WE ARE PROUD TO BE INDEPENDENT AND IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH MANUFACTURERS. TO STAY UNBIASED, WE DO NOT ACCEPT FREE PRODUCTS. WE EARN FROM ADVERTISING FEES PAID BY EBAY, ZORO OR NORTHERN TOOL ON QUALIFYING PURCHASES.

Powerhorse 2300i - 1800/2300W Inverter Generator

CompareShortlistShortlistedRemoved from shortlist 30

Powerhorse 2300iPowerhorse 2300iPowerhorse 2300i
Set Price Alert
×
Notify me when the price drops
Set an alert for the Powerhorse 2300i - Current lowest price: $400.00

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:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 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 1,800W along with a peak wattage of 2,300W. 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 conversation at home), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional 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).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 2300i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <1.5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features 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

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L22 x W13.3 x H19.3 in), the Powerhorse 2300i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The 2300i's dry weight of 54 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. 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 ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Powerhorse 2300i, the following accessories are also included: 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 thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

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).

  • With its weight of 54 lbs, the Powerhorse 2300i is one of the heavier inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the 2300i, with an autonomy of up to 8.8 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. 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 DuroMax XP2300iH, with up to 13 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. 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 DuroMax XP2300iH. 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 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
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • 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?

Let us know and write your own review.

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

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.

Spec Improvement×

This form does not send us any personal data (not even your IP address)

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.

Couldn't find the right answer for you? Ask your own question.

Ask a question

Your name and email address will not be publicly published. We only need them to be able to answer you directly

Powerhorse 2300i
5.6 Total Score
2 reviews
Add your review
Price
6
Value
5.5
Quality
5.5
Performance
5.5

User Reviews

Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating Add your review
  1. Avatar
    Clarence lucas July 25, 2023 at 12:51 pm
    0.65
    Price
    20
    Value
    10
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    10

    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…

    + PROS:
    • No pros
    - CONS:
    • Junk
    Helpful(1) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this
  2. 5
    Price
    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    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.
    Helpful(9) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this

Leave a review

Your total score

Generator Bible
Logo
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare

You can compare as many generators as you wish. However, for the best results, we recommend you to compare only 2 generators at a time.

0