Sportsman Portable Generator Inverter Review

Editor rating

0/5 on December 12, 2017

User's rating

61 reviews


  • Light weight
  • Easy to use
  • Simple buttons and indicators
  • Noiseless operation
  • Briefcase design
  • Good efficiency


  • Cannot run large appliances
  • One year limited warranty
  • China made


The Portable Generator Inverter by Sportsman is a compact and lightweight generator that works as expected and offers good value for money.

This Portable Generator Inverter is from the Sportsman series offered by Buffalo Corporation, a private company founded in 2008. Other than generators, the company also offers power tools, hand tools, tables, bar tools and general merchandise. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Portable Generator Inverter by Sportsman.


To start with, let’s talk about the design. We are impressed by the compact and briefcase-style design of the inverter. The easy to grab handle on the top makes the inverter highly portable and convenient to carry from one place to another.

At the side section, it has all the buttons and indicators for output, overload and oil alert. It has a cap on the top which can be easily removed while refilling gasoline.

The generator can deliver 1000 surge watts and 800 running watts. With 50 %load, the generator can last for a maximum 6.3 hours. It has one 120V AC outlet, one 12 Volt DC outlet, low oil shutdown, and 30 oz oil capacity. There’s a power switch to turn the generator on or off.

The economy switch helps you make the maximum use of fuel in case of an emergency. When you are running out of fuel and you don’t have gasoline ready, the economy switch comes handy. The product is EPA and CARB approved so you don’t have to worry about quality and safety.

The 1000 Watt Inverter Generator does not make a lot of noise while operating, which really impressed us. The sine wave power is capable of delivering stable, clean and reliable power which makes it safe to be used with sensitive electronics. This equipment works great at home to give backup for several hours in case of a power breakdown or emergency situations.

It works perfectly with RVs and campers so you can carry your tablet, computer, and television with you wherever you go. This is best suited for those who are always on the go.

The generator can be charged easily and provide uninterrupted power for several hours. The oil alert indicator turns red when the oil level goes lower than the required limit so you know when you need to refill again.

The generator can be used for football games, while scouting or camping. This portable source of power can also be used on job sites and industrial projects. These inverters are specially designed for outdoor fun.

They may not be able to power an air conditioner but they can easily run a large fan and other smaller appliances that need less energy.


  • Measures 10 x 16.18 x 17.4 inches
  • Weighs 24.65 pounds
  • Noise level: 56db
  • Sine wave
  • 1000 surge watts / 800 running watts
  • Run time: 6.3 hours
  • Gallon fuel tank
  • EPA and CARB approved
  • 1 year limited warranty


  • The generator is very light weight hence it is easy to carry to any location
  • It operates quietly without producing a lot of noise
  • It has a nice briefcase-style design
  • It comes with a fuel shut off feature which is handy
  • The generator is easy to use with power buttons and clear indicators in the side panel
  • With just 55 ounces of gas, it can last for over 5 hours
  • It takes some time to burn-in the engine; there is no smoke or smell after that
  • The level of efficiency offered by the generator is impressive


  • It cannot run an air conditioner, microwave or coffee maker
  • It comes with a 1-year limited warranty
  • Made in China


The Portable Generator Inverter by Sportsman justifies its name. It’s one of the most portable inverters we have reviewed. The briefcase design makes it easy to carry the generator from one location to another. We appreciate the neatly designed side panel with all the power buttons and indictors which makes it easier to operate the inverter.

When the tank is full with gasoline, the generator can last for up to 6 hours. It can easily run a fan, light, and TV inside an RV; however, it does not have enough energy to power an air conditioner. If you bought this generator to power large appliances like an AC or microwave then you will be disappointed.

We wish the product had a better warranty period because the one year limited warranty does not sound very promising. However, if you can ignore the warranty, and considering that the product is less expensive compared to competitors, then it makes a good buy.

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