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Lifan ES2200SC Spec Review

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The Lifan ES2200SC is a compact and lightweight portable generator with a rated wattage of 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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  • $361.00 - November 13, 2019
  • $392.90 - November 12, 2019
  • $349.00 - October 2, 2019
  • $392.90 - September 18, 2019
  • $394.82 - September 11, 2019
  • $349.00 - August 2, 2019
  • $394.82 - July 17, 2019
  • $349.00 - June 20, 2019
Since: June 7, 2019
  • Highest Price: $397.71 - June 7, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $349.00 - June 20, 2019

Description

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In summary, the Lifan ES2200SC is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • 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 Lifan ES2200SC's engine, 118 cc (4 hp) Lifan OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1800W and reaches a peak wattage of 2200W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 60 dBA (just as noisy as background music). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the ES2200SC can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.29 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 2 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Portability

Thanks to its compact encased design (L20 x W18 x H15 in), the Lifan ES2200SC, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The 72 lbs of the ES2200SC's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Moreover, displacement is an easy task, as the ES2200SC features a nifty handle (molded in the case), improving your grip greatly.

Features

Panel of the Lifan ES2200SC

The ES2200SC's control panel

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.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Lifan also included a tool kit in the ES2200SC's packaging.

Emissions

The Lifan ES2200SC is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

Product Video

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The Lifan ES2200SC versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Lifan ES2200SC compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • A weight of 72 lbs makes the Lifan ES2200SC one of the heavier devices in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN 56202i, with a dry weight of only 38.6 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 60 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the ES2200SC, reaching around 7 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching around 20 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 generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.29 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.12 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen2200 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Lifan ES2200SC 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (60 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • No spark arrestor
  • On the heavy side (72 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Lifan ES2200SC and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine118 cc Lifan OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1800 W
Starting watts2200 W
Running amps15 amps
Peaks amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight72 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)20 x 18 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)60 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsEPA
SecurityOverload and low oil protection
Spark arrestorNo
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit
Warranty3 years

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.

About Lifan

LIFAN, or rather LIFAN Power USA, is a rather small and new company, based in Arizona. LIFAN’s range is comprised of engines and related products, such as pressure washers, water pumps and of course, generators – of which there is a surprising variety, including inverters, portable generators, but also high output, standby home generators. The company admirably admits that their primary (and most likely only) manufacturing facilities are located in China and their goal is to provide affordable products above all.

Warranty Information

The Lifan ES2200SC 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 Lifan generators, please consult Lifan's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-866-471-7464.

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