Briggs & Stratton 30468 5,500 Watt Portable Generator Review

Briggs and Stratton 30468 5500W Portable Generator

Briggs and Stratton 30468 5500W Portable Generator

Briggs & Stratton 30468 is one of the gas powered portable generators in the lineup of generators from Briggs & Stratton. It is a versatile generator capable of providing up to 5,500 watts of electrical power wherever you may need electricity.

Briggs and Stratton is known for being the largest producer of engines for lawn mowers, snow blowers, portable generators as well as for pressure washers and other outdoor equipment.

Briggs & Stratton gas powered portable generators are powered by engines specially designed for generators and are known for their reliability, durability and fuel efficiency.

Power Output and Generation

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 generator is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 1650 series OHV gas engine, it is a 342 cc engine with 16.50 ft-lbs of torque. This allows this engine to power the generator and produce 5,500 watts of continuous power and surge up to 6,875 watts.

The generator is equipped with a power surge alternator which allows it to produce the extra surge power that is needed to start appliances and tools.

One thing that this generator does not have is low oil shut off. You will need to check it manually to ensure proper level and lubrication.

Outlet Configuration

NEMA5 Receptacle

This model has a very basic setup of four 5-20R and L14-30R outlets. There are two circuits that supply power to the outlets. It does not have a DC output.

According to the circuit diagram the two sets of 5-20R duplex plugs are wired for the top outlets to be on one circuit and the bottom outlet to be on the second circuit.

L14-30REach circuit has a main breaker of 25 amps, and a secondary 20 amp breaker for the 5-20R outlets. The recommended use it to use one duplex at a time where you use an upper outlet and then a lower in order to distribute load across both circuits more evenly.

This configuration allows the full 2400W (20A) across the related circuit outlets. For the L14 you could get the full 25 amps for (3000W to a single 120V circuit) however for use of the 240V you are restricted to generator output of 5500W (5500/240=22.9A)

You can use up both the 120V and 240V outlets at the same time up to the maximum 3000W per circuit or maximum output of the generator. Use full load is possible but not likely to be practical for long term use. Count on using 50% to 70% as continuous load.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 portable generator uses gasoline as its fuel. It has a 5 gallon fuel tank which lets it run for 10 hours at 50% load capacity. This is reasonably good for this output range.

Both the 10% ethanol or 15% MTBE are acceptable gasoline mixtures. 87 octane or 85 at high altitude are minimum levels.

The dealer can also provide high altitude adjustment kit to keep performance up. (Note that using the high altitude kit is only recommended for use above 2500 ft. Below that the engine will run to lean and potentially damage the unit.

Noise:

Briggs & Stratton does not have a decibel rating for this generator. As it is an open configuration you can expect mechanical noise as a direct result of operation. The muffler gets mixed feedback and generally indicates that it’s about as loud as a lawn mower, if not a bit quieter. The tone of the muffler was described as low tone which helps produce less pitch, but allows the noise to carry easier.

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Dimensions and Weight

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 gas powered portable generator has dimensions of 28.7 x 18.4 x 23.8 inches ( L x W x H ) and it weighs in at 185 lbs.

This size and weight makes it skinny and reasonably compact generator for its performance. Adding in a full tank of gas will add on another 30 lbs. making the 215 lbs. still portable yet may need some man handling if running it up a slope or steep tailgate ramp.

Typical Uses and Needs

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 generator is portable and is gas powered. It can produce 5,500 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 6,875 watts. This generator is powerful enough to run the essentials in your home during power outages and emergencies.

Being portable means you can take it wherever you need electrical power, be it camping, although not recommended, or for tailgating/events where you can shield it for noise impacts, or even to power your cabin in the woods, although again a sound block would likely be advised.

This generator is equipped with a power surge alternator and can surge up to 6, 875 watts which makes it an ideal generator to use at a job site where you need to power tools and other electrical equipment. With the 5 gallon fuel tank and a run time of 10 hours at 50% load capacity, this makes this a realistic economical generator for your electrical needs.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

briggs 5550w control panel

5500W Control Panel

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 gas powered portable generator has a very simple and easy to use control panel. It is located on the side of the generator and when you face it you will find that at the extreme left you have the Hour meter which displays and records the number of hours the generator has run.

To the right of this meter you have a Rocker Switch Circuit Breaker which controls the 120/240 Volt 30 amp twist lock receptacle. Next to this switch to the right you have the 120/240 Volt 30 amp twist lock receptacle (L14-20R). To the right of this receptacle you have a set of duplex 120Volt 20 amp receptacles (5-20R) and to the right of this receptacle you have 2 circuit breakers that control the 120Volt 20 amp receptacles. To the right of the circuit breakers you have another duplex 120Volt 20 amp receptacle.

Start up

The Briggs and Stratton 30468 generator is equipped with a recoil rope starter system. Before you start the generator check and see that it has sufficient engine oil. Check the fuel level; also check that the generator is placed on a flat level surface and that there are no electrical loads connected to it. Here are the steps to be taken to start this generator.

