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Powerhorse 2300i - 1800/2300W Inverter Generator

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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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To sum up, the Powerhorse 2300i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Powerhorse 2300i in use

The Powerhorse 2300i

The Powerhorse 2300i's design includes a gasoline-fueled 80 cc (3 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1,800W and also a peak wattage of 2,300W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (89778 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall). Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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

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

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Despite not having the 'RV Ready' status, this Powerhorse generator provides the benefit of convenient RV compatibility through its L5-30R receptacle, enabling you to easily power your RV using an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L22 x W13.3 x H19.3 in), the Powerhorse 2300i offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 54 lbs, the 2300i can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Furthermore, the 2300i's easy transport from A to B is facilitated by its convenient handle (molded in the case), which enhances grip.

Features

Panel of the Powerhorse 2300i

The 2300i's control panel

The light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready 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.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the Powerhorse 2300i is bundled with additional accessories: funnel and tool kit.

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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 inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Weighing in at 54 lbs, the Powerhorse 2300i is one of the heavier inverter generators available in the 1500-2500 rated wattage segment. 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.
  • At just 52 dBA rated noise level, this inverter generator is positioned as one of the quieter choices among devices delivering similar type and power. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Honda EU2200i is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 48 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • 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 inverters of a comparable power output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, which is able to run for up to 13 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. In terms of fuel efficiency within its wattage range, this inverter generator falls short: it consumes approximately 0.13 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen2800, 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 these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter 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)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (54 lbs)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powerhorse 2300i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1,800 W
Starting watts2,300 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%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Country of originVietnam
Other model numbers83169

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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 or Vietnam.

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total1287 W2287 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1435 W2025 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.

I need to change the air filter? (Asked September 23, 2022)

Air filter part number is #801847. It can be purchased through Norther Tool.

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    Clarence lucas July 25, 2023 at 12:51 pm
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    Bought a powerhouse 2300i from northern tool.the damn thing ran 4hours and wouldn’t start again.was told at northern tool that they had trouble with the carburators….but they didn’t offer a replacement. It’s still sitting in my building …..junk…

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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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