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Generac XC6500 Spec Review

The Generac XC6500 (6824) is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6500 W and a starting wattage of 8125 W.

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  • $1,961.10 - November 26, 2020
  • $1,999.00 - November 21, 2020
  • $2,179.00 - October 12, 2020
  • $1,836.45 - October 4, 2020
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Since: October 4, 2020
  • Highest Price: $2,179.00 - October 12, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $1,836.45 - October 4, 2020

Description

Portable generators are a welcome addition to many activities at home, at work, and away. In an emergency, portable generators can provide critical backup power. They make camping and tailgating more comfortable. And contractors appreciate the flexibility portable power brings to the jobsite. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Generac XC6500

In a nutshell, the Generac XC6500 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • 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 XC6500 in use

The Generac XC6500

The Generac XC6500's design includes a gasoline-fueled 426 cc Generac G-Force (opens in a new tab) 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 6500W and also a peak wattage of 8125W.

The generator features a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

The XC6500 can operate for around 14 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.61 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 8.5 gallons.

The XC6500 generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

This Generac generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, since the XC6500 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

With its dimensions of L34.3 x W28.6 x H32.5 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Generac XC6500 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 243 pounds. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

A lift hook, which is on the top of the frame, serves as an extra safety feature for the transport, unloading and loading of the device.

Features

Panel of the Generac XC6500

The XC6500's control panel

To help you monitor the XC6500's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Generac XC6500, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Generac XC6500 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Generac XC6500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac XC6500 compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • As its dry weight is 243 pounds, the Generac XC6500 is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 6000 to 7000 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, weighing just 133 pounds.
  • As the XC6500 features an autonomy of around 14 hours at 50% load, it has one of the highest run times in comparison to the other generators of its power range.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. As this generator uses an estimated 0.61 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Generac XC6500 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

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • Full GFCI panel
  • G-Force engine
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • Battery not included
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (243 lbs)

Do you own the Generac XC6500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine426 cc Generac G-Force 4-stroke
Starting systemElectric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6500 W
Starting watts8125 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)67.7/33.9 amps
Run time @50% load14 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsFull panel
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight243 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)34.3 x 28.6 x 32.5 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years
Other model numbers6824

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 Generac

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.

Warranty Information

The Generac XC6500 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 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?
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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Washing machine9001650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total5192 W6667 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Satelite receiver250250
Total5180 W5600 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Bug zapper8080
Total3480 W7980 W

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