Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave316 Great little unit "if you use it for it's intended use"!
I purchased this little unit "solely" for camping lights and it does this perfectly. Understand that it's only 800 watts, if you want to run a refrigerator and all the camping items you want to bring, "DON"T buy this unit, it's too small.
This is a fantastic unit for a fan in the tent and a light or two.
I haul this unit on my ATV and it's light and very portable.
It has already ran over 4+ hours with lights on and not so much as a hick-up.
I broke the unit in slow and changed the oil as the manual says and have even gave it a second oil change in 10 hours time.
If you want to compare this unit to others that are three times the price, don't bother… For $300+ dollars it is a "VERY NICE" unit for the money. Take care of it, follow the instructions and it will serve you well. Only thing is I use a 50ft extension cord to get it away from the camping area, it is slightly louder than some other small units, "but" for the money and a long cord, "no problem"!
June 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ragincajun97 Nice unit
A bit cramped near the oil fill but that's to be expected with a small unit. Started easily and ran smoothly under load of a 24" drum fan. I haven't put it through it's paces yet but my initial impression is good.
March 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by short on power poor relibility
bought unit,gassed up, installed oil,and took abouit 1/2 hr. to get started,ran poorly for a few days and then quit producing power.took to dealer and it was replaced with a new unit.
New unit started one pull and ran well for several months,then would start but stall.Going back to service but suspect electronic problem same as in first one.
December 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zuke1277 This generator serves it's purpose and is super quiet
Was a skeptic but once i fired it up at the Bama game it was as quiet as the higher priced Hondas. I reccomend you try this one out before you spend the extra dough on the name espeially when you get the same quality and value for the need. I would reccomend this to all can't wait for the power to go out so I can watch the TV and not have to listen to the roar of the generator I ha before I purchased the Generac brand. This unit is lightweight and user friendly just turn the gas on and plug the cord(s) in and you are ready for a quiet and peaceful tailgate at your favorite teams campus.
November 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 317Johnc Excellent product; easy to stary; quiet; easy to transport;
Clean and ready to go in box; fuel, oil, follow instructions and started on 2nd pull;
July 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deadeye Danni Excellent portable generator!
I bought this as a demo unit from Brand New Engines.It essantially is a brand new reconditioned generator. I put in the oil, and seafoam treated premium gas, primed the IX800, one pull and it started.
Put a 750 watt load on the gen - and it revved up and powered the lights without problem. The gen does change RPM up and down - this is how an inverter is supposed to work.
I have owned at least 5 generators - Kohler, Honda, Tecumseh powered craftsman and a China Honad clone.This works as well, weighs much less and does what it is supposed to do. It's quiet enough. Is it super -duper quiet? No but is is quieter that my 4 ton AC unit.
Remember though - this is a gas engine powered item and will have fuel issues if you let old gas sit in it. Seafoam has never let me down!
July 1, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Some juice is better than no juice First time back-up generator owner
Since I don't have any experience with other brands/models, I'm not sure how useful my review will be, nevertheless:
Set up was actually a breeze. I REALLY did read the instruction manual (and I am a MALE!) once as an overview and then for detail as I went through the set up process.
It is basically add the oil, add the gasoline, turn 2 knobs, pull the start rope. The machine started right up on first pull. Highly unusual for any small, gasoline-powered engine.
Loaded with two lamps and then a paper shredder so as to assess the "power-up" function and it worked just fine. I thought I saw a flicker one time in the lights when I fed the shredder, but could have been the other lights in the home. By the way, I only used one outlet of the two available -- if that makes any difference -- I had a 15 ga 50ft ext cord and at the end of that had a heavy duty 3 way outlet.
As I write, I am listening to the engine run as I allow it to run out of fuel for storage. It does seem to chage RPM quite a bit without a change in load. This makes me wonder a bit about the carburation.
For what it's worth, that is my review. If you just want an inexpensive back-up for low load use, this will serve you well.
March 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by cphdrider A best buy for the money
A great little generator for the money and 1/3 the price of the competitor. Two complaints, too loud, and needs a larger gas tank. Would I buy it again, absolutely!
January 20, 2012