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Predator 1800 - 1400/1800W Portable Generator

The Predator 1800 (57064) is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1400 W and a starting wattage of 1800 W.

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Price history for the Predator 1800
Latest updates:
  • $379.99 - September 17, 2022
  • $349.99 - August 22, 2022
  • $379.99 - August 2, 2022
  • $349.99 - July 26, 2022
  • $379.99 - July 8, 2022
  • $329.99 - June 7, 2022
  • $379.99 - April 22, 2022
Data source: harborfreight.com
Since: April 22, 2022
  • Highest Price: $379.99 - April 22, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $329.99 - June 7, 2022

Description

Zoom on the Predator 1800

In a nutshell, the Predator 1800 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Amateur DIY lovers

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Predator 1800 in use

The Predator 1800

The Predator 1800 houses a 98 cc (2.6 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1400W along with a peak wattage of 1800W.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than background music), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The 1800 can operate for around 9.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The Predator 1800 has the following dimensions: L18.4 x W14 x H16 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 60 lbs, the 1800 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, grabbing and moving this product is made even easier by its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Predator 1800

The 1800's control panel

The control panel of the 1800 includes a handy voltmeter that allows you to easily monitor power output anytime, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

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 point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Predator 1800 also comes with some accessories: funnel, battery charging cables and tool kit are included.

Emissions

The Predator 1800 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Predator 1800 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 1800 compare to generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • At a dry weight of 60 pounds, the Predator 1800 is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 1000 and 2000 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM1200i, standing at just 25.3 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 69 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • Since the 1800 boasts with a run time of around 9.5 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2200, reaching around 12 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 generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen2200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.11 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Predator 1800 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

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO SECURE™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Weak warranty
  • On the heavy side (60 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

Do you own the Predator 1800 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1400 W
Starting watts1800 W
Running amps11.7 amps
Peak amps15 amps
Run time @50% load9.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight60 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18.4 x 14 x 16 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Warranty90 days
Other model numbers57064

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 Predator

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.

Warranty Information

The Predator 1800 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?
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
Printer600600
Total792 W1792 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Total1110 W1700 W
For workConcrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total1080 W1080 W
Can it handle a fridge and small ac unit (Asked June 04, 2021)

The max output of this generator is 15 amps (1800 watts). Since wattage requirements vary depending on brands and models, it is not feasible to answer the question accurately without more specifics. Your first step should be to evaluate the actual running and starting watts of your appliances.

Is it water proof (Asked August 29, 2021)

The unit should be properly sheltered. We recommend reading our article on generator operation in bad weather.

Can it handle a 120V ~ 9A vacuum? (Asked June 28, 2022)

It should absolutely handle this vacuum. 120V*9A=1080W, which is below the 1400 running watts of the unit.

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