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Rainier R2200i Spec Review

The Rainier R2200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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  • $533.30 - July 19, 2020
  • $530.22 - July 15, 2020
  • $529.70 - July 9, 2020
  • $545.22 - July 6, 2020
  • $548.93 - July 1, 2020
  • $474.11 - June 30, 2020
  • $430.50 - June 29, 2020
  • $439.94 - June 28, 2020
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  • Highest Price: $548.93 - July 1, 2020
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Description

Stay connected with the ultra portable, super quiet Rainier R2200i Gas Powered Digital Inverter Generator. The perfect outdoor companion for providing a dependable power source when you're camping, tailgating, or even relying on it as an emergency back up power supply at home. Wherever your destination is, it's got versatility to charge your sensitive electronics or household appliances. Designed for maximum fuel efficiency and convenience, the R2200i will keep you prepared throughout all of life's adventures.

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In summary, the Rainier R2200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Rainier R2200i in use

The Rainier R2200i

The Rainier R2200i houses a 79 cc (2.7 hp) Rainier OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1800W along with a peak wattage of 2200W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

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

With a fuel capacity of 1.3 gallon, the R2200i may run for up to 13 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH).

The R2200i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

The Rainier R2200i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L19.7 x W13.3 x H17.3 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the R2200i weighs only 44 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Rainier R2200i

The R2200i's control panel

When the oil level is too low, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Rainier R2200i, the following accessories are also included: oil, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The Rainier R2200i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Rainier R2200i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Rainier R2200i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Rainier R2200i weighs only 44 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56202i, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • 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 R2200i, offering a run time of up to 13 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, boasting with up to 26 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH, the Predator 2000 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Rainier R2200i 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
  • Lightweight (44 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Rainier R2200i 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
Engine79 cc Rainier 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% load8 h
Run time @25% load13 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight44 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.7 x 13.3 x 17.3 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel and tool 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 Rainier

Rainier Outdoor Power Equipment, LLC is a subsidiary of Midwest Equipment Sales, LLC, based in Ohio, USA. Midwest Equipment Sales has over 150 combined years of experience in the business of supplying high quality products to the heavy construction industry, including equipment for outdoor power needs. They also manage the Westinghouse brand of portable generators, so one might expect similar quality of the Rainier brand. The Rainier brand of portable power products are available exclusively through Amazon.

Warranty Information

The Rainier R2200i 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 Rainier generators, please consult Rainier's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: support@rainierpower.com.

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
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 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

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    Took mine up to the mountains for fourth of july (Almost 8000ft elevation). i was up there for 3 days and i ran this thing on a minimal capacity to just keep a fridge running and charge devices, nothing too heavy. It was super quiet that id forget it was running sometimes. it ran for about 20 hours in the 3 day period and by the end it was just barely below half a tank and never once had to fill it. meaning in the 20 hours it didn’t even use 1 gallon of fuel… AMAZING! its great cause it has not only 2 standard outlets but a 12v Cig lighter style outlet as well in case you forgot your wall adapter to your phone charger. At the 8000ft it still only usually took 2-3 tugs of the cord to get it going in the morning, but ALWAYS took a single pull once it was warmed up.

    The only thing i was a little bummed about was it was NOT happy when i took it off eco mode to increase the output for a 1200w microwave. The generator still ran and powered it, but it was sputtering ever couple seconds from the lack of air intake. Ive had this problem on past generators, just get a second air filter, poke a couple good size holes in it and use that filter at high altitude.

    Not much else to say other than it was definatly worth the four hundred and something bucks I spent on it. Sure you can get the top of the line honda engines that produce the same power that are only 4Db quieter, but you can buy 2 of these things for the price of one of those. So if youre planning on using it to run your house or RV that you live in 24/7 id fork it out for the honda. but as a camper or back up generator, this one is the best bank for your buck that wont chug gas or make your deaf.

    + PROS:
    • Super quiet and efficient
    - CONS:
    • "off-brand" so hard to find parts and accessories. Doesn't run very well at very high Altitude with a high load, but gets the job done.
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