The Westinghouse iGen2200 has an enticing price tag, but there’s more to like about this portable generator than just cost savings. An well-rounded package and easy maintenance makes it a great choice for tailgating, RV shore power and mobile tool power.
The Basics: Power, Sockets and Dimensions
The Westinghouse iGen2200 portable generator produces 2,200 peak watts to handle load spikes from reactive loads, and 1,800 rated watts for sustained loads. It weighs 46 lbs. and measures 19.8 x 17.9 x 11.4 inches.
The Westinghouse iGen2200 has two 5-20R 120 volt household outlets. These are wired in duplex, so you can use a single heavy-duty extension cable to draw the full current available from this portable generator. This inverter generator also has two USB Type A outlets for charging battery-powered electronics. One socket delivers up to 2.1 amps, the maximum for the standard, while the other is limited to one amp. All outlets have rubber covers to protect them from water and dirt when they are not in use. However, they are not GFCI protected.
The Westinghouse iGen2200 is parallel capable, letting you link two generators together to act as one. While most inverter generator models can only be paired with identical models, several iGen models can be hooked together in parallel. This connection supports any combination of the Westinghouse iGen2200, iGen2300, iGen2500, iGen2600, iGen4500, iGen4500DF or WH2200iXLT portable generators. Westinghouse offers a parallel cable with a built-in TT-30R 120 volt outlet, letting you connect both generators directly to your RV.
This inverter generator is CARB compliant, and it has a spark arrester. That means you can use it anywhere that allows generators, including areas with strict fire safety and pollution restrictions.
What Do I Need to Do to Maintain the Westinghouse iGen2200?
The Westinghouse iGen2200 comes with a funnel, a spark plug wrench, and a small bottle of oil. The spark plug can be accessed by popping off the top-mounted cover. To access the rest of the generator, you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver.
The owner’s manual also includes instructions for checking valve lash. However, there is no set interval for inspecting the valves.
The 80 cc engine in this portable generator holds 0.37 quarts of oil. 10W30 oil is recommended for most temperatures, 5W30 for use below freezing, and 15W40 above 80°F.
The air filter can be washed in soap and water, and it does not need to be oiled. Carbon deposits can be removed from the spark arrester with a wire brush.
Like every other piece of small engine equipment, this inverter generator can have issues with stale fuel blocking the carburetor jets. Fortunately, the iGen2200’s design makes it easy to prevent these issues. Gas can be drained from the fuel tank by loosening the float bowl screw on the carburetor. The bottom of the bowl has a built-in hose, making it easy to transfer the gas to a container.
What’s the Difference Between the Westinghouse iGen2200 and the WH2200iXLT?
While the WH2200iXLT may be the predecessor to the iGen2200, both generators are currently in production. Most of the specs are similar, including noise and runtime. However, there are a few key differences.
The WH2200iXLT has a 12 volt cigarette lighter instead of a pair of USB ports. It’s three pounds lighter than the iGen2200, but it has a slightly larger case.
The fuel drain is built into the middle of the back panel. While it’s easy to access, the awkward position makes it likely that you’ll spill fuel while emptying the tank.