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Sportsman GEN1000i Spec Review

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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 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

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

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 1000W.

With a noise rating of 56 dBA (less noisy than rainfall), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

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

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

Here are a few examples of what this generator could allow you to simultaneously power:Note: All of these devices might not start simultaneously. Provided examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and estimated wattages. With the help of our wattage calculator you can find out if this product suits your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 4A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

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 esthetical than conventional, open frame products. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Weighing just 20.3 lbs, the GEN1000i can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000i

The GEN1000i's control panel

When the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

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 a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN1000i also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, battery charging cables and tool kit.

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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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Video of the Sportsman GEN1000i

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).

  • Weight-wise, the Sportsman GEN1000i has only 20.3 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 500 to 1500 rated watts.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 56 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU1000i with only 42 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the GEN1000i, reaching 6.3 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Pulsar PG2000, boasting with 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. 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 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 dynamic 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?

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Where to buy the Sportsman GEN1000i?

You can easily buy your Sportsman generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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  • $221.87 - September 18, 2019
  • $219.45 - September 12, 2019
  • $210.80 - September 10, 2019
Since: September 10, 2019
  • Highest Price: $221.87 - September 18, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $210.80 - September 10, 2019

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 RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 4A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight20.3 lbs
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.

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