Earthquake IG800W Model 11613 Portable Generator Review

Earthquake IG800W Portable Generator

Earthquake IG800W

The Earthquake IG 800W model 11613 portable 800 watt inverter generator is a product of Ardisam Inc. This company is based in Cumberland, Wisconsin and was formed in 1960.

Since that time this company has dedicated itself to designing and manufacturing a wide variety of seasonal products for people who enjoy the outdoor rural life. Their products range from Lawn and garden to hunting and fishing gear as well as pellet and multi fuel stoves. Their products are marketed under many brands and their generators are marketed under the Earthquake brand.

Power Output and Generation

The Earthquake IG 800W model 11613 portable 800 watt inverter generator is equipped with a Viper 4 cycle OHV air cooled engine which displaces 40 cc. This unit is CARB compliant for use in California.

This engine lets this generator produce 700 watts of continuous power while being able to surge up to 800 watts. As with most generators your use of the full 700 watts will be limited in time as the unit heats up. At the 50 to 70% load it should run several hours.

There are two outlets available one being the 120V 5-20R receptacle (covered to protect it from the elements) and the other a 12V DC outlet. With 700 watts continuous you’ll be able to power a tool or appliance using less than 5.8 amps for a several minutes. The 12 volt DC circuit can provide up to 4 amps (48 watts).

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Earthquake IG 800W model 11613 portable generator uses gasoline as fuel. Although stated that a minimum 87 octane with no ethanol should be used, it can be run on an ethanol blend, but should be stabilized to retain fuel integrity.

It has a fuel tank capacity of .55 gallons, which lets it run for 8.2 hours at 25% load (175 watts) capacity. At a higher load you can still expect several hours of operation. When we see 25% load ratings used it tends to make us think that although there is capability at higher loads the unit is really only designed for long term use at lower loads.

It also has an economy mode switch allowing the engine to be controlled and speed adjusted based on load increasing run time.

And this generator is very quiet only producing 58 Db of sound when running at 23 feet. With this type of good insulation and muffling it will allow normal conversation when it is running.

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Dimensions and Weight

The Earthquake IG 800W model 11613 portable generator has overall dimensions of 15.6 x 8.2 x 14 inches (L x W x H ) and it weighs in at only 21 lbs., which makes this an extremely light weight and portable generator. This will be ideal for handymen and picnics.

Typical Uses and Needs

Earthquake IG800W FrontThe Earthquake IG 800W inverter generator is a small lightweight generator that can deliver up to700 watts of continuous output while being able to surge up to 800 watts. Plan on around 550 watts as a max range for running this unit for extended periods.

It is the perfect small generator to take with you when you need electrical power in places where you could not have any large equipment. It is ideal to take it hunting or fishing or even while camping or tailgating. It is also a useful generator to carry in your motor home or RV for charging your batteries.

Since this generator gives out clean electric power which is suitable for your sensitive electronic equipment, you could use it with your laptop or other electronic equipment. You could even use it as a backup source of power during emergencies for your home.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

Earthquake IG800W Control Panel

Earthquake IG800W Control Panel

The control panel of this portable generator is located on the end of the generator. When you face the control panel you will find that to the extreme top right you have the Economy Control switch below which you have the Output light and below this you have the Overload indicator light and below this light you have the Oil warning light.

Below the Oil warning light you have the Circuit breaker for the 12 volt DC outlet and below that you have the Ground terminal. To the right of the 12 volt Circuit breaker you have the 12 Volt DC outlet. To the right of the Economy switch you have the Engine switch and below the engine switch you have the 120 Volt AC outlet.

Start up

The Earthquake IG 800W inverter generator is equipped with a recoil rope system to start its engine. Before starting the engine of the generator check and see that there are no loads connected to the generator. Check the fuel and the engine oil. Check and see that the Economy switch is turned to the Off position. Check and see that the generator is placed in a stable position. Here are the steps to be taken to start this generator.

  1. Turn the fuel cap Air vent to the Open position.
  2. Turn the Fuel valve to the On position.
  3. Turn the Engine switch to the On position.
  4. Press the primer bulb 6 times with the Choke in the Run position.
  5. Move the Choke lever to the Choke position.
  6. Now while holding down the generator with one hand, slowly pull the starter handle till you feel a resistance, return the handle to its original position and then pull sharply on it.
  7. After the engine starts return the starter handle slowly to its original position.
  8. After the engine warms up return the Choke lever to the Run position.
  9. Let the engine run for a few minutes before connecting any load on the generator.

Shut Down

  1. Disconnect all electrical loads.
  2. Push the Engine switch to the Off position.
  3. Turn the fuel valve to the Off position.
  4. Turn the fuel tank cap air vent to the Closed position.

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Features

Here are some of the features of the Earthquake IG 800W model 11613 inverter generator.

