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Predator 1800 - 1400/1800W Portable Generator

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  • $369.99 - July 8, 2023
  • $319.99 - June 6, 2023
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Since: June 6, 2023
  • Highest Price: $369.99 - July 8, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $319.99 - June 6, 2023

Description

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In summary, the Predator 1800 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 1,400W along with a peak wattage of 1,800W.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation).

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

Outlets

The control panel includes 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 with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The design of the Predator 1800 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L18.4 x W14 x H16 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

With a dry weight of 60 lbs, the 1800 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Predator 1800

The 1800's control panel

To help you monitor the 1800's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

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.

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 1800, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, battery charging cables and funnel.

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.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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).

  • With its weight of 60 lbs, the Predator 1800 is one of the heavier 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 Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a dry weight of just 24 pounds.
  • As this generator has its lowest possible noise of 69 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • The 1800 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 9.5 hours at 50% load. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2200, with around 12 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 generator uses an estimated 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a fuel consumption of 0.09 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Predator 1800 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
  • CO SECURE™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty90 days
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,400 W
Starting watts1,800 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, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Other model numbers59187
UPC193175459084

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Coffee maker600600
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.

What spark plug does predator 1800 take? (Asked November 15, 2022)

Spark plug should be Torch E6RTC or equivalent.

How much oil do I put in after I drain it (Asked April 04, 2023)

Engine oil capacity is 0.5 qt.

Does the predator 1800 have a radiator (Asked December 21, 2023)

The unit does not have a radiator.

What is the valve lass on a1800 (Asked December 25, 2023)

Valve clearance is as follows:
Intake: 0.003″ - 0.0047″
Exhaust: 0.005″ - 0.006″

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    Mine won’t stay running in about 5 or less then 10 minutes it dies I try everthang like loosen gas cap fresh
    Gas exhaust clear and oxygen sensor is not doing it ,I don’t know what else to check

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    • It looks nice wish it had wheels and a handle on it
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    • Won't stay running
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