  1. Turn the Fuel valve to the On position.
  2. Pull the Choke lever to the Choke position.
  3. Push the Engine Rocker switch to the On position.
  4. Grasp the recoil handle and pull slowly until you feel a resistance then pull sharply.
  5. If the engine does not start move the Choke lever to the Half Choke position and pull the recoil handle again.
  6. When the engine starts move the Choke lever to the Run position, if the engine falters move the Choke lever to the Half Choke position until the engine runs smoothly and the slowly move the lever to the Run position.

Shut Down

  1. Turn Off all appliances and disconnect all electrical loads from the generator.
  2. Let the generator run without any loads for a couple of minutes.
  3. Push the Engine rocker switch to the Off position.
  4. Move the Fuel valve to the Off position.

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Features

Here are some of the features of the Briggs & Stratton 30468 Gas powered portable generator.

  1. It has a Briggs & Stratton 342 cc OHV engine which delivers high performance and is fuel efficient.
  2. It incorporates a Power surge alternator that can produce the surge power to start and keep appliances running.
  3. It has a 5 gallon metal fuel tank with a fuel gauge.
  4. It has an Hour meter.
  5. It has protective rubber outlet covers to protect them when not in use.
  6. It has 10 inch never go flat wheels and locking handles for easy portability.
  7. It has a 2 year limited warranty.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To get the best performance and extend the life of the Briggs & Stratton 30468 generator you will need to do regular maintenance also some adjustments will have to be done periodically to keep the generator running at its best. Here is the maintenance schedule as recommended by Briggs & Stratton.

First 5 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.

Every 8 hours or daily

  1. Clean any debris.
  2. Check the engine oil level.

Every 25 hours or yearly

  1. Service the engine air cleaner.

Every 50 hours or yearly

  1. Change the engine oil.

Every 100 hours or yearly

  1. Service the Fuel valve.
  2. Service the spark plug.
  3. Inspect and clean the muffler and the spark arrester.
  4. Clean the cooling system.

Every 250 hours or yearly

  1. Check the valve clearances.

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Warranty and Repairs

2 yr Limited Warrenty

2 yr Limited Warranty

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 portable generator is covered by a 2 year limited warranty. This warranty covers the parts or workmanship will be repaired free of charge by the company in the first year and the warranty covers only parts in the second year.

The generator will be repaired by an authorized service agent and you will need to transport the generator to the service agent. This warranty covers the original owner as well as subsequent owners of the generator from the original new date of purchase.

Consumer Comments

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 generator gets high marks on Amazon and other sites. Many of the customers who bought this generator commented on the fact that they could use this generator to power most of their home during power outages.

They also commented on its fuel economy and the fact that it was very easy to start. They also commented on the fact that this generator was not too loud, but still on the side of a nosier level.

Some of them also liked the fact that this generator had an hour meter and they knew when it was time to service the generator. Though most of the customers liked the generator and the power it produced some of them did not like the fact that this generator did not have a low oil shut Off and that this meant they had to check the level of the engine oil very frequently.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It has a Briggs & Stratton 342 cc OHV engine for long life, high performance and fuel efficiency.
  • Generally recognized name and good reputation in the small engine category.
  • It has a 5 gallon metal fuel tank with a fuel gauge.
  • It has a hour meter to let you know when to service the generator.
  • It has rubber outlet covers to protect them when not in use.
  • It has a 2 year limited warranty.

Cons

  • It does not have an automatic voltage regulator thus allowing more distortion.
  • It does not have automatic low oil shut off.

Price

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 portable gas powered generator is available online. It is available at Amazon for under $750.00 with free shipping. Check the latest on pricing here:

Check here for latest price discount on the: Briggs & Stratton 30468 5500W Genie at Amazon

Accessories

There are a few accessories that you can get for your Briggs & Stratton 30468 portable generator.

You can get a generator cover that will help you protect your generator when not in use from the elements.

Classic Accessories 79547 Generator Cover, Black

You can also get a transfer switch and inlet box from Reliance to transfer the power safely to your house.

Reliance Controls 20216A Pro/Tran 6-Circuit 20-Amp Generator Transfer Switch for up to 5000-Watt Generators
More info: Transfer Switch Options

There are also many different sizes of extension cords that you could get to help you connect your appliances to the generator.

Champion Power Equipment No.48036 25-Feet 30-Amp Generator Power Cord

Also see our accessories section for more thoughts and suggestions on Accessories.

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Summary

The Briggs and Stratton 30471 portable gas powered generator with an output of 8,000 watts of continuous power and being able to surge up to 10,000 watts makes it an ideal generator as a back up source of power for your home during power outages.

It can easily run all your essential equipment and keep you comfortable. It is also a good generator for powering your power tools at a job site or farm where there is no electricity.

It’s a solid build, dependable unit that is known for durability and reliability. It’s priced to compete with similar size generators and is a good value. Some users rate it higher in there reviews than other manufactures which have been thought to have a better reputation.

Similar Generation Units:

The following Generators are similar to the above but at different wattage sizes

Briggs & Stratton 30470 7,000 Watt 420cc Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit

Briggs & Stratton 30469 6,000 Watt 342cc Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit

Briggs & Stratton 30467 5,000 Watt 342cc Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit

Briggs & Stratton 30466 3,500 Watt 250cc Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit

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