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Generac GP3000i - 2300/3000W Inverter Generator

The Generac GP3000i (7129) is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,300 W and a starting wattage of 3,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

An affordable solution for recreational applications. Perfect size for tailgating,camping and power tool use.

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To sum up, the Generac GP3000i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Generac GP3000i in use

The Generac GP3000i

Generac GP3000i is equipped with a 149 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120V, boasting a running wattage of 2,300W alongside a starting wattage of 3,000W. 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 starts operation using a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It features Generac's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.

The GP3000i can operate for up to 5.8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.06 gallon.

The GP3000i ensures a clean sine wave output, boasting <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) to protect your sensitive electronics when connected to its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features 3 AC outlets as follows:

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

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

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 not only offers superior aesthetics but also operates with reduced noise levels compared to a typical, open frame generator. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Weighing 59.5 lbs, the GP3000i is practical, ensuring it can follow you wherever power is required. Additionally, the strategically placed handle (molded in the case) enhances grip, making it significantly easy to move the GP3000i across any distance.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP3000i

The GP3000i's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the oil level is too low, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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

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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 inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As its dry weight is 59.5 pounds, the Generac GP3000i is one of the heavier of the inverters which can generate 1500 to 2500 running watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Genmax GM2000i is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 34.2 pounds.
  • As for its runtime, the GP3000i runs for up to 5.8 hours at a 25% load, placing it towards the low end among comparable inverters. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the DuroMax XP2300iH, reaching up to 13 hours.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. Compared to similar devices, this inverter generator is less fuel-efficient than most: it burns around 0.18 gallons of gasoline per hour at a 25% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter 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
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (59.5 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Generac GP3000i 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
Engine149 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts2,300 W
Starting watts3,000 W
Running amps19.2 amps
Peak 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)Unknown
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Other model numbers7129
UPC696471072716

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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 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
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
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the noise rating of the GP3000i?

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

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