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Powerhorse 11050 - Spec Review

The Powerhorse 11050 is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 8400 W and a starting wattage of 11050 W.

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  • $1,179.99 - January 23, 2022
  • $1,129.99 - January 18, 2022
  • $1,079.99 - January 15, 2022
  • $1,129.99 - December 28, 2021
  • $1,179.99 - December 5, 2021
  • $1,079.99 - December 3, 2021
  • $1,179.99 - December 2, 2021
  • $1,129.99 - November 4, 2021
Data source: northerntool.com
Since: August 5, 2021
  • Highest Price: $1,179.99 - September 16, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $1,079.99 - December 3, 2021

Description

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In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 11050 is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Powerhorse 11050's core is the 457 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 8400W and a peak wattage of 11050W.

At a noise rating of 78 dBA (less noisy than a shower), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery not included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the 11050 can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.78 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

As the 11050 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Powerhorse 11050 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L30 x W26.3 x H26.1 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 260 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Powerhorse 11050

The 11050's control panel

The 11050's control center features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

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

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

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Powerhorse 11050 also comes with several accessories, including: funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 11050 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Powerhorse 11050 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 11050 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • With its weight of 260 lbs, the Powerhorse 11050 is one of the heavier generators in the 7500-8500 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Dewalt DXGNR8000, with a dry weight of only 183 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 78 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Predator 9500, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 67 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the 11050, reaching around 8.5 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal 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 Champion 100416, with around 12.5 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. Standing at an estimated 0.78 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PG10000B16, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.55 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Powerhorse 11050 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Weak warranty
  • On the heavy side (260 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (78 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Powerhorse 11050 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine457 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts8400 W
Starting watts11050 W
Running amps (@120/240V)70/35 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)92.1/46 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight260 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30 x 26.3 x 26.1 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and wheel kit
Warranty90 days
Other model numbers102221

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 Powerhorse

Powerhorse is a trademarked brand name of gas-powered outdoor products owned and distributed by the Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc. through their store locations and online. Powerhorse outdoor products include gas- and electric-powered tools including pressure washers, wood chippers/shredders, log splitters, electric generators and inverters. The product line also offers engines and water pumps. The brand's motto is "Power You Can Depend On". Powerhorse generators are engineered, developed and tested in Minnesota, but manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Powerhorse 11050 is covered under a warranty for up to 90 days. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Powerhorse generators, please contact the Powerhorse Customer Support: 1-866-443-2576.

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
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Rice cooker650650
Pair of small speakers4545
Total6712 W8187 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Slow cooker270270
Total6700 W7120 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total6390 W10890 W

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