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Cummins Onan P2500i - 2200/2500W Inverter Generator

The Cummins Onan P2500i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,200 W and a starting wattage of 2,500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Cummins Onan P2500i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

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

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 information.

Power & Run Time

The Cummins Onan P2500i in use

The Cummins Onan P2500i

The Cummins Onan P2500i houses a 98 cc (3.4 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 2,200W along with a peak wattage of 2,500W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (A058U945 parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 1 gallon, the Onan P2500i can operate for up to 10 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).

The Onan P2500i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets and a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

Since the Cummins Onan P2500i is an inverter generator, its closed design (L19.8 x W10.5 x H18.3 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The Onan P2500i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 48 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Cummins Onan P2500i

The Onan P2500i's control panel

The control panel of the Onan P2500i includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the fuel level, voltage, remaining run time and power output.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

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

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Cummins Onan P2500i's package also includes these accessories: funnel, tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The Cummins Onan P2500i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Cummins Onan P2500i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Cummins Onan P2500i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • At a weight of 48 pounds, the Cummins Onan P2500i places in the expected weight range of the inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM2000i, weighing just 34.2 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 52 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar type and power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The Onan P2500i, falls within the average autonomy range compared to inverter generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of up to 10 hours at a 25% load and a full tank. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 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 can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the DuroMax XP2300iH, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Cummins Onan P2500i vs Honda EU2200i.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Cummins Onan P2500i 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
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (48 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

Do you own the Cummins Onan P2500i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2,200 W
Starting watts2,500 W
Running amps18.3 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% load10 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerPower output, fuel level, remaining run time and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 1 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight48 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.8 x 10.5 x 18.3 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
Warranty3 years
Other model numbersA058U944

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.

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About Cummins

Cummins is a NYSE publicly traded, Fortune 500 corporation dealing in the power sector and heavy industry. Founded in 1919 in Columbus, IN, by William Glanton Irwin and Clessie Cummings, Cummins focused on the development of diesel engines. However, the company truly came to bloom only after the WWII, with the nationwide road expansion and went finally global in the 1960s, with its heavy-duty trucks. Cummins has, over the years, offered a wide variety of power solutions, from actual power plants to RV generators. Yet, the company has only recently dipped its foot into the portable generator market. The company currently offers a small selection of both conventional and inverter generators under the Onan product line, formerly the Cummins Onan brand.

Warranty Information

The Cummins Onan P2500i is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Cummins generators, please contact the Cummins Customer Support: 1-800-CUMMINS (800-286-6467).

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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1482 W2482 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Total1750 W2170 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1590 W1590 W

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Cummins Onan P2500i
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  1. 0.5
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    Bought one a couple years ago for work. Right out of the box it wouldn’t hold steady RPMs. It did ok under a load, but still not right. Took it to a Cummins dealer fall of 2020 and was treated horribly as if I had Leprosy or something. They wouldn’t let me in and said I would have to schedule an appointment. I asked if I could schedule one and was told they were backed up for a few months. I had to have it for the job I was on, so I kept running it. I probably put 30 hours on it or so then it sat around for a while, the warranty was up and I never got it fixed. The next time I went to use it, it started fine, but then gas started leaking out of the bowl seal on the carb. I really don’t know what to do with it now. I don’t want to invest much in to fixing it after reading all of the poor reviews. I would not buy one again.

    + PROS:
    • It has the Cummins name
    - CONS:
    • It was poorly built
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  2. 1.65
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    I bought the OnanP2500i new in 2020 & it was to be our rv generator, when it sits for a couple weeks without use it is hard to start. Worse thing is the generator shuts off randomly and I never know if it will work or not, when it acts up it will not run longer then 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes it will run for hours without any issues, very unreliable. It has been this way since new and has let us down a couple times when we needed it most. I contacted Cummins and they were not much help, they told me to take it to a recommended dealer to be looked at, I called the 3 they recommended within 2 hours of my home and not a single one called me back. Another call to cummins and they were no help so now the warranty has ended and I am left to sort it out.
    Generator had 24 hours on it, I regret not buying a Honda or Yamaha as the money I saved buying this one was not well spent, I do not recommend the onan P2500i to anyone.

