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ECHO EGi-1200 - 1000/1200W Inverter Generator

The ECHO EGi-1200 is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1000 W and a starting wattage of 1200 W.

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Description

When you just have to get out there and enjoy being with nature, friends and family, take ECHO's EGi-1200 generator with you. It's ultra quiet when compared to other generators. It's small, compact, lightweight with a handle making it easy to grab and go. Good things come with those who camp and tailgate. (source: ECHO (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the ECHO EGi-1200

In summary, the ECHO EGi-1200 is a 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 ECHO EGi-1200 in use

The ECHO EGi-1200

The ECHO EGi-1200's design includes a gasoline-fueled 60 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1000W and also a peak wattage of 1200W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 64 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 0.69 gallon allows the EGi-1200 to operate for around 5.2 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

As the EGi-1200 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 5A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries and two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

Since the ECHO EGi-1200 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L16 x W11 x H16 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a weight of only 30 lbs, the EGi-1200 may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 8th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the ECHO EGi-1200

The EGi-1200's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the ECHO EGi-1200's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat.

Emissions

The ECHO EGi-1200 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 therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The ECHO EGi-1200 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the ECHO EGi-1200 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the ECHO EGi-1200 only weighs in at 30 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1000-2000 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM1200i, weighing just 25.3 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this inverter generator and its lowest emitted noise of 64 dBA is on the noisier side. 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 EGi-1200's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only around 5.2 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse iGen2200, boasting with around 10 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen2200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.11 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the ECHO EGi-1200 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (30 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (64 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the ECHO EGi-1200 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
Engine60 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1000 W
Starting watts1200 W
Running amps8.3 amps
Peak amps10 amps
Run time @50% load5.2 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 5A receptacle
2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.69 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight30 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)16 x 11 x 16 in
Noise (lower limit)64 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
UPC743184017555

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 ECHO

ECHO Incorporated was founded in 1972 in Northbrook, IL as the Kioritz Corporation of America. In 1978, the name was changed to its current form. While it is the largest subsidiary of the Yamabiko Corporation of Japan, its US headquarters is located in Lake Zurich, IL, near Chicago. ECHO manufactures most of its products in the US, with parts from both domestic and foreign suppliers. Its wide range of outdoor power products includes portable generators, pressure washers, trimmers, blowers, and chainsaws. The company prides itself on a pro-environmental approach including the three segments of technology, conservation, and sustainability.

Warranty Information

The ECHO EGi-1200 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 ECHO generators, please consult ECHO's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-432-ECHO (3246).

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total192 W1192 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Game console150150
Total730 W1180 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Total730 W960 W

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