Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI Spec Review

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

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Description

Zoom on the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI

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

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

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 ESI 3200iER-EFI's engine, 150 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3100W and reaches 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.

At a noise rating of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this inverter generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or 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.

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.

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

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 with which charging your batteries is made easy.

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 aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 75 lbs, the ESI 3200iER-EFI can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, shifting it is an easy task, as the ESI 3200iER-EFI features a nifty handle (molded in the case), improving your grip greatly.

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 power output, lifetime run hours, voltage and fuel level and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual to get you promptly started, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI also comes with some accessories: battery charging cables, tool kit, battery charger and key fob are included.

Emissions

The Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use 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).

  • Weight-wise, the Lifan ESI 3200iER-EFI has only 75 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Generac GP3300i with only 59.5 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 61 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar 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 Honda EU3000iS, whose lowest noise levels reach just 50 dBA.
  • Given that the ESI 3200iER-EFI reaches an autonomy of around 12 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Predator 4375, with around 16 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. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • 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.

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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
Peak 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total2192 W3192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Bug zapper8080
Total2470 W3060 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total2080 W3180 W

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