Product Review: Eastern Tools & Equipment LPG 3500 Portable Generator

ETQ LPG 3500 watt portable generator About a month ago we introduced you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment IN 1800i Portable Generator; a light and portable generator designed for ease of transport and perfect for tailgating. Now we would like to introduce you to the Eastern Tools & Equipment LPG 3500 Portable Generator. The major differences between these two quality generators are that the ETQ LPG 3500 puts out almost double the wattage of the ETQ IN 1800i and is fuel by liquid propane gas. Yes, you read that correctly. The same propane that can fire up your tailgating grill is the same propane fuel that can power up your tailgating electronics. (Click on the image at left to see a more detailed view of the ETQ LPG 3500)

Earlier this summer when I was touring the Eastern Tools & Equipment Ontario Calif. facility, I had the opportunity to view the array of products they offer including power pumps, air compressors, power washers and a number of generators. When I saw the ETQ LPG 3500 I immediately thought of the convenience this generator would provide to tailgating community. Many of us would like to bring a generator with us tailgating but the extra hassle of having to get unleaded gasoline, filling a gas can, bringing it to the tailgating parking lot, filling the generator, etc., etc. can be a bit too much. With the ETQ LPG 3500 all you need to do is bring two propane tanks tailgating; one for your grill and the other for your generator, and you are good to go.

The connection from the generator to the propane tank is exactly the same as the one on your BBQ grill. With propane as your generator’s fuel of choice, there are no worries about the potential of gasoline splashing or spilling out of your gas can on the way to the game. Also, the exhaust from propane is much cleaner and less intrusive than the exhaust you may experience with a gasoline burning generator. Two other major benefits of the ETQ LPG 3500 is the higher wattage output and the increased run time. With a full propane tank you can expect to get about 13.5 hours of run time while running at 50 percent load. Perfect for those college football tailgaters that get to the tailgate lot at the crack of dawn for those night ESPN games.

I had the opportunity to test out the ETQ LPG 3500 in a mock tailgating situation. I chose to test it out using my home microwave because of the higher watt output the ETQ LPG 3500 can handle. Normally you don’t see microwave ovens in the tailgate parking because they normally demand too much electricity. I found out that with an ETQ LPG 3500 you don’t have to leave those high wattage appliances at home anymore.


For those of you that would like to know the down and dirty details and specifications on this portable propane generator, they are:

  • 3500 Watt starting with 3000 Watt continuous
  • 13.5 hours running time at 50% load
  • Propane generator creates LPG eco-friendly energy
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean and steady current ideal for sensitive electronics
  • ETQ’s Sine Power delivers clean electricity with low THD waveform
  • Engine Model – 170F
  • Engine Type – Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, 208cc 7HP OHV, air cooled
  • Engine Displacement – 208 cc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 20 Pound Tank
  • Continuous Output – 3000 Watt; Surge – 3500 Watt
  • Rated Current @ 120 V – 25 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Max Current @ 120 V – 29.17 Amp @ 120 Volts
  • Rated Current @ 240 V – 12.5 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Max Current @ 240 V – 14.58 Amp @ 240 Volts
  • Noise Level @ 23 ft – 65 db
  • Dimensions – 23.3″ — 17″ — 17.5″
  • Weight – 103 lbs
  • Comes complete with a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.

Tailgaters can get their own ETQ LPG 3500 portable generator in stores at Menards and Northern Tools + Equipment. If you prefer to shop online, you can pick up the ETQ LPG 3500 at Northern Tool + Equipment, The Home Depot, and Sam’s Club. The cheapest price we saw online was on Amazon or and both had the ETQ LPG 3500 priced at $399.

To learn more about the ETQ LPG 3500 or any of the other products Eastern Tools & Equipment manufactures, visit their official website,

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