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Lifan ES8100E Spec Review

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The Lifan ES8100E is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 7500 W and a starting wattage of 8100 W.

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Description

LIFAN Power USA’s Energy Storm ES8100-E is part of our Energy Storm Portable Generator Line. The unit is EPA Approved. This quality generator is a perfect fit for the emergencies, homeowners, job sites, special events, parties, or weddings! (source: Lifan)

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In summary, the Lifan ES8100E is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and people participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Lifan ES8100E's engine, 420 cc (15 hp) Lifan OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 7500W and reaches a peak wattage of 8100W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 75 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

With a fuel capacity of 6.5 gallons, the ES8100E may run for around 8 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.81 GPH).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example: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 includes the following 8 AC outlets:

Three Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

This Lifan generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the ES8100E is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Lifan ES8100E has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27 x W20 x H21 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 190 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit and a folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Lifan ES8100E

The ES8100E's control panel

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Lifan also included a tool kit in the ES8100E's packaging.

Emissions

The Lifan ES8100E is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Lifan ES8100E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan ES8100E compare to generators of similar power (between 7000 and 8000 W).

  • As for its weight, the Lifan ES8100E weighs only 190 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 7000-8000 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Lifan LF8750iEPL, weighing just 185 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 75 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Powermate DF7500E with only 68 dBA.
  • The autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only 8 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman H08053, reaching 12 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.81 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.6 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen7500 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 7000-8000W generators, the Lifan ES8100E 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
  • Electric start
  • Lightweight for its kind (190 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (75 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Lifan ES8100E?

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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  • $710.00 - September 20, 2019
  • $668.47 - September 11, 2019
  • $649.00 - August 2, 2019
  • $668.47 - July 17, 2019
  • $649.00 - June 20, 2019
  • $668.47 - June 9, 2019
  • $714.15 - June 5, 2019
Since: June 5, 2019
  • Highest Price: $714.15 - June 5, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $649.00 - June 20, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts7500 W
Starting watts8100 W
Running amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)67.5/33.8 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets3x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 6.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight190 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 20 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)75 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralBonded to frame
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 ES8100E 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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