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Powerhorse 7500i - 6500/7500W Inverter Generator

The Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet and powerful inverter generator with a rated wattage of 6,500 W and a starting wattage of 7,500 W.

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  • $1,999.99 - May 9, 2023
  • $2,499.99 - May 2, 2023
  • $2,399.99 - April 7, 2023
  • $2,499.99 - February 6, 2023
  • $2,399.99 - January 18, 2023
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Since: January 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $2,499.99 - February 6, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,999.99 - May 9, 2023

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 and powerful portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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 in use

The Powerhorse 7500i

The Powerhorse 7500i houses a 420 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6,500W along with a peak wattage of 7,500W. 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.

With a noise rating of 55 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The 7500i can operate for up to 16 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.41 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 7500i produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

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

Additionally, it features 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, since the 7500i bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The Powerhorse 7500i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L37.4 x W30.1 x H30.4 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

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. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its set of wheels 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

A digital data center, one of the features of the 7500i's control panel, gives you information on the remaining run time, lifetime run hours, fuel level, voltage and power output, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, when the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and its oil levels are insufficient, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

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.

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: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 7500i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use 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).

  • With its weight of 287 lbs, the Powerhorse 7500i is one of the heavier generators in the 6000-7000 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the A-iPower SUA7600iED, standing at just 130 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 55 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the most quiet of the products delivering similar power.
  • The 7500i, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of up to 16 hours at a 25% load and a full tank. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP8500EH, boasting with up to 25 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. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.41 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the DuroMax XP7500DX. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.29 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6000-7000W inverter 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
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (287 lbs)

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

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Loncin OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts6,500 W
Starting watts7,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peak 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%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery
Country of originChina
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.

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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 or Vietnam.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
LED TV150150
Total5190 W5780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total4790 W7490 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.

What is the country of manufacture, please? (Asked February 20, 2022)

The generator is manufactured in China to Northern Tool's specifications.

How to change oil after 24 hours used. (Asked September 21, 2022)

The owner's manual can be downloaded here (opens in a new tab). Oil change procedure is explained page 45.

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  1. 5
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    I purchased the 7500i last year prior to a hurricane and thankfully didn’t have to use it. This year Hurricane Ida came through and the unit performed perfectly.
    It was very quiet, fuel consumption was very low compared to my much older generator. It powered refrigeration, lights etc and never strained.

    + PROS:
    • Ver quiet and efficient compared to older models. Worth the extra money.
    - CONS:
    • Was more expensive.
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  2. 5
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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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    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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