Honda 7000 EU7000iS Generator Review: What It Can Power, Specs, Pros/Cons & More
Honda 7000 Generator EU7000is OverviewThe Honda 7000 generator, model EU7000is, is a 7000 watt 120/240V inverter generator that can be used in countless situations with countless appliances to make bad situations better and outdoor excursions bearable for even the least outdoorsy. This is a big generator. There’s no getting around that. With a dry weight of 261 lbs., there needs to be an easy way to transport it around. Luckily, this isn’t Honda’s first rodeo. Between strong and durable wheels, and fold-down handles, the only difficult part of transportation is getting this in and out of a truck bed. If you keep it in your garage or shed for use on your property, this concern doesn’t even apply to you. There are two ways to start the Honda EU7000iS; electric and recoil. With the push of a button, all systems are go. Recoil serves as a backup for the electronic start system. Once running, the i-Monitor system will track hours of operation, battery life and other various diagnostics. Thanks to this feature, you can monitor your generator’s health and catch potential issues before they affect performance. One thing we love about Honda generators is their Eco-Throttle System. This piece of technology maximizes efficiency, reduces fuel consumption and helps prolong the life of your generator since it won’t run harder than it needs to. When the 5.1-gallon tank is filled, it will run 18 hours at peak efficiency. If you’re working it to the bone, you’ll only get 6 hours. In most cases, the generator will end up running somewhere in-between—both 6 and 18 hours are the extreme. If you want to stay safe (and follow Honda guidelines), they recommend using gasoline only. If you were to try using propane or other natural gases, you’d be making complete safety more difficult, or even impossible, to achieve. For noise, the EU7000iS is pretty quiet—another perk of inverter technology. While running, noise output will range anywhere from 50-60 decibels, not much of a difference from a normal conversation between a few people.
What can the EU7000iS power?Starting small, the Honda 7000 generator can power appliances such as televisions, blenders, lights and other low power-drawing electronics. Due to its use of inverter technology, it is also safe to use things like computers, game consoles and other delicate electronics. Notably, it can power a bunch of these at the same time. You aren’t spending thousands of dollars to power a reading light. We get that. Honda gets that. When you start getting into the larger appliances, there’s not much around your house or campsite that can’t be powered. At the top, this generator can be used to keep your freezer frozen during a power outage. After a flood, it will power a sump pump to clear out your basement and begin the agonizing cleanup process. Additionally, it will power window AC units and small furnaces making July camping trips and mid-winter expeditions possible. In the event you need even more power, a second EU7000iS can be paralleled to provide 14000 watts of power. What may seem like a daunting process is actually quite simple and involves connecting the two generators through a few wires (an accessory manufactured by Honda). From the smallest to the largest appliances you own, you’re in good hands with a generator that harnesses this much power is a controlled fashion.
Specifications (directly from Honda)
- Engine—Honda GX390 EFI
- AC Output—120/240V 7000W max. (58.3/29.1A) 5500W rated (45.8/22.9A)
- Receptacles—20A 125V GFCI Duplex (2), 30A 125V Locking Plug, 30A 125/250V Locking Plug
- DC Output—N/A
- Starting System—Recoil, electric
- Fuel Tank Capacity—5.1 gal.
- Run Time per Tankful—6.5 hrs.@ rated load, 18.0 hrs. @ 1/4 load
- Dimensions (L x W x H) —33.4" x 27.6" x 28.4"
- Noise Level—58 dB(A) @ rated load, 52 dB(A) @ 1/4 load
- Dry Weight—261 lbs.
Helpful Video from Honda via YouTube[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjte_-DbeBU&t=70s[/embed]
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Honda 7000 EU7000is Generator Review
What we liked
Clean and Powerful
In most cases, inverter generators are less powerful than convention models. The EU7000iS offers a rare combination of sufficient power for large jobs, and the clean and stable reliability inverter loyalists have come to know and love.
On the inverter side, you have power that is stable enough to safely run electronics. With conventional generators, you’re more prone to surges and momentary lapses. When you use an inverter generator, you are paying a premium for power you can count on to run even your most delicate (and irreplacable) appliances.
