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Yamaha EF2600 (Discontinued)

The Yamaha EF2600 is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 2300 W and a starting wattage of 2600 W.

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Description

When you are looking for a hard-working, versatile generator that delivers excellent value, the EF2600 is ideal. With 2600-watt output, it is good to have in a home emergency to power most appliances (separately). Also tough and durable on the job site.

Zoom on the Yamaha EF2600

In a nutshell, the Yamaha EF2600 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 Yamaha EF2600 in use

The Yamaha EF2600

The Yamaha EF2600's engine, 171 cc Yamaha MZ175 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2300W and reaches a peak wattage of 2600W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 2.9 gallons allows the EF2600 to operate for up to 11 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.26 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 20A (L5-20R) receptacle

Portability

The Yamaha EF2600 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L20.1 x W16.3 x H16.7 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The 92.6 lbs of the EF2600's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, the open frame of the generator further helps when holding and moving it to a different place.

Features

Panel of the Yamaha EF2600

The EF2600's control panel

One of the many EF2600's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

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

Yamaha's Oil Watch warning system gives you an extra peace of mind. This feature enhances long-term durability by preventing engine damage and costly repairs. Once the oil begins to run low, the generator automatically shuts off and cannot be re-started until oil is added.

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Yamaha EF2600's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat.

Emissions

The Yamaha EF2600 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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

The Yamaha EF2600 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Yamaha EF2600 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 92.6 pounds, the Yamaha EF2600 is one of the heavier generators producing between 1500 and 2500 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM2000i, standing at just 34.2 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 68 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 11 hours at 25% load, the EF2600 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Yamaha EF2800i, as it provides up to 14.7 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.26 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the DuroMax XP2300iH, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (92.6 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Yamaha EF2600 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine171 cc Yamaha MZ175 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2300 W
Starting watts2600 W
Running amps19.2 amps
Peak amps21.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 20A (L5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankMetal, 2.9 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight92.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)20.1 x 16.3 x 16.7 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesIndustrial
UPC000068591380

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About Yamaha

With a rich history of over 130 years, the Japanese based Yamaha Corporation, founded in 1887, has tipped its fingers in every industry imaginable, most notably motorcycles, musical instruments and electronics. The company boasts with a wide range of products, including many of the top rated portable generators. However, it has been reported that many of the newer models are made in China, rather than Japan.

Warranty Information

The Yamaha EF2600 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 Yamaha generators, please consult Yamaha's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-962-7926.

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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total1825 W1825 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Coffee maker600600
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1835 W2425 W
For workGrinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total1480 W2580 W

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