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Predator 9500 - 7600/9500W Inverter Generator With Electric Start

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Predator 9500 is a powerful portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The Predator 9500 in use

The Predator 9500

The Predator 9500 is powered by a 459 cc (15.3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120/240V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 7,600W as well as a peak wattage of 9,500W. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) allows for increasing of power output when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and reliability for diverse needs.

The inverter generator, rated for a noise of 67 dBA (less noisy than an office), provides flexibility in starting, offering both a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and a user-friendly and efficient electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 6.8 gallons, the 9500 can operate for up to 18.5 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.37 GPH).

The 9500 generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) ensuring convenient charging of devices like mobile phones and tablets, for connectivity on the go and a 12V 8A receptacle enabling simple battery charging for added ease.

This Predator generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, as the 9500 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

With an inverter generator design, the Predator 9500 features a closed construction (L31 x W23.8 x H28.9 in), enhancing aesthetics and ensuring reduced noise levels, offering a distinct advantage over standard, open frame generators. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 257 lbs. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its set of 4 wheels and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Predator 9500

The 9500's control panel

Featuring a digital data center on its control panel, the 9500 offers you convenient access to essential information about the lifetime run hours, facilitating effective monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the generator is overloaded, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its 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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Predator 9500, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, battery charging cables and funnel.

Product Videos

The Predator 9500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Predator 9500 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • A weight of 257 lbs makes the Predator 9500 one of the heavier devices in the 7500-8500 rated wattage range. If you are mindful of weight, the Westinghouse ecoGen10000 is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 147.7 pounds.
  • At just 67 dBA rated noise level, this inverter generator is positioned as one of the quieter choices among devices delivering similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the DuroMax XP9500iH with only 61 dBA.
  • As the 9500 offers up to 18.5 hours run time on a full tank at a 25% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. For those prioritizing autonomy, the DuroMax XP10000DX could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching up to 22 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. Among devices of similar power, this inverter generator has one of the better fuel efficiency, with consumption rates of around 0.37 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the DuroMax XP9500iH, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.34 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Predator 9500 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • CO SECURE™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (67 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • Weak warranty
  • On the heavy side (257 lbs)

Do you own the Predator 9500 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
Engine459 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty90 days
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts7,600 W
Starting watts9,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)63.3/31.7 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load18.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank6.8 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight257 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)31 x 23.8 x 28.9 in
Noise (lower limit)67 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2023
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, battery charging cables, and battery
Country of originChina
Other model numbers59188
UPC193175495617

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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 9500 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total6075 W7575 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total6060 W6650 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total4880 W9380 W
is the Predator 9500 fuel injected or carbureted? Are there natural gas or propane kits designed for this model at this time? (Asked April 20, 2021)

The unit is carbureted. At this time, there are no official conversion kits. Chances are that there will never be any official ones, since it would require the manufacturer to get new engine emission certifications.

Where can I purchase the parallel kit for the 9500 predator generator? Can’t find it online or HarborFreight and I will buy generator today if I can find parallel kit. (Asked May 05, 2021)

The official parallel kit is not available yet.

what is the oil capacity (Asked June 18, 2021)

Engine oil capacity is 37 fl. oz.

Is this unit weatherproof? Can it run outdoors during severe weather? (Asked July 16, 2021)

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

Is there a way (or is it recommended) to "float" the neutral since the neutral is bonded to the frame? I'm will be using it connected to my main panel (which is bonded) thru an interlock breaker and I've read that the neutral shouldn't be bonded twice. (Asked July 21, 2021)

It should be possible, but could potentially void your warranty. We recommend reading our article on neutral conversion.

Can you run non ethanol fuel only? (Asked August 17, 2021)

Gasoline should be unleaded, fresh, stabilizer-treated, and with an octane rating of at least 87. It should not contain more than 10% ethanol (so no E15, E20, E85, etc.)

Manuel or automatic choke (Asked October 06, 2022)

Choke is automatic when the multi-switch is on the START/CHOKE position.

what type of oil does it use and how often should oil be checked? How do you get to the oil compartment.. (Asked August 28, 2023)

Recommended engine oil is SAE 10W-30. Oil level should be checked before each use. When facing the control panel, the oil fill access door is located at the bottom of the right panel.

