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Predator 2000 Spec Review

The Predator 2000 (62523) is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1600 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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  • Highest Price: $559.99 - July 16, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $529.99 - October 15, 2021

Description

Using built-in inverter technology this inverter generator produces a cleaner power curve ideal for sensitive electronics. The efficient design of this inverter generator gives you more power with lower fuel consumption. Lighter weight than conventional generators, the inverter generator is ideal for camping, boating, and RV use with the optional RV Ready Parallel kit from Predator®.

Zoom on the Predator 2000

In a nutshell, the Predator 2000 is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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 2000 in use

The Predator 2000

The Predator 2000 is powered by a 79.7 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1600W as well as a peak wattage of 2000W. 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.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the inverter generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1 gallon allows the 2000 to operate for up to 12 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.08 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 2000 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The Predator 2000 is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L22.6 x W12.6 x H18.5 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Since the 2000 weighs only 47 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Predator 2000

The 2000's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Predator 2000 comes with the usual documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Predator 2000 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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 generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Predator 2000 only weighs in at 47 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Champion 200949, with a dry weight of only 38.6 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest noise of 65 dBA can be judged as noisy. 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 2000, offering a run time of up to 12 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching up to 26 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 inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (47 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Weak warranty
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)

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

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine79.7 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1600 W
Starting watts2000 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 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight47 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.6 x 12.6 x 18.5 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedNo
Warranty90 days

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 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 Predator'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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
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.

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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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