  1. It has a Viper 4 cycle OHV engine which lets it sufficiently power the output through the inverter to produce 700 watts of rated output
  2. Surge capacity up to 800 watts.
  3. It is very light and easy to carry weighing in at only 21 lbs.
  4. It is very fuel efficient with a fuel tank capacity of .55 gallons, keeping weight down for mobility.
  5. Run times are 4 to  for 8 hours depending on load capacity.
  6. It is very quiet with sound levels of only 58 Db at 7 meters.
  7. It can deliver clean electricity that is safe for your sensitive electronic equipment.

Care and Maintenance and Use

Good maintenance is essential for the safe operation of your generator. It also helps the generator to run economically while reducing air pollution and extending its service life. Here is the maintenance schedule as recommended by Earthquake for its IG 800W 11613 inverter generator.

Before Every use

  1. Check the engine oil level.
  2. Check the Choke operation.
  3. Check the hoses for cracks or damage. Replace if necessary.
  4. Check the exhaust system for leakages. Tighten if necessary.
  5. Check the recoil starter operation.
  6. Check that the Output light comes On.

First month or after 20 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.

Every 3 months or after 50 hours

  1. Check the spark plug, clean or replace if necessary.
  2. Check the air filter, clean or replace if necessary.

Every 6 months or after 100 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.
  2. Clean the fuel strainer. Replace if necessary.
  3. Check all screws and fasteners. Tighten as necessary.

Every 12 months or 100 hours

  1. Check and adjust valve clearances.
  2. Check the muffler screen, clean or replace if necessary.

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Warranty and Repairs

The Earthquake IG800W model 11613 inverter generator is covered by limited warranty for a period of 1 year for non commercial users and 90 days for commercial users. This warranty is applicable only to the original purchaser and is not transferable.

Ardisam Inc will at their discretion replace all parts along with labor that are found to be defective. For the warranty to be in effect, the product must be registered along with proof of purchase within 30 days of purchase. All repairs must be conducted by an Ardisam authorized service center. Ardisam Inc will cover the cost of shipping for purchasers located more than 100 miles from an Authorized service center.

Consumer Comments

The Earthquake IG800W model 11613 inverter generator gets good reviews on Amazon. Most of the customers who bought this generator were very pleased with it.

Many of the customers commented on how light it was and also commented on its fuel efficiency. Many of them found it ideal for use when camping and commented on how quiet it ran. Many of them commented on how inexpensive it was for an inverter generator and some of them also liked the fact that it was almost as good as a Honda generator at 1/3 its price.

Many of the customers who bought this generator for use with their Campers commented on how well it suited their purpose of charging the batteries on their camper. There were a few customers who thought that this generator did not produce enough power for their needs. This goes back to why we spent so much time in our buyers guide on properly sizing up your requirements and adjusting for other factors to ensure you’re getting the right output.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It is very light and easy to carry around.
  • It is very quiet.
  • It is very fuel efficient.
  • It produces clean electricity, which is safe for all electronic equipment.
  • It is very inexpensive.
  • It is well built and reliable.

Cons

  • It can produce only 700 watts of continuous power for a limited time.
  • It has limited applications supporting 3 to 4 amps of current for extended periods.
  • It has only one 120 volt outlet, but is expected on these small units.
  • It is difficult to check the oil level.

Price

The Earthquake IG800W inverter generator is available on line. The company MSRP is $400.00 but it is available online for under $300.00 with free shipping. Check the latest price here:

Earthquake IG800W Model 11613 Portable 800-Watt Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant)

Accessories

When you get an Earthquake IG800W model 11613 inverter generator, you might want to get a few accessories for it.

You can get a generator cover that would help you protect your generator when not in use from dust and moisture.CoverMates Generator Cover – Small : 26L x 18W x 20H Elite Polyester

You could also get a spare tune up parts such as engine oil, spark plug, air filter and the fuel line filter once you’ve obtained the generator and checked the owners manual for correct needs.

Also available are electrical cords of different lengths that would help you connect your generator to your appliances. At this size most low end cords will work for your needs at 15 amp rating or better. Go here to see a few selections: 15 amp Power Cords

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Summary

Earthquake IG800W Portable Generator

Great Little Inverter Generator

The Earthquake IG800W inverter generator is a lightweight fuel efficient inverter generator. It produces up to 700 watts of continuous output and can surge up to 800 watts. Ideally long term loading of the generator would be around 500 watts.

This generator is extremely portable and can be taken places where it would be difficult to use larger generators. With the inverter generation it produces clean electricity that is safe for all electronic equipment.

It is also a very inexpensive generator when compared to others in its size. This makes this generator an ideal companion for those limited applications while hunting or fishing.

It can easily be taken camping to power small appliances. It is great for charging your batteries in your RV or camper. It can also be used on a job site to power a few tools or lights. It can be used as a backup at home during emergencies to power lights and maybe an appliance. All in all a well built efficient inverter generator that is very affordable.

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