Due to the price of inverter generators, the most common models you’ll see out there are only a few thousand watts. The EU7000iS comes with a full 7000 watts (as you might have guessed from the name). From a small fan in your living room and your morning coffee to window air conditioners and full-size refrigerators, this model generator has you covered.
Built-in Safety Features
There are three lights on the generator’s side. When all is right, none will be on.
Each light serves as an indicator for potential trouble, just like the lights on the dashboard of your car. They alert you to issues with output, overload and oil. Keeping track of these three things are essential to keeping your machine in pristine condition and keeping the onus off of you makes life easier.
When things get to be too much, there are electronic circuit breakers that turn your machine off when necessary. By automatically shutting off, just like the breakers in your home, the generator is protecting itself from sustaining serious damage. In turn, this protects your large investment—the tool which will provide you power in a time of need.
What we didn’t like
The Honda EU7000iS is powerful, but expensive. With a list price coming in at more than $4000, a generator that comes in a (relatively) small package, but with a large price tag must be properly taken care of.
Since it is used outside, it would be very easy to ignore every nick or scratch that appears on the outside. While the outside is mostly aesthetic (you definitely don’t want knobs breaking off or labels removed), it reflects how you treat your generator.
Likewise, the interior components must be protected, maintained and cleaned in order to ensure a long life, as well as proper function. When you invest the equivalent cash value of the car you buy your child to learn to drive, you need to take care of it.
In order to make up for the price that you’re paying, this should be the last generator you buy. This means that what you pay (plus gas, oil and any repairs) will be all you pay. No more going cheap on a generator only to realize you need a new one two years later. This is a generator that if you buy, you need to treat it right. Otherwise, it will be a waste of money (and a lot of it).
Wheels and handles are great for flat terrain. Where things start to get hairy is if you use your generator anywhere besides your home.
One of the most common professions where a generator is used is on a construction site. They’re great to run power tools off of and provide an easy solution to lack of power in a remote location. But, what happens when you need to get it upstairs in a home that is only framed out or even in and out of a truck?
Special considerations must be made. You’ll likely end up using long extension cords or battling the terrain to move it close to where you’re working. This issue also doubles on campsites as you do not want to let it out of your sight (thousands of dollars invested, remember?). Luckily, once it’s on the ground, you can move it freely and if you have a truck you can use planks to get it back in your bed, just like a lawnmower.
Is this the generator for you?
Right off the bat, one of the things that jumps out is that this is an inverter generator. While the price might not match the power of conventional generators, it more than makes up for it with stability and the variety of appliances that can be used with it.
If you plan on finding yourself in a remote location, but cannot go off the grid and still need Wi-Fi and your computer, using this generator will have you feeling like you’re right in the office. Now the generator might not be able to replicate your comfy desk chair or nice view, but it provides the essentials. With this generator, you can set up shop regardless of where you are, or what’s going on around you.
Another aspect that gets overlooked by many is how easily this generator starts. If you have a bad back, shoulder, or just aren’t strong enough to pull start a large generator, you need another way. By including a push start, Honda has made the EU7000iS accessible for nearly everyone.
The only drawback is the weight of the model, which without the wheels and handles would be impossible to move. By easing transportation and starting, Honda has made this an ideal option for those who do not want to, or are unable to exert major physical force to use a generator.
Do not buy this generator if your power goes out once a year. Do buy this generator if you lose power frequently, go camping a few times a year or are a mainstay at outdoor tailgates. Whether it’s for business, pleasure or something in-between, if you use a generator with some regularity, you need an efficient, reliable and long-lasting generator.
The EU7000iS is a model you can trust for years and run a variety of appliances off of. Additionally, it comes from Honda—a brand that has grown synonymous with high-quality machines and customer support.
