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Powermate DF7500E Spec Review

The Powermate DF7500E (6958) is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 7500 W and a starting wattage of 9375 W.

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Description

Capable of operating on liquid propane or gasoline, Powermate’s Dual Fuel Series generators provide adjustable fueling options for your portable power needs. Featuring longer run times than competitive units, Powermate’s Dual Fuel Series boasts innovative features that create a seamless user experience. These products provide reliable power for a variety of occasions like camping trips, outdoor events, RV road trips and emergency home backup. Whether you’re at home or on the road, trust in the adjustable fueling options of Powermate’s Dual Fuel Series generators to accommodate your portable power needs.

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In summary, the Powermate DF7500E is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 Powermate DF7500E in use

The Powermate DF7500E

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Powermate DF7500E delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 7500W and a peak wattage of 9375W. When propane-powered, it has 6750 rated watts and 8500 peak watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

As for its running time, the DF7500E, along with its 7 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.7 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 5.3 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.89 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

Even if this Powermate 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 DF7500E is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Powermate DF7500E has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L31.1 x W27.5 x H24.8 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 189.1 pounds. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Powermate DF7500E

The DF7500E's control panel

The DF7500E's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Powermate DF7500E also comes with some accessories: oil, tool kit, funnel and propane hose are included.

Emissions

The Powermate DF7500E is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Powermate DF7500E versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powermate DF7500E compare to generators of similar power (between 7000 and 8000 W).

  • As for its weight, the Powermate DF7500E weighs only 189.1 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 7000-8000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of only 133 lbs.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 68 dBA, this generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the A-iPower SUA8000iSF, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 65 dBA.
  • The DF7500E, offering a run time of around 10 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. 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 A-iPower SUA8000iSF, with around 13 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.7 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA8000iSF. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.52 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 7000-8000W generators, the Powermate DF7500E is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (189.1 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (68 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance

Do you own the Powermate DF7500E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc Powermate OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts7500 W6750 W
Starting watts9375 W8500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps56.3/28.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)78.1/39.1 amps70.8/35.4 amps
Run time @50% load10 h5.3 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight189.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)31.1 x 27.5 x 24.8 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers6958

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 Powermate

Powermate’s history is somewhat enigmatic, but they claim to have been on the market for over 40 years, selling portable generators and various outdoor power equipment. In 2009, they have signed under what they call “partnership” (more accurately ownership) with the Italian PRAMAC. In 2014, Generac acquired Powermate from PRAMAC.

Warranty Information

The Powermate DF7500E 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 Powermate generators, please consult Powermate's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-445-1805.

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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Satelite receiver250250
Total5992 W7492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Radiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5995 W6585 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Total4800 W9300 W
the specifications show run time on propane as 5.3 hours. What size tank is that based on? Are there limitations on what size tank the generator can be connected to? (Asked January 28, 2021)

As written in the description, this runtime is based on a 20 lbs tank (it's 8 hours on a 30 lbs one). With this unit, you should use only 20 or 30 lbs LPG tanks, with Type 1, right hand Acme threads.

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    Doesn’t start on propane. Authorized dealer who delivered it couldn’t start it properly on propane. I cannot either. Will run on propane only after warm from running on gas. Purchased May 2020. Didn’t send back because storm was coming.

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    • Runs well on gasoline.
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    • Doesn't start on propane.
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