is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<25%).

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The design of the Firman P01001 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L16.2 x W12.9 x H15 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the P01001 weighs only 46 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go.

Features

Panel of the Firman P01001

The P01001's control panel

The P01001's control center features a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

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

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Firman P01001, the following accessories are also included: oil, battery charging cables, tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Firman P01001 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Firman P01001 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman P01001 compare to generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 46 lbs, the Firman P01001 belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 1000 to 2000 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the ECHO EGi-1200, with a dry weight of only 30 lbs.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 62 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The P01001, offering a run time of around 10 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching around 20 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Cat INV1250, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.1 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Firman P01001 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
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (46 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (62 dBA)

Do you own the Firman P01001 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1050 W
Starting watts1300 W
Running amps8.8 amps
Peaks amps10.8 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 1.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight46 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)16.2 x 12.9 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)62 dBA
THD< 25%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Warranty3 years
SeriesPerformance

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 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 P01001 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Total292 W1292 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Total830 W1250 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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Firman P01001
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  1. 0.65
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    This brand new gen as of 1-6-2020 surges very bad,has very lean fuel mixture needs larger pilot jet unable to use it so it is useless since i cannot get larger jet i will bring it back tech support as is the warranty is no good.

    + PROS:
    • none it is not use able
    - CONS:
    • not use able
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    Jomathan Lavallee September 24, 2020 at 12:27 am
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    Good generator for minor use like t.v light radio small fridg

    + PROS:
    • 4 stroke no mix needed
    • Light weight
    - CONS:
    • none
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