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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 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • 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 Sportsman GEN2200DFi in use

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 1800W and a peak wattage of 2200W. When propane-powered, it has 1600 rated watts and 1900 peak watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (Sportsman PC30A cable not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

At a noise rating of 60 dBA (just as noisy as a normal conversation), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Regarding its running time, the GEN2200DFi, with a 1 gallon fuel capacity can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 18 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.26 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GEN2200DFi generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 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

As the Sportsman GEN2200DFi is an inverter generator, its encased design (L19.2 x W12 x H18.1 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the GEN2200DFi weighs only 45 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the Sportsman GEN2200DFi

The GEN2200DFi's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

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.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi also comes with some accessories: battery charging cables, funnel, tool kit and propane hose are included.

Emissions

The Sportsman GEN2200DFi 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.

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 far as its dry weight is concerned, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi weighs just 45 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 1500 to 2500 rated wattage inverter generators. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM2000i with only 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. 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 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 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 Lifan ESI 2500iER-EFI, with around 12 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 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen2200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.11 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • 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
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts1800 W1600 W
Starting watts2200 W1900 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
Warranty1 year
UPC027077803044

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 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1435 W2025 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W

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