Offering both power and flexibility, the Sportsman 7,000-Watt Dual Fuel Inverter Generator Kit is the perfect essential for both tailgating or camping. Safely charge and run your phone, computer, television and more using these inverter generators. Using either unleaded or propane gasoline as a fuel source, inverter generators offer Sine wave that delivers clean and reliable power, making it perfect for use with sensitive electronics. The 7,000 surge watt, 6,000 running watt combined power of these generators can also be used as a portable source at home, with the RV or camping. Each inverter is equipped with one RV ready outlet, two 120-Volt AC outlets, one 12-Volt DC outlet for battery charging and a dedicated USB port for charging electronic devices. With a 50 % load, each unit can run for 10-hours on a full tank of gasoline or 12-hours on a 20 lb propane tank. The 7 HP engine is surprisingly quiet and runs at less than 69 DB. This combo kit includes a 50 Amp Parallel Cable to connect the two generators together.
7,000 peak surge watt and 6,000 rated running watt can run sensitive electronics, appliances and power tools
Sine wave gives clean, stable voltage and reliable power for sensitive electronics
Parallel power output terminals allows for greater flexibility in total output. Parallel power cable included.
14.0 HP engine, 3,600 RPM, 4 stroke, 424cc, recoil start (both units combined)
Fuel type: generator utilizes either unleaded gasoline or LPG propane gas as a fuel source
Fuel capacity (for each unit): 3.2 Gal.
Low oil shut off, low oil, overload and output indicator lights, engine shut off switch
Runtime at a 50% load for each unit: 10-hours on gasoline or 12-hours on 20 lbs. of LPG fuel
Decibel rating: less than 69 dB with no load at 23 ft.
Each Inverter comes with one 120-Volt RV outlet, two-120-Volt AC outlets, one 12-Volt DC outlet for battery charging and a dedicated
USB terminal for charging electronics
Comes with a 5 ft. regulator hose kit, set of DC connectors for charging 12-Volt automotive-type batteries, spark plug wrench
Propane and gas tank not included, mobility kit not available
Surge/running watts may be reduced 10% when using propane
Generator is not recommended for high altitude use above 3,000 ft.
EPA approved, non-CARB compliant/not for sale in California
Why does the Home Depot Spec listing say under "Built-in Inverter" = "No" when this is supposed t...
Asked by Roger April 15, 2021
The GEN85KIDF is an inverter generator
How much does this unit weigh?
Asked by Traveman March 30, 2021
133 lbs plus oil and fuel.
What size is the LPG inlet
Asked by Stace March 1, 2021
I don't know the technical designation but the LPG inlet is the same as is standard in USA for 20 pound LPG canisters. It comes with a hose and regulator, so one end of this supplied hose attaches to the generator and the other end to the standard USA 20 pound LPG cylinder.
What is the total output when using these generators while connected to each other?
Asked by kazuntheight February 18, 2021
OK to run at 6000 elevation?
Asked by SFCPAUL February 4, 2021
Not recommended above 3000 due to lower air density
Is there a wheel kit available and what is the sine wave rating.
Asked by Mike January 11, 2021
No, pure sine.
is there a conversion to make this natural gas?
Asked by Me January 11, 2021
Does the Sportsman 8,750/7,000-Watt Dual Fuel Digital Inverter Generator have a floating or bonde...
Asked by zane2000 December 13, 2020
Bill - Thank you for your answer. When running this generator stand-alone (not connected to a home panel) do you recommend using a "neutral bonding plug" on one of the GFCI outlets to achieve bonded neutral?
Does this 3,500 watt model come with a battery and will it be charged when the generator is running?
Asked by spendlove December 9, 2020
No it does not come with a battery - there is a trickle charger on the unit while running however.
Why do the reviews on this page relate to two separate generators made by Sportsman?
Home Depot had on sale for $1049 - good for 7000/8750 dual fuel & inverter style generator
I have not used it much, but so far it's great. I bought the little USB chargeable battery (does not come with generator but the connecting wires do come with the generator) which makes starting a lot nicer then pulling cord, although it was grossly overpriced at $70, but very nice to have. They did not have wheel kit for this, so I bought the wheel kit for Sportsman's 4000 watt generator. Actually I eventually bought 2 wheel kits because I decided I wanted it to have all 4 wheels for easy moving. The axle in this wheel kit is too short, so I bought 3/8" diameter steel rods from Home Depot and sawed off at correct length and drilled cotter pin holes at the ends. Transport handle that came with this wheel kit is not good, so I got a good one in another wheel kit from Home Depot. Fortunately I was able to return the two extra wheel kits, so I was only out $62 for 4 wheels and handle. Wish it had another 1000 watts or so, but could only find another inverter/duel fuel generator with only 500 additional watts, and it cost more than twice the price this one cost me.
My wife said to order this for my Father’s day gift so I did. Ordered June 14th received in Hawa...
