ECHO EGi-4000 - 3400/4000W Open Frame Inverter Generator

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Gas powered and lightweight, ECHO's EGi-4000 generator has 33% more wattage than some of the competition. Take it where you need to go with a folding handle & wheels. ECHO's Command™ and ECHO's COntrol™ lets you monitor what's going on. (source: ECHO (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the ECHO EGi-4000 is a portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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-4000 in use

The ECHO EGi-4000

Running on gasoline, the ECHO EGi-4000 operates with a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120V, with a running wattage of 3,400W and a peak wattage of 4,000W.

Its starting mechanism is based on a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

The EGi-4000's fuel tank holds 3.3 gallons, ensuring uninterrupted operation for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption approximately 0.33 GPH).

Thanks to its low <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the EGi-4000 produces a clean sine wave output, making it safe for your sensitive electronics when utilizing the AC outlets.


The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT meaning 'Travel Trailer'), this ECHO generator is RV Ready, ready to power your recreational vehicle with ease.


With its L27 x W18.8 x H24 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the ECHO EGi-4000 guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 86 lbs, the EGi-4000 is manageable, ensuring it can accompany you wherever you need power. Moreover, its wheel kit and its folding handle will allow you to easily shift it once it's on the ground.


Panel of the ECHO EGi-4000

The EGi-4000's control panel

Embedded in the control panel of the EGi-4000, a digital data center serves as a vital feature, offering comprehensive information on the fuel level, power output and remaining run time to aid in monitoring activity and status.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

The EGi-4000 also benefits from ECHO’s COntrol™ carbon monoxide detection. This system monitors the accumulation of CO gas while the generator is running and will shut off the engine if the levels become dangerously high.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the ECHO EGi-4000 is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.


The unit used to be able to be paired with a smartphone via the ECHO COMMAND™ app. As of 2024/05/01, this app is no longer available.

The ECHO EGi-4000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the ECHO EGi-4000 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Weighing in at 86 lbs, the ECHO EGi-4000 fits within the expected weight range for inverters producing 2500 to 3500 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • Since the EGi-4000 boasts with a run time of around 10 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most inverter generators of a comparable output. 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. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel-efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.33 GPH at a 50% load. 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-4000 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

  • In the expected price range
  • COntrol™ technology
  • RV Ready
  • Inverter
  • High run time
  • Decent weight (86 lbs)
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the ECHO EGi-4000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts3,400 W
Starting watts4,000 W
Running amps28.3 amps
Peak amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerPower output, fuel level and remaining run time
Fuel tank3.3 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Weight86 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 18.8 x 24 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedWheel kit

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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-4000 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 homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total2492 W3992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Cell phone charger2020
Total2710 W3300 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total2660 W3760 W
How do you start the echo egi 4000 (Asked December 13, 2022)

There is a lever located above the air filter. It should be placed on the START (middle) position before pulling the starter rope. Once the generator runs, the lever should be in the RUN (right) position.

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    Barry Sanders June 17, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Will not run my ac on my rv.
    15000btu 3600 start watts.
    $850 boat anchor.

    + PROS:
    • Lightweight
    - CONS:
    • Doesnt work on 15000btu ac 3600 start watts. Pos.
    • $850 boat anchor.
    • I will seek mine for $500 and take the loss.
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