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Honda EB3000c Spec Review

The Honda EB3000c is a compact and lightweight open frame portable 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 a nutshell, the Honda EB3000c is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • 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 who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 is powered by a 196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2600W as well as a peak wattage of 3000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

With its dimensions of L17.5 x W15.8 x H18.9 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Honda EB3000c offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

The EB3000c's dry weight of 71 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. 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

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Honda EB3000c is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The Honda EB3000c 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 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 is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 65 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. 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.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 9.39 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the EB3000c falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000X, which is able to run for around 16 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Honda EB3000c 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
  • Full GFCI panel
  • Lightweight (71 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

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

Let us know and write your own review.

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
Peaks amps25 amps
Run time @50% load9.39 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
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
EmissionsCARB, 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.

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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Total1992 W2992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
Radio100100
Bug zapper8080
Total2060 W2510 W
For workGrinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
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.

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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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