Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by zedops works nicely with UPS backups, keeps office/server equipment running smoothly, & purrs like a cat!
This generator works perfectly with a variety of UPS backups. I tested it with both my cheaper TrippLite Omni900 UPS, and with my more expensive APC SmartUPS 1500RM UPS, and contrary to what one person ("mvrm") had written about ECO mode on his APC 1000 & 1500 UPS, neither of mine had any problems. My guess is that he had not seen the "sensitivity" switch on the back of some APC models, and inadvertently set it to "high sensitivity"... or he was trying to run a heavy load in ECO mode!
I wanted to be absolutely sure that I could use ECO mode to extend the run time on my UPS during the hurricane season, so I ran several tests with loads ranging from 150W to 300W and the generator just purred quietly in ECO mode, with no issues on either UPS, and no issues on my TV, internet or computer equipment. Just as a point of reference, my TrippLite UPS has stepped sinewave with sluggish AVR response & no sensitivity switch, while my APC has smooth sinewave output with instant AVR response, set the defaults for "medium" sensitivity & 127V cut-off, and both worked without a hiccup. The APC reported 124.8V @60.25hz the whole time.
So then I did even more tests, using a meter to watch the voltage while switching from ECO to regular mode & back, and still, it maintained a steady output of 124V despite the changes in speed.
I also shut the generator off, then started it back up a couple minutes later, and I had no trouble starting it on the 2nd pull (1/4 choke), and I also confirmed that it is able to start with a small load (300W), so when the manual states to unplug the load before starting, they appear to be referring to heavier loads.
In the end, I confirmed this generator will work very nicely in ECO mode, and should be able to power my equipment for 9 hours straight on a mere 1 gallon of gas... that's fantastic!
By the way, I also took a very good look inside, and when they say "work smarter, not harder" they seriously know what they are talking about. The electronics have been dipped in epoxy to improve heat dissipation, the case is sealed like a computer to drive air-flow over sensitive parts, the engine is wrapped in heat shielding with a second case layer channeling air flow from the generator intake fan back around & over engine's cooling fins & over the exhaust to improve cooling, and the case is lined with rubber cushioning to deaden noise. At nearly half the price of a Honda, its a nice little generator & worth every penny!
July 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jrpappa Great deal.
Though it has a Yamaha engine, this generator is made in China. The first unit I bought the on/off switch was not working. The unit would start, but I could not turn it off. I emptied the gas and oil and returned it to the store without any issues. The second unit works as advertised. Easy to start and very quiet - much quieter than the Champion 3500/4000 that I also have. With this unit running in smart throttle mode, you can stand right next to it and have a conversation. I also plugged in a shop vac and a band saw - turned both on while it was in smart throttle mode and it did not trip the breaker. The unit throttled up to meet the demand. Great value.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Product works as advertized
This is equal to the Yahama generator that sells for $300 more. All the same features and very quiet. Starts on the first pull and handles 1600 watts of devices. Better features than the Honda, especially fuel shutoff for storage. Put out 19 volts trying to charge a dead battery. Excellent. Smarter Tools tech group very knowledgable and helpful prior to purchase. HD should put these on their shelves. Mine was delivered within 5 days with no shipping charges. Will bring to the boat soon to charge batteries, make coffee, run the microwave, heat 6 gallon HWH and maybe run the 1/2 ton AC unit (doubtful) in aft berth. Will see how it does in the salt water environment of FL
September 22, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mitch Filled with Oil, started right up. As Quiet as I had hoped. Brews Coffee from our 10 Amp Electric Perk.
I had an Excel sheet with dimensions features displacement power etc. Smarter Tools came out on top for Noise (51db) Displacement (75cc) Max Power ~16 amps , Weight 44lbs and similar dimensions. It's price was positioned well between the well known Honda and Yamaha and the cheaper, louder versions.
After I figured out that I had to pull fairly hard to get the side panel off everything went well. Oil fills very slowly but it was in and fill level seemed appropriate.
Turn on gas valve, switches in recommended position, pull on choke and a couple of pulls and it started right up.
We used it to brew some coffee and marveled for a few moments on how nice and quiet it is.
April 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer GENERATOR WAS DEFECTIVE BUT HOME DEPOT TOOK IT BACK WITHOUT A PROBLEM
THE UNIT IS QUIET WITH THE YAMAHA ENGINE. ACTUAL DB'S 72@ 10FT IN FULL POWER MODE, 68 @10FT IN LOW POWER MODE. 51 DB WAS ACHEIVED IN LOW POWER MODE @30FT.
THE UNIT COMES WITH OIL IN A CONTAINER. INSTRUCTIONS INDICATE THIS IS THE AMOUNT YOU SHOULD ADD. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL OVERFILL AND HAVE A MESS ON THE INSIDE OF THE GENERATOR.
MY UNIT WORKED OK ON LIGHTS, TV AND LEAF BLOWER. HOWEVER, IT SHUT OFF WITH A 900w MICROWAVE AND A 1500w HEATER. I CONATCED SMARTER TOOLS (GOOD LUCK GETTING ANYONE TO ANSWER) AND THEY SAID IT WAS DEFECTIVE. THEY OFFERED TO SHIP A REPLACEMENT, BUT I RETURNED TO HOME DEPOT AND AM PURCHASING A DIFFERENT TYPE - NAME BRAND!!
MY BAD EXPIERENCE MAY HAVE BEEN AN EXCEPTION, BUT I WONT TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE ON AN UNPROVEN PRODUCT.
July 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by snoop first impression
I got this as an inverter generator to use for portability and quietiness. It has the Yamaha engine rated for long life! smart control to slow down idle with steady load.
The gas cap was broken on shipment; email to company and I had a new one in two days; no charge.
runs nice and quite. Have not really loaded it at this stage. no official power outage to test it with yet.
It has two 110 V outlets or one battery charging outlet .
No twist lock plugs like some bigger generators have. About 44 lbs makes it easy to move.
August 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hjens Great Value for the price
I bought this for use on camping/hunting trips after getting rid of another generator that provided too much variance in voltage output. Wanted a high-end inverter-generator that put out a steady current without paying high-end prices. This one fit the bill and my pocketbook. Starts on the first pull, runs great, powers a refrigerator, vacuum sealer and 12-volt battery charger all at the same time, consumes less than a gallon of fuel in six plus hours and is whisper-quiet. I couldn't be happier with this product.
April 10, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TedR Not Recommended!
I bought one of these and it would not start. I called Smarter Tools Customer Service and they thought it was the low oil sensor and sent me a procedure to try to troubleshoot it myself. They had to be kidding! They told me to have it repaired at a place 25 miles away. The repair place said that the carburetor was clogged with stale gasoline. How could this be on a brand new item? Then it took two weeks after the repair because there was no open purchase order between the repair place and Smarter Tools' warranty company. When the place I purchased this from, HomeDepot.com asked Smarter Tools how a brand new unit could have been fouled with stale gas, they had no explanation. I returned the unit because if Smarter Tools didn't know why it was fouled, how could I believe in the reliability going forward. They insisted this was not a refurbished unit.
October 5, 2013