In Review: Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator


Among other choices available out there, the B&S 30545 P3000 can be a good solution for you who need a portable generator that is safe for sensitive electronics. Briggs & Stratton is a name that denotes quality and it seems this product holds up to that. Here is an unbiased review of the inverter generator.

Generators in this class are not built for heavy duty applications. That said, with 3000 surge watts and 2600 running watts, this model is good enough to keep the essentials running during a power outage. It would also serve well for applications such as camping or tailgating.

The max running amps is only 21.7. However, the company offers a parallel kit to connect two different units together in order to increase the wattage. When running in parallel, two P3000 inverters can produce 4800 watts of power. You can connect the P3000 to the smaller model P2200.

Equipped with a 1.5-gallon (5.7 L) fuel tank, this model will run for up to 10 hours at 25% load. With 0.15 gal per hour, fuel consumption is nice, slightly better than the Honda EU3000iS. With a 3.4 gal fuel tank, the EU3000iS runs up to 20 hours at 25% load.

Utilizing inverter technology, the manufacturer claims that it produces about 59 decibels of sound, less noise than a normal conversation. The POWERSMART mode, which is designed to improve fuel economy by adjusting the engine speed according to the load, helps reduce the noise level.

The Briggs & Stratton 30545 comes with different types of power outlet. Coming with four 120 volts household outlets, you can use it to power multiple appliances at once. There is an outlet to supply electrical power for the operation of 120V AC, 30 Amp loads. The 2200-Watt model does not come with this feature.

There is an outlet to recharge a discharged 12 Volt automotive battery. Another feature that you may find useful is the USB port that can be used to charge electronic devices such as tablets or cell phones.

The digital display shows the load the generator is outputting and hours of operation. The on/off switch is also a fuel cutoff switch to turn fuel valve on and off. Other features of the inverter include low oil shutdown and overload alarm. Clearly, the B&S P3000 is a feature-packed inverter generator.

At 84 pounds, it might be a little heavy for a portable inverter but is still manageable. Unlike many smaller models out there, this one comes equipped with 6-inch wheels, making it easier to move it around. The luggage-style telescoping handle increases its mobility. This is one thing that makes the inverter stand out.

There is not much bad to be said for this product. The majority of the reviewers seem to be impressed with the value offered by this generator. It does not feature electric start. That said, people have found that it starts easily with 1st or 2nd pull.

It seems to handle 13500 BTU AC pretty well. Operation is easy. No need to mix oil and gas. Setup is simple with clear instructions. A number of extras such as a 30 amp camping trailer adapter are included in the box. People love the fact that the control panel is loaded with different indicators.

No product is perfect but if you want a light, compact, and quiet portable power source, then the B&S 2600 watt generator deserves a serious consideration. It has been described as smooth, quiet, and reliable, and many people agree.

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