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Generac GP8000E - 8000/10000W Portable Generator

The Generac GP8000E (7686) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W.

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  • Highest Price: $1,099.00 - July 13, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,049.00 - September 6, 2023

Description

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In a nutshell, the Generac GP8000E is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 GP8000E's engine, 420 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 8,000W and reaches a peak wattage of 10,000W.

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

With a full tank, the GP8000E can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.72 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 7.9 gallons.

The quite high THD (<20%) of the GP8000E makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

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

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GP8000E is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The Generac GP8000E has the following dimensions: L27.2 x W27 x H26.5 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

As the generator's weight is 198 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP8000E

The GP8000E's control panel

Monitoring of the GP8000E's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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 owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Generac also included some oil in the GP8000E's packaging.

Emissions

The Generac GP8000E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The Generac GP8000E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP8000E compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Generac GP8000E weighs just 198 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 7500 to 8500 rated wattage generators. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Westinghouse ecoGen10000 with only 147.7 pounds.
  • Since the GP8000E boasts with a run time of around 11 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Champion 100416, reaching around 12.5 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. As this generator uses an estimated 0.72 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG10000B16, with a fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH could be in your good books.

Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Generac GP8000E 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (198 lbs)
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the Generac GP8000E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts8,000 W
Starting watts10,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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 tankSteel, 7.9 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight198 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 27 x 26.5 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, battery, and wheel kit
Other model numbers7686
UPC696471074598

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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 GP8000E 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total6387 W7862 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total6395 W6985 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W
What is the noise rating of the GP8000E?

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

What grade fuel for 8000 watt generator (Asked November 11, 2021)

Gasoline should be clean, fresh, and unleaded with a minimum octane rating of 87.

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  1. 4.75
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    I’ve had this generator a little over 5 years. Have ran it 115 hours without a single issue. even the original battery is still holding up. Iget about 12 hours per tank while it’s connected to my house. Idle control and a 50 amp outlet would be nice added features. Overall very happy with this purchase and will buy Generac again in the future.

    + PROS:
    • Build quality, reputation, parts availability, warranty
    - CONS:
    • No idle control, no 50 amp outlet
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  2. 3.9
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    I could not disagree more with the review below. My GP8000e has run without any problems for several years. The electric start is great. I added a solar recharge for my battery and a over temperature kill switch in case the system overheats.

    + PROS:
    • electric start.
    - CONS:
    • weight
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  3. 1
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    I just purchased a GP8000e 49 state version. It is made in Vietnam and nit the USA. very cheaply made and it shows. If Generac cut cost on the things that are visible, what did they do with the critical components? Very disappointed in this unit.

    + PROS:
    • small size
    - CONS:
    • Poor quality, made in Vietnam
    • Generac can't answer the simplest of questions. I am sorry I purchased this unit.
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