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Briggs & Stratton Unveils First Inverter Generator For Home Backup
Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator delivers big power in a quiet, small package

MILWAUKEE, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At more than 60 percent quieter1, 30 percent lighter and 45 percent more compact than a standard generator2, the new Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator3 introduces category-changing innovations to the generator market. Its fully-enclosed, impact-resistant shell significantly reduces noise and its lightweight compact design answers unmet needs among generator owners.

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"We created a residential backup power source that drew upon the convenience and fuel efficiency inverters have brought to camping and tailgating events, but also increased the power output and value to serve the portable home backup market," says Dan Roche, director of marketing, portable power and cleaning systems at Briggs & Stratton. "The Q6500 combines the best of inverter technology with enough wattage for total home power restoration."

The innovation behind the Q6500 was a collaborative effort between the Global Engines & Power Group and Global Turf & Consumer Product Group at Briggs & Stratton. A recent study by the outdoor power equipment manufacturer uncovered quieter operation, improved fuel efficiency and lower weight were among the top six unmet needs of generator shoppers4. The Q6500's integrated engine and alternator configuration reduces overall weight and space, and simplifies airflow, allowing for complete enclosure which results in lower noise. 

Q6500 Details

  • 306cc integrated engine/alternator allows for big power without the weight and bulk
  • Up to 14 hour run time at 25 percent load5
  • Impact-resistant shell encloses an all-steel frame for additional noise reduction and protection
  • Lightweight design and telescoping handle for effortless storage and maneuverability
  • Four GFCI 120V-20A outlets, one 120V-240V locking outlet and two USB outlets
  • 6500 starting watts6 delivers enough power to keep essential appliances and electronics up and running7
  • Muffler and balancer minimizes noise

The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator will be available in June 2017 at with an MSRP of $1,499.

While portable generators can provide users with flexibility and comfort, people should use portable generators appropriately at all times in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. As a member of the Portable Generator Manufacturers' Association, Briggs & Stratton invites everyone to visit to learn more about portable generator safety.

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®,  Ferris®, Vanguard™, Allmand®, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit and

1 As tested per ISO3744 sound power standard when compared to standard generator 030607
2 Versus a standard generator 030607
3 Per ANSI/PGMA G300-2015
4 Proprietary research conducted for Briggs & Stratton by Relevation Research
5 At 25% Load
6 Starting Watts is the maximum current that can momentarily be supplied when starting a motor, multiplied by the generator's rated voltage.
7 If connecting a portable generator into your home electrical system, have a licensed electrician install an Emergency Manual Power Transfer System.

The new Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator is designed to give homeowners quiet confidence during power outages providing enough power for essential home appliances and electronics.


With a telescopic handle and design that’s 45% more compact and 30% lighter than standard generators, Briggs & Stratton’s new Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator is easy to maneuver and store.


Briggs & Stratton’s new Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter generator features a fully-enclosed protective shell that houses an all-steel frame, keeps internal components safe and minimizes noise.


The new Q6500 QuietPower™ Series inverter technology runs more than 60% quieter than standard generators, features a noise-reducing shell and provides enough power for home power restoration.


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