My wife said to order this for my Father’s day gift so I did. Ordered June 14th received in Hawaii on June 22nd. Bought the oil which it didn’t come with, and got the propane. Started up fine until I found out that the USB port and the 12v battery port wasn’t working right. I was thinking since I had a load on the AC port with a light connected, that the DC ports will not work, so I shut it down checked the DC Protector button to see if it was in a off position, and started it up again, it was a no go on both ports. Checked the 12v battery charging port with a multimeter and it measured an output of 1.6 DC volts(this might kill battery instead), the USB port had zero power, even with different cables. I went to their online support website and guess what, the websites down. After wasting time for money on oil and propane, plus going through the break in process, I was debating if I should returned it. June 24th the next morning, I took one more last shot of looking at, opened the oil drain side panel(which I should not be dong in the first place) to find a connector disconnected right below a QC Passed Sticker! *See Picture* After putting everything back together checked the ports again and success! DC ports work!
Maybe that's why Honda is expensive you pay for better quality control.
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Feb 18, 2020
Solid built, good running generators...
I have had several different generators up to a 13,000 watt. The drawback was always heavy weight and high fuel consumption. I gradually got down to 2500/2200 watt that weighs 100 lbs. This is the first inverter type that I have owned. I can also carry them around one in each hand. I bought the pair of identical 2200/1800 watt generators for some flexibilty. I can one run or two, depending on actual need. In event of another major storm outage that lasts for days. I can run these two in parallel and also run my third generator if I need more power for a short time. I have load tested these both, as a pair and alone at about 80 percent capacity each time. They ran great and consume about 16-20 ounces of fuel in an hour. The manual calls for 20 hours of running before oil change. I disagree. I changed oil after one hour and again after two hours. Both times it was darker than I thought good for such a short run. After the third hour of running the oil looks clean. I will change it at 20 hours next time. I wanted portability, quiet, low fuel consumption, and dual-fuel. Three out of four is not bad. My 2500/2200 watt generator that weighs a cumbersome 100 lbs runs as quiet as one of these but that still is not bad. That is the only reason for not giving five stars. I have not tried the units on propane yet but, so far, I am quite satisfied. I look forward to years of using these generators for storm outages and boondocking.
Was in the market for a dual fuel inverter generator and was zeroing in on some larger models (pr...
Was in the market for a dual fuel inverter generator and was zeroing in on some larger models (primarily the Champion 3100/3400) which would have been overkill for me because my primary use would be with 120v and not 240v. When using those larger generators on 120v, they are limited to the same 15amp as this smaller unit, although are less efficient due to the size of the motor.
I found the Sportsman brand and after researching, waited patiently until a great memorial day sale came around for HD. I picked up a solo unit, and a package unit (2 generators and a parallel kit) for slightly more than I would have paid for the Champion 3100/3400 (now Champion sells a 2000w version).
I picked up and unboxed all 3 at the same time for observation and breakdown. Upon initial comparison, each generator had varying levels of tolerances between the chasis/frame and side panels, none of them looked identical upon extremely close inspection. One unit had a fairly damaged box and there was a gash in the side panel fairing but nothing major.
One note, I have only run these on propane and only plan to use propane unless in an emergency situation. Propane burns cleanly and does not gum up the engine. Starting the engine with propane will take anywhere from 8-10 pulls to clear the air from the propane line and "prime" the engine. The choke is unnecessary for propane but will not inhibit starting the unit. To reduce the number of pulls, you can start the threads of the propane line and then open the tank up to fill the line with propane and push out most of the air.
That being said, the unit has a feather light pull and recoil. A gentle and patient 8-10 pulls with fire it up every time with propane.
I purchased a magnetic dipstick and ran a fairly rigorous break in for each unit. I started with conventional oil and ran the generator for 20 minutes with no load, varying between economy and standard. At the 20 minute mark, I brought on approximately 200w on standard mode for 5 minutes, cycled off for 5 minutes, cycled on for 5 in economy/cycled off. At the 40 minute mark, I repeated this step but brought the wattage up to nearly 800w. For minutes 50-60 I let it run on econ/standard with no load.
I changed the oil after 1 hour. The oil was black, and there were significant metal shavings accumulated on the dipstick.
I switched to synthetic oil and used an additive (magic marvel oil) to aid in cleaning the engine. For 1-2 I repeated the above process but increased the wattage up to 1500w. I repeated this process for a total of 4 oil changes, for each unit. The final oil change was once the oil was no longer tinting black after 1 hour of use, and only full synthetic was put back in (no additive).
Was this overkill? Probably. However, it is proper engine break in to perform and I wanted to eliminate any concerns down the line with issues engine interference or failure.
THE BAD (let's get it out of the way first):
Much like the appearance of all 3 units not being the same; none of the units sound identical. Each unit has their own unique sound, or rather, rattle. I attribute this to the side panels not fitting perfectly and rattling in some form or fashion. I took the side panels completely off one unit and the rattles were lessened, but the engine noise was also not muffled and could have masked some of the rattles as well. At some point, I will take the panels off all units and tighten all screws and connections between engine and chassis/frame.
