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Firman P01201 - 1200/1500W Portable Generator

The Firman P01201 is a lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1,200 W and a starting wattage of 1,500 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $329.99 - February 1, 2024
  • $369.99 - December 12, 2023
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Since: December 12, 2023
  • Highest Price: $369.99 - December 12, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $329.99 - February 1, 2024

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 (opens in a new tab))

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To sum up, the Firman P01201 is a lightweight portable generator tailored for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Amateur DIY lovers

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Firman P01201 in use

The Firman P01201

With a 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, the Firman P01201 operates on gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 1,200W and a starting wattage of 1,500W.

With a noise rating of 64 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the generator features a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism.

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

As the P01201 exhibits a THD of less than 25%, which is high, it is best avoided for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

At L17.5 x W14.2 x H155 in, the traditional open frame structure of the Firman P01201 ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

With a dry weight of 55 lbs, the P01201 is convenient, ensuring it can be taken wherever power is needed. Furthermore, the generator's open frame construction allows for easy grabbing and movement.

Features

Panel of the Firman P01201

The P01201's control panel

The inclusion of a built-in fuel gauge in the generator streamlines gas level checks for quick and convenient assessments.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the Firman P01201 also includes several accessories: tool kit, oil and funnel.

Product Video

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 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 55 lbs, the Firman P01201 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 1000 and 2000 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 24 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest noise level at 64 dBA, is noisier than most generators of comparable running wattage. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Honda EU2200i. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 48 dBA.
  • Since the P01201 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. For those prioritizing autonomy, the Pulsar PG2200 could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching 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. Standing at an estimated 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.09 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Firman P01201 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
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (55 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (64 dBA)

Do you own the Firman P01201 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1,200 W
Starting watts1,500 W
Running amps10 amps
Peak amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
Weight55 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.5 x 14.2 x 155 in
Noise (lower limit)64 dBA
THD< 25%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
Country of originChina
SeriesPerformance
UPC840876112014

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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 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 (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
Slow cooker270270
Total462 W1462 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total930 W1350 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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