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Generac GP2200i - 1700/2200W Inverter Generator

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:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with 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. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (GP2200i Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

This inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon, the GP2200i may run for up to 10.75 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH).

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

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Furthermore, it has 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 you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

The Generac GP2200i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L19.7 x W11.4 x H17.9 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The GP2200i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 46.6 lbs. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Generac GP2200i

The GP2200i's control panel

When the generator is on overload, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Generac GP2200i, the following accessories are also included: oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Generac GP2200i is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable 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 inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 46.6 lbs, the Generac GP2200i belongs in the expected weight range for inverters which can produce between 1500 and 2500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of only 34.2 lbs.
  • Since the GP2200i boasts with a run time of up to 10.75 hours at 25% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most inverter generators of a comparable output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 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 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 fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Generac GP2200i 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (46.6 lbs)
  • 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%
ComplianceCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil and funnel
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers7117
UPC696471004045

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
LED TV150150
Total1340 W1930 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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