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ECHO EGi-3600LN - 3000/3600W Inverter Generator

The ECHO EGi-3600LN is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,000 W and a starting wattage of 3,600 W.

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Description

ECHO’s EGi-3600LN Low-Noise Inverter Generator has an enclosed frame and vibration reducing engine mounts to reduce chattering. It provides portable power for household essentials, camping, tailgating, charging electronic devices and construction site power. (source: ECHO (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the ECHO EGi-3600LN

In summary, the ECHO EGi-3600LN is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they 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 information.

Power & Run Time

The ECHO EGi-3600LN's design includes a gasoline-fueled 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3,000W and also a peak wattage of 3,600W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

At a noise rating of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 2.2 gallons, the EGi-3600LN can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.26 GPH).

The EGi-3600LN generates a clean sine wave: providing <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

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

Even if this ECHO generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle.

Portability

The ECHO EGi-3600LN is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L25.3 x W18.9 x H19.6 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

As the generator's weight is 107 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the ECHO EGi-3600LN

The EGi-3600LN's control panel

On the top of the unit, a handy compartment allows for an easy and convenient onboard storage of maintenance-related tools.

The control panel of the EGi-3600LN includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the fuel level, power output and lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, ECHO also included a tool kit in the EGi-3600LN's packaging.

Emissions

The ECHO EGi-3600LN is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The ECHO EGi-3600LN versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the ECHO EGi-3600LN compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • With its weight of 107 lbs, the ECHO EGi-3600LN is one of the heavier inverter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO with only 46 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 63 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • The EGi-3600LN, offering a run time of around 8.5 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Ryobi RYi4022X, as it provides around 12 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.26 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the ECHO EGi-3600LN 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
  • Onboard storage for maintenance tools
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (107 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (63 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,000 W
Starting watts3,600 W
Running amps25 amps
Peak amps30 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.2 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight107 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.3 x 18.9 x 19.6 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit and battery
UPC743184023167

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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-3600LN 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
Hair dryer18001900
Blender400850
Total2392 W3392 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total2380 W2800 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total2380 W3480 W

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  1. 4.9
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    Had just enough power to run a space heater, refrigerator, lamp, computers, phone chargers, TV and DVD player, during a power outage due to a once in a lifetime ice storm in Texas around mid February 2021.

    It literally saved our lives. We had to unplug the refrigerator to be able to cook on electric griddle but it sure kept us warm.

    + PROS:
    • Ran through the night for 12 hrs straight on a tank of gas. Very quiet
    - CONS:
    • Appears to be hard to maintain such as draining fuel for storage and draining oil for oil change but other than that works great.
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