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Yamaha EF1000iS Spec Review

The Yamaha EF1000iS is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

SMALL BUT MIGHTY. Quiet, fuel efficient, and power clean enough to run sensitive electronic equipment all in a portable 28‑lb package. (source: Yamaha (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Yamaha EF1000iS is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 Yamaha EF1000iS in use

The Yamaha EF1000iS

The Yamaha EF1000iS's core is the 50 cc Yamaha MZ50 OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 900W and a peak wattage of 1000W.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 47 dBA (less noisy than a library).

This generator features Yamaha's Smart Throttle™. This load-sensing feature automatically adjusts engine speed to match its load in order to offer greater fuel efficiency and noise reduction.

The fuel capacity of 0.66 gallon allows the EF1000iS to operate for up to 11.9 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.06 GPH).

The EF1000iS produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <2.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)

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

Portability

The Yamaha EF1000iS's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L17.7 x W9.4 x H14.9 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a weight of only 27.9 lbs, the EF1000iS may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 5th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Yamaha EF1000iS

The EF1000iS's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Watch system), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Yamaha's Oil Watch warning system gives you an extra peace of mind. This feature enhances long-term durability by preventing engine damage and costly repairs. Once the oil begins to run low, the generator automatically shuts off and cannot be re-started until oil is added.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Yamaha EF1000iS also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Yamaha EF1000iS is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Yamaha EF1000iS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Yamaha EF1000iS compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Yamaha EF1000iS has only 27.9 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 500 to 1500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, standing at just 20.3 lbs.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 47 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power. 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.
  • With a run time of up to 11.9 hours at 25% load, the EF1000iS has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • 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 inverter generator can be considered as one of the most fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.06 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, within the aforementioned wattage range.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Yamaha EF1000iS vs Honda EU1000i.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Yamaha EF1000iS 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:
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (27.9 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (47 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Yamaha EF1000iS and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine50 cc Yamaha MZ50 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peaks amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load11.9 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.66 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight27.9 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.7 x 9.4 x 14.9 in
Noise (lower limit)47 dBA
THD< 2.5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years

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 Yamaha

With a rich history of over 130 years, the Japanese based Yamaha Corporation, founded in 1887, has tipped its fingers in every industry imaginable, most notably motorcycles, musical instruments and electronics. The company boasts with a wide range of products, including many of the top rated portable generators. However, it has been reported that many of the newer models are made in China, rather than Japan.

Warranty Information

The Yamaha EF1000iS is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Yamaha generators, please consult Yamaha's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-962-7926.

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 homeRice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total705 W705 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
DVD player350350
Pair of small speakers4545
Total575 W995 W
For workPaint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W680 W

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