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Generac iQ2000 Spec Review

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The Generac iQ2000 (6866) is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1600 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

Quieter. Smarter. Innovative. The new iQ2000 inverter generator lets you bring power wherever life takes you. From tailgating parties to camping trips and beyond. Find out why packing one for your next expedition is such a smart move. (source: Generac)

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In summary, the Generac iQ2000 is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 iQ2000 in use

The Generac iQ2000

The Generac iQ2000 is powered by a 80 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1600W as well as a peak wattage of 2000W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (iQ2000 Parallel Kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism. It features Generac's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.

The fuel capacity of 1.06 gallon allows the iQ2000 to operate for up to 7.7 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the iQ2000 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

The Generac iQ2000's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L20 x W12.6 x H16.9 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The iQ2000 is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 46.5 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by a handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Generac iQ2000

The iQ2000's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the iQ2000’s control panel, gives you information on the power output (via the PowerBar™), remaining run time and fuel level, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

The fuel level of the inverter generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

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

Along the basic documentation and a user manual, useful for starting the generator right away, the Generac iQ2000's package also includes these accessories: oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Generac iQ2000 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 Videos

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Video of the Generac iQ2000

The Generac iQ2000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac iQ2000 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Generac iQ2000 only weighs in at 46.5 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN 56202i, weighing just 38.6 pounds.
  • The iQ2000’s autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only up to 7.7 hours at 25% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for up to 26 hours.
  • 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. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Predator 2000, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Generac iQ2000 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46.5 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Generac iQ2000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1600 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load5.7 h
Run time @25% load7.7 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, fuel level and remaining run time
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.06 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight46.5 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)20 x 12.6 x 16.9 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil and funnel
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 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 iQ2000 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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