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Honda EB2800i Spec Review

The Honda EB2800i is a compact and lightweight open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2500 W and a starting wattage of 2800 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Honda EB2800i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Honda EB2800i in use

The Honda EB2800i

The Honda EB2800i's design includes a gasoline-fueled 186 cc Honda GC190LA 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 2500W and also a peak wattage of 2800W.

At a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 2.1 gallons allows the EB2800i to operate for up to 11.9 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.18 GPH).

The EB2800i generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI

Portability

The Honda EB2800i has the following dimensions: L16.9 x W17.6 x H18.9 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

With a dry weight of 67.7 lbs, the EB2800i can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.

If you wish to transport the EB2800i more easily, you may also consider purchasing the official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Honda EB2800i

The EB2800i's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and its oil levels are insufficient.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®) and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Honda EB2800i'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.

CO Minder

CO Minder of the Honda EB2800i

CO Minder monitors the ambient CO concentration

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).

Emissions

The Honda EB2800i 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The Honda EB2800i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EB2800i compare to generators of similar power (between 2000 and 3000 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Honda EB2800i only weighs in at 67.7 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 2000-3000 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Ford FG2300iS, weighing just 46.3 pounds.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 62 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • Given that the EB2800i reaches an autonomy of up to 11.9 hours with a full tank and at 25% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. 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 Westinghouse WGen2000, with up to 26 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen2500 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2000-3000W generators, the Honda EB2800i is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Inverter
  • CO Minder
  • Lightweight (67.7 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (62 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports

Do you own the Honda EB2800i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine186 cc Honda GC190LA 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2500 W
Starting watts2800 W
Running amps20.8 amps
Peak amps23.3 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11.9 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight67.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)16.9 x 17.6 x 18.9 in
Noise (lower limit)62 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesIndustrial
Other model numbersEB2800iAN, EB2800iAG

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.

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About Honda

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.

Warranty Information

The Honda EB2800i 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?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total1792 W2792 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total1980 W2430 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Total1650 W2750 W
What is the difference between the EB2800i, the EB2800iAN and the EB2800iAG?

The final "G" in "EB2800iAG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant. The final "N" in "EB2800iAN" 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.

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