This model under the brand name PowerSmart is a gasoline powered portable inverter generator that is most at home in areas such as outdoor camping, RV preparation, and can be used as an emergency measure to provide some basic home backup when needed. Whatever its intended use, the PowerSmart 2500 offers a well-laid out and user-friendly control panel which makes its operation simple and easy.
Powering the generator is a 4-Stroke 79cc OHV engine which, for its size and light weight, can output a fair amount of power. But be aware that the 2500W part of its name indicates the unit's surge power, not its running power, which is 1900W. Although it might not make a lot of sense, these power outputs can be increased owing to the generator's parallel capability in which two identical generators can be linked together. But if you needed more power in the first place, better perhaps to opt for a different inverter generator, such as the Briggs & Stratton P4500
or the Briggs & Stratton Q6500
, both of which offer around double the outputs of the PowerSmart 2500.
Inverter technology regulates the flow of electrical energy by converting DC to AC has a Total Harmonic Distortion
(THD) of less than 3% with the result that it's safe for you to connect sensitive electronics which can easily be damaged by fluctuations in the current seen in traditional generators (for those you would need to add a line conditioner).
The 4-Stroke 79cc single cylinder Overhead Valve (OHV) engine has an extended running time of up to 11 hours at 25% load and 6 hours at a 50% load on its 1.05 gallon fuel tank making it a very economical generator. It's EPA and CARB compliant enabling it to be used in California, at least for the time being. On Eco Mode the generator is relatively quiet. Off Eco Mode, and when anything is connected to the generator the sound increases considerably.
While no oil is provided in the box (5W30), you do get an oil funnel and a spark plug tool.
This model does not have an electric starter but is relatively easy to start using the manual recoil cord when following the correct procedure. For example, don't open the choke too much as this could flood the engine and make starting much harder.
For more detailed information on the operation of the PowerSmart 2500 have a look at its manual