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Old 12-05-2013, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ryobi 2200 Watt Inverter Generator - Anyone Using One?

I'm really interested in this unit for field charging, and it looks good on paper. From the youtube videos I've seen, it's really quiet. Has a 3 year warranty too.

Just wondering if anyone's using it, and what you think about it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been thinking bout one myself. I have a Champion inverter now that has been great, but I just don't like the footprint it has. Its a little awkward for me to pick up and move around. I love the idea of wheels and pull handle.

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One thread about the Ryobi (happens to be centered around an issue with it not putting out the rated output for charging use, but worth a read regardless):
https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=568405

Another user mentioned his in this one, he likes it:
https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=568046
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I have one. There are 3 of us here locally using them and none of us have had any issues. Starts really easy and is nice and quiet.

My only complaints would be the two handle design for carrying. It would be nice to have a single handle in the middle of the unit for one hand carrying. You can carry it by one handle but it is a little awkward. It would also be nice to have a fuel shut off valve for burning all fuel out of the unit for storage. I suppose one could add one fairly easy. The telescoping handle is nice. I use it all the time to back it in to its little corner in my garage. It is a little flimsy though. The wheels are small and meant for smooth surfaces. Not sure how well it would do being pulled across a grass field.

So far I am very pleased with my purchase. I max out my hyperion duo (15A on each port) and the generator handles it with no problem at all.
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Thanks for the replies and links. Seems like a pretty solid unit.
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Several Ryobis running all the time at our field, and several people waiting to pick one up over the winter. For the price, it's fantastic.
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+1 on the Ryobi. I only have about 2 hours on mine and am happy with it.
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I have one. There are 3 of us here locally using them and none of us have had any issues. Starts really easy and is nice and quiet.

My only complaints would be the two handle design for carrying. It would be nice to have a single handle in the middle of the unit for one hand carrying. You can carry it by one handle but it is a little awkward. It would also be nice to have a fuel shut off valve for burning all fuel out of the unit for storage. I suppose one could add one fairly easy. The telescoping handle is nice. I use it all the time to back it in to its little corner in my garage. It is a little flimsy though. The wheels are small and meant for smooth surfaces. Not sure how well it would do being pulled across a grass field.

So far I am very pleased with my purchase. I max out my hyperion duo (15A on each port) and the generator handles it with no problem at all.
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A single handle would be nice but for the price I couldn't be happier. Sometimes takes a few pulls to start but would definitely buy again. Also, new ryobis can usually be found on ebay for about 1/2 the price of the Honda 2000.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've been using one for about a month. Last weekend, I got to test it with a full 1100 charging watts -- 1500W out if the generator -- and it performed like a champ.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ive been running a Ryobi gen for just nearly a year... It gets anything from 4-8 hrs use most weekends no issues to date...
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The only annoyance is the wheels rattling while the generator is running. I bought a couple of cheap plastic doorstops to use as wheel chocks to stop the rattling.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I bought a used Ryobi for a good price shipped from NY to MO complete with saw dust. I usually have to pull it a couple of times to get fuel to the carb if it has been sitting around for a month or so but typically starts up just fine. With my power supply and charger. I can paralel charge my 6s packs at 35amps and it will keep on going. On my friends power supply which is a little better than mine but cost way more we were able to charge at 40amps and the generator handled it. All of that and take into consideration that my generator was put through its paces with the previous owner.

Also I saw several of the Ryobi generators at IRCHA and everyone else seem to love them also. There not as quiet but are pretty close as the more expensive brands.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've been using mine for about 8 months now charging 6s 4000 packs at 9 amps and it stays in idle mode. Doesn't even go into rabbit mode.

It comes with a 3 year warranty, starts on the first pull and it only costs $600 from Home Depot. I do agree with the Bum, my handle rattles but that is taken care of with a few rubber bands.
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I have about 200 hours on mine. On cooler days I can pull 46a @ 25v non stop into the charger for 4 hours which will run the tank dry (13.5a @ 117v).

To put that into heli metrics, that means you would go through 1 tank of gas in 4.5 hours and charge 18 sets for a 700.

On warmer days I have to drop down to 36a @25v to keep from overloading. That translates into 15 sets in 4.5 hours.



For me, there is a drop off when it gets hot outside when I am pulling 1500va non stop, which several of us suspect is charger voltage polling related. I have added a cap pack to ease the pulsing effect a charger puts on the ps & genny.

I personally love the 2 handles vs 1. I built a compartment off to the side to hang my 30' retractable extension cord which adds to the carrying weight.

When stress testing with a clean load (flood lights, heats guns, etc), I could pull 1750 va without overload for 15 minutes, which is excellent (basically pulling 15a out of a 15a circuit breaker). Keep in mind, Honda's are rated 1600va.

So if you fly 4 flights on a 700 per hour, this genny would be adequate. If you want 6 flights per hour on a 700, you need a bigger genny.

I personally think the days of $900 gennies will go the way of $250 25c 5000mah batteries of just a few years ago. You can now get a 2000w genny, server psus and a 1300w charger for the cost of one Honda.

We live in a very good time for flying RC helis. The future can only get better.
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I bought the Ryobi 2200 last June before going to a funfly and ran it for four days almost non-stop without an issue. After that I used it at least one day every weekend the rest of the summer and well into Fall and it's performed flawless. I run 2x47 amp feathermerchant supplies off it and usually two chargers. One maxed out at 30 amps and the other doing rx packs at 4amps or so.
It also powers a coffee pot really well in the mornings.
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Our field has a few. Some have well over 100 hours. Sometimes if there is only one we hook up at least 2 charging case if not three or four. In this case we have been able to overload it and shut it down. Still, I think it is the best bang for the buck genny.
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I got one of these few weeks ago and have about 4 hours runtime on it. It didn't skip a beat when I parallel charged a pair of 6s 5000 mah packs @ 30A. Slightly louder than a Honda 2000, but definitely not that loud at all. Next test is 25A per channel simultaneously with my 308Duo and pair of DPS-1200 PS. Another satisfied owner. Can't wait to bring it to IRCHA this year for a good workout as we will probably have several charge rigs plugged into it at the same time.

I give it 3 thumbs up!!
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3 year warranty, does the manual say where it has to go for warranty repair, do you have to pack it up and ship it to third party? Thanks
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Looks like there are Ryobi Service centers all over the place. When I searched my zip code, there are 4 service centers within 15 miles of me.
http://www.ryobitools.com/support/service-centers

Edit: It also says that you can take it to any HomeDepot and they will send it in for repairs.
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