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Generac XT8000EFI Spec Review

The Generac XT8000EFI (7162) is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 8000 W and a starting wattage of 10000 W.

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Description

This compact yet durable generator offers premium quality power, ideal for emergency backup power and jobsites. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Generac XT8000EFI is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 XT8000EFI in use

The Generac XT8000EFI

The Generac XT8000EFI's engine, 459 cc Generac 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 8000W and reaches a peak wattage of 10000W.

Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system enhances the engine's reliability, lowers fuel consumption, improves startup, reduces servicing, boosts stale fuel resistance, and offers better altitude adaptability.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the XT8000EFI can operate for around 9.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.84 GPH).

As the XT8000EFI produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Because the XT8000EFI is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The Generac XT8000EFI has the following dimensions: L31.8 x W24.7 x H27.1 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 216.1 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Generac XT8000EFI

The XT8000EFI's control panel

To help you monitor the XT8000EFI's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Generac XT8000EFI also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, battery charger, oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Generac XT8000EFI is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The Generac XT8000EFI versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac XT8000EFI compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 216.1 lbs, the Generac XT8000EFI belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 7500 to 8500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, with a dry weight of just 185 pounds.
  • As the XT8000EFI offers around 9.5 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman H08053, reaching around 12 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.84 GPH. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PG10000B16. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.55 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Generac XT8000EFI vs Generac GP8000E.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Generac XT8000EFI 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (216.1 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Generac XT8000EFI and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine459 cc Generac 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts8000 W
Starting watts10000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load9.5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight216.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)31.8 x 24.7 x 27.1 in
Noise (lower limit)N/A
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, battery charger and battery
Warranty2 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 XT8000EFI is covered under a warranty for up to 2 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
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Mixer200200
Total6392 W7892 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Satelite receiver250250
Total6390 W6980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W

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