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Ryobi RYi1000 Spec Review

The Ryobi RYi1000 is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

The Ryobi 1000 Starting Watt Inverter Generator is the perfect power solution on the jobsite, at home, and for recreational use. Offering 1000 Starting Watts/ 900 Running Watts of clean power, this Inverter Generator is ideal for powering all of your sensitive electronics. With 3-Step Easy Start and an on-board monitoring system the Ryobi 1000-Watt Inverter Generator is always ready with clean and quiet power when you need it. The Auto-Idle feature provides longer runtime and saves fuel when less power is required. (source: Ryobi (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Ryobi RYi1000

In a nutshell, the Ryobi RYi1000 is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 Ryobi RYi1000 in use

The Ryobi RYi1000

The Ryobi RYi1000's core is the 54 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 900W and a peak wattage of 1000W.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 0.6 gallon allows the RYi1000 to operate for around 8 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.08 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlet, as the RYi1000 produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following AC outlet:

120V 15A (5-15R) receptacle

Portability

The Ryobi RYi1000's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L19.8 x W12 x H19.4 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Weighing just 35 lbs, the RYi1000 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Ryobi RYi1000

The RYi1000's control panel

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

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

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Ryobi RYi1000 also comes with some accessories: funnel and oil are included.

Emissions

The Ryobi RYi1000 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Ryobi RYi1000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RYi1000 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Ryobi RYi1000 has only 35 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 500 to 1500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, with a dry weight of just 20.3 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest noise of 65 dBA can be judged as noisy. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU1000i. With just 42 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The RYi1000, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 8 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. 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 Sportsman GEN2000-SS, with around 11 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Ryobi RYi1000 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (35 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)

Do you own the Ryobi RYi1000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine54 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peak amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x 120V 15A (5-15R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight35 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.8 x 12 x 19.4 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil and funnel
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.

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About Ryobi

Founded in 1943, Ryobi Limited is a Japanese based manufacturer that throughout its history mainly focused on electrical and automotive components. However, their quite recent power tool branch has proven to be popular for the quality and reliability of its products, which are nowadays found globally on the shelves of most retailers. Ryobi products are listed to be produced in various locations globally, mainly US, Germany, Japan and China.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RYi1000 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 Ryobi generators, please consult Ryobi's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-525-2579.

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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total705 W705 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
DVD player350350
Pair of small speakers4545
Total575 W995 W
For workPaint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W680 W

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