Firman P01001 - 1050/1300W Portable Generator

The Firman P01001 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1,050 W and a starting wattage of 1,300 W.

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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:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 in use

The Firman P01001

The Firman P01001's engine, 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1,050W and reaches a peak wattage of 1,300W.

With a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the P01001 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.3 gallon.

The quite high THD (<25%) of the P01001 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.


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.


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 featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the P01001 weighs just 46 lbs. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go.

Good to know: This unit ranks 10th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.


Panel of the Firman P01001

The P01001's control panel

The control panel of the P01001 includes a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Firman P01001 also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, oil, tool kit and battery charging cables.


The Firman P01001 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 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 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).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 46 lbs, the Firman P01001 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 1000 and 2000 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM1200i, standing at just 25.3 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 62 dBA is on the noisier side. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • Since the P01001 boasts with a run time of around 10 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. 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.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen2200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.11 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

  • Inexpensive
  • 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)

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

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Features and Specifications

Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
Engine80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,050 W
Starting watts1,300 W
Running amps8.8 amps
Peak amps10.8 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerVoltmeter
Fuel tankSteel, 1.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Weight46 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)16.2 x 12.9 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)62 dBA
THD< 25%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Warranty3 years

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

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  1. 1.5

    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.

    + PROS:
    • Nice color and not very heavy
    - CONS:
    • Died and early death.
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  2. 3.4

    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.

    + PROS:
    • small 4 stroke engine no mixing
    • cheap to run
    • cheap to buy
    • compact
    - CONS:
    • a bit loud
    • stopped generating power after 11 months
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    Jomathan Lavallee September 24, 2020 at 12:27 am

    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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  4. 0.65

    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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