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Firman P03601 Spec Review

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The Firman P03601 is a compact open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3650 W and a starting wattage of 4550 W.

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Description

Easy to use, the P03601 portable generator further proves that quality is key. Best used for camping, work-site, emergency power. (source: Firman)

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In a nutshell, the Firman P03601 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

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 P03601 in use

The Firman P03601

The Firman P03601's engine, 208 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3650W and reaches a peak wattage of 4550W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The P03601 can operate for around 14 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 5 gallons.

Since the P03601 has a somewhat high THD (<25%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power: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 following 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Firman generator is RV Ready.

Portability

The design of the Firman P03601 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L23.2 x W17.5 x H18.5 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.

As the generator's weight is 101.5 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable).

Features

Panel of the Firman P03601

The P03601's control panel

The P03601's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and a user manual, which lets you start it right away, the Firman P03601 also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, oil and tool kit.

Emissions

The Firman P03601 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Firman P03601 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman P03601 compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Firman P03601 weighs just 101.5 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 3500 to 4500 rated wattage generators. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Energizer eZV4500, standing at just 78 lbs.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 68 dBA. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Westinghouse iGen4500, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of 14 hours at 50% load, the P03601 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000, which is able to run for 16 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen4200, with a fuel consumption of 0.17 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Firman P03601 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
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (101.5 lbs)
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant

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Where to buy the Firman P03601?

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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Price history for the Firman P03601
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  • $319.00 - September 21, 2019
  • $319.99 - August 31, 2019
  • $275.99 - June 3, 2019
Since: June 3, 2019
  • Highest Price: $319.99 - August 31, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $275.99 - June 3, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts3650 W
Starting watts4550 W
Running amps30.4 amps
Peaks amps37.9 amps
Run time @50% load14 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight101.5 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17.5 x 18.5 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 25%
EmissionsEPA
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 P03601 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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