Honda 5000 EM5000S Generator Review: What It Can Power, Specs, Pros/Cons & More
Honda 5000 EM5000S Generator OverviewWith 5000 watts, your options are far from limited. To make things even better, this model can jump to 7000 watts for up to 10 seconds to start larger equipment. What makes this such an appealing generator is that not only do you gain the ability to run appliances for extended periods of time with it, the added power helps to get any machine around you going, even in less than ideal conditions. With a multitude of places to plug in, running multiple appliances or machines is slight work for the EM5000S. Even on other powerful generators, one of the most common problems we’ve encountered is not having enough outlets to take full advantage of the machine. With the Honda 5000 generator, that problem has become a thing of the past. Whether you want to run a single appliance or a half dozen, you can do so without any additional rigging. Running at maximum efficiency, this generator can run for around 11 hours. As you add more and more appliances on, run time will begin to gradually decrease. Running at maximum capacity, the 6-gallon engine will run for around 8 hours. There is an internal battery included with this generator. While it helps to add stability, you’ll see the largest benefit of this addition at start. One way to identify if the battery is failing is if you’re having difficulty with the electric start. Luckily, replacing the battery is a simple process. A lot of how smoothly the EM5000S runs depends on how well you keep up with maintenance. By regularly cleaning the carburetor and air filter, you are promoting the overall health of the generator. Keep up in these two main areas and you’ll have a machine that runs well for years to come. Despite its 200+ lb. frame, transporting the EM5000S is a breeze thanks to a built-in handle and wheels. The only time you might have an issue is lifting it in and out of your vehicle. When the time comes for this, always make sure to have a few people pitching in.
What can the EM5000S power?On their website, Honda gives a sampling of what just 2900 running watts includes. At startup, these machines require 5300 watts. Adding much more to the equation would be pushing the limits of the EM5000S. It is important to note that if you start these appliances at different times you will never hit the full 5300 watts. Basically, in order to maintain minimal usage, start and use appliances only as you need them. Okay so back to that example. At the wattage mentioned above, you can run a refrigerator, small furnace, five lights, a television and microwave at once. Not too shabby for a single generator. Some other things around your household that the EM5000S can power are furnace fans, garage door openers and air conditioners. In general, it will be difficult to find an appliance around your home or in your RV that this generator cannot power. Again, one of the main features that attract people to this model in particular is the power it offers. No paralleling, no running multiple generators—this one takes care of all your needs.
- Engine—Honda iGX390
- AC Output—120/240V 5000W max. (41.2/20.8A) / 4500W rated (37.5/18.6A)
- iAVR Output—7000W (58.3/29.2A) for 10 sec.
- Receptacles—20A 125V GFCI Duplex (2), 30A 125V Locking Plug, 30A 125/250V Locking Plug
- DC Output—12V, 100W (8.3A)
- Starting System—Electric & Recoil
- Fuel Tank Capacity—6.2 Gallons
- Run Time per Tankful—8.1 hrs.@ rated load, 11.2 hrs. @ 1/2 load
- Dimensions (L x W x H) —41.1" x 27.8" x 28.3"
- Noise Level—66 dB(A) @ rated load; 63 db(A) @ 50% load
- Dry Weight—232 lbs.
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Honda 5000 EM5000S Generator Review
What we liked
Duality of Start
With an engine as large as the one that comes with the Honda 5000 generator (EM5000S), starting it is not always so easy. For some people, pull starting an engine like this is entirely out of the realm of possibility.
In order to accommodate users of all comfort levels, Honda knew they had to be understanding. While it took a little extra effort, they were able to add an electric start feature. With the turn of a key, you start your engine and have enough power to run large appliances and machines for extended periods of time.
With an advanced electric start system, older or weaker individuals (even children too) will have no problem starting this generator. If this system fails, it does require immediate attention in order to function. As a failsafe, the ES5000S can be started using a recoil system. Admittedly, having to use this option will cut down on the number of people capable of starting the generator.
Plenty of Places to Plug In
The EM5000S has a lot of power. Nothing would be worse than not being able to take advantage of all that power.
Unless you’re using every bit of energy the machine can supply, you need multiple places to plug in. You know, for the multiple appliances you’re going to be powering. We know that extension cords and power strips are out there that increase your number of outlets, but any way you frame it, these are less safe than plugging directly into the generator.
