A portable generator can be a life-saver during power outages, or a handy tool for camping trips and outdoor events. However, picking the right one can be a challenge – you’ll have to consider not only the size and price but also factors like noise levels.
Today, we’re comparing two popular models: the Briggs & Stratton P2400 and the DeWalt DXIG2200 inverter generators. We’ll cover their key selling points, specs and features to help you make an informed decision.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): Both the Briggs & Stratton P2400 and DeWalt DXIG2200 offer a continuous power output of 1800 Watts. This is sufficient to power appliances such as a space heater (1500 W), or an electric grill (1650 W).
Starting Power (W): The Briggs & Stratton offers a slightly higher starting power of 2400 Watts compared to DeWalt’s 2200 Watts. This might be important if your devices require a higher “burst” of power when starting up.
Engine type: The engines are similar – both are OHV engines with a capacity of 79cc, running on petrol fuel. OHV stands for “Overhead Valve,” an engine design known for better fuel efficiency, longer lifespan, and improved power output.
Rated Output (kVA): Briggs has a confirmed rated output of 2.4 kVA whilst Dewalt’s isn’t specified. If you’ve got equipment that pulls more current, the known higher kVA rating of the Briggs may reassure you it’ll handle those needier devices.
Inverter: Both use inverter technology which provides cleaner, more stable energy ideal for sensitive electronics like computers or medical devices. They also tend to be more quiet and fuel-efficient.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both run on petrol, a widely available fuel option.
Fuel Tank Capacity: The DeWalt DXIG2200 has a slightly larger fuel tank of 4.5 litres, compared to Briggs’ 3.8 litres. This could mean fewer refills, but also might increase the weight and size of the generator.
Run Time: Both generators have similar run times too – about 8 hours at 1/4 load. Your refuelling frequency will depend on how much load you’re putting on these generators.
Dry Weight: The DeWalt wins in weight by a slight margin, weighing in at just 21.9 kg compared to Briggs & Stratton’s 22.7 kg. This could make it marginally easier to carry around.
Size: In terms of dimensions, both are comparable. There isn’t a big difference in size that would affect storage or transport.
Wheels: Neither model has wheels. You’ll have to decide if the lack of wheels is a dealbreaker based on where and how often you’ll need to move this equipment.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: The Briggs & Stratton has two AC outlets while the DeWalt has one single outlet – meaning the Briggs can power more devices simultaneously.
DC Outlets: Both models offer DC outlets which could be used to charge smaller electronics like mobile phones or laptops, however, they differ in type and number: the Briggs model offers two USB points along with one 12V outlet, while DeWalt provides dual USBs with no additional points specified.
Parallel Use: While we know that the Briggs can be used parallelly (useful for tasks needing increased power), unfortunately we don’t have clear information about whether the DeWalt can.
Features & Usability
Features: Both generators utilise a recoil starter system – this is the standard manual starting method requiring some physical effort. They both have an oil alert system too, which warns of dangerously low oil levels. Other features such as fuel gauge, brushless alternator, indicators, safety measures and additional accessories aren’t clearly specified for these models.
Noise Level: The Briggs & Stratton is slightly louder at 58 dBA compared to DeWalt’s 55 dBA. This difference is very minor and in day-to-day use probably won’t be noticed. For comparison, a normal conversation falls about 60-70 dBA.
Briggs & Stratton P2400 vs DeWalt DXIG2200 Comparison Table
|Briggs & Stratton P2400
|79 cc, 4-Stroke OHV
|Max / Starting watts
|5V, 2A (USB)
|12V, Dual USB
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|51 x 31 x 44 cm
|51 x 45 x 30 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|1 x 240V/15A IP44
|2 x USB, 1 x 12V
|12V, 2x USB
|Noise Level (dBA)
Both Briggs & Stratton P2400 and DeWalt DXIG2200 are quality products with similar specifications. Your choice between them may come down to the smaller details like the little extra starting power of the Briggs or the marginally lighter weight and quieter operation of the DeWalt.