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Genmax GM1600iBC - 1200/1600W Inverter Generator

The Genmax GM1600iBC is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,200 W and a starting wattage of 1,600 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $329.00 - June 18, 2024
  • $299.99 - June 7, 2024
  • $329.00 - April 30, 2024
  • $299.99 - April 6, 2024
  • $329.00 - March 12, 2024
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Since: March 12, 2024
  • Highest Price: $329.00 - March 12, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $299.99 - April 6, 2024

Description

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To sum up, the Genmax GM1600iBC is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The Genmax GM1600iBC in use

The Genmax GM1600iBC

The Genmax GM1600iBC's engine, 57 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1,200W and reaches a peak wattage of 1,600W. In addition, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) empowers doubling of power output when linked to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

With a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a conversation at home), the inverter generator features a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 0.63 gallon allows the GM1600iBC to operate for around 6.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).

Thanks to its low <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the GM1600iBC produces a clean sine wave output, making it safe for your sensitive electronics when utilizing the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features 2 AC outlets as follows:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Moreover, it comes equipped with 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

As the Genmax GM1600iBC is an inverter generator, its encased design (L17.1 x W9.6 x H15.7 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Weighing just 25.4 lbs, the GM1600iBC can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. With its handle (molded in the case), carrying it becomes a breeze, adding to its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 7th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Genmax GM1600iBC

The GM1600iBC's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

It also benefits from Genmax's CO DETECT technology, which is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual to help you get started promptly, the Genmax GM1600iBC also includes several accessories: funnel and tool kit.

The Genmax GM1600iBC versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Genmax GM1600iBC compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Concerning weight, the Genmax GM1600iBC weighs only just 25.4 pounds, distinguishing itself as one of the lighter inverter generators amidst the 1000 to 2000 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, standing at just 24 lbs.
  • When comparing it to devices with a similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest noise level of 58 dBA puts it alongside the noisier units. If noise level is one your key decisive factors, you may find the Honda EU2200i appealing. It's rated at 48 dBA, making it one of the quietest generators in its power range.
  • At a 50% load, the GM1600iBC's around 6.5 hours of runtime on a full tank fall within the average autonomy range for similarly powerful inverter generators. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Westinghouse iGen2200, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 10 hours.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. This inverter generator provides better fuel efficiency than most others in its wattage range, consuming approximately 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.09 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the Genmax GM1600iBC is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO DETECT technology
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (25.4 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (58 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • 1-year warranty

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine57 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,200 W
Starting watts1,600 W
Running amps10 amps
Peak amps13.3 amps
Run time @50% load6.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.63 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight25.4 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.1 x 9.6 x 15.7 in
Noise (lower limit)58 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Country of originChina
UPC860008811851

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About Genmax

GENMAX is a new portable generator brand registered by the Chongqing Dinking Power Machinery Co. LTD., which itself was founded in 2010 and is currently located in Chongqing, China. Dinking specializes in the general motor industry and manufactures portable generators, power sources, water pumps, garden machinery and construction machinery for foreign markets. Among most notable achievements are Dinking’s exclusive contract with Hyundai and 5th place in the ranking of Chinese foreign trade exporters in general motor industry (2016). GENMAX brand portfolio includes a sizeable selection of gas-powered generators covering all common wattage categories.

Warranty Information

The Genmax GM1600iBC is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Genmax generators, please contact the Genmax Customer Support: 1-866-960-2920.

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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total592 W1592 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total950 W1370 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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