Sportsman GEN3000iOF Spec Review

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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Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 GEN3000iOF's design includes a gasoline-fueled 208 cc (5.5 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 2850W and also a peak wattage of 3000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the inverter generator is started via 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.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the GEN3000iOF produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 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 charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

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

Portability

The dimensions of the Sportsman GEN3000iOF, which are L18 x W16.5 x H18 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The 75 lbs of the GEN3000iOF's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN3000iOF

The GEN3000iOF's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is on overload, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

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

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

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF also comes with some accessories: battery charging cables and tool kit are included.

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 and therefore, can be used 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).

  • As for its weight, the Sportsman GEN3000iOF weighs only 75 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 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 autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EB4000X, reaching 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 not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.39 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.17 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • 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
  • 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
Peaks 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%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool 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.

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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, 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 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 Sportsman 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Total1992 W2992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2275 W2695 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W

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