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Rainier R2200i Spec Review

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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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  • $630.96 - November 14, 2019
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  • $524.64 - October 18, 2019
  • $1,239.62 - September 6, 2019
  • $495.85 - August 23, 2019
Since: August 23, 2019
  • Highest Price: $1,239.62 - September 6, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $495.85 - August 23, 2019

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. (source: Rainier)

Zoom on the Rainier R2200i

In a nutshell, the Rainier R2200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

With a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features 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 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

The Rainier R2200i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L19.7 x W13.3 x H17.3 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

The R2200i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 44 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by a handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

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The R2200i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the inverter generator.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and a user manual to get you promptly started, the Rainier R2200i also comes with some accessories: oil, tool kit and funnel are included.

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, making it usable in forested areas.

Product Videos

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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).

  • Weight-wise, the Rainier R2200i has only 44 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN 56202i, with a dry weight of just 38.6 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 noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • Offering up to 13 hours of running time on a full tank at 25% load, the R2200i is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. 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.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Predator 2000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic 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?

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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 RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank1.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight44 lbs
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.

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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: support@rainierpower.com.

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