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Powerhorse 7500i Spec Review

The Powerhorse 7500i is a quiet and powerful 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 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

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. 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.

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 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 generates a clean sine wave: providing <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 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.

While this Powerhorse generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. 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

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. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

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, 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.

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, the light indicators show you if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is overloaded.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Powerhorse 7500i also is packed along with the following accessories: 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, making it usable 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).

  • A weight of 287 lbs makes the Powerhorse 7500i one of the heavier devices in the 6000-7000 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, weighing just 133 pounds.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 55 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the most quiet of the generators of similar power.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 16 hours at 25% load, the 7500i benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WH7500v, 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 has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.41 GPH (gallon per hour) 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)
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • 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?

Let us know and write your own review.

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
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%
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.

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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".

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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
Game console150150
Total5190 W5780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
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.

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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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