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Powerhorse 2500 Spec Review

The Powerhorse 2500 is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 2000 W and a starting wattage of 2500 W.

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  • $449.99 - June 3, 2021
  • $389.99 - May 6, 2021
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Since: May 6, 2021
  • Highest Price: $449.99 - June 3, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $389.99 - May 6, 2021

Description

This Powerhorse Portable Generator prepares you for emergencies and a variety of outdoor projects. Equipped with 100% copper-wound generator head for continuous operation without overheating. Less than 5% THD safely operates sensitive electronics.

Zoom on the Powerhorse 2500

In summary, the Powerhorse 2500 is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 2500 in use

The Powerhorse 2500

The Powerhorse 2500's engine, 212 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2000W and reaches a peak wattage of 2500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 67 dBA (less noisy than an office), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The 2500 can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 4 gallons.

The 2500 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

With its dimensions of L25.4 x W18.8 x H19.8 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Powerhorse 2500 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 100 lbs. 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 2500

The 2500's control panel

The control panel of the 2500 includes a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

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

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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.

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Powerhorse 2500's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 2500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Powerhorse 2500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 2500 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • A weight of 100 lbs makes the Powerhorse 2500 one of the heavier devices in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Champion 200949, weighing just 38.6 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 67 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 11 hours at 50% load, the 2500 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for around 20 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.36 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen2200, with a fuel consumption of 0.12 GPH could be in your good books.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Powerhorse 2500 vs Honda EU2200i.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Powerhorse 2500 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Clean sine wave
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (100 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (67 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powerhorse 2500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2000 W
Starting watts2500 W
Running amps16.7 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight100 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.4 x 18.8 x 19.8 in
Noise (lower limit)67 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers750137

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 2500 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1482 W2482 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Radio100100
Total1580 W2000 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1590 W1590 W

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