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Generac iQ3500 Spec Review

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The Generac iQ3500 (7127) is a compact portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3000 W and a starting wattage of 3500 W.

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  • $1,449.00 - November 12, 2019
  • $999.00 - November 5, 2019
  • $1,449.00 - September 12, 2019
  • $1,304.10 - August 31, 2019
  • $1,449.00 - July 30, 2019
  • $1,349.00 - June 21, 2019
  • $1,214.00 - June 7, 2019
  • $1,349.00 - May 17, 2019
Since: May 17, 2019
  • Highest Price: $1,449.00 - July 30, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $999.00 - November 5, 2019

Description

Quieter. More powerful. Easy to start. The new iQ3500 inverter generator lets you bring power wherever life takes you. From tailgating parties to camping trips and beyond. The durable, yet lightweight design is specifically engineered for easy portability. The intuitive PowerDial™ integrates the start, run and stop functions into one simple-to-use dial, along with Electric Start (battery included) capability, all conveniently located for quicker startup. Select from two engine speeds, depending on your need, to significantly reduce noise and fuel consumption, or to maximize power response. (source: Generac)

Zoom on the Generac iQ3500

In a nutshell, the Generac iQ3500 is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Generac iQ3500 in use

The Generac iQ3500

The Generac iQ3500's engine, 212 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3000W and reaches a peak wattage of 3500W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (iQ3500 Parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

This inverter generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It features Generac's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.

The fuel capacity of 2.6 gallons allows the iQ3500 to operate for up to 14.1 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH).

The iQ3500 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Even though this Generac generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

The Generac iQ3500's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L23.7 x W18 x H21.7 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

As the generator's weight is 109.1 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable).

Features

Panel of the Generac iQ3500

The iQ3500's control panel

Monitoring of the iQ3500's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and power output and is one of the features of its control panel.

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

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.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Generac also included a funnel in the iQ3500's packaging.

Emissions

The Generac iQ3500 is CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Product Video

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The Generac iQ3500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac iQ3500 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As its weight is 109.1 pounds, the Generac iQ3500 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • The iQ3500 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching up to 14.1 hours at 25% load. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EU3000iS, reaching up to 20 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV3200P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.13 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Generac iQ3500 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
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (109.1 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No spark arrestor

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts3000 W
Starting watts3500 W
Running amps25 amps
Peaks amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% load8.9 h
Run time @25% load14.1 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours and remaining run time
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight109.1 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.7 x 18 x 21.7 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel
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 iQ3500 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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