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Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI Spec Review

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI is a compact portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3100 W and a starting wattage of 3200 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they 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 ESI 3200iER-EFI houses a 150 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3100W along with a peak wattage of 3200W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the ESI 3200iER-EFI may also be remotely started (key fob included).

The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system enhances the engine's reliability, lowers fuel consumption, improves startup, reduces servicing, boosts stale fuel resistance, and offers better altitude adaptability.

The fuel capacity of 2 gallons allows the ESI 3200iER-EFI to operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH).

The ESI 3200iER-EFI generates a clean sine wave: providing <2% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

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

Portability

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L23 x W13 x H20 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The 75 lbs of the ESI 3200iER-EFI's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Moreover, the convenient handle (molded in the case) greatly enhances the grip, making carrying the ESI 3200iER-EFI from A to B always an easy task.

Features

Panel of the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI

The ESI 3200iER-EFI's control panel

Monitoring of the ESI 3200iER-EFI's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours, fuel level, voltage and power output and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if the oil level is too low.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI also comes with several accessories, including: battery charging cables, key fob, battery charger and tool kit.

Emissions

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI 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, making it usable in forested areas.

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI weighs only 75 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 61 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • As the ESI 3200iER-EFI offers around 12 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000X, which is able to run for around 16 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Lightweight for its kind (75 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (61 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI doesn't have any notably low specs.

Do you own the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine150 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3100 W
Starting watts3200 W
Running amps25.8 amps
Peaks amps26.7 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank2 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight75 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23 x 13 x 20 in
Noise (lower limit)61 dBA
THD< 2%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit, key fob, battery charger, battery charging cables, and battery
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.

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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 ESI 3200iER-EFI 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Mixer200200
Total2192 W3192 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Game console150150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2475 W2895 W
For workGrinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total2080 W3180 W

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