    + PROS:
    • the price point is good, the unit is very quiet and is easy to move around for 1 person
    - CONS:
    • hard to start, unreliable, poor warranty service
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  3. 1
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    I bought this generator as I though Cummins / Onan was a reputable company, and the price was lower than the comparable Honda. Well, turns out this thing is a giant POS. Right out of the box it would not start and continues to not start consistently. After calling support they said I would have to take it to a service center. Due to Covid the center was closed and the thing is now out of warranty! Now I’m stuck with a $800 boat anchor. I should have bought the Honda.

    + PROS:
    • Looks good
    • Decent price
    - CONS:
    • Made in China
    • Will not start
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  4. 1.5
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    Purchased because of the competitive price and Cummins/Onan reputation for building reliable generators. Didn’t realize this was a badge engineered product related to several other brands. This has been a camping generator for use with my travel trailer in the mountains of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Like others, the generator performed as advertised out of the box, but gradually developed starting issues. Turning up the idle speed screw slightly seemed to help with many starting issues, but once running the generator would start loading up and run poorly. Was quite variable from trip to trip, we never knew if it would be reliable or not. Finally discovered these generators are shipped with carburetors jetted for operation between 0 and 2,000 feet above sea level. Seem to run OK up to 2,500, maybe 3,000 feet. At 4,000 to 5,000 feet performance is poor at best. Above 5,000′, you are lucky if it runs at all. One trip was at Beartooth Lake just outside Yellowstone N.P., elevation 8,000′. At this altitude, the Cummins 2500i is nothing more than an expensive boat anchor. There is a high altitude jet kit with 3 different jets, but I’ve yet to find it available from any vendor including Cummin’s mail order parts. In my opinion, buyer beware if investing in this generator.

    + PROS:
    • Competitive price, but that is about the only positive attribute.
    - CONS:
    • Poor design that cannot function in a wide range of environments.
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  5. 0.5
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    After research, thought I was making best decision of price to wattage for my 2019 purchase. Reality shows much the opposite. Purchased 2 units, as did my brother (total 4 units) early 2019. All 4 units have been back to Cummins for warranty repair due to non-starting and other issues. Broken spark plugs initial warranty assessment. Took weeks to obtain replacement spark plugs. Units will run for a bit, then die. Have to loosen/remove gas cap, then unit will start and remain running. Dies shortly after gas cap is reinstalled. When needed as power source, seems that one will run and the other not – same fuel in both. Very disappointed. Not recommended.

    + PROS:
    • size, weight, parallel capable
    - CONS:
    • won't start. not dependable.
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  6. 0.5
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    This is the worst generator I’ve ever came in contact with spills gas and oil all over the place never wants to start and shuts off when it wants to and this is brand new out-of-the-box. Would not ever recommend it

    + PROS:
    • No pros doesn’t work for any tools
    - CONS:
    • No pros doesn’t work for any tools
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  7. 0.75
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    We got this brand new out of the box and took it three hours away where it decided to completely take a poop on us and barely charged our battery so had to make a trip home around 10pm.

    + PROS:
    • Looks nice
    • Quiet
    - CONS:
    • Ran for a couple of hours and stopped working.
    • Unreliable.
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  8. 0.65
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    Mine ran crappy right out of the box. It’s now at a cummins repair center where it was diagnosed with a bad carb, then a warped cylinder head….I’ve used it once. Very disappointed in this product. I bought it for the cummins name. I hope they come thru and make things right

    + PROS:
    • good looking unit
    • always started but...
    - CONS:
    • Ran bad out of the box. Service is slow. Defective
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  9. 0.75
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    Bought this POS thinking Cummins and Onan were top of the line.
    I have yet to have it run long enough to get through even one tank of gas…

    + PROS:
    • Starts nice, quiet, small
    - CONS:
    • Runs for 30 minutes then shuts down with only 33 hours on it...
    • It would be great if it ran long enough to get through one tank of gas...
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