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Lifan ES1500 Spec Review

The Lifan ES1500 is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 1200 W and a starting wattage of 1500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Lifan ES1500 is a compact and lightweight portable 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 Lifan ES1500's engine, 97 cc (3 hp) Lifan OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1200W and reaches a peak wattage of 1500W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office).

The ES1500 can operate for around 6 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The dimensions of the Lifan ES1500, which are L18 x W16 x H15 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the ES1500's weight is only 51 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Moreover, the convenient handle greatly enhances the grip, making displacing the ES1500 from A to B always an easy task.

Features

Panel of the Lifan ES1500

The ES1500's control panel

The ES1500's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Lifan also included a tool kit in the ES1500's packaging.

Emissions

The Lifan ES1500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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The Lifan ES1500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan ES1500 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • A weight of 51 lbs makes the Lifan ES1500 one of the heavier devices in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 63 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU1000i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 42 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 6 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the ES1500 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, with around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.17 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Ryobi RYi1000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Lifan ES1500 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (63 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the heavy side (51 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Lifan ES1500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine97 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1200 W
Starting watts1500 W
Running amps10 amps
Peaks amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load6 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight51 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 16 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty3 years
SeriesEnergy Storm

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 Lifan

LIFAN, or rather LIFAN Power USA, is a rather small and new company, based in Arizona. LIFAN’s range is comprised of engines and related products, such as pressure washers, water pumps and of course, generators – of which there is a surprising variety, including inverters, portable generators, but also high output, standby home generators. The company admirably admits that their primary (and most likely only) manufacturing facilities are located in China and their goal is to provide affordable products above all.

Warranty Information

The Lifan ES1500 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 Lifan generators, please consult Lifan's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-866-471-7464.

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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total462 W1462 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total930 W1350 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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