If you often engage in outdoor activities such as camping, or want a reliable backup during power outages, then a portable generator is useful. They provide reliable power when and where you need it the most. However, choosing one can be challenging. It needs to be the right size for your power needs, not too noisy, and fit within your budget.
In this article, we’re looking at two models – the DeWalt DXIG2200 and the MaxWatt 2000W. Both are promoted by their brands as being easily transportable with efficient fuel consumption (DeWalt DXIG2200) and providing stable power safe for electronics (MaxWatt 2000W). We’ll compare these and other specs to help you decide which model suits you best.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): The DeWalt DXIG2200 can provide a continuous 1800 watts while the MaxWatt 2000W offers a slightly lower 1600 watts. This factor could determine what you can power. For instance, a space heater consumes about 1500 W, which both units could handle. But if you wanted to run an electric grill requiring 1650 W, only the DeWalt could manage it.
Starting Power (W): Both generators peak at the same starting power of 2200 W. This is important when starting tools or appliances which require a sudden energy surge.
Engine type: Both models use a similar 79cc engine size with the DeWalt DXIG2200 using an Overhead Valve (OHV) design for better fuel efficiency and improved engine lifespan.
Rated Output (kVA): Only the MaxWatt 2000W provides this measure at 2kVA; a factor that’s useful when using devices like motors or pumps which pull a lot of current momentarily.
Inverter: Both models have inverter technology, meaning they can produce cleaner power essential for sensitive electronics. They are generally quieter and more fuel-efficient.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both the DeWalt DXIG2200 and MaxWatt 2000W use Petrol. The type of fuel affects running costs, availability, and sometimes power output.
Fuel Tank Capacity: The DeWalt DXIG2200 has a slightly larger tank at 4.5L compared to the MaxWatt 2000W’s 4L. This larger capacity could mean longer run times between refills but also increases weight.
Run Time: With a run time of 8 hours at quarter load, the DeWalt DXIG2200 edges out the MaxWatt 2000W’s 6.5 hours at half load. Longer run times could be beneficial for extended use when fuel is limited.
Dry Weight: Both units are around the same weight (DeWalt DXIG2200: 21.9 kg, MaxWatt 2000W: 21 kg). A lighter model makes transportation easier but may sacrifice other features such as fuel tank size.
Size: Comparing dimensions, the DeWalt DXIG2200 is larger (51 x 45 x 30 cm) than the MaxWatt 2000W (46 x 25 x 50 cm). Depending on your storage space and transport options, size could be an important factor.
Wheels: Neither generator comes with wheels. If you frequently move your generator, built-in wheels would have been helpful.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Both generators offer one AC outlet which allows you to plug in your tools and appliances simultaneously.
DC Outlets: The DeWalt DXIG2200 has two USB outlets for charging phones or running LED lights. The MaxWatt 2000W has one 5V-2.1Amp USB outlet.
Parallel Use: Only the MaxWatt is capable of parallel use, allowing you to double your power output by connecting two of the same model.
Features & Usability
Both DeWalt DXIG2200 and MaxWatt 2000W models utilise a Recoil starter system which requires a bit more effort than electric starts but lacks their need for a battery.
The DeWalt DXIG2200 incorporates an LED fuel gauge and indicators to monitor fuel and power levels. Additionally, it has an oil alert warning system.
The MaxWatt 2000W model provides an overload indicator light and oil alert system, while offering less in terms of monitoring functionality.
Neither unit mentions the inclusion of brushless alternators or spark arrestors.
The noise level can be a concern, especially when used in quiet environments or at night. At a quarter load, the DeWalt DXIG2200 operates at 55 dBA, which is quieter than a normal conversation. It’s slightly quieter than the MaxWatt 2000W’s 59 dBA measured at 7 meters.
DeWalt DXIG2200 vs MaxWatt 2000W Comparison Table
|Max / Starting watts
|12V, Dual USB
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|6.5 at 50% load
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|51 x 45 x 30 cm
|46 x 25 x 50 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|1 x 240V/15A IP44
|12V, 2x USB
|1 x 5V 2.1 Amp USB
|Noise Level (dBA)
|59 at 7m
In essence, both the DeWalt DXIG2200 and MaxWatt 2000W inverter generators offer solid performance with some differences. For those requiring more running power for devices like an electric grill, the DeWalt DXIG2200 is recommended due to its higher running power capacity and larger fuel tank that allows for longer run times. On the other hand, if size is a concern or parallel use is desirable for heavier loads, then the more compact MaxWatt 2000W might be your best option.