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Firman W01682 - 1600/2000W Inverter Generator

The Firman W01682 is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,600 W and a starting wattage of 2,000 W.

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  • $249.99 - December 2, 2023
  • $299.99 - December 1, 2023
  • $234.99 - November 17, 2023
  • $249.99 - October 18, 2023
  • $449.99 - October 15, 2023
  • $249.99 - August 29, 2023
  • $299.99 - August 21, 2023
  • $249.99 - August 3, 2023
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Since: May 1, 2023
  • Highest Price: $449.99 - October 15, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $234.99 - November 17, 2023

Description

The W01682 inverter portable generator is a campers must have. Enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. Best used for camping, tailgating and recreational use power supply. (source: Firman (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Firman W01682 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter 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
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Firman W01682 in use

The Firman W01682

The Firman W01682's core is the 80 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1,600W and a peak wattage of 2,000W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

Enjoying a noise rating of 54 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 0.9 gallon, the W01682 may run for up to 9 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the W01682 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

This Firman generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included).

Portability

Since the Firman W01682 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L20 x W12.1 x H16.7 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the W01682 weighs just 45.9 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Firman W01682

The W01682's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload.

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

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Firman W01682, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, funnel, RV adapter and oil.

Emissions

The Firman W01682 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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

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The Firman W01682 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman W01682 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 45.9 pounds, the Firman W01682 finds itself in the expected weight range for inverter generators able to produce between 1500 and 2500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of only 34.2 lbs.
  • Because this inverter generator emits noise as low as 54 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the W01682, reaching up to 9 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other inverters of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the DuroMax XP2300iH, reaching up to 13 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 inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Firman W01682 vs Firman W01781.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Firman W01682 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 adapter included
  • Parallel kit included
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (45.9 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (54 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Firman W01682 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,600 W
Starting watts2,000 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load9 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.9 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight45.9 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)20 x 12.1 x 16.7 in
Noise (lower limit)54 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, RV adapter, and parallel cables
Country of originChina
SeriesWhisper
Other model numbersW2000i
UPC840876116821

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 W01682 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Bug zapper8080
Total1270 W1860 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Total1260 W1260 W
Will it be better to buy two of these 1600 running watts and parallel them together to get 3200 watts or buy the single 3000 running watts generator (Asked March 05, 2021)

That's essentially a matter of taste and/or budget. Either way has its pros and cons.

What is the total output if I run two of the WO1682 units together? Thank you. Don (Asked July 06, 2021)

3200W with a 30-amp parallel kit.

What type oil does it take (Asked August 28, 2021)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended.

when you shut the fuel off will it run and empty the carburetor of fuel to keep carb cleaned out (Asked September 17, 2021)

When the fuel shut-off valve is closed, the generator will keep running until fuel starvation has stopped the engine.

What is the oil capacity of the W01682 (Asked December 23, 2021)

Engine oil capacity is 12.9 oz.

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    I’ve owned this generator for about 18 months now, and bought it for our truck camper. I’ve recently had the opportunity to lean on it during a 2+ day power outage here in CA, and it continues to impress, running two refrigerator/freezer units at the same time for hours on end, even in eco mode! I bought it at Costco at a bargain price and I’m really impressed by the size (fits in one of my exterior RV hatches with room to spare) weight, power and efficiency- runs for hours and hours on less than a gallon of gas, even at high loads. Firman also was great in sending me high altitude jets for winter camping in the Sierra at no charge once I registered the product. Pat attention to the need to break in your generator properly and I’m confident this unit will serve you well for a long time- quiet, efficient, lightweight power with a maximum of 3 pulls every time! (And 3 pulls only because I turn off the fuel supply to let it run itself dry between each use.) Great generator, awesome value!

    + PROS:
    • Lightweight, powerful, efficient, quiet on eco mode and a bargain price
    - CONS:
    • Oil fill and service point is behind 5 screws. One flaw in an otherwise flawless generator.
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    Michael Briskey March 24, 2021 at 1:51 pm
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    I purchased this generator to power tools for my racing. Excellent choice and outstanding value.

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    • Excellent machine for the price
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