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

The ECHO EGi-4000 is a portable open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,400 W and a starting wattage of 4,000 W.

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Description

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 able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The ECHO EGi-4000 in use

The ECHO EGi-4000

The ECHO EGi-4000's engine, 212 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3,400W and reaches a peak wattage of 4,000W.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 3.3 gallons, the EGi-4000 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.33 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the EGi-4000 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

This ECHO generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The design of the ECHO EGi-4000 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L27 x W18.8 x H24 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

With a dry weight of 86 lbs, the EGi-4000 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. In addition, with its wheel kit and its folding handle, it may be shifted with ease, once placed on the floor.

Features

Panel of the ECHO EGi-4000

The EGi-4000's control panel

To help you monitor the EGi-4000's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the remaining run time, power output and fuel level.

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.

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.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the ECHO EGi-4000's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

ECHO COMMAND™

Generator stats on ECHO COMMAND™ app

COMMAND™ allows remote monitoring

ECHO’s COMMAND™ app lets you pair your smartphone with your EGi-4000 inverter generator. It allows you to always know exactly what is going on and to make adjustments when needed, so that everything keeps running without unexpected power loss.

Using Bluetooth technology, the generator communicates with the COMMAND™ app (available on iOS (opens in a new tab) and Android (opens in a new tab) devices) to conveniently monitor power consumption, fuel level, remaining runtime, and even remotely shut off your generator directly from your smartphone.

The information displayed within the COMMAND™ App is identical to the information displayed on the LCD screen of the EGi-4000. Moreover, the COMMAND™ app also supports parallel operation.

Emissions

The ECHO EGi-4000 is CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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

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).

  • As its weight is 86 pounds, the ECHO EGi-4000 falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, weighing just 46 pounds.
  • With a run time of around 10 hours at 50% load, the EGi-4000 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Ryobi RYi4022X, boasting with 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. This inverter generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.33 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.22 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

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

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

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
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
Features
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
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank3.3 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight86 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 18.8 x 24 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedWheel kit
UPC743184017579

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-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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Garage door opener7201420
Total2712 W3712 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Mixer200200
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
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    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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