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Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart - 1800/2400W Inverter Generator

The Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart (30758) is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,800 W and a starting wattage of 2,400 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In short, the Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

Running on gasoline, the Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart utilizes a 79 cc OHV 4-stroke engine to deliver 120V, offering a running wattage of 1,800W and a starting wattage of 2,400W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Featuring a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), the inverter generator utilizes a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism for ignition.

With a fuel capacity of 1 gallon, the P2400 PowerSmart may run for up to 8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

The <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the P2400 PowerSmart ensures a clean sine wave output, providing a secure power source for your sensitive electronics through its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port ideal for charging various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Portability

The Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart is distinguished by its enclosed inverter generator design (L20 x W12 x H17 in), providing improved aesthetics and quieter performance compared to traditional, open frame units. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The 51 lbs of the P2400 PowerSmart's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Moreover, the convenient double handle (molded in the case) greatly enhances the grip, ensuring that carrying the P2400 PowerSmart from A to B is always an easy task.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart

The P2400 PowerSmart's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is on overload. To offer greater control and easy operation during nighttime, the panel is LED-lit.

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.

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its use.

The P2400 PowerSmart also benefits from Briggs & Stratton’s CO Guard™ (opens in a new tab) carbon monoxide shutdown. This new patent-pending technology uses advanced algorithms to shut down the generator when harmful levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the generator's operating area.

In addition to the standard documentation and the user manual for prompt setup, Briggs & Stratton has also included accessory] in the packaging of the P2400 PowerSmart.

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The Briggs & Stratton P2400 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 P2400 PowerSmart compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 51 lbs, the Briggs & Stratton P2400 PowerSmart falls within the expected weight range for inverter generators in the 1500 to 2500 rated wattage. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM2000i with only 34.2 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this inverter generator and its lowest emitted noise of 62 dBA is on the noisier side. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the P2400 PowerSmart, with an autonomy of up to 8 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If runtime is a priority for you, the DuroMax XP2300iH stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing up to 13 hours of continuous use.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. This inverter generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.13 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the DuroMax XP2300iH, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Briggs & Stratton P2400 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
  • Illuminated control panel
  • CO Guard™ technology
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (51 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • On the noisy side (62 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,800 W
Starting watts2,400 W
Running amps15 amps
Peak amps20 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight51 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)20 x 12 x 17 in
Noise (lower limit)62 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil
SeriesPowerSmart
Other model numbers30758
UPC011675307585

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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 P2400 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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total1387 W2387 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1435 W2025 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
Do I need to put 2 cycle engine oil in with the gas (Asked July 02, 2021)

Engine is 4 cycle, so you should not mix your gas with oil.

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