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Firman 3,300-Watt Portable RV Dual Fuel Inverter Generator - Propane or Gas - Electric Start

Firman 3,300-Watt Portable RV Dual Fuel Inverter Generator - Propane or Gas - Electric Start

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This dual fuel inverter generator can easily start and run a 15,000 Btu RV air conditioner, with power to spare. Using gas or propane, it provides power to run appliances and electronics inside your RV. Simple, push button electric start. Call 800-298-8924 to order Firman generators part number FIR54FR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Firman products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Firman 3,300-Watt Portable RV Dual Fuel Inverter Generator - Propane or Gas - Electric Start. Generators reviews from real customers.
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Firman Generators - FIR54FR

  • Firman
  • Gas
  • Propane
  • 3000 Running Watts
  • Inverter
  • Electric Start
  • 12 Volt Output
  • Wheels
  • Outdoor Use Only

This dual fuel inverter generator can easily start and run a 15,000 Btu RV air conditioner, with power to spare. Using gas or propane, it provides power to run appliances and electronics inside your RV. Simple, push button electric start.


Features:

  • 3,300-Watt inverter generator provides a portable power source
    • (2) 120V 20-amp outlets power household appliances, tools, and electronic devices
    • (1) 120V 30-amp TT-30R outlet provides a RV connection point
    • (1) 12V 8.3-amp DC outlet charges automotive and marine batteries
    • (1) 5V 2.1-amp USB outlet powers cell phones, tablets, and other portable electronics
  • Integrated inverter lets you safely charge and run electronic devices
  • Duel-fuel capability provides flexibility during trips or in an emergency
  • Electric-start engine offers easy, push button startup
    • Ergonomically-designed recoil handle reduces effort to pull start the engine if the need arises
  • 3-in-1 Data-Minder monitors voltage, frequency, and running hours
  • Economy mode reduces engine noise and conserves fuel to increase run time
    • Automatically ramps up to accommodate equipment as needed and returns to idle when load is removed
    • Charges cell phones and other low-draw equipment without increasing engine speed
  • Firman 4-stroke engine uses standard unleaded gas or propane - no need to mix gas and oil
    • Cast iron cylinder sleeves help ensure long engine life
  • Whisper series muffler ensures quiet operation - won't drown out campground conversation
  • Safety features promote accident-free use
    • Warning lights indicate low oil and overloading
      • Engine automatically stops if oil level is too low for safe use
      • Circuit breaker stops power flow to connected devices if overload is detected
    • Digital voltage regulator helps minimize voltage fluctuations
    • Spark arrester prevents release of flammable debris - USDA Forest Service certified
  • Clean-running engine meets CARB, cETL, and EPA standards
  • Outlet covers help to keep out moisture and debris
  • Portable generator weighs 104 lbs and includes built-in wheels and carry handles
    • Folding handle makes it easy to roll generator when needed
  • Includes:
    • Generator
    • Battery
    • Propane hose with regulator
    • Battery charge cable
    • 12V DC Battery charger
    • Engine oil
    • Oil funnel
    • Screwdriver
    • Spark plug wrench
    • Owner's manual
    • Quick reference guide


Specs:

  • Starting (surge) power output:
    • Gas: 3,300 watts
    • Propane: 3,000 watts
  • Running (rated) power output:
    • Gas: 3,000 watts
    • Propane: 2,700 watts
  • DC output: 12V, 8.3 amps
  • Continuous run time at 1/4 load: 9 hours
  • Dry weight: 104 lbs
  • Dimensions: 23" long x 17" tall x 17" wide
  • Noise level (normal conversation is 60 dB):
    • Measured at 25' away at 1/4 load in standard mode: 58 dB
  • Engine type: Firman Max-Pro Series 171-cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke OHV
  • Engine hp: 5.5
  • Fuel type: gasoline or propane
  • Fuel tank capacity: 1.8 gal
  • Oil capacity: 0.6 qt
  • Oil type: SAE 10W-30
  • Power line frequency: 60 Hz
  • Warranty:
    • 3-Year limited warranty for residential use
    • 90-Day limited warranty for commercial use


Note: Gas generators produce carbon monoxide, which is poisonous. For your safety, always be sure to operate this gas-powered generator outdoors.


Certifications

Meets the following important certification standards:

  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB)
  • cETL - Compliant with North American Safety Standards

Choosing a Generator

To choose a generator that meets your needs, you must match the size of the generator (that is, the starting output and running output in watts) with the electrical demands of the equipment that you want to operate.


Power Demands

Starting (surge) wattage is the power a device requires at startup. Running (rated) wattage is the power needed to keep the device running. A large appliance with an electric motor such as a furnace, refrigerator, air conditioner, or washing machine may require 2 to 3 times more starting wattage than running wattage.


It is always best to start your generator with no load connected, then add each device one at a time. Additionally, a good practice to consider is connecting your devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts. As you connect and start devices, your available wattage decreases. This order of operation allows you to start devices with the highest power demands when there is more power available.


Will This Generator Run My RV Air Conditioner?

At etrailer, we perform numerous tests on generators to put them through real-world experience. An extensive part of this testing includes starting and running RV air conditioners. The following table will help you decide if the e3200 inverter generator has enough power to handle this critical function in your RV.


