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ECHO EGi-3600LN - 3000/3600W Inverter Generator With Electric Start

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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))

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In a nutshell, the ECHO EGi-3600LN is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The ECHO EGi-3600LN is powered by a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3,000W as well as a peak wattage of 3,600W. In addition, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) empowers doubling of power output when linked to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

Enjoying a noise rating of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this inverter generator offers the versatility of starting with either a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or an intuitive and practical electric starter (battery included).

The fuel capacity of 2.2 gallons allows the EGi-3600LN to 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 features 3 AC outlets as follows:

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

Moreover, it comes equipped with 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries and two 5V USB ports ideal for charging various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

This ECHO generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

The ECHO EGi-3600LN is distinguished by its enclosed inverter generator design (L25.3 x W18.9 x H19.6 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.

Despite its weight of 107 lbs, the generator is considered 'portable,' signifying its capability to be moved, albeit its heaviness may hinder easy transport. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle, once it is placed on 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.

Embedded in the control panel of the EGi-3600LN, a digital data center serves as a vital feature, offering comprehensive information on the fuel level, lifetime run hours and power output to aid in monitoring activity and status.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

Alongside the typical set of documentation and the user manual to assist with setup, ECHO has included accessory] in the packaging of the EGi-3600LN.

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 a weight of 107 lbs, the ECHO EGi-3600LN sits in the heavier end of the spectrum among inverter generators rated from 2500 to 3500. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 46 pounds.
  • When comparing it to devices with a similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest noise level of 63 dBA puts it alongside the noisier units. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Honda EU3000iS is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 50 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • The EGi-3600LN provides around 8.5 hours of runtime at a 50% load on a full tank, placing it within the average autonomy range among similar inverter generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Ryobi RYi4022X, which is able to run for around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.26 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel-efficient one within its wattage category. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Rice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2397 W3397 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Total2390 W2980 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Drain cleaner250250
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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