Review: Honda EU2200i Inverter Generator

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EU2200i Overview

The Honda EU2200i 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.

Honda EU2200i Lightweight Inverter GeneratorInverter 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 runtime

Not 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 generator

Some 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

For when you need a little more power

Honda EU2200i ParallelWhat 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
  • Displacement—121cc
  • 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.

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Honda EU2200i review

What we liked

Packing a Punch

Honda EU2200i PanelThe Honda EU2200i is a clear upgrade from the EU2000i. 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.

Since you’re able to get more power, without increasing price, choosing the EU2200i over the EU2000i 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.

Recoil Area

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

Recalled twice

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 EU2200i. 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.

Eco-friendly

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 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 EU2200i Generator Unpacking and Setup by Honda via YouTube

Brand: Honda

UPC: 00786102006484

SKU: EU2200I