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Ford FG2500iSCO - 2200/2500W Inverter Generator

The Ford FG2500iSCO is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,200 W and a starting wattage of 2,500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Ford FG2500iSCO is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 Ford FG2500iSCO in use

The Ford FG2500iSCO

The Ford FG2500iSCO houses a 98 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 2,200W along with a peak wattage of 2,500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 64 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1 gallon allows the FG2500iSCO to operate for around 6 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the FG2500iSCO generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 5V USB port (USB-A) with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

As the Ford FG2500iSCO is an inverter generator, its encased design (L21.1 x W11.2 x H17.9 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Weighing just 48.7 lbs, the FG2500iSCO can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the Ford FG2500iSCO

The FG2500iSCO's control panel

To help you monitor the FG2500iSCO's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours, power output, frequency, remaining run time, voltage and fuel level.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and its oil levels are insufficient.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

The unit also benefits from Ford's CO Sentry carbon monoxide detection. The sensor monitors for the accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide gas around the generator, and shuts down the engine is increasing levels of CO gas are detected. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Ford FG2500iSCO also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual, allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Ford FG2500iSCO is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

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

The Ford FG2500iSCO versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ford FG2500iSCO compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As its weight is 48.7 pounds, the Ford FG2500iSCO falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM2000i, standing at just 34.2 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 64 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. 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 6 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the FG2500iSCO is on the low end when compared to other inverter generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen2200, reaching around 10 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen2200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.11 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Ford FG2500iSCO 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
  • CO Sentry technology
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (48.7 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (64 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Ford FG2500iSCO and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts2,200 W
Starting watts2,500 W
Running amps18.3 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps
Run time @50% load6 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight48.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)21.1 x 11.2 x 17.9 in
Noise (lower limit)64 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty2 years
UPC814726027209

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 Ford

Even though Ford is most commonly known for Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company, the historically renowned US-based car manufacturer founded in 1903, its trademark appears on various other products, including power equipment. Ford Power Equipment sells affordable portable generators, water pumps and pressure washers. While generators are licensed under the Ford trademark, they are in fact manufactured and distributed by Pulsar Inc., which manufactures its products in Asia. However, the company promises great customer service, pre-delivery testing, and their products receive overall very good reviews.

Warranty Information

The Ford FG2500iSCO is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Ford generators, please contact the Ford Customer Support: 1-866-591-8921.

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1482 W2482 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Total1750 W2170 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1590 W1590 W

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