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Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart Spec Review

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The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart (30651) is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1700 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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Description

Designed with camping and tailgating in mind, this inverter generator is quiet, lightweight and efficient to easily enjoy the little conveniences of home anywhere you are. (source: Briggs & Stratton)

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart in use

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart's core is the 110 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1700W and a peak wattage of 2200W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (PowerSmart parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 59 dBA (less noisy than rainfall).

The P2200 PowerSmart can operate for up to 8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1 gallon.

As the P2200 PowerSmart produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 5A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L21 x W12.5 x H17.35 in. Thus, it is more esthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

The P2200 PowerSmart can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 54 lbs. Furthermore, moving the P2200 PowerSmart from A to B is made easier thanks a convenient triple handle (molded in the case), which vastly improves your grip.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart

The P2200 PowerSmart's control panel

The light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

The unit benefits from Briggs & Stratton’s Quiet Power Technology (QPT™), a feature designed to greatly improve its noise levels, emissions and fuel consumption. When the switch, located on the control panel, is turned ON, the engine speed increases as electrical loads are connected, and decreases as electrical loads are removed.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, oil, dual port USB adapter and funnel.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 54 lbs, the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the WEN 56202i with only 38.6 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 59 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • The autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only 8 hours at 25% load on a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching 26 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Energizer eZV2000P, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (54 lbs)
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (59 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart?

You can easily buy your Briggs & Stratton generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine110 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1700 W
Starting watts2200 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peaks amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load6.5 h
Run time @25% load8 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 5A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight54 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)21 x 12.5 x 17.35 in
Noise (lower limit)59 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit and dual port USB adapter
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Briggs & Stratton

Founded in 1908, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton is a well renowned American based gasoline engine manufacturer. While the company mainly focuses on engines – including outdoor, power tool, karting, cast iron and aluminum models, power generators are a crucial component of their portfolio as well – Briggs & Stratton provides both portable and standby solutions for casual users with full support, including installation. The company operates on a global scale, with 13 facilities spread across all the of the continents.

Warranty Information

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 PowerSmart is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Briggs & Stratton generators, please consult Briggs & Stratton's warranty policies stated in the user manual. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

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