Honda EU3000IH1A Handi Generator Overview
The EU3000iH1A, commonly known as the EU3000i Handi, is an inverter generator produced by Honda.
Inverter generators are part of a sweeping theme to create more efficient and stable energy. Due to the advanced mechanics behind it, inverter technology produces more power while using less fuel than convention generators. Power is stable and clean, which on the road, or in a power outage, is about all you can ask for. Whether it’s for basic necessities, or more leisurely things like computers and televisions, inverter technology is what you need.
Efficiency plays a big part in making Honda generators (and their other products in general) special. At first glance, a fuel tank with a 1.6-gallon capacity seems pretty small. Due to Honda’s innovation, at full throttle, a single tank will last three and a half hours. When utilizing the Eco Throttle System, the minute tank of the EU3000i will last nearly eight hours. Try running a car or any other machine for eight hours on less than two gallons of gas—not going to happen.
Just like most small machines, the Honda EU3000i Handi is started via recoil system. With a state of art Honda engine, you’ll be up and running with a few pulls. After the initial ignition, you’ll hardly notice that the generator is running due to how quiet it is. At its loudest, the generator will run at about 58 decibels. By comparison, having a conversation with a few people will creep into the 60s. If your generator starts to get too loud, you might want to consider having it serviced.
What can the EU3000i Handi power?
With 3000 watts of power and 120 volts, you can power quite a bit. On the small end, you can power the basics like fans, hair dryers, blenders, coffee makers and microwaves. Due to the size of the generator, however, you can use all of these at once—no more taking shifts using the power.
Starting to think bigger picture, you can power your larger appliances for extended periods of time. This includes things like garage door openers, incandescent lights and other appliances of similar size and power.
The largest appliances powered using the EU3000i Handi are refrigerators, freezers and window air conditioners. Not to be outdone, you can even power the AC for an RV, so long as its smaller than 13500 BTU. If you take advantage of the parallel capability, you can expand this selection exponentially.
EU3000i Handi Specifications
- Engine—Honda GX160
- AC Output—120V 3000W max.(25A) 2600W rated (21.7A)
- Receptacles—20A 125V Duplex, 30A 125V Locking Plug
- DC Output—12V, 100W (8A)
- Starting System—Recoil
- Fuel Tank Capacity—1.6 gal.
- Run Time per Tankful—3.5 hrs. @ rated load, 7.7 hrs. @ 1/4 load
- Dimensions (L x W x H) —24.5″ x 14.9″ x 19.3″
- Noise Level—58 dB(A) @ rated load, 52 dB(A) @ 1/4 load
Honda EU3000IH1A Handi Review
What we liked
One of the best parts about inverters is that they are lighter than conventional generators, making them portable. But, what happens when you want an engine large enough to power the biggest appliances around your home at once? Well, weight increases.
To keep the EU3000i Handi portable, Honda had to get creative. Wheels built directly onto the body and a fold down handle are the perfect solution. Just as someone wheels the cooler to the tailgate, someone else can bring the generator along with ease.
While the wheels and handle certainly provide a clear benefit, they do not take away from function in any way. When not in use, the handle folds completely away, and unless you know it’s there, or are right in front of the generator, you wouldn’t even notice it. The wheels also keep a low profile, recessed in a way that the generator will sit completely flat.
With a dry weight just under 80 lbs., the EU3000iH1A could only be used by a select crowd without an effective transportation system. The body is an awkward shape to lift and carry, so even if weight is not a problem, it is still a difficult item to carry.
Wheeling the generator is only half the battle. The EU3000i has to get into your trunk or truck bed one way or another, and lifting from the bottom isn’t very appealing. To help you out, Honda built two offset handles into the sides of the generator, making it easy to lift. With wheels and handles, anyone can easily set up and put away this generator.
When you need to add some power, you can use two Honda EU3000i generators together. Essentially, by connecting the two machines with the proper cables, you are doubling their output and the appliances they can power.
Rather than having to purchase an expensive and powerful generator, you can power up whenever the need arises. The best-case scenario is when you and a friend have the same generator—no additional purchases are necessary.
This is most common for camping trips and tailgates. Having double the power opens up an entirely new world of possibilities, taking your experience to the next level. If you’re at a football game, you can power a couple TV’s to watch pregame coverage on all the channels. If you’re out camping, you won’t have to power down the AC in order to run everything else. In these situations, it might feel like you have limitless power, just as if you were in the confines of your own home.
Safety features galore
I like safety. You like safety. Everyone likes safety. Most importantly however, Honda like safety (or keeping their customers safe)—whatever floats your boat.
The Honda EU3000i Handi comes chock full of features designed to ensure safe operation. When you’re moving the generator around, you can close the fuel vent to prevent any spilling. While running, a USDA-qualified spark arrestor ensures that no flames escape and cause damage to you or anything nearby.
We push the limits in all aspects of our lives, so why should a generator be any different. Lucky for us, Honda has included circuits as protection from being overloaded. Basically, if you try to power too much, the circuit will flip and the issue identified before any damage occurs.
Oil Alert System
Like gasoline, your oil levels will eventually need to be replenished. With any motor, running without oil could lead to damage, which eventually requires repair and money taken from your pockets. With Honda’s Oil Alert system, the generator constantly monitors itself and will automatically turn off when oil becomes critically low. Also, oil doesn’t need to be changed like in a vehicle, you just add more.
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