Review: Honda 2000 EU2200i Inverter Generator
EU2200i OverviewThe Honda EU2200i 2000 generator is a lightweight inverter generator. At about 47 lbs., you (or you and a friend) can easily carry this generator wherever it needs to go. A sturdy and ergonomic handle provides a helpful boost as well. Inverter technology provides smooth and efficient power to a variety of home appliances. The EU2200i has enough brute power to keep all your meat in a large freezer frozen, and is steady enough to operate computers and more delicate appliances. Through a process of converting and refining energy before passing from generator to appliance, inverter technology has been able to surpass conventional generators at every checkpoint.
What does the EU2200i power?To keep it brief, the EU2200i can power just about anything in your home. To get more specific, the more powerful appliances you can power are air conditioners, microwave ovens, TV’s, and incandescent lights. On the smaller end, you can run a hair dryer, blender and portable fan. While you might not be able to power every single appliance at once, you can run several of them at a time. Even a large TV will only take up about 200 watts of power. The likelihood of you having 11 televisions that need to be powered is pretty low, but the ability to so is nice to have in your back pocket. As you might have guessed, you can power quite a bit with the EU2200i. The most valuable thing around your home you can power has to be a garage door. When the power goes out and your only car is stuck inside, you need the ability to get it out. Whether you just want to enjoy it, or it’s the only way you can get to the store for vital supplies, you should be able to get your car out.
Fueling and runtimeNot having to run to the generator to refuel is always more desirable than the alternative. With the EU2200i, a single tank will last at minimum 3 hours, topping out at 8 hours. As you might have guessed, the variance is caused by how heavily you use the generator. If you’re looking to extend the life of a single tank even longer, you can set up an extended fuel tank. This is an aftermarket setup, but can safely allow you to increase fuel capacity. For those that want to sleep through the night, or set it and forget it, this is a great option. Oil does not come with the generator and must be purchased separately. From empty to full, the generator will take about half a quart. Thankfully, Honda offers their own brand of motor oil and given their worldwide presence, it’s pretty easy to find.
Starting the generatorSome people are intimidated when they see a machine started by a pull cord, rather than the turn of a key, and understandably so. Honda makes it easy with an advanced mechanical decompressor system. While some machines make you pull with every bit of strength you have, the EU2200i can be started by anyone. Honda EU2200i Generator Operation by Honda via YouTube [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unk0i9wCGII[/embed]
For when you need a little more powerWhat happens when you need a little (or a lot) more power? No, the answer isn’t that you have to start from scratch. Honda has included parallel capabilities on their EU2200i model. This means you can connect two of the same generators together to team up and power bigger, or more appliances and other machines. In taking advantage of the EU2200i’s parallel capability, you can double your power without having to buy a generator at double the price. While you will have to purchase a second generator to take full advantage of this feature, you will have the power needed for every situation. Besides another EU2200i, this generator parallels with EU200iK1/T1 models.
Specifications (from Honda)
- Full model name—EU2200ITA
- Engine—Honda GXR120
- AC Output—120V 2200W max. (18.3A), 1800W rated (15A)
- Receptacles—20A 125V Duplex
- DC Output—12V, 100W (8.3A)
- Starting System—Recoil
- Fuel Tank Capacity—.95 gal
- Run Time per Tankful—3.2hr @ rated load 8.1 hrs @ 1/4 load
- Dimensions— (L x W x H) 20.0" x 11.4" x 16.7"
- Noise Level—57 dB(A) @ rated load 48 dB(A) @ 1/4 load
- Dry Weight—46.5 lb.
Honda 2000 EU2200i Generator Review
What we liked
Packing a Punch
The Honda 2000 EU2200i portable inverter generator is also called the . First off, it provides 10% more power, but the benefits do not stop there. While power is increased in the EU2200i, Honda was able to keep cost, size and weight almost completely the same.
EU2200i vs EB2200i
Since you’re able to get more power, without increasing price, choosing the EU2200i over the EB2000i is an easy decision to make. Realistically, this doesn’t relate to just generators, but every item we buy. Just because there are some fancy buzzwords on other product overviews, don’t let it block your common sense.
