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Zoom on the Powermate PM2000
In summary, the Powermate PM2000 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful 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, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.
Power & Run Time
The Powermate PM2000 houses a 98 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1,400W along with a peak wattage of 2,000W.
This generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It features Powermate's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.
The fuel capacity of 2.25 gallons allows the PM2000 to operate for up to 14 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH).
The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:
The design of the Powermate PM2000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L19.7 x W15.6 x H17 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.
As the PM2000's weight is only 62 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.
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 usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Powermate also included some oil in the PM2000's packaging.
The Powermate PM2000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.
However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.
The Powermate PM2000 versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powermate PM2000 compare to generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).
- As its dry weight is 62 pounds, the Powermate PM2000 is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 1000 to 2000 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM1200i, weighing just 25.3 pounds.
- With a run time of up to 14 hours at 25% load, the PM2000 has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
- 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. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.16 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Genmax GM1200i, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.07 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Powermate PM2000 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
- In the expected price range
- High run time
- No data center
- No electric start
- Not CARB-compliant
- On the heavy side (62 lbs)
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Engine||98 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||1,400 W|
|Starting watts||2,000 W|
|Running amps||11.7 amps|
|Peak amps||16.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||14 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Yes|
|AC outlets||1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 2.25 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||19.7 x 15.6 x 17 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||Unknown|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Other model numbers||P0080900|
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.
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.
The Powermate PM2000 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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||992 W||1992 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Total||1110 W||1700 W|
|For work||Milk cooler||1100||1800|
|Total||1100 W||1800 W|
What is the noise rating of the PM2000?
Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Powermate (Generac) does not provide their units' noise levels.
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