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Firman W01784 - 1700/2100W Inverter Generator

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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 summary, the Firman W01784 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • 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, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Firman W01784 in use

The Firman W01784

Firman W01784 is equipped with a 80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120V, boasting a running wattage of 1,700W alongside a starting wattage of 2,100W. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) enables power output to double when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

With a noise rating of 54 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator's ignition is facilitated by a manual recoil starter system.

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

The W01784 generates a clean sine wave with <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), ensuring minimal electrical noise and fluctuations. This feature makes it ideal for powering sensitive electronics, providing stable and reliable AC power through the outlets.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 2 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

This Firman generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor (included). However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

The Firman W01784 is distinguished by its enclosed inverter generator design (L20 x W12.1 x H16.7 in), providing improved aesthetics and quieter performance compared to traditional, open frame units. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Weighing just 45.9 lbs, the W01784 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. Adding to its convenience, the handle (molded in the case) enables easy carrying.

Features

Panel of the Firman W01784

The W01784's control panel

Light indicators on the device will signal if the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during 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 W01784 also includes several accessories: battery charging cables, RV adapter, tool kit, oil and funnel.

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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 inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • At 45.9 lbs dry, the Firman W01784 is consistent with the standard weight profile for inverters ranging from 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
  • At 54 dBA, this inverter generator's noise rating is in line with the expected average for devices within its type and power category. 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 W01784 can run for up to 9 hours at a 25% load, aligning it with the lower performers in its type and power range. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, which is able to run for up to 13 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. This inverter generator has a better fuel efficiency than other units in the aforementioned output range, consuming approximately 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the DuroMax XP2300iH, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.08 gallons per hour.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Firman W01784 vs Firman W01781.

Price comparison

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

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,700 W
Starting watts2,100 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peak amps17.5 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 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)54 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, RV adapter, and battery charging cables
Country of originChina
SeriesWhisper
Other model numbersW2100i
UPC840876117842

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 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Total1092 W2092 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Game console150150
Total1340 W1930 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.

Is the 30Amp receptacle only functional if there are 2 units in parallel? Can a single unit provide 30 Amps? (Asked December 19, 2020)

The L5-30R receptacle is functional without paralleling anything. However, you will only get a maximum of 14.2 running amps or 17.5 starting amps out of it.

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    Good back up for our larger Champion generator!!

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