The control panel is pretty basic but functional and has all the required basics.
There is no electric start on the Q6500. Other than a simple fuel level gauge on the top of the unit there are none of the other type of gauges you might find on competing models. Instead, there are four power LEDs to let you know how much power is being drawn at any one time (25%, 50%, 75%, 100%), and a carbon monoxide warning LED (Briggs & Stratton's patented CO Guard). This automatically stops the generator when it detects a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in its vicinity.
A switch allows the user to initiate Briggs & Stratton's "Quiet Power Technology". This is essentially an economy mode, which is designed to give you better fuel economy and considerably less noise when there is a limited or no power draw. An overload reset button, a grounding lug and a main breaker go to make up most of the other items on the panel.
A system ground connected to the AC neutral wire (the neutral is bonded to the generator frame) connects the generator frame components to the ground terminals on the AC output receptacles.
Power outlets are also fairly basic comprising of a duplex 120v 20A GFCI, a 120/240v 30A Twist lock and two USB ports.
While the generator is said to be EPA Certified, the generator is not CARB compliant, so it can't be used in California.
Autonomy is quoted to be a runtime of up to 14 hours at 25% load and 10 hours at 50% load from its 5-gallon gasoline tank, which is about average for its size.
As found on most portable generators, the Q6500 also has a sensor to automatically shut down the engine in the absence of sufficient oil.
One plus is that the unit ships with standard, non-synthetic, SAE 30 oil together with an oil funnel to facilitate filling. Without the funnel you could easily make a mess.
Briggs & Stratton include a 2-year limited warranty on this model for residential use and 1-year for commercial use. The warranty cover manufacturing and workmanship defects.
You can find a manual for this product here