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Yamaha EF2600 Spec Review

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The Yamaha EF2600 is a compact open frame portable 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. (source: Yamaha)

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In summary, the Yamaha EF2600 is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Yamaha EF2600 in use

The Yamaha EF2600

The Yamaha EF2600 houses a 171 cc Yamaha MZ175 OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 2300W along with a peak wattage of 2600W.

At a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the EF2600 can operate for up to 11 hours (fuel consumption around 0.26 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 2.9 gallons.

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Portability

With its dimensions of L20.1 x W16.3 x H16.7 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Yamaha EF2600 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

The 92.6 lbs of the EF2600's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. In addition, it is even easier to grab and move the generator around thanks to its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Yamaha EF2600

The EF2600's control panel

To help you monitor the EF2600's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with an illuminated data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when its oil levels are insufficient.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Watch system) and an overload protection (circuit breaker), 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 a user manual, 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

Product Video

Video of the Yamaha EF2600

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).

  • At a dry weight of 92.6 pounds, the Yamaha EF2600 is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 1500 and 2500 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the WEN 56202i with only 38.6 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 68 dBA can be judged as noisy. 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.
  • The EF2600, offering a run time of 11 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for 26 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 further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV2000P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Yamaha EF2600 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (92.6 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Yamaha EF2600?

You can easily buy your Yamaha generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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  • $608.99 - September 13, 2019
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  • $737.89 - July 29, 2019
Since: May 14, 2019
  • Highest Price: $763.99 - May 14, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $608.99 - September 13, 2019

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
Peaks amps21.7 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load11 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 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
Dimensions (L x W x H)20.1 x 16.3 x 16.7 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
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.

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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-962-7926.

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