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Firman W01784 Spec Review

The Firman W01784 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1700 W and a starting wattage of 2100 W.

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Description

Quiet. Portable. Easy to use. The W01784 inverter portable generator is built for fun. Safe for all sensitive electronics. Best used for camping and tailgating. (source: Firman (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Firman W01784 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 W01784 in use

The Firman W01784

The Firman W01784's engine, 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1700W and reaches a peak wattage of 2100W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 59 dBA (less noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the W01784 can operate for up to 9 hours (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.9 gallon.

The W01784 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

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

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

Even though this Firman generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included).

Portability

The Firman W01784 is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L20 x W12.1 x H16.7 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Since the W01784 weighs only 45.9 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power 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 W01784

The W01784's control panel

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

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

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Firman W01784, the following accessories are also included: funnel, oil, battery charging cables, tool kit and RV adapter.

Emissions

The Firman W01784 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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The Firman W01784 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman W01784 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Firman W01784 weighs only 45.9 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Champion 200949, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • As this inverter generator has its lowest possible noise of 59 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the W01784, with an autonomy of up to 9 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for up to 26 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Predator 2000, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Firman W01784 vs Firman W01781.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Firman W01784 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
  • RV adapter included
  • Parallel kit included
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (45.9 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (59 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • No spark arrestor
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Firman W01784 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1700 W
Starting watts2100 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peaks amps17.5 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
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 tankPlastic, 0.9 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)59 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, RV adapter, battery charging cables and parallel cables
Warranty3 years
SeriesWhisper

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 W01784 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
Washing machine9001650
Total1092 W2092 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total1355 W1355 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
How do you reset circuit breaker when it trips off (Asked October 25, 2020)

The circuit breaker/reset button is located above the L5-30R outlet.

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