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Powermate PM1200i - 1000/1200W Inverter Generator

The Powermate PM1200i is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,000 W and a starting wattage of 1,200 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The PM1200i is compact and lightweight for easy storage and convenient transportation. Best of all, the unit’s fully-enclosed design allows PM1200i models to operate quietly, leaving neighbors and surrounding wildlife undisturbed.

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In a few words, the Powermate PM1200i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator perfectly suited for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Powermate PM1200i in use

The Powermate PM1200i

With a 54 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the Powermate PM1200i operates on gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 1,000W and a starting wattage of 1,200W.

This inverter generator starts operation using a manual recoil starter system.

The PM1200i boasts a fuel tank capable of holding 0.79 gallon, allowing it to run continuously for up to 7 hours (with fuel usage averaging around 0.11 gallons per hour).

The PM1200i ensures a clean sine wave output, boasting <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) to protect your sensitive electronics when connected to its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

Since the Powermate PM1200i is an inverter generator, its closed design (L18.3 x W10.3 x H15.7 in) not only provides an aesthetic advantage but also contributes to reduced noise levels compared to conventional, open frame devices. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

The PM1200i boasts a weight of merely 33 lbs, solidifying its reputation as a lightweight, easily transportable generator. Designed for easy mobility, one person can move it around without any difficulty, ensuring power on the go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Powermate PM1200i

The PM1200i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual to help you get started promptly, the Powermate PM1200i also includes several accessories: tool kit and funnel.

The Powermate PM1200i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powermate PM1200i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Powermate PM1200i has only 33 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter inverter generators which produce 1000 to 2000 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, standing at just 24 lbs.
  • As for its autonomy, the PM1200i, with an autonomy of up to 7 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 hours.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel-efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.11 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Genmax GM1200i, with a fuel consumption of 0.07 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the Powermate PM1200i 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (33 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No parallel ports
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powermate PM1200i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine54 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1,000 W
Starting watts1,200 W
Running amps8.3 amps
Peak amps10 amps
Run time @50% load5.5 h
Run time @25% load7 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.79 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight33 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18.3 x 10.3 x 15.7 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Other model numbersP0080400
UPC696471078909

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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 PM1200i is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total192 W1192 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
LED TV150150
Total730 W1180 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Total730 W960 W
What is the noise rating of the PM1200i?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Powermate (Generac) does not provide their units' noise levels.

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