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Lifan ES1500 Spec Review

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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 a nutshell, the Lifan ES1500 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including 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 simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music).

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

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The design of the Lifan ES1500 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L18 x W16 x H15 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 51 lbs, the ES1500 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, displacement is an easy task, as the ES1500 features a nifty handle, improving your grip greatly.

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 user manual 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.

Product Video

Video of the Lifan ES1500

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).

  • Considering its dry weight of 51 pounds, the Lifan ES1500 is one of the heavier generators producing between 500 and 1500 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, standing at just 20.3 lbs.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 63 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU1000i. With just 42 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the ES1500, reaching 6 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Pulsar PG2000, which is able to run for 12 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 This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.17 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Ryobi RYi1000, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic 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

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Where to buy the Lifan ES1500?

You can easily buy your Lifan generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Since: June 7, 2019
  • Highest Price: $299.55 - September 11, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $294.98 - June 9, 2019

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
Dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 16 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty3 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 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-866-471-7464.

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