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Sportsman GEN85KIDF Spec Review

The Sportsman GEN85KIDF is an open frame dual fuel portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 7000 W and a starting wattage of 8750 W.

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  • $1,699.00 - January 4, 2020
  • $1,099.00 - January 3, 2020
  • $1,999.00 - December 20, 2019
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Since: December 20, 2019
  • Highest Price: $1,999.00 - December 20, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $1,099.00 - January 3, 2020

Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF is a portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Food van owners and people participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 GEN85KIDF in use

The Sportsman GEN85KIDF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 7000W and a peak wattage of 8750W. When propane-powered, it has 6300 rated watts and 7900 peak watts.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 70 dBA (just as noisy as a vacuum cleaner). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery not included).

With a fuel capacity of 7 gallons, the GEN85KIDF can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.7 GPH), or for around 6 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.78 GPH) using propane.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GEN85KIDF generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy and a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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

Portability

The Sportsman GEN85KIDF has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L29.5 x W23.5 x H24 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 133 lbs.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN85KIDF

The GEN85KIDF's control panel

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

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, the following accessories are also included: battery charging cables, propane hose and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN85KIDF is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The Sportsman GEN85KIDF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN85KIDF compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF weighs just 133 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 6500 to 7500 rated wattage generators.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 70 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 Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 59 dBA.
  • As the GEN85KIDF offers around 10 hours run time on a full tank at a 50% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the generators of a similar power. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Generac XC6500, boasting with around 14 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.7 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, with a fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (133 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (70 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • Battery not included
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the Sportsman GEN85KIDF and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
GasolinePropane
Running watts7000 W6300 W
Starting watts8750 W7900 W
Running amps58.3 amps52.5 amps
Peaks amps72.9 amps65.8 amps
Run time @50% load10 h6 h
Run time @25% loadN/AN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank7 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight133 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)29.5 x 23.5 x 24 in
Noise (lower limit)70 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralN/A
Accessories includedTool kit, propane hose 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 GEN85KIDF 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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