Are you looking for a fuel-efficient generator that can run for hours without giving you a problem? Generac, established over 50 years ago, has a long history of providing high quality power generation products. The GP7500E is one of the most popular portable generators that provides solid performance over and over again. It is a great backup generator capable of powering several home appliances in case of a power outage. I have read many rave reviews of how this generator was used during long term power outages, up to five days straight, running for hours without issues. In this review, we’ll describe the features of the Generac GP7500E, its pros and cons and how you can be ready to weather any unexpected power outage.
What Can You Power With The Generac GP7500E?
The Generac GP7500E provides 7500 watts making it possible to power several home appliances and devices at the same time! For example, during a recent power outage, this generator was able to power a well pump, lights, microwave, refrigerators and a home network for the duration of the outage. This generator can run continuously at 7500 watts and can provide max output of almost 9400 watts to accommodate a spike of power needed when starting uo an appliance like a refrigerator.
The GP7500E has a 7.5 gallon fuel tank, which can give about 12 hours of runtime at half the load. For example, if the generator were powering equipment drawing 3750 watts, a full tank would give you 12 hours of continuous operation. Generac also added a fuel gauge for monitoring fuel levels.
One of the great features of this generator is the electric start, drawing electricity from a small 12 volt battery, making it very easy to start up. There is a charger jack and a power chord to charge the battery. It is necessary to keep the battery charged, as it does not self-charge, while the generator is running.
It has a solid frame and rubber grommets on two corners of the frame to keep it stable and prevent excessive vibration. The back corners are attached to heavy-duty wheels and the there’s also a fold-up handle that’s part of the frame, which allows you to move it around your property with relative ease.
Its Generac OHV engine offers long engine life, which this generator is well-known for. It can offer many hours of continuous power generation… exactly what you need during an extended power outage! There is also an hour meter to track usage and provide maintenance reminders. It also senses low oil levels and shuts down the engine to prevent damage.
What Power Outlets Are Available?
This generator has outlets to facilitate tying it into your home electric system as well as directly powering devices. The 30 amp, 240 volt twist lock connector can be used to hookup to a transfer switch installed in your home. The transfer switch can be tied into several circuits in your home, which can then be powered easily by the generator during an outage. Next to this connector are two sets of 20 amp 120 volt connects to power up to four devices simultaneously.
What About Maintenance?
Little maintenance is required for this unit. It does not have an oil filter, so it’s recommended to change the oil after the first 30 hours and then either every 100 hours or every year after that. It is easy to drain and refill and uses SAE 10W-30 for most normal operating circumstances. If it’s very cold, SAE 5W-30 can be used.
How Quiet Is It?
This is NOT a quiet generator! It has some amazing features, including durability, reliability and a lot of power, but noise level is not one of them. It is possible to suppress the noise by putting up boards around it or moving it away from the house. You would still be able to hear it, but the sound wouldn’t be too bothersome.
How Does The Generac GP7500E Compare To Other Generators In Its Class?
Definitely, for the amount of power you can get out of this little generator, it offers great value for the price. If you do have more money to spend, it may be worthwhile to look into getting an inverter generator. This Generac is a traditional generator, which doesn’t provide the same quality power you would get from the electric company. It produces a modified sine wave versus a pure clean sine wave you would get from an inverter generator. I have read reviews where it was mentioned that the motors in some appliances may sound different or perform slightly differently. The traditional generator, like the Generac GP7500E, are still excellent for backup power for short term use.
What Warranty Do You Get With Generac?
Generac provides a 2 year warranty on its generators.
What About The Environment?
The Generac GP7500E has EPA certification and can be sold in 49 States. It is not for sale in California.
I only found two negatives to consider, as you compare the Generac GP7500E with other generators, assuming you need the amount of power offered by this generator. It is very loud. Depending on the importance of noise level for your circumstances, you may want a quieter generator. You may find alternate traditional generator that is more quiet or seek out an inverter generator, but that will cost more. The second negative is the need to charge the battery from an external source versus having a self-charging mechanism while the generator is running.
Overall, the Generac GP7500E is a solid generator offering great value (a lot of power for the cost of the generator). It is very reliable and durable. Basically, you can’t go wrong with this generator!