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Sportsman GEN2200DFi - 1800/2200W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

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Price history for the Sportsman GEN2200DFi
Latest updates:
  • $399.99 - April 4, 2024
  • $809.99 - April 3, 2024
  • $399.99 - February 14, 2024
  • $809.99 - February 13, 2024
  • $399.99 - November 8, 2023
  • $809.99 - October 17, 2023
  • $899.99 - October 14, 2023
  • $809.99 - October 10, 2023
Data source: tractorsupply.com
Since: June 13, 2023
  • Highest Price: $899.99 - July 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $399.99 - November 8, 2023

Description

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In short, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

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 1,800W and a peak wattage of 2,200W. When propane-powered, it has 1,600 rated watts and 1,900 peak watts. Moreover, the parallel capability (Sportsman PC30A cable not included) enables power output to double when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

Featuring a noise rating of 60 dBA (just as noisy as a normal conversation), the inverter generator utilizes a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism for ignition.

In terms of run time, the GEN2200DFi, boasting a 1 gallon fuel tank, can run for around 7 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.14 gallons per hour). Additionally, it provides around 18 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.26 GPH) of operation with propane.

Featuring a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the GEN2200DFi delivers a clean sine wave, guaranteeing the safety of your sensitive electronics plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle offering a convenient battery charging option and a 5V USB port allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Portability

With an inverter generator design, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi features a closed construction (L19.2 x W12 x H18.1 in), enhancing aesthetics and ensuring reduced noise levels, offering a distinct advantage over standard, open frame generators. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

The GEN2200DFi is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 45 lbs. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. 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

The generator's light indicators provide visual feedback when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, propane hose, battery charging cables and funnel.

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).

  • In terms of its weight, the Sportsman GEN2200DFi weighs merely 45 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter inverter generators within the 1500 to 2500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM2000i, weighing just 34.2 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest possible noise rating of 60 dBA places it in the louder category. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
  • Among its inverters with similar power, the GEN2200DFi offers one of the higher run times, running for around 7 hours at 50% load. If runtime is a priority for you, the Westinghouse iGen2200 stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing around 10 hours of continuous use.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. Among devices of similar power, this inverter generator has one of the better fuel efficiency, with consumption rates of around 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen2200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.11 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Quiet, but noisy for its type (60 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • 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 wattage 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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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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