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Honda EU3000iS vs EU3000i Handi - The Differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Honda EU3000i Handi and the Honda EU3000iS.

But before checking out explanations regarding their power, portability, and features, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 generators:

Honda EU3000i HandiHonda EU3000iS
Honda EU3000i HandiHonda EU3000iS
  • Less bulky
  • Lighter
  • Wheel kit
  • Higher running watts
  • Higher runtime
  • Lower fuel consumption
  • Quieter
  • Electric start
  • Fuel gauge
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As the EU3000i Handi and the EU3000iS are both Honda generators, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail. They are both part of Honda's Super Quiet series (EU), which is ideal for recreational and home backup applications.

Power Comparison

The following charts are provided to show you at a glance how the main specs of the Honda EU3000i Handi compare to the Honda EU3000iS.

  • Power: With a running wattage of 2800 W, the Honda EU3000iS will allow to power more appliances and tools than the 2600 running watts of the Honda EU3000i Handi. However, as the 2 generators have the same starting watts (3000 W), they will both give you the same boost needed to start the motor of your most demanding appliances.
  • Runtime: When loaded to 25% of their max capacity, the EU3000iS offers a higher runtime on a full tank than the EU3000i Handi: it can operate for up to 20 hours, whereas the EU3000i Handi offers a maximum runtime of 7.7 hours.
  • Fuel Efficiency: With a gasoline consumption at 25% load of 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour), the EU3000iS is more fuel efficient than the Honda EU3000i Handi and its 0.21 GPH. The former's operation will therefore cost less in terms of the money spent on gasoline. Inverter generators like these 2 are of the most fuel efficient (and quiet) type.
  • THD: Both generators offer a low THD (<3% for the Honda EU3000i Handi and <3% for the Honda EU3000iS) and are therefore perfectly suitable to safely power your sensitive electronic devices.
  • Noise: With 50 dBA, the noise emitted by the EU3000iS is slightly lower than the 52 dBA of the EU3000i Handi. While this difference could seem insignificant, the former should still be easier on your ears.

Portability Comparison

  • Bulkiness: With dimensions of L24.5" x W14.9" x H19.3", the Honda EU3000i Handi offers a much more compact experience of power generation than the Honda EU3000iS and its L25.9" x W17.6" x H22".
  • Weight: Weighing 78 lbs, the EU3000i Handi is much lighter than the 131 lbs of the EU3000iS.
  • Portability: As the EU3000i Handi benefits from a wheel kit, it is easier to move it once on the ground than the EU3000iS, because the latter doesn't have one. The EU3000i Handi has a folding handle and the EU3000iS a double handle, to help you better manipulate them.

Feature Comparison

  • Starting System: While these two devices can both start thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, the Honda EU3000iS has the advantage of also being able to get running via a convenient electric starter.
  • Outlets: The EU3000i Handi and the EU3000iS both offer 3 AC outlets. None of them feature GFCI outlets. Both of them also feature a DC output. For more detailed information regarding all their respective receptacles, refer to the EU3000i Handi's and the EU3000iS's product pages.
  • Fuel Gauge: Thanks to a fitted fuel gauge, the Honda EU3000iS provides instant visibility of the fuel level.

TL;DR

Honda EU3000i HandiHonda EU3000iS
Honda EU3000i HandiHonda EU3000iS
  • Less bulky
  • Lighter
  • Wheel kit
  • Higher running watts
  • Higher runtime
  • Lower fuel consumption
  • Quieter
  • Electric start
  • Fuel gauge
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