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Powerhorse 2300i Spec Review

The Powerhorse 2300i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2300 W.

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Description

This Powerhorse® Portable Inverter Generator offers greater performance combined with clean, quiet, reliable power. Quiet 52dB noise level makes it ideal for home, camping, tailgating and more. Low distortion output allows safe operation of sensitive electronics, including laptops, smartphones, TVs, tools and more.

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In summary, the Powerhorse 2300i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 Powerhorse 2300i in use

The Powerhorse 2300i

The Powerhorse 2300i is powered by a 80 cc (3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1800W as well as a peak wattage of 2300W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (89778 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

At a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb), the inverter generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 1.18 gallon, the 2300i may run for up to 8.8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.13 GPH).

The 2300i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

This Powerhorse generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready.

Portability

The Powerhorse 2300i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L22 x W13.3 x H19.3 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

As the 2300i's weight is only 54 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. In addition, its nifty handle (molded in the case) improves your grip, allowing for an easy transport of the 2300i from place to place.

Features

Panel of the Powerhorse 2300i

The 2300i's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Powerhorse 2300i also comes with some accessories: tool kit and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Powerhorse 2300i is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Powerhorse 2300i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powerhorse 2300i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As its weight is 54 pounds, the Powerhorse 2300i falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Champion 200949, weighing just 38.6 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The 2300i’s autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only up to 8.8 hours at 25% load on a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, with up to 26 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. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.13 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Predator 2000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 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 generators, the Powerhorse 2300i 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
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (54 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Powerhorse 2300i 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
Engine80 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1800 W
Starting watts2300 W
Running amps15 amps
Peaks amps19.2 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load8.8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankPlastic, 1.18 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight54 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22 x 13.3 x 19.3 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 1.5%
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Warranty2 years
Other model numbers83169

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 Powerhorse

Powerhorse is a trademarked brand name of gas-powered outdoor products owned and distributed by the Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc. through their store locations and online. Powerhorse outdoor products include gas- and electric-powered tools including pressure washers, wood chippers/shredders, log splitters, electric generators and inverters. The product line also offers engines and water pumps. The brand's motto is "Power You Can Depend On".

Warranty Information

The Powerhorse 2300i 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 Powerhorse generators, please contact the Powerhorse Customer Support: 1-866-443-2576.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total1287 W2287 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total1420 W1420 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
What kind of oil does it take? (Asked May 23, 2020)

Recommended oil is SAE-10W30. The engine's oil capacity is 0.42 qt. (13.4 fl. oz.)

Can you add a auxiliary fuel tank to this power horse 2300i (Asked October 25, 2020)

It could be possible, but the unit does not have a fuel pump, so it would have to be gravity-fed.

Is there a way to use on a 230v circuit? (Asked October 28, 2020)

Possibly, with an appropriate step up transformer (opens in a new tab).

What is needed to make unit RV ready? (Asked February 16, 2021)

It would need a TT-30R outlet. Refer to our definition of RV-Ready.

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