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Sportsman GENMAX1500 - Spec Breakdown

The Sportsman GENMAX1500 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1500 W.

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  • $299.99 - April 22, 2022
  • $279.99 - March 17, 2022
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Since: March 17, 2022
  • Highest Price: $299.99 - April 22, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $279.99 - March 17, 2022

Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 GENMAX1500 in use

The Sportsman GENMAX1500

The Sportsman GENMAX1500's engine, 72 cc (2 hp) 2-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 900W and reaches a peak wattage of 1500W.

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

With a full tank, the GENMAX1500 can operate for around 8 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The design of the Sportsman GENMAX1500 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L16 x W14 x H16 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the GENMAX1500 weighs just 45 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GENMAX1500

The GENMAX1500's control panel

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 also comes with several accessories, including: battery charging cables and tool kit.

Emissions

The Sportsman GENMAX1500 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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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).

  • With a dry weight of 45 pounds, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 500 and 1500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 65 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU1000i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 42 dBA.
  • Given that the GENMAX1500 reaches an autonomy of around 8 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Sportsman GEN2000-SS, which is able to run for 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 has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Ryobi RYi1000, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Sportsman GENMAX1500 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (45 lbs)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • 1-year warranty
  • 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
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine72 cc 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1500 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
Warranty1 year
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 generator sizing 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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