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Powerhorse 7500i Spec Review

The Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 6500 W and a starting wattage of 7500 W.

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Description

This versatile model operates at a quiet 55dB, making it ideal for use at home or on the job. Dual 120/240 voltage expands usage options, plus the parallel-ready design (cables not included) allows connecting to another 120/240V inverter generator for more power.

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In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • 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 7500i in use

The Powerhorse 7500i

The Powerhorse 7500i is powered by a 420 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 6500W as well as a peak wattage of 7500W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

Enjoying a noise rating of 55 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons allows the 7500i to 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.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Even though this Powerhorse generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the 7500i 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

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 modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

As the generator's weight is 287 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Powerhorse 7500i

The 7500i's control panel

To help you monitor the 7500i's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the power output, voltage, remaining run time, fuel level and lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Powerhorse 7500i also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

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.

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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. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, weighing just 133 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 55 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the most quiet of the products of similar power.
  • Offering up to 16 hours of running time on a full tank at 25% load, the 7500i is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse WH7500v, boasting with up to 18 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. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.41 GPH at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.35 GPH, the Energizer eZV8000 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

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

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (55 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (287 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powerhorse 7500i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts6500 W
Starting watts7500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load16 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight287 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)37.4 x 30.1 x 30.4 in
Noise (lower limit)55 dBA
THD< 1.5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers74006

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.

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".

Warranty Information

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?
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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Washing machine9001650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total5192 W6667 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Satelite receiver250250
Total5180 W5600 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total4790 W7490 W

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    Barbara Blackburn September 8, 2020 at 6:54 am
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    I have a 7500i when I bought it it ran perfect when it came time to be serviced i too it back to northern boy was that a mistake I got it back it wouldn’t run right it keeps braking fuzes and loosing power for some reason it won’t hold a load it worked fine before I got it serviced. I like the 7500i I would get another one.

    + PROS:
    • buy one its awsome
    - CONS:
    • be careful who you take it to for service.
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    Super quiet beyond what you expect, very good fit and finish, well made. Powers our 1100 sq ft home and 3 ton air conditioning easily.
    Simply attach the wheels and front legs, conveniently add oil, attach the included battery, gas her up – starts immediately and you are ready to go.
    Glad we found this generator.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet, well made, powerful, lots of features, simple set up.
    - CONS:
    • None.
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