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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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  • $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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In summary, the Genmax GM1600iBC is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 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. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

With a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

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

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GM1600iBC generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 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. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Weighing just 25.4 lbs, the GM1600iBC can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

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 ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual, which lets you start it right away, the Genmax GM1600iBC also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Genmax GM1600iBC is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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).

  • Regarding its weight, the Genmax GM1600iBC only weighs in at 25.4 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1000-2000 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a dry weight of just 24 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this inverter generator and its lowest emitted noise of 58 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • Offering around 6.5 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the GM1600iBC is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful inverter generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen2200, which is able to run for around 10 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a fuel consumption of 0.09 GPH could be in your good books.

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

Do you own the Genmax GM1600iBC 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
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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