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In summary, the Predator 1400 is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:
- Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
- Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
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 Predator 1400'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 1,100W and a peak wattage of 1,400W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.
With a noise rating of 60.4 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.
The fuel capacity of 0.74 gallon allows the 1400 to operate for up to 7.3 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).
The 1400 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.
The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:
Additionally, it features 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets and a 12V 5A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.
Since the Predator 1400 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L18.5 x W10.7 x H15.5 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.
Weighing just 33 lbs, the 1400 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go. It can also be carried without effort with a featured handle (molded in the case), further improving its convenience.
Good to know: This unit ranks 10th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.
The light indicators show you if the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low.
As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.
The unit also benefits from the Predator's CO SECURE™ carbon monoxide detection. This system monitors the accumulation of CO gas while the generator is running and will shut off the engine if the levels become dangerously high.
While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Predator 1400, the following accessories are also included: battery charging cables, oil, funnel and tool kit.
The Predator 1400 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.
The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.
The Predator 1400 versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 1400 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).
- As for its weight, the Predator 1400 weighs only 33 pounds, making it one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1000-2000 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM1200i, with a dry weight of just 25.3 pounds.
- Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest noise of 60.4 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
- As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 7.3 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the 1400 falls into the low end in comparison with other inverters of a comparable power output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, which is able to run for 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. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. 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.
Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the Predator 1400 is on the cheap side of the price range.
It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.
The bottom line
- CO SECURE™ technology
- Several accessories included
- Parallel capable
- Lightweight (33 lbs)
- Decent fuel efficiency
- No data center
- No electric start
- Weak warranty
- On the noisy side (60.4 dBA)
- Relatively low run time
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Engine||54 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V|
|Running watts||1,100 W|
|Starting watts||1,400 W|
|Running amps||9.2 amps|
|Peak amps||11.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||7.3 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets||1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)|
|DC outlets||2x 5V USB port |
1x 12V 5A receptacle
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||0.74 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||18.5 x 10.7 x 15.5 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||60.4 dBA|
|Compliance||CARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables|
|Other model numbers||59186|
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.
Predator portable generators are solely distributed by the Harbor Freight Corporation, which has an impressive list of over 200 trademarked products. The Predator brand is one of their newer lines of outdoor power products. As with many other makes and models of power equipment sold by Harbor Freight, Predator generators are manufactured in China.
The Predator 1400 is covered under a warranty for up to 90 days. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Predator generators, please consult Harbor Freight's warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-444-3353.
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||392 W||1392 W|
|For camping||RV refrigerator||180||600|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||875 W||1295 W|
|For work||Reciprocating saw||730||960|
|Total||810 W||1040 W|
What is on off switch on fuel cap for?? (Asked July 04, 2021)
It's the vent switch. It should be OFF for storage or transport, and ON to run the unit.
I have a old school swamp cooler AC unit in my home and during summer time my electricity gets shut off. Will the predator 1100 power this kind of unit? It's a small 120v unit mounted inside my home. Not the big ones on roof tops (Asked July 27, 2021)
It is unfortunately not feasible to answer the question accurately without more specifics. The unit can output a maximum of 9.2 running amps and 11.7 starting amps. You'd have to look at your AC power requirements (rating plate).
Is this generator waterproof (Asked October 04, 2021)
The unit is not waterproof and should be properly sheltered. We recommend reading our article on generator operation in bad weather.
How much oil do I mix in the gas (Asked February 23, 2023)
None. The unti has a 4-stroke engine that does not require an oil/gas mixture.
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So far so very good powers all I need when camping, it allows me to stay in tent sites when electrical sites are all booked.
I love this predator inverter generator 1400/1100 watts. Best little generator. Does everything I need it to do. I highly recommend buying one. I plan on buying a 2nd one so I can put them together and have double the power.
You get what you pay for. Cost low reliability even lower when it runs its does what it supposed to do Frustrating shut downs for no reason oil level is good fuel is new and absolutely will not start again for hours. Possibly vapor locking Zero stars
So far I’m loving it but day one and the thunder and lightning started right off the bat so I really need to know is this generator waterproof