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Firman W03082 Spec Review

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The Firman W03082 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3000 W and a starting wattage of 3300 W.

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Description

The W03082 is an inverter generator, having low THD (clean power for electronics and sensitive equipment), quiet operation and fuel-efficient economy mode. It’s ergonomic encasing and integrated wheel kit makes it easy to transport for those weekend camping getaways. (source: Firman)

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In a nutshell, the Firman W03082 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 W03082 in use

The Firman W03082

The Firman W03082's core is the 171 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3000W and a peak wattage of 3300W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (Firman parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 59 dBA (less noisy than a quiet suburb). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

With a full tank, the W03082 can operate for up to 9 hours (fuel consumption around 0.2 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.8 gallon.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the W03082 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: All of these devices might not start simultaneously. Provided examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and estimated wattages. With the help of our wattage calculator you can find out if this product suits your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries and a 5V USB port with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

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

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W17.8 x H17.9 in), the Firman W03082, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

The W03082 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 90 lbs. Furthermore, once placed on the floor, effortless displacement is possible with a wheel kit (⌀5") and a folding handle.

Features

Panel of the Firman W03082

The W03082's control panel

The W03082'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, several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Firman W03082, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, battery charging cables, funnel, battery charger and oil.

Emissions

The Firman W03082 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

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The Firman W03082 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman W03082 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weigh, the Firman W03082 stands at only 90 lbs, meaning that is one of the one of the lighter devices of the 2500-3500 rated wattage category In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Honda EG2800i, standing at just 66.6 lbs.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 59 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with 9 hours on a full tank at a 25% load, the W03082 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Honda EU3000iS, as it provides 20 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.2 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Energizer eZV3200P, with a fuel consumption of 0.13 GPH could be in your good books.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Firman W03082 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 Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (90 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (59 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Firman W03082?

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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  • $751.80 - September 18, 2019
  • $747.50 - September 13, 2019
  • $775.05 - July 23, 2019
  • $699.99 - July 7, 2019
  • $775.05 - June 2, 2019
Since: June 2, 2019
  • Highest Price: $775.05 - June 2, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $699.99 - July 7, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine171 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3000 W
Starting watts3300 W
Running amps25 amps
Peaks amps27.5 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load9 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
1x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tankSteel, 1.8 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight90 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17.8 x 17.9 in
Noise (lower limit)59 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, funnel, battery charging cables and battery charger
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 W03082 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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