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Generac 6866 iQ2000 Super Quiet 1600 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts Gas Powered Inverter Generator - CARB Compliant
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- Quieter than Honda. Smarter. Portable.
- PowerDial integrates start/run/stop functions into 1 easy-to-use dial / PowerBar monitors and displays wattage used
- 7.7 hours run time at 25% load
- Economy, Standard, and Turbo modes of operation saves fuel and reduces noise
- Parallel 2 units together for twice the power (parallel kit model 6877 sold separately) / Storage Cover model 6875 sold separately
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Generac’s iQ2000 is the ideal generator for powering your desired loads in a variety of outdoor environments, including parks, campsites, backyard parties and tailgating events. Third-party testing has proven the iQ2000 to be quieter than its competitors*, which allows users to provide power to their desired loads without disturbing those around them. The generator can be connected to a variety of sensitive appliances, including electronics, as its digital inverter module converts the raw power it produces from DC to AC power. Best of all, the iQ2000 is easy to use and boasts innovative features not found on any other inverter generator in the industry. While the unit’s Start, Run and Stop functions can be manually set via the iQ2000’s PowerDial, users can toggle between Turbo, Standard and Economy modes through the use of a simple switch to reduce noise and fuel consumption rates based on load requirements. When items requiring higher power outputs are connected to the generator, Turbo mode should be utilized. For loads requiring minimal power output, switching to Economy mode is recommended; Standard mode should be utilized for all intermediate load requirements. To accommodate larger load requirements, the iQ2000 is also parallel capable. Users can nearly double the power output available to their desired loads by connecting two generators through the use of an optional Parallel Kit. In regards to product feedback, the unit’s dashboard bestows LED displays that can be utilized to continuously monitor the generator’s operating status. While the unit is running, users can verify how much time they have left before refueling is required by referring to the run-time remaining display, and the PowerBar constantly specifies wattage produced by the generator at all times. Other innovative status indicators include low fuel, low oil, overload and overheating alerts. *Based on independent lab tests using ISO 9614 to measure sound power levels vs. Honda EU2000i.
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This is marketed at a 2000 watt generator. I consider it a 1600 watt generator because it will power stuff that draws up to 1600 watts when running. Some items require some extra mojo when they start up (like an air conditioner) so you need a little headroom to allow the item to start up, and then settle back down to its normal wattage draw. This generator has about 400 watts of headroom. It will handle something that draws up to 2000 watts momentarily at startup, and then settles back down to no more than 1600 watts. Generac isn't alone here. The famous Honda EU2000i is also a 1600 watt generator with 2000 peak watts, and it's marketed as a 2000 watt generator as well.
It gets confusing when comparing different pieces of equipment. I have an inverter that runs off of batteries that's marketed as a 2000 watt inverter. It actually produces 2000 watts of power continuously, and has approximately 2000 additional watts of headroom. So it will power multiple devices that have pretty large startup surge demands, yet it's described as a 2000 watt device just like this Generac.
The point of all this is to caution you to understand how much power you're going to need to produce to run the goodies you want to run. My 2000 watt battery-backed inverter will run my refrigerator and my portable air conditioner without complaint. This Generac 2000 watt inverter generator shut down due to overload when I tried to run the same two appliances. Don't buy any generator until you understand starting watts vs. running watts and have learned how many starting/running watts are required by the devices you want to run.
OK, on to the Generac. This item is made in the USA and is targeted specifically at the Honda EU2000i, which is legendary for having a long, trouble-free life, being relatively lightweight and being relatively quiet (generators are notoriously noisy). It arrived well packaged and fully assembled and even came with a bottle of oil.
The one page quick start guide doesn't take you very far. Step 2 is "fill with oil as indicated in manual" so you have to stop there and read the manual, which is just as well.
Dealing with oil is almost always a messy job that Generac has done a decent job with. The oil port is very easy to get to and doesn't require any tools other than your fingers to open or close. There's an angled funnel that screws into the oil port for adding oil and I suppose it could be useful for draining oil as well (see photos). How much to add is mostly guesswork; I overdid it and had to pour some back out. If you can see some oil pooling about halfway up the threaded part of the port you're pretty much there. A small plastic tray is molded into the cabinet to catch small spills or drips which is a thoughtful idea.
While you're under the hood you might want to note a couple of other things (see photos). The air filter cover easy to get to and is secured by one Phillips head screw, just behind what I call the Tube to Nowhere, a clear plastic tube that hangs inside the access door. I have no idea what it's for and haven't been able to find out yet, but the generator works fine so I've left it hanging. Just flip it out of the way to get to the air filter.
