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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.

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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 nutshell, the Powermate PM1200i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 PM1200i in use

The Powermate PM1200i

The Powermate PM1200i's core is the 54 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1,000W and a peak wattage of 1,200W.

This inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The PM1200i can operate for up to 7 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 0.79 gallon.

The PM1200i generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L18.3 x W10.3 x H15.7 in), the Powermate PM1200i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The PM1200i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 33 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 10th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Powermate PM1200i

The PM1200i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Powermate PM1200i also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Powermate PM1200i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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).

  • Regarding its weight, the Powermate PM1200i only weighs in at 33 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1000-2000 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, standing at just 24 lbs.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the PM1200i, reaching up to 7 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other inverters of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the DuroMax XP2300iH, reaching up to 13 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 is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.11 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen1500c, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.07 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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

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 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total192 W1192 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Game console150150
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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