Lifan ES8150E-CA - Spec Breakdown

The Lifan ES8150E-CA is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 7000 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Lifan ES8150E-CA is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 ES8150E-CA's design includes a gasoline-fueled 458 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 7000W and also a peak wattage of 7500W.

At a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

The ES8150E-CA can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.77 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 8.5 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 8 AC outlets:

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

While this Lifan generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the ES8150E-CA is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Lifan ES8150E-CA has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.5 x W20 x H25 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 189 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Lifan ES8150E-CA

The ES8150E-CA's control panel

Monitoring of the ES8150E-CA's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Lifan ES8150E-CA's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual, which will help you start your generator promptly.

Emissions

The Lifan ES8150E-CA 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 thus, may be used in forested areas.

The Lifan ES8150E-CA versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan ES8150E-CA compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 189 lbs, the Lifan ES8150E-CA belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 6500 to 7500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, weighing just 133 pounds.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 73 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its 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 Powerhorse 7500i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 55 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 11 hours at 50% load, the ES8150E-CA has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Generac XC6500, which is able to run for around 14 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.77 GPH. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH could be in your good books.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Electric start
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (189 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (73 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine458 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts7000 W
Starting watts7500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 3x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight189 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.5 x 20 x 25 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty3 years
SeriesEnergy Storm
UPC682017212876

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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 ES8150E-CA 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 generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total5595 W7095 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5595 W6185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total4790 W7490 W

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