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Sportsman GENMAX1500 - 900/1500W Portable Generator

The Sportsman GENMAX1500 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Sportsman GENMAX1500
Latest updates:
  • $169.99 - April 4, 2024
  • $269.99 - April 3, 2024
  • $169.99 - February 14, 2024
  • $269.99 - February 13, 2024
  • $169.99 - December 19, 2023
  • $199.99 - November 7, 2023
  • $269.99 - October 18, 2023
  • $299.99 - October 14, 2023
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Since: June 13, 2023
  • Highest Price: $299.99 - July 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $169.99 - December 19, 2023

Description

Zoom on the Sportsman GENMAX1500

In a nutshell, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Sportsman GENMAX1500 in use

The Sportsman GENMAX1500

Running on gasoline, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 utilizes a 72 cc (2 hp) 2-stroke engine to deliver 120V, offering a running wattage of 900W and a starting wattage of 1,500W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation). Its starting mechanism is based on a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

The GENMAX1500's fuel tank, with a capacity of 1 gallon, supports uninterrupted operation for around 8 hours at 50% load when fully fueled (fuel consumption at an estimated 0.13 gallons per hour).

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Furthermore, it showcases 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle making battery charging a breeze.

Portability

At L16 x W14 x H16 in, the standard open frame design of the Sportsman GENMAX1500 delivers stability alongside easy maintenance access to components and good air cooling. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

With a weight of only 45 lbs, the GENMAX1500 is deisgned to be a lightweight and easily portable generator. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GENMAX1500

The GENMAX1500's control panel

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker), offering peace of mind throughout operation.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Sportsman GENMAX1500, the following accessories are also included: tool kit and battery charging cables.

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The Sportsman GENMAX1500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GENMAX1500 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Weighing in at 45 lbs, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 is one of the heavier generators available in the 500-1500 rated wattage segment. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i with only 20.3 pounds.
  • When compared to other units producing a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 65 dBA stand out for being on the louder side. 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 EU1000i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 42 dBA.
  • Offering around 8 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the GENMAX1500 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Sportsman GEN2000-SS could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting 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. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel-efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.09 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 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
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • 1-year warranty
  • On the heavy side (45 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)

Do you own the Sportsman GENMAX1500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1,500 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peak amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight45 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)16 x 14 x 16 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorNo
Accessories includedTool kit and battery charging cables
UPC027077805444

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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 GENMAX1500 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total462 W1462 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total680 W1130 W
For workDrill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W980 W

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