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Powermate DF7500E Spec Review

The Powermate DF7500E (6958) is an open frame dual fuel portable 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 a nutshell, the Powermate DF7500E is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Powermate DF7500E in use

The Powermate DF7500E

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Powermate DF7500E provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 7500W along with a peak wattage of 9375W. While propane-powered, it provides 6750 rated watts and 8500 starting watts.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant 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 features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

This Powermate generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. 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 generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Since the generator weighs 189.1 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). 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 and its control panel include a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

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: tool kit, funnel, oil and propane hose are included.

Emissions

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

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may 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 far as its dry weight is concerned, the Powermate DF7500E weighs just 189.1 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 7000 to 8000 rated wattage generators. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of just 133 pounds.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 68 dBA, this generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the A-iPower SUA8000iSF with only 65 dBA.
  • The DF7500E, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 10 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the A-iPower SUA8000iSF, which is able to run for around 13 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. Standing at an estimated 0.7 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA8000iSF, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.52 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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% loadN/AN/A
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
THDN/A
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose and battery
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.

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. What we know for sure is that in 2009, they have signed under what they call “partnership” (more accurately ownership) with the Italian PRAMAC. As of 2020, it would seem that Generac has now taken over the manufacturing of Powermate's portable generators.

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: 1-888-977-2622.

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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Satelite receiver250250
Total5992 W7092 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

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