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Review of the PowerSmart 4400W Portable Generator

4400 Starting Watts, 3500 Running Watts on Gasoline

Electric Start: No

Weight: 72.8lbs

Noise: 68dB

Should You Buy It?

For limited use this is a fair choice for powering your essentials during a power outage or just for recreational use.

Key Points about the PowerSmart 4400W

Inverter Technology
Eco Mode so economical
Good choice for some home backup
Reasonably quiet
No wheels
No electric start

Overview of the Generator 

A gasoline powered portable generator built with inverter technology making it safe to use with sensitive electronics. It has reasonable power outputs, is relatively light compared to some alternatives, and like most inverters has an eco mode. Power can be increased as it is parallel capable allowing you to connect two 2800-watt or higher inverter generators (unlike some alternatives, the parallel kit for this model is sold separately).

The 4-Stroke 224cc single cylinder Overhead Valve (OHV) engine can operate for up to 22 hours at 50% load on its 2.54 gallon fuel tank making it a very economical generator.

This model does not have an electric starter but is easy to start using the manual recoil cord.

You can consult the manual for more detailed information about how to set up, start, and maintain this generator.

Controls and Features

As you can see, the control panel is simple and appears to be easy to use. It has a digital display so you can keep track of real time information on voltage, frequency, session run time, and total run time. Outlets are limited to 1x120V 30A RV outlet, 2x120V 20A household outlets, and 2x5V USB ports.

PowerSmart offer a 2-year limited residential warranty on this model.

What Most Buyers Like

This model has received a lot of 5-star reviews from owners who have found it to be easy to carry and use and which provides a good amount of power for essential home use and hand tools.  For an open frame it is reasonable quiet especially in eco mode, but don't expect it to compare with a closed frame inverter (like the Westinghouse's iGen4500).

What Some Buyers Like Less

Owners have in a few instances been disappointed with this model's power and the lack of a grounding kit, such as this one, which is not supplied in the box. The manual underlines the importance of using such a kit during the setup process. Some units appear to work well but the engine cuts out unexpectedly with no apparent reason. Not surprisingly, a few owners think the generator is loud.

Specifications of the PowerSmart 4400W

4400W Open Frame Inverter GeneratorModel # PS5040
Engine4 stroke, OHV, single cylinder
Coolingforced air
Oil capacity (fl. oz)20
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)2.54
Rated wattage3500
Starting wattage4400
Frequency60Hz Single Phase
Dimensions (LxWxH) inches20.9 x 13.8 x 19.3
Noise (dB) @ 23 ft68
Weight (lbs)72.8