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Powerhorse 2300i Spec Review

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

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  • $559.99 - October 14, 2021
  • $529.99 - October 8, 2021
  • $559.99 - September 1, 2021
  • $519.99 - August 4, 2021
  • $549.99 - June 25, 2021
  • $519.99 - June 19, 2021
  • $549.99 - June 10, 2021
  • $519.99 - June 8, 2021
Data source: northerntool.com
Since: May 15, 2021
  • Highest Price: $559.99 - September 1, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $479.99 - June 5, 2021

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.

Zoom on the Powerhorse 2300i

In a nutshell, the Powerhorse 2300i is a quiet, 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
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 houses a 80 cc (3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1800W along with 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.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

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

As the 2300i produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Even though this Powerhorse generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

Since the Powerhorse 2300i is an inverter generator, its closed design (L22 x W13.3 x H19.3 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

With a dry weight of 54 lbs, the 2300i can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, shifting it is an easy task, as the 2300i features a nifty handle (molded in the case), improving your grip greatly.

Features

Panel of the Powerhorse 2300i

The 2300i's control panel

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

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

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Powerhorse 2300i also comes with several accessories, including: funnel and tool kit.

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 and therefore, can be used 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).

  • At a weight of 54 pounds, the Powerhorse 2300i places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Champion 200949, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 52 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of 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.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 8.8 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the 2300i falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power 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 up to 26 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.13 GPH at a 25% load. 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 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
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (54 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powerhorse 2300i 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 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1800 W
Starting watts2300 W
Running amps15 amps
Peak 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". Powerhorse generators are engineered, developed and tested in Minnesota, but manufactured in China.

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 sizer.
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.

Ii need plastic kit and parts. Where can I get them from (Asked March 09, 2021)

Replacement parts can be purchased through Northern Tool.

What spark plug to use (Asked August 17, 2021)

NGK spark plug should be BP7HS or BPR7HS.

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    I purchased a pair of these to power my 30ft 5th wheel camper. They run the whole house when in parallel, so long as the hot water heater doesn’t come on with A/C and microwave already going. Just 1 generator will power my Coleman Mach 15K BTU roof AC, along with my power convertor (battery charger/12v power supply). Run time on 1 full tank running wide open was just over 6.5 hours.

    + PROS:
    • Quiet
    • Responsive to loads
    • Easy to start
    • Simple
    • More powerful than others
    - CONS:
    • Slightly noiser than Honda, but I bought 2 of these with the parallel kit for less than 1 Honda, and I have had no complaints about noise.
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