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The Ryobi RYi2200 is a portable inverter generator that can give you 1800 running watts for hours and 2200 starting watts for a few seconds.

We made this review to answers some important questions to help enlighten the mind of the buyers.  We will give the advantages and the disadvantages of getting this Ryobi RYi2200.

What is Ryobi RYi2200?

Ryobi RYi2200 is a portable generator that has a built-in inverter that provides stable electricity for the gadgets that are sensitive like television and tablets. It weighs 51 pounds.

What are the advantages of Ryobi RYi2200?

There are three receptacles in the Ryobi RYi2200, two 120V receptacles, 20-amp AC outlets, and one 12V.  Do not use the AC receptacles for 30-amp RV connection because it might melt a plug or cause an overload.  The only way to get 30 amps you have to put two inverter generators together.  Using a parallel kit, you can connect two Ryobi RYi2200 generators together to double the power and you can use the 120V 30A receptacle of the parallel kit.

You can find two carrying handles in this unit for lifting and loading.  It has an extendable handle that is very useful in handling and with two wheels that are very helpful because you can pull the generator like a piece of heavy luggage.

The Ryobi RYi2200 generator has a 4-cycle gasoline engine.  It has automatic idle technology that helps in increasing fuel economy and decrease noise level once turned on.  In order for the engine to stabilize its load, you can turn off the auto idle switch when you want a powerful air conditioner, circular saw, and microwave.

One of the advantages of getting the Ryobi RYi2200 is its price.  The Ryobi RYi2200 is cheaper compared to the other portable generators such as Honda and Yamaha. It is very affordable and will fit in your budget.

This type of generator is good for camping and tailgating but it is not reliable and powerful enough to be used for large recreational vehicles.

What are the disadvantages of getting the Ryobi RYi2200?

Compared to the engine of Honda and Yamaha, the engine of Ryobi RYi2200 is not reliable for long term use.  Some users also claimed that the Ryobi RYi2200 is a few decibels louder compared to other expensive inverter generators.  The noise level of Ryobi RYi2200 is about 63 decibels.

These are the few questions that some buyers are asking to make sure that they will get the best inverter in the market.

What is the difference between the grey Ryobi generators and green Ryobi generators?

According to facts, there is no mechanical difference between the two generators except for the color and sometimes the price. The model number RYI2200 is for the green Ryobi generator and the model number RYI2200G is for the grey Ryobi generator.

What are the appliances that the Ryobi RYI2200 generator can start and run? 

The power of the Ryobi generator depends on the surge and the running watts of the appliances.  It can run a 1000-watt microwave oven, a 1300 watt water heater and a 1350 watts refrigerator.  But the problem is you cannot run all these appliances at the same time.  You have to check first and calculate the surge and wattages of all the appliances that the Ryobi can power safely.

Does the Ryobi RYi2200 have an electric starter or a recoil start? 

The model Ryobi RYi2200 needs to be started with a recoil start.  It takes a few pulls to prime the engine with fuel but usually, it starts easily once the engine is primed.

Do you need to change the engine oil weekly or monthly? 

After the first 20 hours of operation, you need to change the engine oil and you can change the oil engine every 6 months or after 100 hours of operation. You should use SAE 10W-30 4-stroke motor oil.  You need to use a long funnel to add the oil easily and to avoid spillage.

What type of gasoline do you use in its fuel tank?

You can fill the engine using unleaded gasoline.  The gasoline should contain no more than 10% ethanol (E10). The fuel tank capacity is 1 gallon and the limit depends on how many appliances it has to power. It has an idle system that regulates the speed of the engine to increase fuel efficacy. The engine speed increases when there is an appliance being powered on.  The Ryobi RYi2200 can run up to 4 to 5 hours when it used with small appliances.

Can Ryobi RYI2200 start and run a small 6000 BTU air conditioner?

Yes, it can.  But bear in my mind that once the air conditioner is working already, you cannot run or start any appliances. It might not able to carry the load.

Can it start and run a 13500 BTU air conditioner?

The Ryobi RYI2200 cannot start and run a 13500 BTU air conditioner. It is because it does not produce 3000 surge wattage which the 13500 BTU air conditioner needed.

What are the things included in the box with the Ryobi RYi2200 generator?

Inside the box, you will see a battery charging cable, a bottle of SAE 10W-30 engine oil, paper funnel, screwdriver, and the operator’s manual.  Check and understand the operator’s manual before using the equipment to avoid physical injuries.

Is Ryobi RYi2200 louder compared to a Honda EU2000i?

Yes, Ryobi RYi2200 is few decibels louder compared to a Honda EU2000.  The Ryobi inverter generator has a noise level of 63 decibels and the Honda EU2000i puts out only 59 decibels.


If you are short of cash or budget and you have less time to buy an inverter generator, you can settle and buy the Ryobi RYi2200.  It might be less reliable and cannot last longer, but it is cheaper compared to other brands of generators such as Honda and Yamaha.  If you are in a hurry to buy a generator then Ryobi RYI2200 is a good choice.

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