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Firman W03083 Spec Review

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The Firman W03083 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 FIRMAN W03083 Inverter generator features 3300 starting watts and 3000 running watts. Power is supplied by our Max Pro Series 171cc FIRMAN engine which runs cool and efficient thanks to its Phoenix Fat Head Block. Our Whisper Series muffler keeps the W03083 running a quiet 58 decibels – well below the standards set by the National Parks Service, and our spark arrester has been approved by the USDA Forest Service. The 1.8-gallon fuel capacity provides a whopping 9 hours of run time. Starting is as simple as the push of a button on the remote start key fob from up to 168 feet away. (source: Firman)

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In summary, the Firman W03083 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • 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
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

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 W03083 in use

The Firman W03083

The Firman W03083 houses a 171 cc Firman Max-Pro Series OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3000W along with a peak wattage of 3300W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (Firman parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 59 dBA (less noisy than a quiet suburb). The W03083 can also be remotely started, offering further convenience. (key fob included).

The fuel capacity of 1.8 gallon allows the W03083 to operate for up to 9 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.2 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the W03083 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets and a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

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

Portability

As the Firman W03083 is an inverter generator, its encased design (L23.2 x W17.8 x H17.9 in) offers more esthetics than a conventional, open frame product. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The W03083 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 90 lbs. In addition, with a wheel kit (⌀5") and a folding handle, it may be displaced with ease, once placed the floor.

Features

Panel of the Firman W03083

The W03083's control panel

The W03083's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Firman W03083 also comes with several accessories, including: key fob, tool kit, funnel, battery charging cables and oil.

Emissions

The Firman W03083 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Video

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The Firman W03083 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman W03083 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Firman W03083 has only 90 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Honda EG2800i with only 66.6 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 59 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices 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.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 9 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the W03083 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable 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.
  • 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 is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.2 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV3200P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.13 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Firman W03083 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
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (90 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (59 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Firman W03083?

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 W03083
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  • $819.00 - September 21, 2019
  • $999.99 - September 20, 2019
  • $799.99 - August 29, 2019
  • $735.08 - June 2, 2019
Since: June 2, 2019
  • Highest Price: $999.99 - September 20, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $735.08 - June 2, 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, Remote

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 5V USB port
1x 12V 8A receptacle
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 protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, battery charging cables and key fob
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 W03083 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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