Briggs & Stratton P3000 Powersmart Inverter Generator : Review

CAMPING TIPS
We pulled our 19’ camper into a rustic campsite on a Friday afternoon. Granted, it was in mid-May, but we showed up without a reservation. After getting camp all setup, we rolled in the Briggs & Stratton P3000 inverter generator. Out of the box, the P3000 comes equipped with a 30 amp adaptor, which made it super simple to connect directly to our trailer’s main power input.

The nightmare that often comes with pull-start engines has become deeply engrained in my brain. Every spring, the task of getting the lawnmower and weed whackers up and running often leaves me with sore arms – and a volume of cuss words that I try to mask from the neighbors. I went into the P3000 with this mindset. I can honestly say that I was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when the Briggs & Stratton P3000 started on the first pull – directly out of the box! We simply followed the quick-start instructions, and had zero issues.

As a test, we decided to put the unit through its full paces. First, starting up the standard appliances – refrigerator, air conditioner and lighting. As each appliance was flipped on, the P3000 picked up a little extra engine noise, but quickly settled itself back down to its normal operating volume. As I mentioned above, it’s delivering as much power as you’re pulling – so the engine needs to ramp up with each additional power requirement. Lastly, we went for what has traditionally been the “big boy” inside the rig – the microwave. We placed a pack of microwave popcorn inside, and let it fire. Again, the P3000 kicked up – and then calmed itself back down. No issues.

One of the things that I should point out is the benefit of the Briggs & Stratton StatStation display. Although it might sound simple, this digital readout shows you exactly how much power you’re sucking – and prevents a nasty power overload.

In addition to the camper connection, we decided to take advantage of the 4 onboard 120V outlets, as well as the USB connection. Because we often travel with lots of gear, these dedicated outlets came in handy – providing a charge to our camera and microphone batteries with ease. And while a USB outlet might seem like an afterthought, we loved the fact that we didn’t have to waste one of the 120V outlets just to charge up the phone.

While all of the focus so far has been about connections and power output, I should mention that the portability and design of the P3000 is fantastic. It boasts a pair of attached wheels, as well as a luggage-style handle that made transporting the unit back and forth a breeze.

Overall

The Briggs & Stratton P3000 Powersmart Inverter Generator held up to any job that we could toss at it. If you’re looking for a solution to keep running – even while off the grid — this inverter is definitely one that fits the bill. With a legacy of great engines – Briggs and Stratton understands the modern camper.

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