With any machine that utilizes a pull cord to start, you need to pay attention to where it snaps back into. To help prevent any damage, Honda has included a stamped metal recoil rope insert so as to prevent damage to the body of the generator.
When you spend time starting an engine like this, and you finally hear it kick on, you just let go of the cord. As is the nature of a recoiling rope, it will snap back at the generator itself. Just like pressing the button on a tape measure, if it comes back slightly off line, it could bang against the body. Having this insert not only prepares you for this, but reduces the likelihood that any damage occurs, extending the life of this part and the generator itself.
Low Noise Level
Conventional generators are loud. Inverter generators are not. Honda inverter generators are even quieter. The EU2200i will run anywhere between 48 to 57 decibels. To put it bluntly, that’s so quiet you won’t even notice it.
To give a bit of context to these noise levels, a whisper will measure 25dBA and a quiet office is around 50dBA. Going up the scale, 60dBA is a normal conversation (already louder than your generator) and a noisy restaurant measures 80dBA. Compared to prior generation and generators with other technology, your ears will be happy with this purchase.
What we didn’t like
Just what everyone wants to hear after spending more than a thousand dollars on a generator—recall.
The first recall came in March, 2019. 200,000 units were recalled due to an issue regarding the fuel valve. Gas was leaking from the valve, opening the door to fire and burn hazards. Thankfully, when you buy Honda, you’re also buying their service. The affected generators were able to be repaired—not replaced.
The second recall came a year later, in March, 2020. This time, more than 300,000 units were recalled. In this case, there were reports of short circuiting due to the presence of salt water. When exposed to salt water, the generator could catch fire or burn someone who touches it.
Not a big deal for those away from the ocean, but considering the amount of people who camp with a generator in proximity to this type of water body, it was concerning nonetheless. Again, Honda stood by their products and was able to remedy the situation via repair.
Based on the fact that this product remains on the market, and those recalled had an avenue for repair leaves us confident in the long-term viability of the EU2200i.
Regular attention required
Before we start, this is not a problem that is exclusive to the Honda 2000 EU2200i generator. This is a problem that plagues all generators—inverter, conventional, all generators.
In order to keep a generator in peak condition, you need to regularly run the machine. If it sits for too long, oil and gasoline could build up in areas where it is not supposed to. You’re going to want to make sure you keep all lines flushed and anything inside fresh. The easiest ways to do this are to run your generator until it’s empty, as well as making sure it runs every few weeks.
By keeping all systems fully operational, you ensure that when the time comes, your generator will be ready to go.
Honda EU2200i Generator Maintenance by Honda via YouTube
Is this the generator for you?
Switching to inverter
If you’ve had a generator, but never an inverter generator, you want to go with an established brand. Honda is a brand that is true and tested.
They have introduced several generations of inverter generators across different models, in the process finding their rhythm and perfecting the design. As we’ve seen with the recalls of this model, they also stand behind their products and can rectify any errors that they have made.
If you’ve had conventional generators all your life, and want to see what the inverter fuss is all about, the Honda EU2200i provides a great fit.
Need more power than smaller generators
Honda makes smaller generators and bigger generators than the EU2200i. Taking care of adding power is easy due to paralleling, but sometimes the baseline is too low. For a personal home with common appliances, you’re going to want something powerful enough to power your own stuff, but not too much that you are wasting fuel and resources.
If you know that you will need more power than offered by a 1000-watt generator, you need to size up. The EU2200i is the perfect mid-size generator for people who tailgate, camp or live in an area where power regularly goes out.
If you were to go any higher, you would be putting yourself into the industrial level. At that point, the price would be significantly higher and you would have more power than necessary on your hands.
Now more than ever, people want an eco-friendly option. The Honda EU2200i provides that. In general, inverter generators are friendlier for the environment than conventional generators. This is due to lower gas consumption and more efficient output.
Where the Honda 2000 generator (EU2200i) gets a leg up on the competition is its eco-throttle. In order to get to that 8-hour single-tank capacity, they need to conserve energy in some ways. By cutting consumption where it can, the rich get richer and despite your gasoline consumption, you are doing it in the most earth-friendly way.
