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Sportsman GEN1000i Spec Review

The Sportsman GEN1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 800 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 GEN1000i in use

The Sportsman GEN1000i

The Sportsman GEN1000i's design includes a gasoline-fueled 40 cc (1.3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 800W and also a peak wattage of 1000W.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 56 dBA (less noisy than rainfall). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the GEN1000i can operate for around 6.3 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.6 gallon.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlet safely, as the GEN1000i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

Since the Sportsman GEN1000i is an inverter generator, its closed design (L15.6 x W8 x H13.8 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Weighing just 20.3 lbs, the GEN1000i can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 2nd in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000i

The GEN1000i's control panel

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

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN1000i also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, funnel and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN1000i 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.

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The Sportsman GEN1000i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN1000i compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Sportsman GEN1000i weighs just 20.3 pounds and thus, it is one of the lightest 500 to 1500 rated wattage generators.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 56 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU1000i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 42 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 6.3 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the GEN1000i is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Pulsar PG2000, as it provides around 12 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Ryobi RYi1000. 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 this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GEN1000i 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (20.3 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (56 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Sportsman GEN1000i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine40 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts800 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps6.7 amps
Peaks amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load6.3 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight20.3 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)15.6 x 8 x 13.8 in
Noise (lower limit)56 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit and battery charging cables
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 GEN1000i 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeCoffee maker600600
Cell phone charger2020
Total620 W620 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
DVD player350350
Pair of small speakers4545
Total575 W995 W
For workDrill600900
Total600 W900 W

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Sportsman GEN1000i
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    mike d leveck May 12, 2020 at 4:15 pm
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    This unit is well worth the price. It puts out decent power for its size and it is light weight.
    The engine is a quality design with iron sleeve and a full roller crankshaft and roller connecting rod along with OHV
    It is very quiet and I’m sure you would not get any complaints from the campsite, unless it was 3am

    + PROS:
    • LIght weight
    • Efficient
    • Extremely quiet
    • Quality construction with roller crankshaft and iron sleeve.
    - CONS:
    • Plastic screw holes lead to stripping.
    • Access panels should be different
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    Like many, I had been in the market for a small inverter generator. In my opinion, Honda is the benchmark for said type of generators, but with the 1000 watt unit (that would do everything I need) being around $800 it seemed foolish to not spend a couple hundred more and get the 2000 watt unit with twice the output. But it also weighs about twice as much and has higher fuel consumption. Decisions decisions. The weight generally would not be an issue for most, but I haul my camping gear on a trailer that I pull behind my motorcycle. So 20-30 pounds matters to me. So I thought it to death.

    Ok, after doing some reading on this generator I picked up one of these from Sam’s Club in February for the super cheap price of $150. Even better, they offered a 3 year warranty for $15. On top of that, my credit card will give me an additional 2 years after that warranty expires. Hard to go wrong.

    I was both impressed and concerned about how light this unit is. However, I knew that I would not be needing it for heavy loads when I camp and electric is not available.

    After giving the unit a break in run of 8 hours and varying loads with 10W-30 conventional oil, I changed the oil and refilled it with the updated lower quantity (what used to be the low mark is now the full mark) of full synthetic 10W-30.

    I ran the generator for a little over 60 hours this weekend. Other than shutdown for fueling and a couple of oil level checks (no loss noted) it ran non stop. My load was light, running two small fans, a dometic portable refrigerator, and at night a CPAP machine. According to my kill-a-watt, the load varies from 70 watts to 180 watts. Yes, it’s loafing but it’s doing everything that I need. The best part, I let it run for as long as 10 1/2 hours between fueling and it never ran out of fuel. I really wish I had tracked consumption more accurately, but I am confident that I used less than 1 gallon of fuel a day.

    I could not be happier at this point. I plan to update my review as I put more run time on the unit.

    + PROS:
    • Light, quiet, sips fuel, easy to start.
    - CONS:
    • Removing the cover to check fuel kinda sucks, because the screw holes will eventually wear out.
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