Portable generators come in all shapes and sizes, catering to a variety of needs. Energizer, a well-known brand for its alkaline batteries, has entered the generator market with the Energizer eZV7500. This generator, along with its counterparts, is manufactured by Midland Power, a Canadian company that also sells Hyundai-brand generators.
At first glance, the Energizer eZV7500 appears to be well-constructed. The sturdy frame instills confidence, and the 10″ wheel size is convenient for maneuvering on the job site. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to test it personally as my unit was missing a shaft. However, the never-flat wheels are comparable in size and quality to those of established brands like Honda or Briggs & Stratton.
The handle is sturdy and can be easily locked into place or folded down when not in use. While there’s nothing particularly remarkable or disappointing about the handle, one feature that may be missed by some professionals is the absence of a hook for lifting the generator to higher levels on the job site. Additionally, the lack of GFCI protection may pose a greater issue.
The Energizer eZV7500 Portable Generator boasts an electric start with recoil backup, which is a convenient feature to have, especially for a generator of this size. No need to exert extra effort starting it up once it’s out of the trailer.
Unlike most generators in its class, this model uses a 12V, 25.6 Wh lithium battery instead of the more common lead-acid batteries. The physical size of the battery is smaller, but manufacturers claim that it provides equivalent capacity to a 7-9 Ah lead-acid battery.
Motor performance is a crucial aspect to consider when evaluating a generator. While the Energizer eZV7500 Portable Generator doesn’t bear a major brand name, it offers several impressive features. It sports a 4-stroke, 15 hp, 420 cc engine with an overhead valve design and electronic fuel injection.
As with any petrol engine, proper maintenance is key to longevity. Midland backs up this generator with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor for residential use and a 6-month warranty for commercial use.
The Energizer eZV7500 model offers a peak power of 7500 watts and a continuous output of 6500 watts, making it suitable for small jobsite tasks. It is also an excellent choice for emergency power during storms or for running a hunting lodge. Remember that power requirements vary, so it’s essential to consult our guide on determining the appropriate generator size for your specific needs.
In terms of runtime, the Energizer eZV7500 Portable Generator provides sufficient operation time. Its 6.6-gallon metal tank can continuously run for 7 hours at full load and an impressive 15.5 hours at 25% load. This tank size is well within the range of comparable generators, and unless you’re running at maximum capacity, a full tank should last through an entire workday.
The Energizer eZV7500 covers all your outlet needs. Its range of outlets allows you to draw 54A at 120V or 27A at 240V, providing sufficient power for almost any device or appliance on a job site, as well as during short-term outages. Here’s a breakdown of the outlets you’ll find:
- (2) 120V, 20A AC outlets
- (1) 120V, 30A L5-30R
- (1) 120/240V, 30A L14-30R
- (1) 120/240V, 50A NEMA 14-50R
Keep in mind that this generator is not the quietest option available. It generates 76 dB(A) of noise, which may bother your neighbors unless they have their own generators. However, it’s not excessively loud, so you can always invite your neighbors over to enjoy your hospitality while they relax after a storm.
Price and Value
The Energizer eZV7500 Portable Generator comes with a price tag of $1,899. While slightly lower than equivalent Honda models, it sits at a higher price range within its class. The reliability of the engine during sustained use on the job site will be the key factor in determining the brand’s success. It is worth noting that generators with similar features can be found starting at around $1000. At its current price point, one would expect GFCI protection to be included.
This model has recently hit the market, and it is available at various retailers, including Amazon and Home Depot.
The overall verdict on the Energizer eZV7500 Portable Generator is still pending. With its affordable price and no significant initial quality issues, it will take more time to assess the reliability of the Energizer engine. The only notable oversight is the lack of GFCI protection; otherwise, the build quality is excellent.
Energizer eZV7500 Key Features
- Portable variable frequency generator powered by a large 420cc engine with EFI
- Generates 7,500 watts of inrush power and 6,500 watts of rated clean energy without voltage spikes
- Heavy-duty and portable design with built-in wheels and collapsible handle for easy transportation
- EcoMode throttle function adjusts the generator’s motor to prevent unnecessary gasoline consumption
- Lightweight and durable design, thanks to built-in wheels and foldable handle
Energizer eZV7500 Specifications
- Model: Energizer eZV7500
- Engine: OHV engine, max 3900RPM
- Engine Size: 420cc 15HP
- Starting System: Electric and manual recoil
- Starting Wattage: 7,500 W
- Operating Power: 6,500W
- Maximum Current: 120/240V 54/27A
- Fuel Tank Size: 6.6 gallons
- Run Time: 7 hours @ 100%, 15.5 hours @ 25%
- Outlets: (2) 120V 20A (5-20), (1) 120V 30A (L5-30), (1) 120/240V 30A (L14-30), (1) 120/240V 50A (14-50)
- Noise Level: 76dBA at 25% load
- Weight: 190 lbs
- Warranty: 3 Years Limited (Residential), 6 Months (Commercial)
- Price: $1,899