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Sportsman GEN3000iOF - Spec Breakdown

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF is a compact open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2850 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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Price history for the Sportsman GEN3000iOF
Latest updates:
  • $699.99 - July 2, 2022
  • $449.99 - April 26, 2022
  • $399.99 - February 5, 2022
  • $629.99 - February 2, 2022
  • $399.99 - January 12, 2022
  • $699.99 - January 3, 2022
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Since: January 3, 2022
  • Highest Price: $699.99 - January 3, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $399.99 - January 12, 2022

Description

Zoom on the Sportsman GEN3000iOF

In summary, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 GEN3000iOF in use

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF's engine, 208 cc (5.5 hp) OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2850W and reaches a peak wattage of 3000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the GEN3000iOF can operate for around 8 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.39 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 3.1 gallons.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GEN3000iOF generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Sportsman generator is RV Ready.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF has the following dimensions: L18 x W16.5 x H18 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the GEN3000iOF's weight is only 75 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN3000iOF

The GEN3000iOF's control panel

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

The fuel level of the inverter generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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

The Sportsman GEN3000iOF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN3000iOF compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF stands at only 75 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 2500-3500 rated wattage category If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM3300i, weighing just 47.4 pounds.
  • This inverter generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 65 dBA. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU3000iS, whose lowest noise levels reach just 50 dBA.
  • The GEN3000iOF's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 8 hours at 50% load on a full tank. 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 Predator 4375, with around 16 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.39 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF 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
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (75 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • 1-year warranty
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Sportsman GEN3000iOF and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine208 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts2850 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps23.8 amps
Peak amps25 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.1 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight75 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 16.5 x 18 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
Warranty1 year
UPC027077805604

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 GEN3000iOF 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 generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1982 W2982 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Slow cooker270270
Total2260 W2850 W
For workGrinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W

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