Where can I find a replacement carburetor (Asked November 04, 2023)

Replacement parts can be ordered directly from Harbor Freight: 1-800-444-3353.

Does it have a GPS tracker too (Asked November 17, 2023)

The unit does not have a GPS tracker.

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Predator 9500
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  1. 4.9
    Price
    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    100

    Bought this to run our house. Got it on sale and joined the MembersClub to save more. Easily handles our well pump, electric water heater, furnace, TV, misc lights & outlets. Fairly quiet compared to other manufacturers of the same size. Controls are easy to read & understand, starts quickly, but takes a bit of time to warm up. The retractable handle is nice to have to move the unit. Moving on pavement is relatively easy, but on grass or loose dirt; presents a problem with its small wheels and weight. Wheel locks are a good feature. Changing oil is straight forward.

    + PROS:
    • Price, Quality, Performance
    - CONS:
    • Wheel size. Slow engine warm up time.
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  2. 3
    Price
    40
    Value
    60
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    80

    Relatively quiet operation is the only selling point.

    Heavy weight and small wheels make it difficult to move around except on a flat hard surface. Forget rolling across the lawn. No clue where to service this gen. I discovered after purchase that this gen is essentially the same as the Duromax XP9000 which carries a 3 year warranty.

    THE 90 DAY HF WARRANTY SAYS IT ALL FOR ME.

    + PROS:
    • Fairly quiet.
    - CONS:
    • Heavy weight and small wheels make it difficult to move around except on a flat hard surface. Forget rolling across the lawn.
    • Too expensive to be a throwaway tool yet who services these units?
    • THE 90 DAY WARRANTY SAYS IT ALL FOR ME.
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  3. 4.4
    Price
    90
    Value
    100
    Quality
    70
    Performance
    90

    I have purchased two and made a parallel kit for them that feeds into a 50A hookup. Great success so far with powering my all electric home, and as long as we don’t go crazy with the appliances, we can live relatively normally. (Search YouTube for “Predator 9500 Home Built Parallel Kit” to see it). The parallel hookup bypasses the built in breakers on the unit allowing you to exceed the 30amp limit (within the range of the generator’s capacity)

    Note that we have a 5ton heat pump, so I needed to install a soft start on the outside compressor (micro-air “Easy Start”). That lowered my starting amps from over 80A down to around 40 or less. This is the “secret” that really allows us to operate normally and run other appliances, without risking overloading everything the moment the AC compressor tries to kick off, asking for over 80amps (that’s the peak of both units combined, so EVERYTHING else in the house would have to be off, for it to have a reasonable chance of starting). Most people get much lower numbers with the soft start kit, but I think our heat pump is designed a bit differently so it was about half of what I expected.

    If we had gas for the water heater/hvac/stove, etc…. we probably would have been able to get away with just a single unit, and a 30amp hookup.

    Big warning though, these units do NOT have oil filters, and there are a *LOT* of metal shavings in the oil during the early break-in process. You NEED to get a magnetic dipstick (nice aluminum ones are on Amazon) and/or position a strong magnet under the oil fill area to collect the shavings, or they will be cycling around in your oil during the 30hr break-in. I’m not kidding, with the strong magnet under it, it looked like I was growing crystals inside the dipstick / fill tube. There was a pile of shavings collected in there. Both my 9500 generators had this issue, as well as my predator portable 110 inverter unit. USE A MAGNET and you will no doubt greatly extend the service life of these units.

    It would have been nice for there to be a load meter, big loss there. I had to incorporate that into my parallel kit. the tiny little doors on the side are really pointless. You have to pull off the main panel to really do anything (it’s only 2 more screws, 4 in total). Wish the screws were captive, and wish they were thumb screws. But these are minor complaints (apart from the missing amp meter).

    Bang for the buck, this really can’t be beat. Perfect quality power, the ability to throttle down on lower loads to save fuel and noise. The sealed design is very quiet anyway. There is a reason they sell out in a day or two each time a shipment comes in.

    + PROS:
    • Cost, Clean Power, Low Noise Level, Low Fuel Consumption, 240VAC,
    - CONS:
    • No oil filter, metal shavings in oil (USE A MAGNET)
    • No AMP Meter built in
    • No 50AMP plug
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