WE ARE PROUD TO BE INDEPENDENT AND IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH MANUFACTURERS. TO STAY UNBIASED, WE DO NOT ACCEPT FREE PRODUCTS. WE EARN FROM ADVERTISING FEES PAID BY AMAZON, EBAY OR TRACTOR SUPPLY ON QUALIFYING PURCHASES.

Sportsman GEN1000i Spec Review

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

CompareShortlistShortlistedRemoved from shortlist 9

Sportsman GEN1000iSportsman GEN1000i
Set Price Alert
×
Notify me when the price drops
Set an alert for the Sportsman GEN1000i - Current lowest price: $179.99
Price History
×
Price history for the Sportsman GEN1000i
Latest updates:
  • $179.99 - September 28, 2021
  • $169.99 - July 2, 2021
  • $199.99 - June 17, 2021
  • $279.99 - May 30, 2021
Data source: tractorsupply.com
Since: May 30, 2021
  • Highest Price: $279.99 - May 30, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $169.99 - July 2, 2021

Description

Zoom on the Sportsman GEN1000i

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
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including 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 a quiet suburb). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional 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).

As the GEN1000i produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlet safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Weighing just 20.3 lbs, the GEN1000i can be considered a lightweight portable generator. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases 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

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

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GEN1000i, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, battery charging cables 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

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. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU1000i. With just 42 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • 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. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Sportsman GEN2000-SS, which is able to run for around 11 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about 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 you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH, the Ryobi RYi1000 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W 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)
  • Quiet for its power (56 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • 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
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%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery charging cables
Warranty1 year
Other model numbersGEN1000iC

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.

×

This form does not send us any personal data (not even your IP address)

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 workDrill600900
Total600 W900 W

Couldn't find the right answer for you? Ask your own question.

Your name and email address will not be publicly published. We only need them to be able to answer you directly

Sportsman GEN1000i
9 Total Score
2 reviews
Add your review
Price
9.5
Value
9.5
Quality
8
Performance
9
2 Reviews
Show all Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating Add your review
  1. Avatar
    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
    Helpful(7) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this
  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.
    Helpful(9) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this

Leave a review

Your total score

Generator Bible
Logo
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare

You can compare as many generators as you wish. However, for the best results, we recommend you to compare only 2 generators at a time.

0