Wondering why you need a portable generator? Whether it’s for camping, home backup, or small events, a good generator can keep your gadgets running and make life more comfortable. But how do you choose the right one? It’s all about size, noise levels and your budget.
Today we’re comparing two popular models: the Engel R2000IS and the Yamaha EF2200iS. The Engel offers affordability and a 4-year warranty, while the Yamaha delivers an extra 200 watts of power in a smaller, lighter package.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS
Running power is essentially how much continuous power a generator can provide. Both generators could power larger appliances like air conditioning units and table saws up to around 2000W. The Yamaha model has slightly more running power at 2200W, so you might get more usage at full power.
Starting Power (W)
The starting powers are similar between the two: 2000W for the Engel, and 2300W for the Yamaha. That starting burst might be needed particularly for devices with motors.
Both engines are capable single cylinder, 4-stroke air-cooled models. Notably though, the Yamaha boasts an OHV engine which often equates to better fuel efficiency and longer lifespan.
Rated Output (kVA): Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS
The rated output measures apparent power. Here we have a slight divergence: at 1.9 kVA the Engel is slightly ahead of the Yamaha at 1.8 kVA. You’d need a higher kVA rating if your equipment pulls more current.
Both generators sport inverter technology – cleaner power output essential for sensitive electronics and generally quieter running engines.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Engel R2000IS and Yamaha EF2200iS
Both models run on petrol.
Fuel Tank Capacity
The Engel has slightly bigger fuel capacity at 4.8L in comparison to Yosemite’s 4.7L. A bigger tank means longer operation times before refuelling.
For the run time at 1/4 load, Yamaha takes the lead at 10.5 hours compared to Engel’s 7 hours at 50% load. This can be significant if you plan usage for extended periods or in places where getting more fuel is challenging.
Dry Weight: Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS
The Engel model is lighter than the Yamaha, which makes it easier to move but might have compromises like smaller fuel tank or power output.
These models are very similar in size, but Yamaha being a bit larger. Both are suitable for small storage areas, and transportation should be very manageable.
Unfortunately, neither of the generators come with wheels, which would have helped in moving them around.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS
You’ll find one AC outlet on the Engel generator, while the Yamaha model provides two – something to consider if you need to power multiple AC devices simultaneously.
DC Outlets: Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS
The Engel generator comes with a USB port that provide a maximum output of 1A at 5V while the Yamaha model offers a single DC socket providing 3A at 12V. Taking this into consideration is essential when thinking about charging mobile phones or other small appliances that use DC current.
Both generators offer the possibility of parallel use, an ideal solution for those larger tasks where double power output is necessary.
Features & Usability
Each model features a range of additional features:
- Simple recoil start system
- Fuel gauge to monitor fuel levels
- Frequency and voltage indicators
- Comes with overload protection as a safety measure
- Easy to use recoil start system
- Fuel gauge to keep track of fuel consumption
- Built-in oil alert system helps prevent engine damage
- Brushless alternator for improved efficiency.
- The presence of spark arrestor for safety measures.
The Yamaha EF2200iS is quieter during operation with a noise level of 57 decibels compared to the Engel R2000IS’s noise level at 68 decibels; that’s a little louder than normal conversation vs a vacuum cleaner’s noise level.
Engel R2000IS vs Yamaha EF2200iS Comparison Table
|Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air-cooled
|79 cc, OHV, 4-stroke
|Max / Starting watts
|USB 1A 5V
|12V / 3A
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|4.5h (full load), 7h (50% load)
|10.5 at 1/4 load
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|49.8 x 31.2 x 46.7 cm
|55.5 x 30 x 47 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|1 x 15 amp
|USB 1A 5V
|Noise Level (dBA)
|68 at 7m
Summing it up, the Engel R2000IS might be suited for someone looking for a lightweight generator that offers good running power and lesser noise, while the Yamaha EF2200iS may appeal to someone who prioritizes longer running times and more AC outlets. Your final choice will depend on what you need most – whether it’s power, ease of movement, longevity or additional features.