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Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI Spec Review

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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
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI's build contains a gasoline-fueled 150 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3100W and also a peak wattage of 3200W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office). To add further convenience, the ESI 3200iER-EFI can be remotely started (key fob included).

With a full tank, the ESI 3200iER-EFI can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 2 gallons.

As the ESI 3200iER-EFI produces a clean sine wave, with a <2% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: The above mentioned examples presume a maximum load of 75% and use wattage estimates. In addition, the items might not be able to start simultaneously. With our wattage calculator, you can predict if the product can fulfill your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L23 x W13 x H20 in. Thus, it is more esthetical than conventional, open frame products. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

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 displacing 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

The control panel of the ESI 3200iER-EFI includes an illuminated data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the lifetime run hours, fuel level, voltage and power output.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

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

Emissions

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used 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. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Honda EG2800i, with a dry weight of only 66.6 lbs.
  • Because this inverter generator emits noise as low as 61 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its 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.
  • The ESI 3200iER-EFI, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of 12 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Honda EB4000, boasting with 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. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (75 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (61 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI doesn't have any notably low specs.
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    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% loadN/A

    Features

    GFCI outletsNo
    Covered outletsNo
    Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
    AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
    DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
    Data centerVoltage, power output, lifetime run hours and fuel level
    IndicatorsLow oil
    Fuel tank2 gal
    Fuel gaugeNo

    Misc

    Weight75 lbs
    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, battery charging cables, key fob and battery charger
    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 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-866-471-7464.

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