Lifan LF15000-EPL Spec Review

The Lifan LF15000-EPL is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 14000 W and a starting wattage of 15000 W.

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Description

Zoom on the Lifan LF15000-EPL

In a nutshell, the Lifan LF15000-EPL is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

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 LF15000-EPL is powered by a 724 cc (27 hp) Lifan OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 14000W as well as a peak wattage of 15000W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included). It is rated for a noise of 75 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 14 gallons, the LF15000-EPL can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 1.17 GPH).

The LF15000-EPL generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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.

Portability

The dimensions of the Lifan LF15000-EPL, which are L29 x W27 x H33 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator 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 358 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Lifan LF15000-EPL

The LF15000-EPL's control panel

To help you monitor the LF15000-EPL's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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 the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Lifan LF15000-EPL's package also includes these accessories: tool kit and battery charger.

Emissions

The Lifan LF15000-EPL is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The Lifan LF15000-EPL versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan LF15000-EPL compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • At a dry weight of 358 pounds, the Lifan LF15000-EPL is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 10000 and 14000 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, standing at just 218 lbs.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 75 dBA, the generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of 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 A-iPower SUA13000EFI, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
  • Since the LF15000-EPL boasts with a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. 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 Powerhorse 13000ES, with around 15 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 1.17 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.78 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Quiet for its power (75 dBA)
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (358 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Lifan LF15000-EPL and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine724 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts14000 W
Starting watts15000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)116.7/58.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank14 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight358 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 27 x 33 in
Noise (lower limit)75 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit, battery charger, and wheel 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.

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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 LF15000-EPL 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Electric range21002100
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total11192 W12667 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Table saw18004500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total11130 W13830 W

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