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Sportsman GEN1000i - 800/1000W Inverter Generator

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  • $149.99 - April 23, 2024
  • $169.99 - April 4, 2024
  • $269.99 - April 3, 2024
  • $169.99 - February 14, 2024
  • $269.99 - February 13, 2024
  • $169.99 - November 22, 2023
  • $179.99 - November 8, 2023
  • $189.99 - October 11, 2023
Data source: tractorsupply.com
Since: May 6, 2023
  • Highest Price: $299.99 - May 6, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $149.99 - April 23, 2024

Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • 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 GEN1000i in use

The Sportsman GEN1000i

The Sportsman GEN1000i houses a 40 cc (1.3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 800W along with a peak wattage of 1,000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 56 dBA (less noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 0.6 gallon, the GEN1000i may run for around 6.3 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).

The GEN1000i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlet.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN1000i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L15.6 x W8 x H13.8 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the GEN1000i weighs just 20.3 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it 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.

Good to know: This unit ranks 1st in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000i

The GEN1000i's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is on overload and the generator is ready.

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.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Sportsman GEN1000i's package also includes these accessories: funnel, battery charging cables and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN1000i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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 inverter generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Sportsman GEN1000i only weighs in at 20.3 pounds, which means it's one of the lightest inverter generators in the 500-1500 rated wattage range.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 56 dBA. 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.
  • The GEN1000i provides a higher run time than similarly powerful inverters, reaching around 6.3 hours at 50% load. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, boasting with around 6.5 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, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.09 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 500-1500W inverter generators, the Sportsman GEN1000i 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (20.3 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (56 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No parallel ports
  • 1-year warranty

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
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine40 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts800 W
Starting watts1,000 W
Running amps6.7 amps
Peak amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load6.3 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Other model numbersGEN1000iC
UPC027077802085

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 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, Buffalo 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 Buffalo Tools 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 workPaint sprayer600600
Total600 W600 W

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Sportsman GEN1000i
7.4 Total Score
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  1. 2.15
    Price
    100
    Value
    30
    Quality
    30
    Performance
    10

    Got one of these about 2 years ago. First impression was good, nice workmanship.
    First off – it never delivered the 800 running watts, not even close to it. Usually I got shy above 600 watts on a good day.
    But then the power output diminished through time.
    Now after two years and about 150h runtime, 3 oil changes, I only get about 400 watts out of it before the overload protection trips and shuts down the generator.
    So I wouldn’t buy this generator again, it does not deliver at all.

    + PROS:
    • Very compact design
    • Leight weight
    • Easy to start
    - CONS:
    • Doesn't deliver advertised power
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  2. 4.75
    Price
    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    80
    Performance
    100

    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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    mike d leveck May 12, 2020 at 4:15 pm
    4.25
    Price
    90
    Value
    90
    Quality
    80
    Performance
    80

    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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