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Sportsman GEN2000DF Spec Review

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The Sportsman GEN2000DF is a compact and lightweight open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 1400 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN2000DF is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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 GEN2000DF in use

The Sportsman GEN2000DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Sportsman GEN2000DF delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 1400W and a peak wattage of 2000W. When propane-powered, it has 1200 rated watts and 1800 peak watts.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office).

As for its running time, the GEN2000DF, along with its 1.2 gallon fuel capacity, can run for around 9 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 12 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.39 GPH).

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

The dimensions of the Sportsman GEN2000DF, which are L18.5 x W16 x H14.8 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the GEN2000DF's weight is only 53 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN2000DF

The GEN2000DF's control panel

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and a user manual, which lets you start it right away, the Sportsman GEN2000DF also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, battery charging cables and propane hose.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN2000DF is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The Sportsman GEN2000DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN2000DF compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • A weight of 53 lbs makes the Sportsman GEN2000DF one of the heavier devices in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 68 dBA. 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.
  • Since the GEN2000DF boasts with a run time of 9 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, with 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 As this generator uses an estimated 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. 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 GEN2000DF 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the heavy side (53 lbs)

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Where to buy the Sportsman GEN2000DF?

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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  • $249.99 - September 7, 2019
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  • Highest Price: $249.99 - June 11, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $224.99 - August 29, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine94 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
GasolinePropane
Running watts1400 W1200 W
Starting watts2000 W1800 W
Running amps11.7 amps10 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps15 amps
Run time @50% load9 h12 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight53 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)18.5 x 16 x 14.8 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedTool kit, battery charging cables and propane hose
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 GEN2000DF 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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