After getting the right amount of oil installed and adding a tank of gas (I used 93 octane with fuel stabilizer already added because that's what I had), I fired it up per the instructions and it started on the first pull. Weather was fine so it required virtually no time on choke, and we were up and running. The first thing I noticed was that the engine purred. I had already watched a video online comparing this Generac to the Honda EU2000i and thought that the Honda sounded smooth, purring like a cat, where the Generac sounded "valve-y," with a more harsh metallic sound. Not so this one. Very smooth and, for a generator, so quiet I actually said "wow." (Emphasis on "for a generator".)
Now the fun part: what can I run with this thing? My portable AC (about 900 starting watts, 700 running) was no problem. My fairly recent refrigerator (about 850/600) was no problem. Both at the same time? Overload. Oh well. The point is that each of them was happy with the power level and the sine wave quality. The two of them together was a little too much for the Generac, but that's not unexpected.
Speaking of which, the true-sine-wave-or-not question came up in the questions section and the answer was sidestepped (pretty clumsily IMHO) by someone who may be been a vendor rep, or maybe not. So, being a professional jerk, I asked it in a different way and rather than evading the question again, it was just ignored. I don't have the definitive answer but I can say that the UPS that I use to power my modem, router, printer, desktop and VOIP phone would click like a madman and refuse to charge when I attempted to power it with either my old giant monster generator or my battery-backed inverter. This Generac makes it as happy as if it were plugged into the grid. And in fairness, even Honda's marketing refuses to come right out and explicitly claim pure sine wave. So I'm going to guess it's not pure, but it's close enough to make my stuff happy, which makes me happy.
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There's no 12V or USB or 220V output.
Build quality looks and feels very good. Even the access door is finished with insulation.
The gee-whiz displays are actually helpful. I'm looking out my closed glass door and can easily see the remaining estimated runtime, fuel level and output percentage being used on the generator a goodly ways away on the patio.
I'd love to see watts and amps being consumed in realtime; maybe in a later version.
The owner's manual talks about spark plug and muffler/spark arrestor maintenance but doesn't show you how to get your hands on them to do the maintenance. So I called the toll free number on the Quick Start Guide to ask about that and also about the Tube to Nowhere. 10 minutes on hold, then got the encouraging sound of ringing...after about 10 or so rings back to hold, then in about 10 more minutes fast busy (disconnected). Not a stellar day at the old call center. So I decided to play around (see photos).
The spark plug is underneath that wired thing where you probably think it is anyway - if you give it a good tug it will come off and reveal the plug.
You can see the muffler and spark arrestor but it quickly becomes clear that you're not going to get the arrestor out with your fingers. You have to take off the black trim/grill that covers the rear of the unit using an Allen wrench on the four bolts at the corners. Then you can have at it with a Phillips.
So the only mystery remaining for me is the Tube to Nowhere. That could stand explaining, as could accessing the spark plug and spark arrestor since they're described as routine mainenance items in the manual. And there was that call center problem, never a good thing but unfortunately not a very rare thing.
If you're considering the higher-end portable inverter generators (Honda, Champion, Yahama) you need to put this guy in the mix. This is a nice piece of work at a reasonable price point. If you have any questions please post a comment and I'll try to answer as best I can.
Final note: I'd planned to add captions to the photos but it's not clear to me how to do that within the Vine review submission interface. If I can add captions later I will.
Other than that this is an excellent product.
Once cleaned up, i filled generator with [a small amount of] gasoline, having read in the review about fuel leaking units. The gas drained directly thru the unit and onto my garage floor, just as i feared. Worst case scenario.
Like other customers with similar experiences, I called Generac, spoke with a customer service rep (John) who was very apologetic, took my information, and promised to ship a new unit in the next 3-4 days. I voiced my concern over quality control, wondering how mightn't the same issue occur to the next unit, and he assured me it was highly unlikely. When i called a week later, having received no confirmation email, another customer service rep acknowledge the order, and said it'll be shipped in 4-5 weeks. Wait, what? 4-5 weeks? I told her John had told me "3-4 days." Her response, "Sorry. No. These units are made to order." What? They make them one-at-a-time as orders come in? Seems inefficient. And so i wait. Probably should have sent it back to Amazon and bought the Honda. Instead i'll cross my fingers and wait for the next unit, which i'll follow-up with a review... when it arrives.
This machine can be seated right next to me and I could still have a normal coversation in the Standard mode. I use this primarily for race track with my tire warmers, fans and anything else I want to plug in.
I love the LCD readout on power consumption, digital fuel gauge and even ETA of time when you run out of fuel. It updates you when a load is removed or added within seconds!
Very pleased with this purchase so far and hope it continues to run for many years to come.