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Firman W03386 - 3300/3650W Inverter Generator With Remote Start

The Firman W03386 is a quiet and compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,300 W and a starting wattage of 3,650 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In short, the Firman W03386 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • 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, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Firman W03386 in use

The Firman W03386

The Firman W03386 is powered by a 193 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3,300W as well as a peak wattage of 3,650W. Furthermore, its parallel capability (Firman parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) allows for increasing of power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

The inverter generator features a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and efficient electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 58 dBA (less noisy than a conversation at home). Additionally, the W03386 may be remotely started, enhancing user convenience (key fob included).

With its 1.8 gallon fuel tank, the W03386 can operate for up to 9 hours when fully fueled (with fuel usage averaging around 0.2 GPH).

As the W03386 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it presents 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle providing easy battery charging capabilities and a 5V USB port (USB-A) ideal for charging various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Firman generator is RV Ready, making it ideal for powering recreational vehicles.

Portability

The Firman W03386 is an inverter generator and features an encased design with the following dimensions: L23.2 x W17.8 x H17.9 in. This design enhances aesthetics and helps minimize noise levels, distinguishing it from conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

At 91 lbs, the W03386 is easily managed, ensuring it can be brought along wherever you need power. Moreover, its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle will allow you to easily shift it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Firman W03386

The W03386's control panel

The W03386's control center features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when the generator is on overload, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

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

The W03386 also benefits from Firman’s CO Alert carbon monoxide shutdown, which automatically shuts down the engine when harmful levels of carbon monoxide accumulate around the generator or a CO Alert fault occurs.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the Firman W03386 is bundled with additional accessories: battery charger, oil, tool kit, funnel, battery charging cables and key fob.

The Firman W03386 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Firman W03386 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As its weight is 91 pounds, the Firman W03386 falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of just 46 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 58 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar type and 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 for its autonomy, the W03386, with an autonomy of up to 9 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Champion 200914 could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching up to 22 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. This inverter generator is somewhat less fuel-efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.2 GPH at a 25% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the Energizer eZV3500P, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.13 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the Firman W03386 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
  • CO Alert technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (58 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (91 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine193 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,300 W
Starting watts3,650 W
Running amps27.5 amps
Peak amps30.4 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load9 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
1x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankPlastic, 1.8 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight91 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17.8 x 17.9 in
Noise (lower limit)58 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, battery charging cables, and battery
Country of originChina
SeriesWhisper
UPC840876133866

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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 W03386 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2637 W3637 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2635 W3225 W
For workGrinder14002500
Milk cooler11001800
Total2500 W3600 W

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