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NorthStar c8000s - 6600/8000W Portable Generator With Electric Start And Honda Engine

The NorthStar c8000s is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6,600 W and a starting wattage of 8,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In summary, the NorthStar c8000s is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

The NorthStar c8000s in use

The NorthStar c8000s

NorthStar c8000s runs on gasoline, powered by a 389 cc Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120/240V, boasting a running wattage of 6,600W alongside a starting wattage of 8,000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator offers the versatility of starting with either a conventional pull-start mechanism or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 8 gallons, the c8000s may run for around 10.6 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.75 GPH).

The c8000s produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 8 AC outlets:

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

Even though this NorthStar generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the c8000s is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Portability

Measuring L41 x W32 x H29 in, the classic open frame construction of the NorthStar c8000s provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

While technically classified as 'portable' due to its ability to be moved, the 280 lbs of this generator make manual lifting and transportation incredibly difficult. Nevertheless, the restricted maneuverability is counteracted by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, enabling easy shifting once the generator is set in place.

Features

Panel of the NorthStar c8000s

The c8000s's control panel

To help you monitor the c8000s's status and activity, the unit's control panel is equipped with a digital display that provides extensive information on the generator (more information about it below).

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down.

In addition to the standard documentation and the user manual for prompt setup, NorthStar has also included accessory] in the packaging of the c8000s.

Full-Featured Display

The Home, Service, and Diagnostic screens of the display

The excellent digital display

The unit is fitted with a colored, multi-function LCD display that offers simple, yet incredinbly exhaustive, at-a-glance monitoring. It features 3 screens:

  • Home: Gives you information about the load that is connected, fuel level, and total runtime of the generator
  • Service: Displays maintenance intervals and the time remaining before each service is due
  • Diagnostic: Provides various electrical data, such as voltage, current, and frequency

The NorthStar c8000s versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the NorthStar c8000s compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • A weight of 280 lbs makes the NorthStar c8000s one of the heavier devices in the 6500-7500 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF with only 133 pounds.
  • At 73 dBA, this generator's noise rating is in line with the expected average for devices within its power category. If you value reduced noise levels, the Powerhorse 7500i could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 55 dBA.
  • As the c8000s offers around 10.6 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. 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 9000, with around 13 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. Among generators of similar output, this generator ranks somewhat poorly in fuel efficiency, with an estimated consumption of 0.75 GPH at a 50% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the Energizer eZV7500, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.45 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the NorthStar c8000s is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Excellent display, full of information
  • CO Sensor
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Impressive quantity of AC outlets
  • Honda engine
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Made in USA
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (73 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (280 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty4 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6,600 W
Starting watts8,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)55/27.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps
Run time @50% load10.6 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 3x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight280 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)41 x 32 x 29 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originUSA
SeriesCommercial-Grade
Other model numbers1654403

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About NorthStar

NorthStar is a brand of outdoor power equipment trademarked and sold by the Northern Tool + Equipment company which has been based in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA since being founded in 1981. NorthStar products include log splitters, portable generators, air compressors, and pressure washers. Their line of commercial-grade portable generators is manufactured in the US. With many units powered by Honda engines, NorthStar outdoor power tools make up a large percentage of the product line for the fast-growing Northern Tool company.

Warranty Information

The NorthStar c8000s is covered under a warranty for up to 4 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of NorthStar generators, please contact the NorthStar Customer Support: 1-800-270-0810.

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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Security system180180
Total5272 W6272 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Coffee maker600600
Cell phone charger2020
Total5260 W5850 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Bug zapper8080
Total3480 W7980 W

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