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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
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • 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's design includes a gasoline-fueled 212 cc Ryobi OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3400W and also a peak wattage of 4000W.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher). Its starting mechanism is based on Ryobi's EasyStart pull-start mechanism (more information below).

With a full tank, the RYi4022X can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH), thanks 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

The dimensions of the Ryobi RYi4022X, which are L25 x W15.88 x H21.75 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

With a dry weight of 85 lbs, the RYi4022X can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, once it’s on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle will allow you to shift it without effort.

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 shows you if the oil level is too low.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), 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).

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Ryobi RYi4022X also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit and oil.

Emissions

The Ryobi RYi4022X is CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable 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. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Generac GP3300i, with a dry weight of just 59.5 pounds.
  • As this inverter generator has its lowest possible noise of 72 dBA, it should be considered noisier compared to its peers of a comparable running wattage. 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.
  • The RYi4022X, offering a run time of around 12 hours with a full tank at a 50% 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 Predator 4375, boasting with around 16 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 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.17 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

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
Peak 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: 1-800-525-2579.

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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Garage door opener7201420
Total2712 W3712 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Mixer200200
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

What is the best oil to use (Asked May 05, 2021)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended.

Does the Ryobi RYI4022X use the same spark plug as the Ryobi RYI2322E? (Asked October 06, 2021)

It doesn't. RYi4022X uses either NGK BPR6ES or NGK BP7ES, depending on the unit's serial number. RYi2322E uses NGK BPR7HS.

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Ryobi RYi4022X
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  1. 2.5
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    80
    Quality
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    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
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    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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    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
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    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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    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
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    10
    Quality
    10
    Performance
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    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
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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
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    Value
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    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
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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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  12. 5
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    Quality
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    Good product, bought one for hurricane season. Instructions are good. Generator is a very simple user friendly machine. First load was around 900w (8-9amps), fridge, 5.5 chest freezer, LED TV, couple fans. With only one gallon of fuel went 5.25 hrs. So might be we can pass the 12 hrs mark at 50% load. Making arrangements to hook it to the house using the 30 amp plug.

    + PROS:
    • Very user friendly, don't have to be a techy guy to use it.
    - CONS:
    • Little bit noisy to be an inverter, but not too loud.
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  13. 5
    Price
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    Value
    100
    Quality
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    Performance
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    So far it starts and runs well. I have not needed to depend on it. But have run appliances and my sump pump (main priority) on it and everything starts and runs fine. For the money it seems like a pretty good deal from a major brand.

    Some people are commenting that they are having trouble starting their generator. Setting the auto-idle switch to off seems to make starting easier. Although there is no mention of this in the instruction manual. Just my experience. I won’t say it starts on the first pull every time, but acceptable to me.

    + PROS:
    • Fairly easy to start
    • Good wattage for the money
    • Clean power
    • CO2 shutoff
    - CONS:
    • No gas gauge
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