Zoom on the Powerhorse 7500i
In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet and powerful 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
- 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 houses a 420 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6500W along with a peak wattage of 7500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.
At a noise rating of 55 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional 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).
The 7500i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.
The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:
In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.
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, because the 7500i is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.
As the Powerhorse 7500i is an inverter generator, its encased design (L37.4 x W30.1 x H30.4 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.
Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 287 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its set of wheels and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.
A digital data center, one of the features of the 7500i's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, power output, voltage, fuel level and remaining run time, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.
In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the generator is on overload, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.
As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.
Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Powerhorse 7500i also comes with some accessories: tool kit and funnel are included.
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, which makes it suitable for use 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).
- At a dry weight of 287 pounds, the Powerhorse 7500i is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 6000 and 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.
- 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.
- Since the 7500i boasts with a run time of up to 16 hours at 25% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse WGen6000, 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. 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 you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV8000, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.35 GPH, may be the right generator for you.
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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