Zoom on the Honda EB2200i
In summary, the Honda EB2200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:
- Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
- Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
- Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.
Power & Run Time
The Honda EB2200i's design includes a gasoline-fueled 121 cc Honda GXR120 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1800W and also a peak wattage of 2200W.
The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a low noise of 48 dBA (less noisy than a library), which places it in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators.
The EB2200i can operate for up to 8.1 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.12 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 0.95 gallon.
Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the EB2200i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).
The full GFCI control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:
Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L20 x W11.4 x H16.7 in), the Honda EB2200i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.
The EB2200i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 47.4 lbs. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go. It can also be carried without effort with a featured handle (molded in the case), further improving its convenience.
Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.
Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®) and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.
As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Honda EB2200i also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.
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).
The Honda EB2200i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.
Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.
The Honda EB2200i versus other generators
The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EB2200i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).
- With a dry weight of 47.4 pounds, the Honda EB2200i finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 1500 and 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
- At a lowest noise rating of 48 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the most quiet devices of similar power.
- As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 8.1 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the EB2200i falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Yamaha EF2800i, with up to 14.7 hours.
- Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.12 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH, the Energizer eZV2200P is a device you could look out for.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Honda EB2200i 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
- CO Minder
- Quiet for its power (48 dBA)
- Decent weight (47.4 lbs)
- Decent fuel efficiency
- On the expensive side
- No data center
- No electric start
- No parallel ports
- Relatively low run time
Features and Specifications
|Engine||121 cc Honda GXR120 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||1800 W|
|Starting watts||2200 W|
|Running amps||15 amps|
|Peak amps||18.3 amps|
|Run time @50% load||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||8.1 h|
|GFCI outlets||Full panel|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets||1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)|
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||0.95 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||20 x 11.4 x 16.7 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||48 dBA|
|Compliance||CARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Neutral||Bonded to frame|
|Other model numbers||EB2200iTAN, EB2200iTAG|
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 EB2200i 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||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||1192 W||2192 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||1435 W||2025 W|
|For work||Demolition hammer||1260||1260|
|Total||1340 W||1340 W|
What is the difference between the EB2200i, the EB2200iTAN and the EB2200iTAG?
The final "G" in "EB2200iTAG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant. The final "N" in "EB2200iTAN" indicates that the unit cannot be sold in California. 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.
Is this safe to use with 10 percent Ethanol fuel? (Asked November 12, 2021)
You may use regular unleaded gasoline containing no more than 10% ethanol (E10). Fuels with greater content of ethanol may cause starting and/or performance problems, and may also damage metal, rubber and plastic parts of the fuel system.
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