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Sportsman GEN1000 Spec Review

The Sportsman GEN1000 is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN1000 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • 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 Sportsman GEN1000 in use

The Sportsman GEN1000

The Sportsman GEN1000's core is the 72 cc (2 hp) 2-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 900W and a peak wattage of 1000W.

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

With a full tank, the GEN1000 can operate for around 5 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.8 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Portability

The Sportsman GEN1000 has the following dimensions: L14 x W12 x H12 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

The GEN1000 is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 38 lbs. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 3rd in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000

The GEN1000's control panel

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Sportsman also included a tool kit in the GEN1000's packaging.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN1000 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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The Sportsman GEN1000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN1000 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Sportsman GEN1000 has only 38 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 500 to 1500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, standing at just 20.3 lbs.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 65 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU1000i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 42 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 5 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the GEN1000 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. 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 PG2000, with around 12 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Ryobi RYi1000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GEN1000 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
  • Lightweight (38 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • No electric start
  • No spark arrestor
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN1000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peaks amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank0.8 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight38 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)14 x 12 x 12 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty1 year

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.

About Sportsman Series

Sportsman Series is a small brand registered under the US based Buffalo corporation. Founded in 1964, the Buffalo Corporation is a small company, which sells tools and home products. Their brands include AmeriHome, Black Bull, Buffallo Tools and Sportsman Series – which offers a selection of generators and several other general products. The brand, and in fact, the corporation itself seemingly outsources all of its production overseas and acts only as a distributor, under its own brands.

Warranty Information

The Sportsman GEN1000 is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Sportsman generators, please contact the Sportsman Customer Support: 1-636-532-9888.

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 homeRice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total705 W705 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total550 W970 W
For workPaint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W680 W

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