Zoom on the Powerhorse 7500i
In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet and powerful portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:
- Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
- Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
- Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
- Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
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 Powerhorse 7500i's core is the 420 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 6500W and a peak wattage of 7500W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.
At a noise rating of 55 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).
Thanks to a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the 7500i can operate for up to 16 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.41 GPH).
As the 7500i produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.
The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:
In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.
Even if this Powerhorse generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 7500i is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.
Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L37.4 x W30.1 x H30.4 in), the Powerhorse 7500i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.
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 287 lbs. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.
The control panel of the 7500i includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the remaining run time, voltage, power output, lifetime run hours and fuel level.
In addition to this info, several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.
From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.
While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Powerhorse 7500i, the following accessories are also included: funnel and tool kit.
The Powerhorse 7500i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.
The Powerhorse 7500i versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 7500i compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).
- As its dry weight is 287 pounds, the Powerhorse 7500i is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 6000 to 7000 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, standing at just 133 lbs.
- Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 55 dBA, it can be considered as one of the most quiet of the products generating similar power.
- As the 7500i features an autonomy of up to 16 hours at 25% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen6000, reaching up to 18 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. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.41 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV8000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.35 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Powerhorse 7500i 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
- Several accessories included
- GFCI Outlets
- Electric start
- Parallel capable
- Quiet for its power (55 dBA)
- High run time
- Decent fuel efficiency
- On the expensive side
- No remote start
- On the heavy side (287 lbs)
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Engine||420 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V|
|Running watts||6500 W|
|Starting watts||7500 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||54.2/27.1 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||62.5/31.3 amps|
|Run time @50% load||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||16 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets|| |
|DC outlets||2x 5V USB port|
|Data center||Power output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and voltage|
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||6.6 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||37.4 x 30.1 x 30.4 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||55 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Accessories included||Funnel, tool kit, and battery|
|Other model numbers||74006|
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.
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.
The Powerhorse 7500i 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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Furnace fan (1/2 hp)||875||2350|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Cell phone charger||20||20|
|Total||5192 W||6667 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Total||5180 W||5600 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Total||4790 W||7490 W|
Is there a propane conversion kit for this generator? (Asked February 06, 2021)
There are no official conversion kits. You may find third-party ones, but we do not recommend such modification. It could void your warranty and lead to a violation of local/federal emission laws.
can you use natural gas as a fuel source (Asked February 22, 2021)
The unit was designed to run on gasoline only.
What are the actual measurements off tje gen w/o wheels . I want to mount on back rv bumper have a steel plated 24x24 bolted to frame and bumper . (Asked April 25, 2021)
Without the wheels and feet, L37.4 x W26 x H25.
Is there a remote start kit that is compatible with this model? OEM or aftermarket either one. (Asked April 26, 2021)
None that we're aware of.
Is it liquid cooled (Asked June 06, 2021)
The unit's engine is air-cooled.
if its rated at 7500 surge watts and 6500 rated watts how does it support a 50 amp receptacle ? (Asked August 21, 2021)
The generator can output 50 amps at 120V (50*120=6000).
Is it EFI (Asked August 23, 2021)
The unit is carbureted.
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