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Firman P01201 Spec Review

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The Firman P01201 is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 1200 W and a starting wattage of 1500 W.

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Description

The P01201 is an open frame portable generator. It’s metal frame and lightweight design makes it easy to transport for those weekend camping getaways. This generator features 1500 starting watts and 1200 running watts, perfect for small appliances and a reliable recoil start system. (source: Firman)

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In summary, the Firman P01201 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Firman P01201 in use

The Firman P01201

The Firman P01201 houses a 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1200W along with a peak wattage of 1500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 1.7 gallon, the P01201 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH).

The P01201 is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<25%).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

The dimensions of the Firman P01201, which are L17.5 x W14 x H15.1 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

The 54 lbs of the P01201's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Firman P01201

The P01201's control panel

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

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Along the basic documentation and a user manual, useful for starting the generator right away, the Firman P01201's package also includes these accessories: funnel, tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The Firman P01201 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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

Product Video

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The Firman P01201 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman P01201 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 54 pounds, the Firman P01201 is one of the heavier generators producing between 500 and 1500 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i with only 20.3 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 63 dBA. 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 EU1000i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 42 dBA.
  • The P01201 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching 10 hours at 50% load. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, with 12 hours .
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.17 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Ryobi RYi1000, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Firman P01201 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (63 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (54 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Firman P01201?

You can easily buy your Firman generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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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
Running watts1200 W
Starting watts1500 W
Running amps10 amps
Peaks amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 1.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight54 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)17.5 x 14 x 15.1 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THD< 25%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel and tool kit
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.

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 P01201 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-844-FIRMAN1 (844-347-6261).

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