Air ConditionerWill it start and run?
Single 13,500 BtuYes
Single 15,000 BtuYes
Dual 15,000 BtuNo

Running Watts and Starting Watts of Common Appliances


ApplianceRunning WattsStarting Watts
Air compressor (1/2 hp)1,0002,000
Air conditioner (15,000 Btu)1,600*
Air conditioner (13,500 Btu)1,300*
Air conditioner (10,000 Btu)1,000*
Blender400850
Cell phone charger110
Clock radio40
Coffee maker (high setting)1,0660
Crock pot (low setting)1260
Crock pot (high setting)3740
Desktop computer150 - 3500
DVD player140
Electric drill (3/8" / 4 amps)450600
Electric space heater (high setting)1,4500
Floor fan1000
Hair dryer (low setting)1600
Hair dryer (high setting)1,3000
LCD television (32")680
Microwave1,0000
Refrigerator8001,600
Washing machine1,1502,250
Work light (quartz halogen)1,0000

* The starting wattage on air conditioners can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the assistance of built-in capacitors and cold starts. Because of this, we can't list a standard starting wattage as every application can be different.


Determining Your Power Needs

When choosing a generator, knowing the amount of power you will need is crucial to your decision. Whether you are preparing for an emergency situation at home or taking a weekend trip in the RV, planning out your application is essential. The two calculations below provide power estimations that will help point you to a generator that is right for your needs.


Industry Standard Calculation

The Industry Standard Calculation is a quick and easy way to determine your required wattage. It may provide some padding in your wattage requirements, which could give you more power than you actually need, but you shouldn't have to worry about not having enough power. The following steps will help you quickly calculate the correct size generator to meet your application.


As stated earlier, you should always start your generator without any load, and then connect each device one at a time. The following calculation requires this approach to work. However, using this calculation removes the worry of connecting devices in a certain order.


1. Determine the starting watts and running watts for the devices that you want to plug into the generator.

a. Find the starting (surge) watts and running (rated) watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator. Look for a sticker or plate on each device or check your owner's manuals.

b. If your device or manual only shows amps and volts, watts can also be determined through a simple formula. (Amps x Volts = Watts)

c. List all of your starting watts and running watts as seen in Table 1 below.


Table 1

Example DevicesStarting WattsRunning Watts
Air compressor2,0001,000
Refrigerator1,600800
Microwave01,000
Blender850400

2. To find the total starting watts required, add the starting watts for the device with the highest value to the running watts of all the other devices from Table 1.


2,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 4,200 total starting watts


3. To find the total running watts, add all of the running watts together from Table 1.


1,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 3,200 total running watts


To run all of these devices simultaneously, you would require a generator with at least 4,200 starting watts and 3,200 running watts.


Advanced Precise Calculation

While the method for calculating your power needs outlined above will work, it isn't the most precise. If you aren't afraid of doing a little more math, you can use the Advanced Precise Calculation to get a more accurate idea of how much power you will need and potentially save yourself some money. Because the calculation above pads in enough power to ensure you can start your devices in any order, it may point you to a bigger and more expensive generator than you need. However, by following the more regimented, order-of-operations calculation below, you'll get a much more precise idea of how much power you need, which could in turn point you to a smaller and less expensive generator.


Again, you should always start your generator without any load, and then connect each device one at a time. The following calculation also requires that you start your devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts. When you connect devices in this order, you can start high demand devices when there is more power available.


1. Determine the starting watts and running watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator.

a. Find the starting (surge) watts and running (rated) watts for each device that you want to plug into the generator. Look for a sticker or plate on each device or check your owner's manuals.

b. If your device or manual only shows amps and volts, watts can also be determined through a simple formula. (Amps x Volts = Watts)

c. List out these devices from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts as seen in Table 2 below.


Table 2

Example DevicesStarting WattsRunning Watts
Air compressor2,0001,000
Refrigerator1,600800
Microwave01,000
Blender850400

2. To find the total running watts, add all of the running watts together from Table 2.


1,000 + 800 + 1,000 + 400 = 3,200 total running watts


3. In Table 3, shown below, the values from Table 2 are used to calculate the highest total starting watts required as devices are connected and running. This number represents the highest power requirement you will encounter as you connect all of your devices to the generator. To find this, add the starting watts of each new device you connect to the combined running watts of all connected devices. The highest of these numbers will be the total starting watts required. And again, remember to always connect devices in order from highest starting watts to lowest starting watts.


Table 3

DeviceStarting WattsRunning Watts of All Connected DevicesTotal Starting Watts Required
1. Air compressor2,000 +0 (nothing connected)= 2,000
2. Refrigerator1,600 +1,000 (air compressor)= 2,600
3. Microwave1,000* +1,800 (air compressor + refrigerator)= 2,800
4. Blender850 +2,800 (air compressor + refrigerator + microwave)= 3,650

* Even though the microwave does not have starting watts listed, you have to account for the power needed to actually run it.


850 + 2,800 = 3,650 highest total starting watts required


In order to run all of these devices simultaneously, you would require a generator with at least 3,650 starting watts and 3,200 running watts. The starting watts are determined by the highest total starting watts required during the calculation in Table 3/Step 3. The running watts are determined by the total running watts from Step 2.



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