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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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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 summary, the Generac XC6500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Generac XC6500 in use

The Generac XC6500

The Generac XC6500's engine, 426 cc Generac G-Force (opens in a new tab) 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 6500W and reaches a peak wattage of 8125W.

This generator gets running thanks to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

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

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the XC6500 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

While this Generac generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the XC6500 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.

Portability

The dimensions of the Generac XC6500, which are L34.3 x W28.6 x H32.5 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 243 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on 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.

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 includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Generac XC6500 also is packed along with the following accessories: 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 therefore, can 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).

  • With its weight of 243 lbs, the Generac XC6500 is one of the heavier generators in the 6000-7000 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of just 133 pounds.
  • With a run time of around 14 hours at 50% load, the XC6500 has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • 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 has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.61 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.38 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Generac XC6500 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
  • Full GFCI panel
  • G-Force engine
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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% loadN/A
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)N/A
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel and tool 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.

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 generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
Game console150150
Total5190 W5780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Bug zapper8080
Total3480 W7980 W

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