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Powermate PM3000i - 2300/3000W Inverter Generator

The Powermate PM3000i is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,300 W and a starting wattage of 3,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The Powermate PM3000i portable inverter generator provides ample power for a variety of outdoor settings and festivities. The PM3000i provides clean, stable power to sensitive electronics, tools and appliances for optimal operation.

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In a nutshell, the Powermate PM3000i 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
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 PM3000i's engine, 149 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2,300W and reaches a peak wattage of 3,000W.

This inverter generator utilizes a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism for startup. It features Powermate's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.

The PM3000i can operate for up to 5.8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.06 gallon.

As the PM3000i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

While not classified as 'RV Ready,' this Powermate generator can still provides the advantage of RV connection via its L5-30R receptacle, ensuring power supply to your RV with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

As the Powermate PM3000i is an inverter generator, its encased design (L22.2 x W13.3 x H18.4 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

As the PM3000i's weight is only 59.5 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Furthermore, moving the PM3000i from A to B is made easier thanks to its convenient handle (molded in the case), which greatly improves grip.

Features

Panel of the Powermate PM3000i

The PM3000i's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if the generator is on overload, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready.

From a security standpoint, the generator is furnished with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during operation.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the Powermate PM3000i also includes several accessories: oil, tool kit and funnel.

The Powermate PM3000i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powermate PM3000i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • With a weight of 59.5 lbs, the Powermate PM3000i is notably on the heavier side among inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM2000i, weighing just 34.2 pounds.
  • The PM3000i's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only up to 5.8 hours at 25% load on a full tank. 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.
  • 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 inverter generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.18 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Powermate PM3000i 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
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • On the heavy side (59.5 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powermate PM3000i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine149 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2,300 W
Starting watts3,000 W
Running amps19.2 amps
Peak amps25 amps
Run time @50% load4.5 h
Run time @25% load5.8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.06 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight59.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.2 x 13.3 x 18.4 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
Other model numbersPM0080600
UPC696471078916

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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 PM3000i 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1837 W2837 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Coffee maker600600
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1835 W2425 W
For workGrinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the noise rating of the PM3000i?

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

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