With modern technology, we can’t get away from using electricity. It’s a fact of life. Whether you are using your cell phone, or cooking with your microwave, you need electricity.
The Ryobi 2200 Starting Watt Digital Inverter Generator, Model # RYI2200 is amazing in every situation where electricity is needed but not accessible.
Our home has electric heat and being without electricity for any length of time in the winter isn’t an option. This is just one example of what is needed. However there are those times when you want electricity in a place where there isn’t any electricity at all, and running an extension cord isn’t possible.
I have seen a lot of generators out there, big and small, but the word generator can mean a lot of different things depending on who you are talking to. I think that a generator should produce ample electricity while being quiet. I also like it to be easy to use and safe on delicate electronics such as my cell phone and laptop. Can all generators do this? The answer is no, and some aren’t even close.
Let’s look at some of the features of the Ryobi generator model# RYI2200:
- On-Board Monitoring System – Power, Over Load, Low Oil Alerts
- Wheels and Extendable Handle for Easy Transport
- Parallel Kit Capable – Combine Two Units for Twice the Power (sold separately)
- Super Quiet: Quieter than a conversation
- Clean Power: Safe for sensitive electronics
- Auto-Idle: Runs longer, saves fuel when less power is required
- 3 Step Easy Starting: Choke, pull start cord and run
The Ryobi Digital Inverter Generator comes with:
· the Generator, of course
· a battery charging cable
· lubricant for the engine
· a screwdriver
· a funnel
· and the operator’s manual
The RYI2000 comes completely assembled. All you have to do is put in the oil and gas, and go. After you have initially started the RYI2200, it’s just a matter of GO! Of course, you will want to check the oil before starting, but you don’t have to put oil in every time you use it.
Everything I have read or seen concerning the RYI2200 is that it is as quiet as a normal conversation. Obviously, I was skeptical, but willing to give it a try. What I found was, it is quieter than a normal conversation. You heard me right. With the RYI2200 running, I can carry on a “normal” conversation while it’s running. If it was as loud as me, I would have to raise my voice to be heard, but I didn’t have to raise my voice to be heard. However, that is with just the RYI2200 running. If you are running a power tool on top of it, your power tool will drown out the RYI2200 and all you will hear is the power tool.
Obviously the RYI2200 cannot run everything in your home, however, you can alternate appliances and save you frozen and refrigerated items while keeping yourself warm while the electricity is down (providing you have enough gas on hand.
According to the manual, you can supply yourself with enough power to run a radio, your laptop, a portable fan, a 46” flat panel TV, a slow cooker, and twelve 75 watt bulbs all at the same time. Now that’s some power. Some wattages may vary, and you should check your own appliances, but this unit can supply quite a bit of power. Power tools take up greater amounts of electricity, but you can easily power almost any power tool.
The 12 volt DC outlet is designed to charge vented wet-cell batteries only. Any battery that has the removable caps for replenishing the electrolyte solution fits this criterion. They also suggest not using the unit for “jump-starting” you car as it may damage the electronics of the car.
The unit weighs 51 pounds. I know that sounds like a lot, but Ryobi didn’t want you to struggle too hard. They included wheels and an extendable/retractable handle. This allows you to wheel it wherever you want by yourself. And if it needs to be lifted onto a truck, car, or up Mount Everest, it has two handles so that you and a friend can carry or lift it to wherever you want to go.
It has an LED readout so that you will know if it is powering, overloading, or low on oil. All of these are good to know and you can easily see it on the front panel. The RYI2200 also is equipped with circuit breakers in case of an accidental overload. Let’s face it, we aren’t all electrical engineers here and accidents happen, and when it does, you trip a breaker instead of damaging the generator.
If you want to link two of them together, Ryobi has a parallel kit that you can use to link them together for more power. And the parallel kit is no harder than plugging it in and there you go.
I read the operator’s manual before starting and I suggest you do the same. It goes through the do’s and don’ts so that you can enjoy your generator for years to come.
And it’s all covered by Ryobi’s 3 year limited warranty. The reason it’s a limited warranty is because if you are doing something that will damage your generator, like pouring battery acid into the gas tank and tring to run it, Ryobi isn’t going to replace your generator when things go bad, but if something quits working right with your unit, Ryobi absolutely stands behind their product. In fact, I have some older Ryobi tools, and yes they are still working, but I can see a definite improvement in Ryobi’s quality. They are really stepping up their game and producing “Top-of-the-Line” products. I wouldn’t be surprised to see their prices rise in the future, so if you want a good product, don’t wait 2-3 years, get it now while the price is low.
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Disclosure: I received a free product from the sponsor to review. I received no monetary compensation and my opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.