Honda 2000 EU2200i Generator Unpacking and Setup by Honda via YouTube
Full Review: Honda 1000 EU1000i Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator with Eco-Throttle
Honda 1000 EU1000i Generator OverviewThe Honda EU1000i generator, also called the Honda EU1000i or Honda 1000, is a portable inverter generator. As the name suggests, it can produce 1000 watts of power. Just as you would a suitcase or cooler, taking the Honda EU1000i on the road is no problem. At 29 lbs., this is truly a portable generator. Added weight due to things like oil and gasoline is minimal. With a .6-gallon gas tank, you’ll hardly notice the difference between an empty and fully loaded generator. To give you an idea of what 1000 watts gets you, some of the most common uses of the EU1000i are powering microwaves, coffeemakers, portable fans and televisions. While this this list is far from all-inclusive, it gives you an idea of what you’d be capable of should you choose this model. Based on power levels, this generator is best served running smaller appliances and basic household items. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, you will have suitable capability to run the necessities. Even though it can run machines that are indoors or outdoors, you must always make sure it is properly ventilated. Due to the nature of generators, allowing excess fumes to build up could spell trouble. Honda cares about their products; they also care about their customers. In each product they design, safety plays an integral role. When oil levels run low, there is no danger. Honda uses their Oil Alert system to automatically shut the generator off before any damage is done to the machine. When you plug too many things in, circuit protection will also prevent the generator from being overloaded. Now you will not be able to power every appliance in your home with this generator alone, but a variety of outlets allow you to use it for multiple appliances at once. At this point, your main concern would be plugging in too many things and having power run too low to be effective. Inverter generator power is considered to be so stable that it can power a computer without any issue. While conventional generators might have momentary lapses and surges, using an inverter generator provides the same experience you would get from plugging something into a wall. Even in a power outage, or from a remote location, you will still be able to get your work done (Wi-Fi permitting). [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qo9lORUtdc[/embed]
Honda 1000 EU1000i Portable Inverter Generator Review
What we liked
The Honda EU1000i portable inverter generator is quiet. With older and more traditional generators, this was not usually the case. In many instances, the noise emitted by the generator would drown out everything around you.
For example, if you were using your generator to power a radio for a nice, family sing-a-long, the radio would have to be on full blast. With this generator, you can keep it to a dull roar, with only your singing being the thing that drives your neighbors crazy—not just the generator. If you have a traditional generator, your best bet would be turning it off and going acoustic for the singing with the family around the campfire. Hey—for some people, that’s the ideal situation.
As an added plus, your quality of sleep will increase. Try sleeping with a 20-year old generator running and then try sleeping with a modern inverter generator running. The results will speak for themselves.
Low noise level and protection
All too frequently we’ve seen horror stories of generators being stolen. Whether you’re using it to supply your home with the bare amount of power needed to survive after a storm wipes out your electricity, or you’ve just brought it camping with you—your generator should be there the next morning.
As much as we’d like to live in a society without crime, there will always be people who see (or hear) an expensive appliance running and think of it as a quick payday. The low noise levels emitted by the Honda EU1000i acts as a protection plan of sorts. Without the excessive noise levels we associate with traditional generators, you will be able to run the generator without being detected by anyone passing by.
When you buy a generator, or any appliance for that matter, you usually have an idea of how you will use it. In many cases, plans change. Rather than to send you shopping again, Honda has made it easy to boost the power level of the generator you’ve already purchased.
This isn’t like a computer that you can boost memory or install additional hardware, but refers to the fact that two Honda generators can work together to supply more power wherever, or whenever, you might need it. This process is called “paralleling”.
User friendly – no experience necessary
Even without having used a generator before, you will have no problem operating the Honda EU1000i. Besides Honda’s concerted effort to include manuals that hold your hand as you walk step by step through running it, everything is labeled.
The feature that helps this all come together, the labels, will help you put into action the plans carried out by the instruction manual. Even on/off are labeled—there is no guesswork involved. With clear labels, you will never have to worry about making a misstep when operating a powerful machine.
What we didn’t like
Upkeep & Maintenance
Like all generators (or machine with an engine), the Honda EU1000i requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Despite the fact there is nothing you can do to avoid this, it is worth noting. Without proper care, this generator will not last very long.
