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ECHO EGi-1200 - 1000/1200W Inverter Generator

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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))

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In short, the ECHO EGi-1200 is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The ECHO EGi-1200 in use

The ECHO EGi-1200

Running on gasoline, the ECHO EGi-1200 utilizes a 60 cc OHV 4-stroke engine to deliver 120V, offering a running wattage of 1,000W and a starting wattage of 1,200W. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) enables doubling of power output when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

Featuring a noise rating of 64 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the inverter generator utilizes a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism for ignition.

With a full tank, the EGi-1200 can operate for around 5.2 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.69 gallon.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in the AC outlets safely, as the EGi-1200 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it offers 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 5A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and two 5V USB ports ideal for charging various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Portability

The ECHO EGi-1200 is distinguished by its enclosed inverter generator design (L16 x W11 x H16 in), providing improved aesthetics and quieter performance compared to traditional, open frame units. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Considered a lightweight portable generator, the EGi-1200 weighs just 30 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. With its handle (molded in the case), carrying it becomes a breeze, adding to its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 9th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the ECHO EGi-1200

The EGi-1200's control panel

The device's light indicators will illuminate to indicate if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is overloaded.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during operation.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the ECHO EGi-1200's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

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).

  • Concerning weight, the ECHO EGi-1200 weighs only just 30 pounds, distinguishing itself as one of the lighter inverter generators amidst the 1000 to 2000 rated wattage range. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 24 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest possible noise rating of 64 dBA places it in the louder category. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 5.2 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the EGi-1200 is on the low end when compared to other inverter generators of a similar power output. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Westinghouse iGen2200, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 10 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator provides better fuel efficiency than most others in its wattage range, consuming approximately 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.09 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • 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?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine60 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,000 W
Starting watts1,200 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
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 sizing calculator.
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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    Good for keeping fridge running.
    Also my deep freeze.

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