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Sportsman GEN2200DFi - 1800/2200W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi is a compact and lightweight dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,800 W and a starting wattage of 2,200 W.

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Latest updates:
  • $399.99 - November 8, 2023
  • $809.99 - October 17, 2023
  • $899.99 - October 14, 2023
  • $809.99 - October 10, 2023
  • $899.99 - October 3, 2023
  • $569.99 - July 25, 2023
  • $899.99 - July 18, 2023
  • $809.99 - July 11, 2023
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Since: April 15, 2023
  • Highest Price: $899.99 - May 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $399.99 - November 8, 2023

Description

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In a nutshell, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • 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 Sportsman GEN2200DFi in use

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi

The dual-fuel technology of the Sportsman GEN2200DFi allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 1,800W and a starting wattage of 2,200W. If propane-powered, it gives 1,600 rated watts and 1,900 starting watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (Sportsman PC30A cable not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

With a noise rating of 60 dBA (just as noisy as background music), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 1 gallon, the GEN2200DFi can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH), or for around 18 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.26 GPH) using propane.

As the GEN2200DFi produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Furthermore, it has 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and a 5V USB port with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L19.2 x W12 x H18.1 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the GEN2200DFi weighs just 45 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN2200DFi

The GEN2200DFi's control panel

When the generator is overloaded, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi's package also includes these accessories: tool kit, propane hose, funnel and battery charging cables.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Sportsman GEN2200DFi compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi weighs only 45 pounds, making it one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
  • As this inverter generator has its lowest possible noise of 60 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 EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Given that the GEN2200DFi reaches an autonomy of around 7 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful inverter generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse iGen2200, boasting with around 10 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This inverter generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.11 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen2200 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W dual fuel inverter generators, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (45 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (60 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • 1-year warranty

Do you own the Sportsman GEN2200DFi and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty1 year
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts1,800 W1,600 W
Starting watts2,200 W1,900 W
Running amps15 amps13.3 amps
Peak amps18.3 amps15.8 amps
Run time @50% load7 h18 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
1x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight45 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.2 x 12 x 18.1 in
Noise (lower limit)60 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, and battery charging cables
UPC027077803044

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About Sportsman Series

Sportsman Series is a small brand registered under the US based Buffalo corporation. Founded in 1964, the Buffalo Corporation is a small company, which sells tools and home products. Their brands include AmeriHome, Black Bull, Buffalo Tools and Sportsman Series – which offers a selection of generators and several other general products. The brand, and in fact, the corporation itself seemingly outsources all of its production overseas and acts only as a distributor, under its own brands.

Warranty Information

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Sportsman generators, please contact the Buffalo Tools Customer Support: 1-636-532-9888.

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total1420 W1420 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W

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Sportsman GEN2200DFi
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  1. 1.9
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    Bad choice Lasts only as long as the starter cord.

    + PROS:
    • Works good for awhile
    - CONS:
    • Lasts only as long as the recoil stater cord lasts. Almost impossible to gain access only to find assembly bolts striped in the plastic housing from the factory.
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    Philip Godbey July 12, 2023 at 9:09 am
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    Great generator, I’ve had mine for about 3 years and it is used for when the power goes out. It is easy to start and it is really quiet, it doesn’t use much fuel and runs my AC and refrigerator along with several lights and I don’t have to worry about my electronics being a sine wave.
    I got mine from ebay and I noticed that the price hasn’t went up that much. I highly recommend this generator, I’ve ran mine almost 60 hrs without issue. I use a synthetic blend oil in it and the oil still looks new, I did the break-in oil change as directed many hours back.
    This sportsman 2200w duel fuel generator starts on the first pull most of the time after sitting for months, the only issue that I’ve found is that it is a real rope puller if I just hook up the propane tank and try to start it, I’ve pulled till I was blue in the face….. not to worry though, it just takes a little gas to start on the first pull then switch to propane,.. I guess it has air get in the propane line while stored but the gas is the work around.
    I’m a disabled man that lives alone in the country and I trust this little green genny, I have limited mobility having a prosthetic leg and elbow, I can manage this generator, I would like to see a electric start version though.
    Would I buy again?? Yes, I sure would.

    + PROS:
    • Lightweight, easy to use
    • Dependable
    - CONS:
    • No electric start, and I don't really count this as a con but having to start on gas??
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