Have you ever went a day without electricity? Once you do you will realize how much you
actually use it. Last year there was a snow storm and I was without power for a week. I really wished I had a generator during that time, even a small one just to heat water and keep the fridge going. There were also times when I was tailgating or camping and thought it sure would be nice to have a portable, yet powerful generator to take along.
The Ryobi 2200 Starting Watt Digital Inverter Generator works great in every situation where electricity is needed, but is not always accessible. Since I have gotten mine I have had a short power outage where I was able to hook up some lights as well as my fridge and freezer. I have also been taking it camping with me and it has been very useful. My favorite thing about the Ryobi Generator is how quiet it is! You can still carry on a conversation when it is running without having to scream.
Let’s look at some of the features of the Ryobi generator::
- 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 Ryobi generator comes completely assembled. All you have to do is put in the oil and gas, and 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.
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 Ryobi Generator 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.
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.