Zoom on the Generac GP17500E
In a nutshell, the Generac GP17500E is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working.
In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.
Power & Run Time
The Generac GP17500E's engine, 992 cc Generac OHVI 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 17500W and reaches a peak wattage of 26250W.
The generator features a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).
The GP17500E can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.6 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 16 gallons.
The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the GP17500E is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<20%).
The control panel includes the following 8 AC outlets:
It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.
Even if this Generac generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, as the GP17500E holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.
The Generac GP17500E has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L48.5 x W31 x H39.5 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.
Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 390 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀12.3") and its handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.
In addition, the device is equipped with a lift hook on the top of its frame, which provides extra safety during the loading, unloading and transport of the generator.
To help you monitor the GP17500E's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.
Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.
As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.
Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Generac also included a tool kit in the GP17500E's packaging.
The Generac GP17500E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.
However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.
The Generac GP17500E versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP17500E compare to generators of similar power (between 14000 and 18000 W).
- As for its weight, the Generac GP17500E weighs only 390 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 14000-18000 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Generac GP15000E, standing at just 363 lbs.
- Thanks to an impressive running time of around 10 hours at 50% load, the GP17500E benefits from one of the highest run times among generators of a similar output
- Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 1.6 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 14000-18000W generators, the Generac GP17500E is on the expensive side of the price range.
While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.
The bottom line
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Lightweight for its kind (390 lbs)
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- On the expensive side
- No recoil back-up
- No remote start
- Not CARB-compliant
Features and Specifications
|Engine||992 cc Generac OHVI 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||17500 W|
|Starting watts||26250 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||145.8/72.9 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||218.8/109.4 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets|| |
|DC outlets||1x 12V 10A receptacle|
|Data center||Lifetime run hours|
|Fuel tank||16 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||48.5 x 31 x 39.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unknown|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Tool kit, battery, and wheel kit|
|Other model numbers||5735|
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.
Generac Power Systems is an American based generator and power equipment manufacturer, founded in 1959. As its name suggests, the main focus of Generac are power generators, and other related electric equipment, such as switches, paralleling systems and small engines. The company has several manufacturing facilities based in the US, thus, their products are made in the USA. However, the company provides no information about the origin of their components.
The Generac GP17500E is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Generac generators, please consult Generac's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Total||13967 W||15467 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||12480 W||13070 W|
|For work||Electric welder||9000||9000|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||13880 W||18380 W|
What is the noise rating of the GP17500E?
Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.
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