I always evaluate each and every item I plan to invest in as an owner of a small business. The same applies to the portable power generator I use for my small restaurants in the Caribbean. I am sure that you would not want to spend a considerable amount of money on a product that may turn out to be not as effective and useful as you have expected. I will help you with evaluating one of the popular products on the market – the ETQ PG30P11 3,500 Watt 7 HP 208cc 4-Cycle OHV propane powered portable generator. In this review, I will assess its features and capabilities and give you a list of its pros and cons.
I have experience in buying and using portable power generators so I know how important it is to get things right. In case of a power outage, you would want to take out and start the home backup generator quickly. It should run for a sufficiently long time without refueling. It should produce clean electricity suitable for the most sensitive devices. Does ETQ PG30P11 offer all this? Read on to find out.
The ETQ portable generator works on propane unlike most of its counterparts that work on gasoline. Propane is cleaner and cheaper and these are advantages which I value highly. This portable propane generator makes 3,000 watts of continuous output and 3,500 watts of surge output. It produces pure energy with low harmonic distortion thanks to the patented Clean Sine Alternator technology. It is equipped with a standard start, outlets and safety features.
The ETQ propane generator has a heavy duty cast iron construction just like most of its counterparts on the market. This is, however, a notable benefit. You can expect the motor to perform optimally in the long term thanks to its rugged and durable construction.
The other interesting thing about the motor is that it works on propane. I feel obliged to highlight the fact that this portable power generator is designed to be connected directly to a grill propane tank. It has a coupler specifically designed for easy and quick connection to any kind of tank with capacity of up to 20 pounds.
The ETQ propane generator itself does not come with a propane tank. On one hand, this is a drawback sine you will have to buy a tank separately if you do not have one already. On the other hand, this significantly reduces the weight of the entire propane powered generator structure so it is easier to move around in case of an emergency.
ETQ PG30P11 has a recoil start. I think that electric starts are better because they are easier and less time consuming to use. Besides, they are more efficient. However, as long as the recoil start works fine, I do not mind using it.
There are a number of outlets on the side panel of ETQ generator that you can use. The 120-volt 20 amp dual outlet allows you to power all kinds of items from lights to appliances like televisions sets and fans. There is a 30-amp outlet for items with higher wattage. I can say that the model is fairly versatile, even though there are many others which score better in this category. All outlets have circuit breaker protection so overloads are effectively prevented.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the ETQ portable generator, at least for me, is the Clean Sine Alternator technology. Its purpose is to produce electricity with low total harmonic distortion. This electricity is regarded as clean or pure and is of the highest quality. Given this, it can be safely used for powering all sorts of devices with sensitive electronic components such as computers, laptops and printers.
The oversize muffler of ETQ propane generator provides for its quiet operation. You will hear a noise of 60 dB when you are 23 feet away from the device. This is quite good, but there are factors which can make the noise louder.
The power generator is mounted on a frame made from rolled steel tubes. The frame is certainly strong and protects the device from serious hits while allowing for its portability. Speaking of portability, I want to point out that this product comes without a wheel kit and a handle for pulling the structure.
ETQ PG30P11 makes 3,000 watts of continuous output and 3,500 watts of surge output. 3,000 watts of electricity are sufficient for powering a number of lights, a sump pump, a TV set, a computer and an electric fan at the same time. You can also power a set of appliances individually. These include a fridge, an oven, a washing machine, a water heater and a microwave.
This portable power generator uses between 0.5 and 1 pounds of propane per hour at 50 per cent load. This makes it quite energy efficient, especially compared to most of its counterparts. Still, I would prefer even higher energy efficiency.
The model has 11.5 hours of run time at 50 per cent load. This is a good achievement for a generator making 3,000 watts of continuous power. However, it is not exceptional.
You can use ETQ generator in your home or on your business premises to get electricity during a power outage. It can power all sorts of appliances in recreational vehicles and on campsites. Contractors can use it for powering power tools.
The benefits and advantages of ETQ PG30P11 are:
- High-quality clean energy
- Energy efficiency
- Safe operation
- Fairly quiet operation
- Environmentally friendly
The drawbacks of the model I found are:
- No wheel kit – this affects the portability of the portable power generator to a great extent. In order to move it more easily from one place to another, you may have to get a platform with wheel.
- The instructions for installation and use in the owner’s manual could have been clearer. For me, this is not an issue as I employ experienced technicians. However, a homeowner may find it difficult and time consuming to get things right.
Overall, the ETQ PG30P11 propane generator is a good choice because of the clean power it produces and its energy efficiency. It has some flaws, but they can be dealt with effectively.