If you have high-power needs like home backup during power outages, running multiple tools on construction sites, operating food trucks or coffee vans, or supporting outdoor events or industrial machinery, a large portable generator could be what you need.
These generators offer the advantage of being movable and versatile. But choosing one can be a bit tricky – you need to find a model that’s the right size, not too loud, and fits within your budget.
In this article, we’re comparing two models: The Hyundai HY3200SEi and the Ryobi RPGENINV4K Inverter generators. Both models have their unique selling points according to their respective brands.
The Hyundai HY3200SEi is compact yet powerful and an ideal fit for caravans and motorhomes. On the other hand, the Ryobi RPGENINV4K is safe for sensitive electronics; it uses easy start technology and has pure sine wave outlets.
We’ll look at these features together with essential specs like running power, starting power, and engine type among others in more detail.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): With a running power of 3200 W, the Hyundai HY3200SEi can provide continuous service to appliances such as a water heater or an industrial vacuum both of which consume about 3000 W. The Ryobi RPGENINV4K however offers slightly less running power at 3100 W but can still effectively run similar appliances to those powered by the Hyundai model.
Starting Power (W): Here’s where there’s a big difference: The Ryobi RPGENINV4K provides a peak startup wattage of 4000 W while the Hyundai model levels off at its running power of 3200 W also its maximum power. If your setup requires that initial burst of extra power, the Ryobi could suit you better.
Engine type: Both models come equipped with a 210cc (for Hyundai) and 212cc (for Ryobi) Overhead Valve (OHV) engine types. OHV engines are durable, compact, and deliver improved power output and fuel efficiency.
Rated Output (kVA): For the Hyundai model, we have a rated output of 4 kVa. There’s no rating for the Ryobi model, but considering its starting and running watts, it would be safe to presume a similar rating between 3.5 and 4 kVa.
Inverter: Both models are equipped with inverter technology meaning they can produce cleaner power suitable for sensitive electronic devices like laptops. They’re usually quieter and more fuel-efficient.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both of these models operate on petrol – straightforward and easily accessible.
Fuel Tank Capacity: The Hyundai generator has a slightly smaller fuel tank capacity of 7.8 litres compared to the Ryobi’s 12 litres. You’d need to refill the Hyundai generator more often than the Ryobi.
Run Time: When it comes to runtime, the Ryobi stands tall with a run time of 12 hours (at half load) as against Hyundai’s generator that offers about 6 hours at half load. The extended runtime makes the Ryobi more desirable for prolonged use scenarios.
Dry Weight: Interesting enough, both generators weigh the same at 35kg each. This is a reasonable weight for portability but factors like dimensions and handle styles could make one easier to move than the other.
Size: On comparing size measurements, we find Ryobi measuring up at 58.5 x 38 x 54cm while Hyundai specifications indicate dimension values of 40 x 40 x 56cm. Here, location available for storage comes into effect as the Ryobi is longer, but slightly shorter in height and width, whereas Hyundai has a squarer shape overall.
Wheels: For the Ryobi generator, we’re certain it comes with wheels thereby enhancing mobility. Unfortunately, it’s not specified whether the Hyundai has wheels.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: The Ryobi generator edges out with 3 alternating current (AC) outlets while Hyundai trails with 2. More AC outlets means you can power more devices at the same time.
DC Outlets: Interestingly, only the Hyundai offers a single 12V Direct Current outlet. The Ryobi doesn’t have any DC outlets. DC outlets are great for charging batteries or smaller appliances such as mobile phones or laptops.
Parallel Use: We’re unsure if either of these models allows for parallel use owing to missing information.
Features & Usability
Features: Digging into their features:
- The Hyundai employs a recoil, electric, and remote starting system while the Ryobi uses an easy start technology.
- A digital display available on the Hyundai serves as indicators revealing real-time information about the generator’s performance and fuel levels.
- Safety features on the Hyundai include digital overload protection and low oil shutdown. No safety features have been specified for the Ryobi model.
Noise Level: Noise level measurement reveals that the Hyundai HY3200SEi operates between 54-59 dBA quieter than a normal conversation and definitely quieter than its counterpart the Ryobi RPGENINV4K which works up a noise of 67 dBA close to that of city traffic.
Hyundai HY3200SEi vs Ryobi RPGENINV4K Comparison Table
|Not specified Years
|210 cc, OHV
|212 cc, OHV
|Max / Starting watts
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|6 hours at 50% load
|12 (at half load)
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|40 x 40 x 56 cm
|58.5 x 38 x 54 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|Easy start technology
|Noise Level (dBA)
We’ve compared two robust portable generators – each having its strengths and ideal use scenario. If you’re in need of a powerful but compact generator that’s fairly quiet too, then the Hyundai HY3200SEi could be your perfect fit – especially if you intend to use it in caravans and motorhomes.
Alternatively, if you need more run time, a generator that’s easy to startup and the added benefit of an extra AC outlet, then the Ryobi RPGENINV4K could be your ideal solution.