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Ryobi RYi4022X Spec Review

The Ryobi RYi4022X is a compact open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3400 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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Description

Whether you need power for recreation activities or for emergency situations, the RYOBI 4000 Watt Inverter Generator is the perfect solution for any scenario. Delivering 4,000 Starting Watts and 3,400 Running Watts of clean power, this generator is perfectly safe for sensitive electronics. With Idle-Down Technology this generator operates with greater fuel efficiency and less noise. It's rear wheels and extending handle allow for easy transport no matter your destination. Best of all, the RYOBI 4000 Watt Inverter Generator is UL certified to ANSI/UL2201 as a low CO portable generator and also includes CO DETECT shutdown sensor for added safety. (source: Ryobi (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Ryobi RYi4022X

In a nutshell, the Ryobi RYi4022X is a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Ryobi RYi4022X in use

The Ryobi RYi4022X

The Ryobi RYi4022X is powered by a 212 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3400W as well as a peak wattage of 4000W.

At a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the inverter generator is started via Ryobi's EasyStart pull-start mechanism (more information below).

The RYi4022X can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 3.3 gallons.

As the RYi4022X produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Ryobi generator is RV Ready.

Portability

With its dimensions of L25 x W15.88 x H21.75 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Ryobi RYi4022X offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 85 lbs, the RYi4022X can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, its wheel kit and its folding handle will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's on the ground.

EasyStart Mechanism

ryobi easystart starting mechanism

Ryobi's 3-step 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. Put the engine switch on the “ON” position, and place the lever on the “START” position
  2. Pull the recoil until the engine runs
  3. Let the engine run 15 to 30 seconds and place the lever on the “RUN” position

Features

Panel of the Ryobi RYi4022X

The RYi4022X's control panel

A light indicator serves to show you when the oil level is too low.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

It also benefits from Ryobi's CO DETECT technology, which is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Ryobi RYi4022X's package also includes these accessories: tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The Ryobi RYi4022X is CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

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The Ryobi RYi4022X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Ryobi RYi4022X compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Ryobi RYi4022X weighs only 85 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Generac GP3300i, with a dry weight of only 59.5 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest emitted noise of 72 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Given that the RYi4022X reaches an autonomy of around 12 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed 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 Honda EB4000X, reaching around 16 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. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Ryobi RYi4022X 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
  • CO DETECT technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (85 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • On the noisy side (72 dBA)

Do you own the Ryobi RYi4022X 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 readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts3400 W
Starting watts4000 W
Running amps28.3 amps
Peaks amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank3.3 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight85 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25 x 15.88 x 21.75 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, and wheel 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.

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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 RYi4022X 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: 1-800-860-4050.

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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total2712 W3712 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Cell phone charger2020
Total2710 W3300 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total2660 W3760 W
What gauge extension cord to use (Asked October 18, 2020)

As a guideline, you can refer to the table below:
Extension cord cable size table

Is there a way to parallel two Ryobi 4000 watt inverter generators? (Asked November 16, 2020)

The unit does not feature parallel ports.

What is the spark plug gap ? (Asked February 09, 2021)

0.024−0.028 in

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Ryobi RYi4022X
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  1. 2.5
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    80
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    80
    Quality
    20
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    20

    My experience has been poor so far. Setup was relatively easy but when I added fuel, I quickly discovered a pinhole in the fuel line as a puddle of gasoline began forming under the generator. The hole was located between the fuel filter and shutoff valve so the only way to stop it was to clamp the hose. So far, I cannot operate the generator and I have yet to determine how to resolve the problem. No relief for this power outage. Bad marks for Ryobi.

