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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:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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's build contains 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 features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 56 dBA (less noisy than a quiet suburb).

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.

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.

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 4A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN1000i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L15.6 x W8 x H13.8 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

The GEN1000i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 20.3 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. A handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN1000i

The GEN1000i's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and the oil level is too low.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GEN1000i, the following accessories are also included: battery charging cables, tool kit and funnel.

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.

Product Videos

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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).

  • Regarding its weight, the Sportsman GEN1000i only weighs in at 20.3 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 500-1500 rated wattage range.
  • 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.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the GEN1000i, reaching around 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 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. 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 you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Ryobi RYi1000, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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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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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