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Generac GP3000i Spec Review

The Generac GP3000i (7129) is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2300 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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  • $899.00 - June 6, 2020
  • $884.91 - May 31, 2020
  • $809.10 - May 17, 2020
  • $699.00 - May 15, 2020
  • $884.91 - May 14, 2020
  • $699.00 - May 13, 2020
  • $999.00 - April 25, 2020
  • $884.91 - April 23, 2020
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Since: April 17, 2020
  • Highest Price: $999.00 - April 17, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $699.00 - May 13, 2020

Description

An affordable solution for recreational applications. Perfect size for tailgating,camping and power tool use. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Generac GP3000i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 GP3000i in use

The Generac GP3000i

The Generac GP3000i's core is the 149 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 2300W and a peak wattage of 3000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (iQ3500 Parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

This inverter generator is started via 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 GP3000i to operate for up to 5.8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GP3000i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

This Generac generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L22.2 x W13.3 x H18.4 in), the Generac GP3000i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The GP3000i's dry weight of 59.5 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, the convenient handle (molded in the case) greatly enhances the grip, making displacing the GP3000i from A to B always an easy task.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP3000i

The GP3000i's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and the oil level is too low.

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.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Generac GP3000i also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Generac GP3000i 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.

Product Video

The Generac GP3000i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP3000i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • At a weight of 59.5 pounds, the Generac GP3000i places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56202i, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the GP3000i, reaching up to 5.8 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, as it provides up to 26 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 is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.18 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Predator 2000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Generac GP3000i 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (59.5 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Generac GP3000i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine149 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts2300 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps19.2 amps
Peaks amps25 amps
Run time @50% load4.5 h
Run time @25% load5.8 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 centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.06 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight59.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.2 x 13.3 x 18.4 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
Other model numbers7129

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 GP3000i 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1837 W2837 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Coffee maker600600
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1835 W2425 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W

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