    + PROS:
    • Specs look good but unable to try it out.
    - CONS:
    • Shoddy quality apparent with bad fuel line.
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    Jeff Scott Johnson August 1, 2020 at 9:43 am
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    Brand new out of the box and it won’t start. Pull the cord and it runs for a total of one second. It’s got oil… It’s got gas. It won’t run.
    Rated as P. O. S. Do not buy this generator

    + PROS:
    • Brand new out of the box and it won't start. Pull the cord and it runs for a total of one second. It's got oil... It's got gas. It won't run.
    • Rated as P. O. S. Do not buy this generator
    - CONS:
    • Everything about it is a con considering that it won't run.
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  3. 1.5
    Price
    90
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    10
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    10

    I have the same problem – my RYOBI is new out of the box (August 2020), full of gasoline and oil, pull the cord – runs for 1 second, then it dies. Can’t see what the problem is. Purchased from Home Depot, but they seem to want me to return the generator for an exchange – but that is nuts, it is full of gasoline and oil now and will leak all over the place if I try to transport it. Think I will call my golf cart guy, he may be familiar with small gasoline motors. Please let me know if you find out there is some secret switch that needs to be turned on to keep it running.

    I have always like Ryobi, but this may be a deal breaker to stop me from purchasing more Ryobi items

    + PROS:
    • nice price
    - CONS:
    • New out of the box, wont start
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  4. 5
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    Value
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    Quality
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    Performance
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    I bought one of these at Home Depot in early spring 2020. Assembled and filled with oil, did not test it. August 10th we had a Derecho or inland Hurricane in Iowa and power went out for a couple days for me (I was lucky). Anyway, I poured gas in the generator and it started on first pull, probably used it 20 hours or so(?), it powered an old side by side refrigerator, and 2 chest freezers, a light and charged our cell phones and mostly ran on low speed. I love it, wish I could figure out how to run two of them to get 240v to run the whole house. I highly recommend this item.

    + PROS:
    • Light weight, small and easy to maneuver, runs the essential items well, used hardly any fuel, just loud enough to know it’s still there, but quiet enough not to bother neighbors.
    - CONS:
    • Can’t run in parallel or combine to get 240 volt output.
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  5. 1.4
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    Value
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    Quality
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    Performance
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    Same thing. Won’t start right out of the box. Kept thinking I was doing something wrong but thats not it. Runs for 2 seconds and dies. WTF? Has anyone figured out why this is happening?

    + PROS:
    • Price, lightweight
    - CONS:
    • Won't start
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  6. 4
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    Value
    80
    Quality
    80
    Performance
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    Zero issues. Started on first pull and runs a rv. I really like it so far.

    + PROS:
    • Small and light weight. Easy to start.
    - CONS:
    • No issues so far
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  7. 4.5
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    Quality
    80
    Performance
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    After Laura hurricane, buy at Home Depot on Sept ,03 /2020 .Out the box assembly and fill a oil and gas about 1gallon! Following 3 step and first pull it’s run for over 3 hours with 1 freeze and refrigerator plus one big fan Wish RYOBI put a EXTRA FUEL VALVE in case not want to run empty whole gas tank ,because I don’t want to leave extra gas in gas tank may cause problems for next time .

    + PROS:
    • Easy transport
    - CONS:
    • No problems
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  8. 1
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    50
    Value
    10
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    10

    Same common issue new out of box from home depot after I assembled it added oil and gallon of gas it started right up and ran great for couple hours then I added more gas after that wont stay running more then 2 seconds

    + PROS:
    • good on gas
    - CONS:
    • don't run
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  9. 5
    Price
    100
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    Quality
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    Purchased 1/12/2021. Assembled, put oil & gas in it, started on first pull. It’s quite a bit louder than fully enclosed style, but I was willing to make the trade off for the money. Once you get around 20’ away (especially on other side of shrubs or landscaping) it’s really not that bad — quieter than my lawnmower. I purchased to keep 2 refrigerators & 2 freezers running during power outage. I’ve only used it for about 30 minutes but it works well so far

    + PROS:
    • Price & power output
    - CONS:
    • None so far
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  10. 4
    Price
    70
    Value
    70
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    80

    Great generator for price

    + PROS:
    • Great generator, but louder than I expected! Jack
    - CONS:
    • Noise level
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  11. 4.65
    Price
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    Value
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    Quality
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    Performance
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    Unplug the CO detector. Reading lots of reviews here on that and most likely that’s your issue. Either then get a replacement part or leave it unplugged. Just reach up under and unplug. Hope this helps someone!

    + PROS:
    • Warranty and run time.
    - CONS:
    • Louder than some inverters but it is an open frame style.
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