Briggs & Stratton P2200 Portable Generator Review

Briggs & Stratton P2200 portable generator is one of the best inverter generators, suited for a variety of uses. It produces clean and pure power with less than a 3% THD rating. It has a small fuel tank that gives decent runtime. Also, it is parallel capable, portable, and easy to operate.

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Features: Briggs & Stratton P2200 Portable Generator

Generator Type: Briggs & Stratton P2200 is a PowerSmart Series inverter generator that generates clean electricity. It is ideal for powering your different outdoor activities like camping, tailgating, fishing, and others. Also, you can use this unit for DIY projects or to power your home essentials.

Warranty: It offers a 2-year limited consumer warranty and a 1-year limited commercial warranty. Some parts of the generator are not covered under warranty.

Weight and Size: This generator has a decent weight of 54 pounds. Its H-shaped handle allows two people to carry it effortlessly. It is a compact unit having 21 inches in length, 12.5 inches in width, and 17.35 inches in height.

Emissions: Briggs & Stratton P2200 is neither EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) nor CARB (California Air Resources Board) approved generator. It doesn’t meet the environmental standards set by both these agencies.

Engine and Output Power: It includes the 110cc 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton OHV gasoline engine, which produces 2200 peak watts and 1700 rated watts.

This output power is enough to run big and small appliances or tools.

The P2200 is quite safe for powering sensitive devices like smartphones, TV, laptops, gaming systems, and computers. The THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) rating of this generator is less than 3%, under the limit of 5%.

THD is the measurement of the power supply quality. Less than 5% THD means that the power supply quality is good, and it will never damage your appliances and devices.

Parallel Capability: Use its parallel connection ports to connect another PowerSmart Series P2200 or P3000 generator. But you need to purchase the PowerSmart parallel kit separately to produce more power.

Tank Size and Runtime: Briggs & Stratton P2200 can run up to 8 hours at quarter load and 6.5 hours at half load on a 1-gallon tank. It is a fuel-efficient generator. Its gasoline consumption is around 0.13 gallons per hour.

Automatic Idle Control: The automatic idle control feature makes the engine work according to the load applied. The engine’s speed automatically increases when the loads are added and automatically decreases when the loads are removed. It helps save fuel and increases the lifespan of the engine.

Starting Mechanism: Start your generator via a simple pull-start mechanism.

Noise Level: It comes with a Quiet Power Technology that automatically reduces the noise level by automatically adjusting the engine’s RPM. The Super Lo-Tone muffler keeps its decibel rating on the lower side (59 dBA at 25% load).

Control Panel: The control panel of this generator has three power outlets and three indicator lights. Also, there are parallel ports and circuit breakers.

The power outlets include two 120 Volt 20 Ampere (5-20R) outlets and one 12 Volt 5 Ampere DC outlet with a USB adapter. With all these outlets, you can power your various home appliances, power tools, and electronics.

The three-light indicators include output ready that tells the generator is ready to use; low oil light indicates the oil level is quite low, and the overload indicator light turns on when there is extra load on the generator.

Safety Features: Briggs & Stratton p2200 portable generator comes with automatic low oil shutdown and overload protection features.

The automatic low oil shutdown turns off the running engine when it detects the oil level is too low to run the engine. On the other hand, overload protection protects the generator and your connected devices from damage caused by overheating.

Briggs & Stratton P2200 vs. Honda EU2200i Companion vs. Westinghouse WH2200iXLT vs. Yamaha EF2200iS



  Briggs & Stratton P2200 Honda EU2200i Companion Westinghouse WH2200iXLT Yamaha EF2200iS
Peak/Rated Watts 2200W/1700W 2200W/1800W 2200W/1800W 2200W/1800W
Tank Size 1 gal. 0.95 gal. 1.3 gal. 1.24 gal.
Runtime 8 hrs (1/4 load) 8.4 hrs (1/4 load) 13 hrs (1/4 load) 10.5 hrs (1/4 load)
Noise 59 dBA 48 dBA 52 dBA 57 dBA
Starting Mechanism Recoil Recoil Recoil Recoil
Weight 54 lbs. 46.5 lbs. 43 lbs. 55.2 lbs.

My Opinion:

Pros: Briggs & Stratton p2200 portable generator is an inverter generator that produces stable power. It is a lightweight unit having an H-shaped handle for easy transportation. It produces excellent output power, features both AC and DC outlets, and comes with a 2-year limited residential warranty.

Cons: It is neither EPA nor a CARB-approved generator. Also, it is quiet but significantly noisier than generators of the same power and type. Moreover, its runtime is relatively low.


What type of fuel should I put in this generator?

Briggs & Stratton P2200 is a gasoline-powered generator, so you have to put in gasoline but make sure the ethanol presence is no more than 10%.

Always avoid using unapproved gasoline, such as E85. Also, never try to modify its engine to use other fuel options. It will damage the engine and nothing else.

Can I parallel connect an inverter generator from another brand with P2200?

No, P2200 can only connect in parallel with Briggs & Stratton inverter generators.

Can I ship and use this generator in California?

No, Briggs & Stratton P2200 doesn’t follow the rules and regulations set by CARB (California Air Resources Board) for environmental protection. Therefore, you can’t ship and use this generator in California.

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