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Honda EB3000c (Discontinued)

The Honda EB3000c is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 2600 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Honda EB3000c is a compact and lightweight portable generator especially useful for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 EB3000c in use

The Honda EB3000c

The Honda EB3000c's core is the 196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 2600W and a peak wattage of 3000W.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 2.6 gallons, the EB3000c can operate for around 9.39 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH).

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

This Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

The Honda EB3000c has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L17.5 x W15.8 x H18.9 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.

The 71 lbs of the EB3000c's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.

Thanks to Honda's patented CycloConverter (opens in a new tab) technology, the unit is lightweight and maintains stable power. It uses a CPU that conditions the raw power produced by the generator and eliminates the need for a bulky alternator. As this CPU reduces the number of parts in the generator, it results in a lighter weight and a smaller unit.

Features

Panel of the Honda EB3000c

The EB3000c's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®) and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Honda EB3000c'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.

Emissions

The Honda EB3000c is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Honda EB3000c versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EB3000c compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Honda EB3000c weighs only 71 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM3300i with only 47.4 pounds.
  • This generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 65 dBA. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU3000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 50 dBA.
  • The EB3000c, offering a run time of around 9.39 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. 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 Predator 4375, with around 16 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 generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.17 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Full GFCI panel
  • Lightweight (71 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Honda EB3000c and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2600 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps21.7 amps
Peak amps25 amps
Run time @50% load9.39 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsFull panel
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationCycloConverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil and output ready
Fuel tank2.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight71 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.5 x 15.8 x 18.9 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesIndustrial
Other model numbersEB3000cK2A

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 EB3000c 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Total1992 W2992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Radio100100
Bug zapper8080
Total2060 W2510 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the difference between the EB3000c and the EB3000cK2A?

These model numbers refer to the same unit, but simply include more or less information regarding its specs, production batch, etc. Read how Honda name their generators.

What kind of oil should I use? (Asked June 21, 2022)

SAE 10W-30 is recommended for general, all-temperature use.

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  1. 4.75
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    It’s a keeper.

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    • Dependable, compact unit. I’ve used it for work for a couple of years (maybe 6 times). But, since Hurricane Laura. I’m on my 4th day of continuous use. I get about 8 hrs of use per tank of fuel. It’s a life saver. Keeping 3 refrigerators/freezers going. 2 box fans, lights, cell phone charger and an occasional coffee or toaster oven going. Never a problem.
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