Model#: BGSN30681

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Briggs & Stratton 30681 5,000 Watt Portable Generator (CARB)

  • Briggs & Stratton 30681 5,000 Watt Portable Generator (CARB)
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The Briggs and Stratton 30681 5,000 Watt Portable Generator is ideal for your entire basic home back up needs. When your power goes out, don't be left in the dark. The 30681 provide you with Briggs and Stratton 1650 Series OHV 250cc engine and a 5 Gallon fuel tank allowing you to run up to 10 hours at 50% load. Power Surge alternator produces the power needed to start and keep appliances and tools running. Designed to be hardworking and reliable to help protect families and possessions during a power outage.
  • Briggs and Stratton 1650 Series OHV 342cc engine
  • Briggs and Stratton engine for long life, high performance and great fuel efficiency
  • Power Surge alternator produces the power needed to start and keep appliances and tools running
  • 5 gallon metal fuel tank provides up to 8 hour run time at 50% load
  • Never go flat wheels for easier portability
  • 5,000 Watt Portable Generator - 30681


Length: 28.7 in.
Width: 18.4 in.
Depth: 22.8 in.
Weight: 181 lbs.
Alternator Type: PowerSurge Brushed
CARB Compliant: Yes
Engine Displacement: 342cc
Engine Make: Briggs & Stratton
Engine Model: 1650 Series OHV
Engine Speed (RPM): 3600
Frame Type: 2-Wheel Cage
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5 gal.
Fuel Type: Gas
Max. Watts: 6250
Number of Outlet(s): 3
Rated Watts: 5000
Run Time (50% Load): 10 hrs.
Starting System: Recoil
Wheel Type: NeverFlat



2.7 / 5.0
7 Reviews
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1 Star
Bad Experience 5000 Watts Portable Generator
I purchase this unit because we were having Brown-outs frequently. The 1st time I used It, it worked like a charm. Well DTE-Energy fixed their problems and had no power lost for years. Then we had an outage and I pulled the unit out and nothing. It was dead. I changed the spark still dead. So it has been sitting like a brick. since I no longer had my trunk could not get this thing in my car. It is a shame that we just had another outage and I lost the contents of my freezer. I am not sure if it is worth trying to get this unit repaired and whether I just bite the bullet and purchase a new one.
July 23, 2019
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Bought this unit for power outages last week. Extremely loud, louder than my Case backhoe or old Dodge diesel pickup. I have an older Honda generator of similar size that I loaned out that is at worst half as loud. Vibrates all over the place. Finally wound up strapping it down to a couple of pallets to keep it in place. Really hard to pull start. For the price I paid I would have expected electric start. Made in China. Fairly good on fuel, about a gallon per hour. Going to sell this unit and buy the much better and quieter electric start Honda 6500W for a few hundred more.
February 25, 2019
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Failed after 4 uses of a few hours each
Bought in 2012 and was used 4 times during power outages each of which was only a few hours long. During the 4th use the engine speed governor failed and now the engine only runs at full wide open throttle which results in too high of an engine speed. The too high engine speed results an the output power having the wrong (too high) output frequency (higher than 60 hz) so now the generator cannot be used without costly repair.
December 22, 2018
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Great machine! Excited my expectations
I bought this unit a year ago before huracane Maria, and I tell you we where without power for 3 months and this baby ran like a Pro whe had my house and my neighbor plug together running for 12 hours and did the job very strong built! Thank you Briggs Stratton, now I know why you guy been for so long in the industry and on the top...
October 26, 2018
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Don't buy
Bought this generator 7 years ago. After the first year the thing won't start without first taking it into the shop to figure out why it won't start. Save yourself the hassle and wasted time. Do your homework and buy a generator that does what it's supposed to.
September 12, 2018
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A real powerhouse!
I bought two of these for times of need. Turns out I only use one. No problems running my hot water heater, fridge, lights, TV, and computers. I guarantee that I could power more.
Only downside..... EXTREMELY LOUD!!!!
March 17, 2016
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12 years old and still ticking!
Purchased the Generator over 12 years ago and other than replacing a couple minor components over the years it operates fine. Recently reconditioned the generator; although I did not need to replace the carburetor, decided to purchase replacement over rebuilding. Reassembled and the generator started right up.
January 8, 2016
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Briggs and Stratton Portable Generator Limited Warranty

Briggs and Stratton Power Products Group, LLC will repair or replace, free of charge, any part(s) of the portable generator that is defective in material or workmanship or both. Transportation charges on product submitted for repair or replacement under this warranty must be borne by purchaser. This warranty is effective for the time periods and subject to the conditions stated below. For warranty service, find the nearest Authorized Service Dealer in the dealer locator map at

THERE IS NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY. IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO ONE YEAR FROM PURCHASE, OR TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUDED. LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARE EXCLUDED TO THE EXTENT EXCLUSION IS PERMITTED BY LAW. Some states or countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, and some states or countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state or country to country.


  • Consumer Use - 2 Years* (*2nd Year Parts Only)
  • Commercial Use - 1 Years

The warranty period begins on the date of purchase by the retail consumer or commercial end user, and continues for the period of time stated above. "Consumer use" means personal residential household use by a retail consumer. "Commercial use" means all other uses, including use for commercial, income producing or rental purposes. Once equipment has experienced commercial use, it shall thereafter be considered as commercial use for purpose of this warranty.



We welcome warranty repair and apologize to you for being inconvenienced. Any Authorized Service Dealer may perform warranty repairs. Most warranty repairs are handled routinely, but sometimes requests for warranty service may not be appropriate. For example, warranty service would not apply if equipment damage occurred because of misuse, lack of routine maintenance, shipping, handling, warehousing or improper installation, Similarly, the warranty is void if the manufacturing date or serial number on the portable generator has been removed or the equipment has been altered or modified. During warranty period, the Authorized Service Dealer, at it's option, will repair or replace any part that, upon examination, is found to be defective under normal use and service. This warranty will not cover the following:

  • NORMAL WEAR: Outdoor Power Equipment, like all mechanical devices, needs periodic parts and service to perform well. This warranty does not cover repair when normal use has exhausted the life of a part or the equipment.
  • INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE: This warranty does not apply to equipment or parts that have been subjected to improper or unauthorized installation or alteration and modification, misuse, negligence, accident, overloading, overspeeding, improper maintenance, repair or storage so as, in out judgement, to adversely affect its performance and reliability. This warranty also does not cover normal maintenance such as filters, adjustments, fuel system cleaning and obstruction (due to chemical, lime, dirt, and so forth).
  • OTHER EXCLUSIONS: This warranty excludes wear items such as o-rings, filters, etc., or damage or malfunctions resulting from accidents, abuse, modifications, alterations, or improper servicing or freezing or chemical deterioration. Accessory parts, such as starting batteries, generator adapters cord sets and storage covers are excluded from the product warranty. This warranty excludes used, reconditioned and demonstration equipment and failures due to acts of God and other force majeure beyond the manufacturers control.