Also, the plastic faring on the side panels and front of the unit is very soft. If you are someone who cares that your tools look like they just came out of the box, these units will drive you crazy. For me, I don't mind that my tools look used.
PERFORMANCE - These units handled 1900w on propane without the overload sensor coming on. I threw everything from shop vacuums, air compressor, a rug doctor, space heaters, and the surge was not strong enough to overpower the unit (I did not hook these all up at once, obviously). The light did come on when starting the rug doctor but only briefly while the unit spun up to handle the load.
EFFICIENCY - Using a 20lb propane tank, I am continually amazed at just how efficient these units are. A 20 lb tank should easily cover you for a weekend of outdoor activities, or easily a days worth of heavy use at a job site.
NOISE - Even with the random rattles, the units are nearly as quiet as a Honda or Yamaha. That does not mean, "refined" as a Honda motor purrs, but as far as decibels are concerned - they are not much louder.
DUAL FUEL/PROPANE - Again, I cannot recommend propane enough. It is a solid feature to have the on-board fuel tank in case of an extreme emergency but I do not plan to ever use it. I understand why they do not, but it would be nice to see a straight propane offering in a compact design that eliminates the on-board fuel tank.
OVERALL - If you're enamored with name brands, or you're dead set on a Honda generator, skip the Sportsman as you will find fault in the fit and finish tolerances, rattles, and soft plastics. BUT, if you're in the market for a 15A/120V inverter generator for less than half of a Honda or Yamaha - you simply cannot beat the Sportsman.
I very happy with these generators. They start easily on propane and run quietly. They provided...
I very happy with these generators. They start easily on propane and run quietly. They provided more than enough power for a float in the Windham (Ohio) Parade of Lights. And to be able to use propane instead of gasoline is a bonus!
Running the generator on propane and turning the appliances on one by one to get them started, I ...
Running the generator on propane and turning the appliances on one by one to get them started, I was able to run 2 full size upright deep freezers and my main refrigerator. It also had enough power to run the sump pump at the same time. It's very quiet and with all that running using 780 watts for two hours, I burned only 2 pounds of propane. I had the economy switch off the entire time.
It is rather loud 74db at 40' away. I'm currently putting in some break-in hours on it so it is r...
It is rather loud 74db at 40' away. I'm currently putting in some break-in hours on it so it is running on my patio, the opposite corner from where I am upstairs and I can still hear it. My hearing is not the best from my years as a Firefighter so it may sound louder to folks with normal hearing.
It is rather heavy so it is disappointing that it doesn't come with any wheels nor are they available as an accessory.
They could have done a better job with the oil drain. The way it is when the oil is drained it will allow some oil to migrate between the frame and the engine. You can't get to that area so it will drip oil from that area for a little while.
Reviewing the 7kw generator. I chose this generator because there...
Reviewing the 7kw generator. I chose this generator because there was no other generator I could find that was (1) an inverter generator, (2) that could run off of propane (or gas), (3) offered a 240v output, and (4) outputs enough power to backup an entire home. The next closest thing I could find weighed about 4x as much and cost about 5x as much. This unit is large and heavy - it's very difficult to move on your own without making some kind of cart for it. Two people can move it without too much difficulty. One person could probably lift it up on to a cart (see the specs, it's over 100lbs). The generator is less capable than a permanent whole-home gen, however is portable enough to take with you when you move, to keep inside, etc. It is not portable enough to be useful for camping or similar like a smaller invert would be. You could, if put on a cart, drag it around the yard for power tool use. Upon receipt, the box was damaged but the unit was fine. There is an exterior shipping box which fits snugly outside of the interior product box, which helped to mitigate damage, although some of the interior box was torn as well. The generator was fast and easy to get working. First buy a quart of oil, which is not included. Then, in my case, screw in the propane adapter, ensure the gas is turned off (a simple 1/4 turn knob), and switch the carb from gas to propane (a simple 1/4 turn knob). Since the propane hose is full of air, it took a few pulls to start the engine the first time, as expected. It started up smoothly and quickly. I let it run for a bit, then tested the 120v outlets. The GFI switches are on "test" by default, hitting the 'reset' button activates them. I tested with a circular saw and a phone charger to make sure all outlets worked. Everything seemed to run just fine. For a brief moment upon turning on the cold saw, the 'overload' light flickered on - but did not stay on. I don't interpret that to mean there is any issue. I did this brief test to make sure there was no need to return the unit right away. The overall fit/finish I'd describe as "OK" - some cheap plastic shielding, some ugly welds, but i don't see any major problems here. I like that the 120v outlets have rubber covers, and wish the 240 did as well. I'll plan to run the unit more to break it in, then change the oil. I'll update this review if anything terrible happens.
Apr 11, 2021
Works well have used it to power our camper...
Works well have used it to power our camper It’s nice to use propane and not need to drag a can of gas along.