Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 Review – Decide If The Little Inverter Is A Good Fit

Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 Inverter Generator

The Briggs & Stratton 30651 can be a great option for tailgaters or campers looking for a light duty, portable power source. Briggs & Stratton is a good name when it comes to portable generator and it seems this product holds up to that. This review covers the most important aspects of the modern piece of equipment.

The Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 is the newer model of the 30553. This one gives 1700 watts running power and starts up at 2200 watts while the older version only comes with 1600 running watts/2000 starting watts. With 1700 watts running wattage, it will generate enough power to run some basic things during power outages.

Coming with a dedicated parallel outlet, you can use the inverter in parallel with another P2200 or P3000 unit to get more power. The older version is not equipped with paralleling capability. Consider to get the 2nd one if you plan to use it for your electrical backup needs. The 120 Volt parallel cable connector kit for PowerSmart Series inverters costs around $80.

Being advertised to produce less than 3% total harmonic distortion, you can use it to power sensitive electronics. The upper limit for “clean” electricity is 6% THD. Unlike conventional gasoline powered generators, the motor runs at different speeds depending on the load. The automatic throttle translates to fuel saving and lower noise.

The 110 cc OHV engine uses unleaded fuel (minimum 87 octane) to operate. It will generate 14.16 amps at 120V AC. Surge current is 18.33 amps. The tank holds about a gallon of gas. You will get up to six and a half hours of runtime at 25% load. Engine oil and oil funnel are included in the box. The portable inverter does not come with an electric starter but people have found that it cranks up easily.

As for control panel, it only provides two regular 120V outlets. However, this is not uncommon for generators in this class. Briggs & Stratton equips this inverter with a USB port, allowing users to charge phones and laptops while traveling.

The advertised operating volume is 59 dB at 25% load. As a comparison a normal conversation generates 60-65 dB. It might not be quieter than the Honda or Yamaha, but is still fairly quiet. Also do not forget that it is much less expensive than those top-of-the-line inverters.

The B&S P2200 is just 55 pounds in weight, and therefore can be picked easily. Dimensions for the inverter in inches are 19.9 x 14.4 x 22.4. Combined with an H-beam carry handle, people find it light enough to lift and easy to lug around. There are no built-in wheels but they are not really needed.

Priced around $640, it is not the most affordable portable inverter on the market. The Westinghouse WH2000iXLT that offers similar specs, for instance, costs less than this product. That said, customer feedback indicates that this is a great little generator for the money.

Obviously, 1700W is not a huge amount of power. The starting wattage of a 1/2 HP sump pump can be as high as 4100W. That being said, this thing has plenty of power for small appliances or small tools.

There are some reports that this inverter is louder than expected. The Westinghouse WH2000iXLT that puts out 1800 running watts, for instance, offers a better noise rating (52 dba at 25% load). However, generally the users have found that the sound level to be very acceptable.

From a build quality standpoint, it seems well built. This generator is reasonably fuel efficient. The compact, lightweight design makes it very manageable. Like any small engine, periodic maintenance is required.

No product is perfect but if you want a little, relatively quiet generator that does not cost an arm and leg, then the B&S P2200 deserves serious consideration.

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