Ryobi Portable Generators Review

The Ryobi portable generators are the perfect combination of simplicity and technological marvel offering instant power even in remote places. Belonging to the Japanese company Ryobi, the following models described below were manufactured right here in the United States of America, having the supreme engineering qualities no less than any Japanese portable generator.

Models and Features

What's common

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There are three models that we are going to be comparing here: 1) The 2200w starting watt inverter generator, with a model number of RYI2200; 2) The 2200w starting watt inverter generator, with a model number of RYI2200G; and 3) The 1000w starting watt inverter generator, with a model number of RYI1000.

All of these Ryobi portable generators are extremely quiet. We have reviewed other portable inverter generators that are nicely quiet in the mid-50 decibel range. However, these generators are all described as being quieter than a conversation. To us, that is very nice. They are also all inverter generators. This means that they run on clean power and are safe for sensitive equipment, such as computers, laptops and medical equipment.

Consistent with Japan’s mantra on fuel efficiency, these Ryobi portable generators have fuel-saving technology found through the auto-idle feature. They can all be used at the worksite, at home, and during recreation (especially while in an RV). They have an easy 3-step Easy Start process, and on board monitoring systems.

Perhaps best of all--and in contradistinction to the aforementioned other inverter generators which had a two-year limited warranty--these generators proudly boast of a three-year limited warranty. In other words, they may last longer than the equipment they power.

What's different

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Perhaps consistent with the great disparity in output, there appear to be more significant dissimilarities than similarities in these Ryobi portable generators, although none of them are objectionable.

The first two are conveniently portable. The generators have wheels, and there is an extendable handle at the bottom, so that you can pull them just as you would with your suitcase through the airport. The 1000w has legs--no wheels, and no extendable handle--but it does have a carrying handle and appears to be small and light enough to carry. The first two can be made twice as powerful. There is a parallel kit feature that allows you to connect two Ryobi portable generators together to get a maximum output of 4400w. The 1000w model does not have this feature.

With more power comes more expense of power. The first two can run for 4.5 hours with a 50% load, or 8 hours with a 25% load. The 1000w model can run 8 hours with a 50% load, and presumably much longer on a 25% load.

With more expense of power comes more expense of money. Home Depot sells the 2200 model for $599, while they sell the 1000 model for $459. They do not appear to sell the 2200G model, although Amazon does so at $699, although there is no known reason for the significant difference in cost over the 2200 model.

The products themselves are different. The first two, in addition to the portable inverter generator, come with a battery charging cable, engine lubricant, screwdriver, funnel and operator’s manual. The 1000w model comes only with the portable inverter generator.


Ryobi RYI2200Ryobi RYI2200

Comparing these Ryobi portable generators was like comparing apples to apples, and apples to oranges.

The 1000 model seems to be not powerful enough for most needs, and does not even have the parallel kit feature that the other two have.

The 2200G model is inexplicably priced at $100 more than the 2200 model with no discernible difference in features (although, admittedly, through two different companies, which have their own different price structures). The 2200 model, then, appears to be “just right”.

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