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Predator 2000 - 1600/2000W Inverter Generator

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Since: November 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $599.99 - November 18, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $499.99 - March 9, 2024

Description

The lightweight design is ideal for camping, boating, and tailgating. And at only 58 dB(A), this inverter generator runs more quietly than a normal conversation.

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In summary, the Predator 2000 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 2000 in use

The Predator 2000

The Predator 2000 houses a 79.7 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1,600W along with a peak wattage of 2,000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (Predator Parallel Kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a quiet suburb), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The 2000 can operate for up to 12 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon.

As the 2000 produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

Since the Predator 2000 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L22.6 x W12.6 x H18.5 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The 2000 is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 49 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Predator 2000

The 2000's control panel

The light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is on overload and the generator is ready.

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Predator 2000 also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The Predator 2000 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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

Product Video

The Predator 2000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 2000 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As its weight is 49 pounds, the Predator 2000 falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM2000i with only 34.2 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 58 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 12 hours at 25% load, the 2000 benefits from a higher run time than many inverter generators of a similar output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the DuroMax XP2300iH. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Predator 2000 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (49 lbs)
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (58 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Weak warranty

Do you own the Predator 2000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine79.7 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty90 days
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,600 W
Starting watts2,000 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load12 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight49 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.6 x 12.6 x 18.5 in
Noise (lower limit)58 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
Other model numbers59135
UPC193175457998

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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 2000 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Bug zapper8080
Total1270 W1860 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Total1260 W1260 W
How much oil and what weight does it take? (Asked August 13, 2020)

Engine oil capacity is 13 fl. oz. For general use, recommended oil is SAE 10W-30.

can I charge a car battery from the 12 volt DC outlet (Asked January 03, 2021)

Absolutely. It's exactly what this outlet is for.

When run parallel with an identical unit, what is the combined amperage output capabilities? (Asked May 22, 2022)

Combined amperage output would be 26.6 running amps and 33.4 starting amps.

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Predator 2000
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  1. 5
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    These things are great. Period. If you don’t have the common sense to run it once a month or use some starting fluid, don’t post a review. It’s all Honda from the handle to the floor. If you overfill it with oil IT WILL NOT FIRE. If you let it sit with untreated cheapo gas, it will not fire. I’ve got two paired up running a 33′ camper in 95 degree weather. These gennys are great.

    + PROS:
    • Awesome If you have common sense.
    - CONS:
    • Quick fasteners on the maintenance panel side would be a massive plus for frequent oil changes.
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  2. 1.5
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    Absolute junk! First one was hard to start after a year and the second one wouldn’t start at all. You pay for quality

    + PROS:
    • Cheap
    - CONS:
    • Wouldn’t run
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  3. 3.5
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    My experience with the 2000w Predator was because a school brought generator to me when it could not be started.
    Generator had not been care for well. The speed control had lost its fastener and therefore could not be set correctly for either starting or running.
    Several fasteners from the chassis and covers were loose or had come loose and the plastic base frame was fractured.
    Overall engineering impression. The base was flimsy and likely to become fractured if dropped or put down hard which is likely for a 50lbs machine. Base should be redesigned using engineered sheet metal. But you are getting mostly what you paid for. This generator sell for about $600 and a Honda on which I have also done repairs are closer to $1100. Overall summary probably worth while to pay for Honda.

    + PROS:
    • Probably good for intended purpose
    - CONS:
    • Cheap and flimsy design
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