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Honda EB3000c (Discontinued)

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Description

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

  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • 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

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

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 2,600W and a peak wattage of 3,000W.

Featuring a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the generator utilizes a conventional pull-start mechanism for ignition.

Featuring a 2.6 gallons fuel tank, the EB3000c can provide power for around 9.39 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with fuel consumption averaging 0.28 gallons per hour).

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel features 3 AC outlets as follows:

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

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.

Portability

At L17.5 x W15.8 x H18.9 in, the Honda EB3000c boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

With a dry weight of 71 lbs, the EB3000c is convenient, ensuring it can be taken wherever power is needed. Furthermore, thanks to its open frame, the generator is easily grabbed and moved to a new location.

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 device’s light indicators will display if the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

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

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EB3000c's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.

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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 is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, weighing just 46 pounds.
  • At 65 dBA, this generator's noise rating is in line with the expected average for devices within its power category. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • 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 time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. This generator provides better fuel efficiency than most others in its wattage range, consuming approximately 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.22 gallons per hour.

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
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2,600 W
Starting watts3,000 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
SeriesIndustrial
Other model numbersEB3000cK2A

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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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total1962 W2962 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Bug zapper8080
Total2070 W2660 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.

    + PROS:
    • 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.
    - CONS:
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