Zoom on the Honda EB10000
In a nutshell, the Honda EB10000 is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:
- Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
- Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
Power & Run Time
The Honda EB10000 houses a 688 cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 9000W along with a peak wattage of 10000W.
The generator features a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 71 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher).
With a full tank, the EB10000 can operate for around 7.9 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 1.04 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 8.2 gallons.
Since the EB10000 has a somewhat high THD (<10%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.
The full GFCI control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:
Even though this Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, since the EB10000 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.
The Honda EB10000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L41 x W27.7 x H35.1 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.
While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 403 lbs. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.
In addition, the device is equipped with a lift hook on the top of its frame, which provides extra safety during the loading, unloading and transport of the generator.
One of the many EB10000's features is the iMonitor™ data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the power output, voltage and lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.
The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.
As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), letting you use it with a peace of mind.
Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Honda EB10000's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.
Honda's CO Minder is a system that monitors the ambient carbon monoxide concentration, and automatically stops the engine if the sensor detects a CO level of or exceeding 800 parts per million (ppm) at a given time, or an average of 400 ppm for 10 minutes.
A CO alarm indicator will flash for about five minutes, during which it will be impossible to restart the engine.
While it’s a welcomed additional security feature, remember to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).
Honda’s DAVR (opens in a new tab) technology (Digital Automatic Voltage Regulation) holds the voltage stability within a ±1% change during operation and thus, offers a more stable voltage than conventional generators. This results in better performance, and better protection of your tools.
The DAVR has a built-in, self-diagnosis function to prevent engine speed from exceeding 4,140 rpm for longer than three seconds and abnormal voltage. Additionally, a built-in temperature protection system protects the generator from overheating.
The Honda EB10000 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.
The Honda EB10000 versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EB10000 compare to generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).
- At a dry weight of 403 pounds, the Honda EB10000 is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 8500 and 9500 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Rainier R12000DF with only 196 pounds.
- As its lowest possible noise is rated at 71 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the A-iPower SUA12000ED. With just 69 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
- As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 7.9 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the EB10000 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, reaching around 12 hours.
- Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 1.04 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a device you should look out for.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 8500-9500W generators, the Honda EB10000 is on the expensive side of the price range.
While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.
The bottom line
- Full GFCI panel
- Electric start
- CO Minder
- DAVR technology
- Quiet for its power (71 dBA)
- On the expensive side
- No recoil back-up
- No remote start
- On the heavy side (403 lbs)
- Relatively low run time
- Low fuel efficiency
Features and Specifications
|Engine||688 cc Honda GX630 OHV V-Twin|
|Voltage||AC: 120/240V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||9000 W|
|Starting watts||10000 W|
|Running amps (@120/240V)||75/37.5 amps|
|Peak amps (@120/240V)||83.3/41.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||7.9 h|
|Run time @25% load||Unknown|
|GFCI outlets||Full panel|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||DAVR|
|AC outlets|| |
|Data center||Power output, lifetime run hours and voltage|
|Fuel tank||8.2 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||41 x 27.7 x 35.1 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||71 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Accessories included||Battery and wheel kit|
|Other model numbers||EB10000AH1, EB10000AG|
Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
Founded in 1948, the Japanese Honda Motor Company has gained notoriety for consistently producing top quality engines, motor-powered vehicles and devices. Over the years, the company has gained a strong reputation in the motorcycle, automobile, but also power tool industry. Honda’s power tool division has been producing power tools since 1953, including tillers, mowers, blowers, sprayers and of course, power generators. While the company has expanded globally and moved a majority of its production out of Japan into other Asian countries, Honda is to this day known as a legend among the generator manufacturers.
The Honda EB10000 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Honda generators, please consult Honda's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-770-497-6400.
Questions & Answers
What can it power?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Dish washer||1500||3000|
|Electric fry pan||1500||1500|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Sump pump (1/2 hp)||1050||2150|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||7195 W||8695 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Microwave (1000 watts)||1500||1500|
|Total||7190 W||7780 W|
|For work||Table saw||1800||4500|
|Air compressor (1 hp)||1600||6100|
|Total||5480 W||9980 W|
What is the difference between the EB10000, the EB10000AH1 and the EB10000AG?
The final "G" in "EB10000AG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant and includes the CO Minder technology. Regarding the rest of the model names, as a rule of thumb, they refer to the unit itself, but simply include more or less information regarding its specs, production batch, etc. Read how Honda name their generators.
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