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Ryobi RYi2000GRA Spec Review

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The Ryobi RYi2000GRA is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1600 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

Whether you need power for home use, recreational use, or even the jobsite, the RYOBI 2,000-Watt Inverter Generator is ready with clean, quiet power for any occasion. With an extra quiet design, this inverter offers 2,000 Starting Watt/1,600 Running Watt and is also safe for even the most sensitive electronics. Plus, this portable inverter is parallel-kit capable, so for larger power demands you can link two RYOBI Inverters together for twice the power. With only 3 easy steps to get this inverter started, operation is a breeze. (source: Ryobi)

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In a nutshell, the Ryobi RYi2000GRA 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
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Ryobi RYi2000GRA is powered by a 80 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1600W as well as a peak wattage of 2000W. 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.

With a noise rating of 57 dBA (less noisy than rainfall), the inverter generator features Ryobi's EasyStart pull-start mechanism (more information below).

The RYi2000GRA can operate for up to 10.3 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.12 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the RYi2000GRA produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L18.5 x W12.5 x H19 in), the Ryobi RYi2000GRA, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The 52 lbs of the RYi2000GRA's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, moving the RYi2000GRA from A to B is made easier thanks a convenient handle (molded in the case), which vastly improves your grip.

EasyStart Mechanism

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Ryobi’s EasyStart mechanism

The unit benefits from Ryobi’s EasyStart mechanism. This 3-step starting system allows you to easily start your generator. It works in the following way:

  1. Place the dial on the “COLD START” position
  2. Pull the recoil until the engine runs
  3. Let the engine run 15 to 30 seconds and place the dial on the “RUN/RE-START” position

Features

Panel of the Ryobi RYi2000GRA

The RYi2000GRA's control panel

A light indicator shows you if the generator is overloaded.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Besides the classic documentation and a user manual to get you promptly started, the Ryobi RYi2000GRA also comes with some accessories: tool kit, oil and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Ryobi RYi2000GRA 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.

The Ryobi RYi2000GRA versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RYi2000GRA compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 52 lbs, the Ryobi RYi2000GRA belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56202i, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • As this inverter generator can emit noise as low as 57 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • Given that the RYi2000GRA reaches an autonomy of 10.3 hours with a full tank and at 25% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. 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 Westinghouse WGen2000, with 26 hours .
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. Standing at an estimated 0.12 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, this inverter generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV2000P, 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 this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Ryobi RYi2000GRA 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (52 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (57 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

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Where to buy the Ryobi RYi2000GRA?

You can easily buy your Ryobi generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1600 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load10.3 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsOverload
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight52 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)18.5 x 12.5 x 19 in
Noise (lower limit)57 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil 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 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 RYi2000GRA 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-860-4050.

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