To start, there are four plug outlets and a handful of other spots to hook various wires up to. If you want to run a single large appliance, no problem at all. If you need to power a half dozen smaller appliances, with most generators you won’t have the ability to. With the EM5000S, you will.
Consistency and Stability
When you turn on a generator, you want to know exactly what you’re getting. Not only is it essential to crafting plans and parties based on what you can power, consistency and stability translates to safety.
Honda EM5000S generators come with iAVR (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulation) technology. What this boils down to is being able to use sensitive electronics at the same time you need raw power to keep more demanding appliances on. If you want to do one or the other, this generator supports those demands as well.
Generators of lesser quality cannot be trusted to power electronics due to fear of shorting them out, and ultimately ruining them, that is not the case with the EM5000S. Honda was able to develop a superior combination of power and precision when compared to competitors, giving them a clear leg up on the competition.
What we didn’t like
Okay, we admit that for a lot of people this will be a plus. When we decided to put it on the “What we didn’t like” list, we were thinking of those with minimal experience in generators and similar technology. Advice for people that this applies to; learn your machine and what it can do. After all, it’s a pricy investment—we want you to get the most out of it you can.
On the EM5000S, you have the option to use a full 240 volts, or limit output to 120 volts. In many ways, this will help you increase efficiency and only use the power necessary to run appliances that are critical. If you stay on top of this, not a big deal. If you don’t know what you’re doing or are forgetful, it could lead to some confusion or trouble.
In all fairness to Honda, it’s difficult to contain an extremely powerful generator in a small body. With dimensions of 41.1″ x 27.8″ x 28.3″, many people will have a hard time finding a good place for this around their property. Additionally, dry weight for this model is 232 lbs.
On the flip side, Honda protects the more delicate parts of the generator through the use of a sturdy metal frame. While the frame is essential to protecting the engine and other internal components, it only adds to the “bulkiness” of the generator. The frame doubles as an easy place to hold onto when lifting or moving the generator with multiple people—a silver lining if there is any.
Is this the generator for you?
Depending on the retailer, the Honda EM5000S will run you anywhere between $2500 and $3000. Based on price alone, we wouldn’t recommend this for any person who simply wants to have a generator in case of an emergency.
The EM5000S is tailored for those who regularly need power produced by a generator. Whether you’re a camping aficionado, live in an area where grid power is inconsistent or unavailable, or a person that finds themselves in regular need of supplemental power, this is for you.
While this is not an exhaustive or exclusive list of the types of people who should purchase this generator, it helps you recognize the intended market. The EM5000S is a generator for people who need a generator—not just want one for a rainy day.
One of the most important things to take under consideration when deciding if this is the generator for you is power. Due to the sheer amount of energy it can produce, the EM5000S will provide unnecessary power for many. If you’re in need of a generator that can power electronics, major appliances and other machinery, purchasing a powerful generator is about the only option you have.
Another major consideration is maintenance. On any machine, cutting corners leads to added costs later on. We aim to find product that limit those costs.
Things like spark plugs might wear out, but these are easy and affordable to replace. Where you (your wallet) can really get hurt, however, is with the engine. When it comes to engines, there are two things to consider. Is the engine constructed well and with quality materials? The other is, will a mechanic have any idea how it’s built when it inevitably needs repair or routine upkeep?
Honda iGX engines check both these boxes. When it comes to a Honda manufactured engine, you know that you are getting something that has been designed, built and later improved upon. With the reputation they have, it is easy to trust the product you’re going to be using to provide heat, air and power for your family in times of need.
Another major benefit of shopping Honda is that when things go wrong beyond control of the customer, they have a track record of standing behind their products. They’re willing to make necessary remedies available and, the most impressive, admit when they’ve made a mistake somewhere in the production process.
Information on Honda’s EM Series Generators
See additional information on Honda’s EM-series generators in this informational video from Honda.
Understanding Generator Safety
See the generator safety video from Honda.
How to Connect a Honda Generator to your Home
See Honda’s video on how to connect your new Honda generator to your home.