Firman P01001 - Spec Breakdown

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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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 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 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 P01001 in use

The Firman P01001

The Firman P01001's core is the 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1050W and a peak wattage of 1300W.

At a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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

Since the P01001 has a somewhat high THD (<25%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.


The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

It also sports 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 design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The P01001 is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 46 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go.


Panel of the Firman P01001

The P01001's control panel

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Firman P01001 also comes with several accessories, including: battery charging cables, funnel, tool kit and oil.


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 thus, may be used 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).

  • With a dry weight of 46 pounds, the Firman P01001 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 1000 and 2000 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM1200i, weighing just 25.3 pounds.
  • 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.
  • As the P01001 features an autonomy of around 10 hours at 50% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. 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. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH, the Cat INV1250 is a device you could look out for.

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 watts1050 W
Starting watts1300 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 sizing calculator.
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. 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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    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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  3. 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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