Which Portable Generator is Best for Your Specific Needs? You have a ton of options to choose from, and it can be challenging to choose one with the right wattage, runtime, and price. In fact, if you need help choosing the best generator, we're here to help. If your specific needs revolve around a 2,000-watt generator, such as for tailgates and camping, the Ryobi 2300-Watt Bluetooth Generator offers some quiet, affordable, and long-lasting power.
Overall, the build based on the Ryobi 2300 watt Bluetooth generator didn't give me any immediate concerns. Everything fits neatly in a plastic case. Like other generators in this power class, it is much more compact than a 5000W jobsite generator.
It weighs 53 pounds and is easy to pick up, with a couple of handles on the top to help you lift it.
The Ryobi includes a telescoping handle that tucks away neatly when not in use. It gives the alternator a cleaner look than the front flip-down swing handle style. While that feature is welcome, you'll notice it's not the sturdiest build. I have no problem rolling with the dynamo, just don't try to lift it with the hand out.
The wheels are small and roll well over hard surfaces and packed soil. If you're going to use this buggy for camping or a light job site, be aware that it will sink into soft soil and you'd better take it with you.
The Ryobi 2300 Watt Bluetooth generator has a recoil system for starting. I prefer electric start, but really, most small generators like this don't offer it. Ryobi lets you take a break with a simple boot system. Take the guesswork out of fuel and choke settings with mode presets for off/store, run/restart and cold start.
The Ryobi 2300 Watt Bluetooth Generator features an 80cc OHV 4-cycle engine that pushes 2300 starting watts and 1800 running watts. As we have said before, with this engine and power output, this lightweight generator will be ideal for applications where the demands are not particularly high. For job site use, you can plan to run tools at 12 amps or less, but those with high startup surges may limit them to lower amperages.
This is fairly quiet at just under 68 decibels when running at 100% load, and even quieter (57 decibels) at 25% load. There are quieter models available, but this one still keeps aggressive noise at an arm's length away.
Maybe an 1800 watt generator isn't powerful enough for you. Ryobi has made this generator parallel capable so you can hook up a second and get 3600 watts of running power. If that's your direction, Home Depot has a kit with 2 generators and parallel cables for $999.
Not sure what size you need? Here are some helpful tips to help you determine the best size for you:
Ryobi 2300W Bluetooth Generator Maintenance
There is a removable panel for when you need to refuel or do other maintenance.
Taking care of your generator with regular preventive maintenance will greatly extend its lifespan.
As is standard with small generators/inverters, the Ryobi 2300 Watt Bluetooth Generator has a miniature fuel tank. The larger tank weighs heavily on the Ryobi's overall "small footprint," and opting for the 1.2-gallon capacity actually gives you a little more than a couple of key competitors like Briggs & Stratton and the Honda give you.
Ryobi has put a lot of work into fuel economy. I'd even say it's impressive how long this generator runs on its baby share of fuel. At 25% load this generator will run for 10+ hours and at 50% load it can run for 7.5 hours. If your power needs are moderate, you'll have a reasonable amount of time between filling up.
In this power class, it should come as no surprise that the Ryobi 2300W Bluetooth Generator lacks a 240V outlet. You need higher power output to support one. What you get are two 120V 20A outlets, and two 2.1A USB outlets for laptops and smartphones. These are not GFCI protected outlets, so please be aware of the weather and nearby water sources when using them.
Speaking of smartphones, you can monitor most of the vital stats for your Ryobi 2300W Bluetooth Generator from your smartphone with the Ryobi Gencontrol app. The app allows users to monitor power consumption, runtime, fuel level and load level from their mobile phone. It can even reset the generator remotely.
price and value
From a pricing standpoint, the Ryobi 2300-Watt Bluetooth Generator is a solid value at $699. It ticks all the boxes we'd expect in the 2000-watt class, except for the GFCI protection. However, the addition of Bluetooth monitoring is an uncommon feature in this class. As a CARB compliant unit (you're welcome, California), it sits nicely between the $450 base model and the high-end units that run over $1000.
the bottom line
Ultimately, the Ryobi 2300W Bluetooth Generator makes a pretty strong case for itself in the 2000W class. I like the blend of features, and it gives me enough runtime for most light entertainment needs. Check out the other options available, Ryobi has a lot to offer you for $599.
Ryobi 2300 Watt Bluetooth Generator Key Features
- 2,300 starting watts, 1,800 operating watts
- ultra-quiet operation
- Free "Ryobi Gencontrol" App: Monitor power consumption, oil level and remaining runtime on your Apple or Android smartphone
- Onboard LCD displays fuel level, remaining run time and load level
- On-board overload reset button and remote reset capability using free Gencontrol app
- Ultra-Portable: Telescoping Handle, Dual Rear Wheels, Suitcase Handles, Front and Rear Handle Assembly
- Supports parallel kits: connect 2 for twice the power
- Two 120-volt outlets and 2 USB ports
- 3-year limited warranty
- Fuel-saving: automatic idling fuel-saving technology
Ryobi 2300 Watt Bluetooth Generator Specifications
- Models: Ryobi RYI2300BTA and RYi2322VNM (newer models)
- Engine: Ryobi
- Engine size: 79cc
- Starting System: Recoil
- Starting wattage: 2,300W
- Operating power: 1,800W
- Maximum Current: 20 Amps
- Fuel Tank Size: 1.2 Gallons
- Run time: 10.3H @25% load, 7.5H @50% load
- Outlets: 2) 120V AC 20 Amp and (2) 5V DC 2.1 Amp USB
- Noise level: 57 dB(A) @ 25% load, 67.9 dB(A) @ 100% load
- Weight: 53 lbs
- Warranty: 3-year limited
- Price: $599