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Zoom on the Firman P01001
In a nutshell, the Firman P01001 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
- Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
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 Firman P01001's design includes a gasoline-fueled 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1,050W and also a peak wattage of 1,300W.
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.
Thanks to a fuel capacity of 1.3 gallon, the P01001 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).
The quite high THD (<25%) of the P01001 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.
The control panel features the following AC outlet:
Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.
With its dimensions of L16.2 x W12.9 x H15 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Firman P01001 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.
Weighing just 46 lbs, the P01001 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go.
The P01001's control center features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.
The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.
From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.
Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Firman P01001's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, battery charging cables, oil and funnel.
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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.
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).
- As its weight is 46 pounds, the Firman P01001 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 1000-2000 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM1200i with only 25.3 pounds.
- This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 62 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
- The P01001 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 10 hours at 50% load. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Pulsar PG2200, which is able to run for around 12 hours.
- While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider 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 not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Genmax GM1200i. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.11 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
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
- Several accessories included
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- Decent weight (46 lbs)
- Only 1 AC outlet
- No electric start
- On the noisy side (62 dBA)
Features and Specifications
|Engine||80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||1,050 W|
|Starting watts||1,300 W|
|Running amps||8.8 amps|
|Peak amps||10.8 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||No|
|AC outlets||1x 120V 20A (5-20R)|
|DC outlets||1x 12V 8A receptacle|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 1.3 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||16.2 x 12.9 x 15 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||62 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables|
|Country of origin||China|
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.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||292 W||1292 W|
|For camping||RV refrigerator||180||600|
|Total||830 W||1250 W|
|For work||Reciprocating saw||730||960|
|Total||810 W||1040 W|
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Some familiar themes noticed in reading other reviews. Non adjustable cheap carbs searching for gas and needing some choke to stay alive sure rings a bell. U tube fella mentioned drilling out a jet ever so slightly. Can even increase diameter with a tough pin etc. Runs and starts great after such fix. – All felt fine with juice cranked out yada yada. Then plugged in a 5.5 amp tool and suddenly no juice at all. The breaker was done in as not resettable. So much fun?? Just ordered better generator and lived to learn.
i purchased the Firman P01001 generator that is located in the side of my 10 car hauler (semi truck) to power my fridge 75W microwave 700 watt
coffee maker 900 watt laptop 25watt , and a small Freon filled air conditioning machine that is only 250 W
all the appliances were directly connected to a 2000 watt 120v to 12v inverter and the inverter was connected to a 12v 90 A semi battery, now i only had one or 2 appliances on at the same time so not to over work the inverter or battery then the battery was charged via my trucks engine ,
when the main truck engine was off i the Firman P01001 generator was used to charge all the batteries of the truck via a 120v to 12v 55AMP transformer this setup worked well for a year the Firman P01001 generator ran for 8 hours with the air conditioning machine and fridge on all night every night during hot Arizona/Nevada weather plus it lived on the side of the truck so had a hard life, i changed the oil every 2 weeks of been ran every night for about 9 hours , with not issues except to clean the air filter and spark plug with in 6 months
the only issue i had was the handle caused the metal tank to rip a hole in the tank where the handle attached this was repleaded by firman under warranty and i used big washers on the replacement tank to spred the load from the handle, its been fine since.
then 11 months of hard use strapped to the side of a car hauler been used almost every day it give in and stopped generating power.
i get about 50 volts out of the outlet now , the engine still runs strong, i would use full quart of full synthetic 15/40w diesel engine oil on a oil change so it would run the full 2 weeks with out the oil low cut off kicking in and i would empty about half a quart of oil out of it when it was changed so oil consumtion was not do bad for the ammount of time it was running
plus the extra oil would help with the extended run times of about 150 hours per oil change and engine cooling.
it sits on top of the car haulers battery box strapped to the frame work via the handle attached to the tank on the side of the truck so the elements do get to it from time to time it but its not constantly soaked in water and its worked fine in wet / dry dusty and in very hot and cold weather at low and high altitude, its been perfect size to keep on the truck and uses only 1.3 gallons of gas per night and does not take up too much space on the truck, im sad its given up i was hoping to get 3 years out of it then get another, i just hope firman honor there 3 year warranty and send me the replacement generator parts i need to fix it and i can install the existing parts on my current unit, like they did when they sent a replaced the tank.
personally i think the dynamo part has failed or the brushes or the winding have failed, the load on the generator was not very much about 50 % and was consistent . it was only plugged in to the transformer on the truck that was charging the tucks batteries when the truck engine was off over night or some times during the day when i was waiting for a new load.
Good generator for minor use like t.v light radio small fridg
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.