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Generac GP2200i Spec Review

The Generac GP2200i (7117) is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1700 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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Description

An affordable solution for recreational applications, the GP2200i is the perfect size for tailgating,camping and power on the go. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Generac GP2200i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Generac GP2200i in use

The Generac GP2200i

The Generac GP2200i's engine, 80 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1700W and reaches a peak wattage of 2200W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (GP2200i Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

This inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon allows the GP2200i to operate for up to 10.75 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the GP2200i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and a 5V USB port with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

As the Generac GP2200i is an inverter generator, its encased design (L19.7 x W11.4 x H17.9 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Weighing just 46.6 lbs, the GP2200i can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP2200i

The GP2200i's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.

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

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Generac GP2200i also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel and oil.

Emissions

The Generac GP2200i is CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Generac GP2200i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Generac GP2200i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Generac GP2200i has only 46.6 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Champion 200949, with a dry weight of just 38.6 pounds.
  • Given that the GP2200i reaches an autonomy of up to 10.75 hours with a full tank and at 25% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching up to 26 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This inverter generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.11 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Predator 2000, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Generac GP2200i is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46.6 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Generac GP2200i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1700 W
Starting watts2200 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peak amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% load10.75 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight46.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.7 x 11.4 x 17.9 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil and funnel
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers7117

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 Generac

Generac Power Systems is an American based generator and power equipment manufacturer, founded in 1959. As its name suggests, the main focus of Generac are power generators, and other related electric equipment, such as switches, paralleling systems and small engines. The company has several manufacturing facilities based in the US, thus, their products are made in the USA. However, the company provides no information about the origin of their components.

Warranty Information

The Generac GP2200i 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 Generac generators, please consult Generac's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total1355 W1355 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
What is the noise rating of the GP2200i?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Generac does not provide their units' noise levels.

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    I bought the Generac 2200i a few years ago to prepare for hurricane season. Until Ida I had only used it twice for about a total of 10 hours. After Ida I ran it for about 4 days and burned less than 7 gallons of fuel.

    Most of the daytime I was only running the refrigerator/freezer combo and a couple of fans, and (the tv and chargeable electronics I had plugged into a UPS which was then connected to the generator). At night I ran a few lamps with LED bulbs and a portable AC unit which draws about 700kw.

    During the afternoon I would try to give it a few hours break while I was doing yard cleanup and I gave it a break in the morning between when it ran out of gas and when the heat forced me out of bed. The generator would run all day and still have gas in it when I filled it up for the night shift. At night it was running for just over 7 hours on what I would estimate at 60% load.

    It ran almost everything we needed. Air fryer, coffee maker, blender, toaster, hair dryer all ran no problem. The only limitations were the microwave overloaded it and testing the AC on my neighbors old travel trailer was too much.

    The best thing was that all my neighbors were out looking for gas after about 2 days for their large generators and I hadn’t even gone through half of a 5 gallon can of gas. It is also very quiet.

    I changed the oil at just over 20 hours total as recommended for first oil change and I definitely say by how dirty it was that should not be skipped. I then changed it again at just under 50 hours as recommended going forward and it wasn’t really that bad.

    It did get some direct sunlight one afternoon when I wasn’t paying attention. The generator was definitely hotter than usual but ran fine. After that I put it under a beach umbrella and it stayed much cooler.

    I’m definitely very pleased with this generator in real life usage. It ran everything I needed and made life much easier until the power came back on. If I was going to change something I would be add another half gallon to the tank size to run a bit longer under higher load.

    + PROS:
    • Great on gas
    • Quiet
    • Very portable
    - CONS:
    • Short run time under higher load
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