Whether is it maintenance due to frequent use, or upkeep from begin used so infrequently, plan to spend some time maintaining the condition of your Honda inverter generator. Should you be unable to do this on your own, you will also need to set aside some funds to pay someone for this service.
In a perfect world, your machinery would be able to clean and maintain itself. The truth is, while modern mechanics have surpassed many of our greatest expectations, we still have a long way to go. If you are not willing to put in the necessary hours and dollars to service your generator, you’re better off not buying one in the first place.
You should never travel with a generator that is already fueled up. Once you get to where you’re going though, most people only want to fill it once. In an effort to reduce size and conserve weight, Honda utilizes a .6-gallon tank. On the bright side, this small tank can last up to 7 hours.
Unfortunately, most camping trips and severe power outages last longer than this. To keep your generator running and your appliances powered, you will have to keep a gas reserve nearby.
While some people are comfortable using extended gas tank setups, it could lead to danger. If this system is not set up properly, it could lead to leaking gasoline or damage to the machine.
Additionally, it means you will be leaving several gallons of gas unattended, and the smaller tank usually gives you an excuse to makes sure everything is running smoothly.
Is this the generator for you?
Pulling the trigger and buying a generator is a big decision. They are expensive and serve a very specific role. When you pick the right model, however, the quality of your life can greatly improve. Whether it’s for recreation or emergency use, you want a generator that you can rely on when the time comes.
Honda EU1000i users will agree with us that the best use for this generator is personal use. Due to power restrictions, the generator is not capable of handling heavy industrial use. Additionally, it is not powerful enough to be relied on for heavy personal appliances. Basically, if you want to run full-size refrigerators, ovens and things of that nature simultaneously, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Due to how easily this generator is operated, it is the perfect introductory model. Rather than relying on your own mechanical prowess, Honda takes all guessing out of the equation. If you’re someone who wants to have a machine like this, but has only a small amount of experience operating them, Honda is the brand for you.
Honda knows their customers, and knows that needs evolve over time. Thankfully, you can purchase an additional generator at a later date that can be used to supplement power.
This helps you get into the world over generators, without overspending or buying a model that is far too powerful for what you need. Since you can upgrade power later on, the Honda EU1000i makes a ton of sense for people who know they need a generator, but are not sure what kind is best for them.
Terms you need to know
Inverter generator (vs. traditional generators)
Inverter generators differ from traditional generators in three main areas: current, power and portability.
Inverter generators produce AC currents, convert it to DC and then back to AC before emitting it and passing it along into your appliances. On the contrary, traditional generators only produce AC currents.
On average, inverter generators are less powerful than conventional generators. They have smaller engines and fuel tanks, but are more efficient. Additionally, inverter generators tend to be lighter as a result. What they lack in power, they certainly make up for with stability. Not a bad trade off when looking at this big picture.
Continuing on with weight, smaller engines and fuel tanks make inverter generators lighter. While some of each kind might billed as “portable”, the Honda EU1000i weighs under 30 lbs. For traditional generators, it is not out of the ordinary for a portable unit to be double that weight.
We talk a little about this in the “What we like” section, but figured we’d provide a little more context here. “Paralleled” is when you take two generators and connect them to work together. Once connected, you will be able to run the generators together as one at their cumulative levels of power.
For example if you use two 1000-watt generators together, you will have 2000 watts of power at your disposal. This means you can run appliances and other things that require more power than supplied by a single unit. Alternatively, you can run more smaller appliances and machines off of the two generators.
- Engine—Honda GXH50
- Displacement—49.4 cc
- AC Output—120V 1000W max. (8.3A) 900W rated (7.5A)
- Receptacles—15A 125V Duplex
- DC Output—12V, 96W (8A)
- Starting System—Recoil
- Fuel Tank Capacity—0.6 gal.
- Run Time per Tankful—3.2 hours @ rated load, 7.1 hours @ 1/4 load
- Dimensions (L x W x H)—17.7″ x 9.4″ x 15.0″
- Noise Level—50 dB(A) @ rated load 42 dB(A) @ 1/4 load
- Dry Weight—28.7 lb.