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Generac iQ3500 - 3000/3500W Inverter Generator

The Generac iQ3500 (7127) is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,000 W and a starting wattage of 3,500 W.

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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 (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Generac iQ3500 is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • 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 core is the 212 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3,000W and a peak wattage of 3,500W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (Generac 7668 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

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

With a fuel capacity of 2.6 gallons, the iQ3500 may run for up to 14.1 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH).

The iQ3500 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 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 with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

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.

Portability

As the Generac iQ3500 is an inverter generator, its encased design (L23.7 x W18 x H21.7 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Since the generator weighs 109.1 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). Thus, you may also want to consider purchasing a wheel kit for this generator, similar to this one (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Generac iQ3500

The iQ3500's control panel

To help you monitor the iQ3500's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the fuel level, power output, remaining run time and lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the generator is overloaded, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Generac iQ3500 also is packed along with the following accessories: oil, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The Generac iQ3500 is 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 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 inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • At a dry weight of 109.1 pounds, the Generac iQ3500 is one of the heavier inverters which can produce between 2500 and 3500 running watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of only 46 lbs.
  • Offering up to 14.1 hours of running time on a full tank at 25% load, the iQ3500 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful inverter generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Champion 200914, reaching up to 22 hours.
  • 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 inverter generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH, the Energizer eZV3500P is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (109.1 lbs)

Do you own the Generac iQ3500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts3,000 W
Starting watts3,500 W
Running amps25 amps
Peak amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% load8.9 h
Run time @25% load14.1 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x 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 gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight109.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.7 x 18 x 21.7 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and battery
Other model numbers7127
UPC696471072600

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 engineered and built in the USA. However, their components can be a mix of domestic and foreign parts.

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 (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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Blender400850
Total2392 W3392 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total2380 W2800 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total2380 W3480 W
What is the noise rating of the iQ3500?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.

Does the IQ3500 have an automatic throttle control were the more power needed the higher the RPM? (Asked April 04, 2020)

Absolutely. Engine speed is automatically adjusted according to the load.

What do I need and how often do I need to do maintenance on this unit? (Asked June 08, 2020)

Here's the maintenance schedule recommended by Generac for the iQ3500:
Generac iQ3500 Maintenance Schedule

Can it be connected to bluetooth? (Asked January 23, 2021)

Unfortunately, this unit does not have such a feature. You may check our list of all units with Bluetooth connectivity.

If I have running since 10:30pm night time n shut off about 11am how can I see a gas level o a Gage that tells me how much gas it have left (Asked September 21, 2022)

The unit's digital display provides information on remaining fuel level.

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Generac iQ3500
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  1. 3.5
    Price
    50
    Value
    60
    Quality
    80
    Performance
    90

    My review is a bit premature as I haven’t run it in “real world” conditions yet.I have only run it for an hour to break it in.

    + PROS:
    • Started right away.
    • Very quiet, especially in economy mode.
    • Overall look is nice and looks good.
    • Has a fuel meter showing how much fuel is left as well as how many hours of run time are left.
    • Battery was defective out of the box, but Generac sent me one right away with no fuss.
    - CONS:
    • Battery was defective.
    • A bit pricey for how many watts it generates.
    • Comes with SAE30 oil which isn't meant to be operated below 0'C so depending on where you store it, you may need to preheat it before starting.
    • It isn't light.
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  2. 1.15
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    40

    I have 90 hours on mine and started to smoke. Called service to buy piston rings. They don’t have the parts. Don’t know how th get them.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet
    - CONS:
    • Now boat anchor can’t get parts
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  3. 5
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    Fired right up, out of the box, battery connected, oil and fuel added. two quick pushes on the electric starter swithch and it was up and running.

    + PROS:
    • Simple to set up, start and test.
    - CONS:
    • None so far. It hasn't been stressed tested, yet. Once I get three more extension cords to share power with the neighbors in our condo, once the grid goes out later this fall, will be the real test.
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