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Honda EB5000X - 4500/5000W Portable Generator

The Honda EB5000X is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 4,500 W and a starting wattage of 5,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Honda EB5000X is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • 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

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 EB5000X in use

The Honda EB5000X

The Honda EB5000X's engine, 389 cc Honda iGX390 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 4,500W and reaches a peak wattage of 5,000W (and even up to 7,000 W thanks to the iAVR technology).

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 63 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation).

With a full tank, the EB5000X can operate for around 10.5 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.59 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 6.2 gallons.

The quite high THD (<10%) of the EB5000X makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Even if this Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the EB5000X is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Honda EB5000X has the following dimensions: L41.1 x W27.8 x H30.4 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 210.8 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Further safety during transport, loading and unloading of the device is provided by a lift hook, which is placed on the top of the generator's frame.

Features

Panel of the Honda EB5000X

The EB5000X's control panel

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

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.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Honda EB5000X also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.

CO Minder

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.

iAVR Technology

Honda’s iAVR (opens in a new tab) (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulation) reduces voltage fluctuation by up to 50% over current AVR systems.

In conventional generators, when a load is applied, the engine’s rpm drops, which causes the voltage and frequency to drop as well, until the rpm recovers.

iAVR is a combination of the DAVR (opens in a new tab) technology and the iGX (opens in a new tab) engine technology, which serves to provide advanced and instantaneous engine rpm control when a load is applied.

As a result, voltage and frequency are precisely regulated and the EB5000X is able to produce a starting wattage above the maximum rating, for up to 10 seconds. Therefore, thanks to iAVR, the EB5000X is able to “overclock” itself above its 5000 starting watts and provide up to 7000 W.

Emissions

The Honda EB5000X is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

In addition, the unit meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

Product Video

The Honda EB5000X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EB5000X compare to generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • At a dry weight of 210.8 pounds, the Honda EB5000X is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 4000 and 5000 running watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN 56477i, standing at just 72.7 lbs.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 63 dBA, the generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Yamaha EF4500iSE, whose lowest noise levels reach just 58 dBA.
  • The EB5000X, offering a run time of around 10.5 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 NorthStar c5500, with around 15.1 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.59 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the WEN 56477i. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.27 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4000-5000W generators, the Honda EB5000X 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

STRENGTHS:
  • Full GFCI panel
  • CO Minder
  • iAVR technology pushes starting watts up to 7,000
  • Quiet for its power (63 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (210.8 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Honda iGX390 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts4,500 W
Starting watts5,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Run time @50% load10.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsFull panel
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationiAVR
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight210.8 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)41.1 x 27.8 x 30.4 in
Noise (lower limit)63 dBA
THD< 10%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel kit
SeriesIndustrial
Other model numbersEB5000XK3AN
UPC786102007368

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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 EB5000X 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
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total3592 W4592 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Coffee maker600600
Total3590 W4180 W
For workTable saw18004500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W
What is the difference between the EB5000X and the EB5000XK3AN?

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.

Can I power a 220 welder with the eb 5000x namely the Hobart 190 (Asked April 16, 2021)

According to the spec sheet of the Hobart 190 (opens in a new tab), the unit draws 20.5A at 230V. 20.5*230=4715W, which is over the 4500 running watts of the EB5000X.

What is the part# for the recoil starter (Asked July 14, 2021)

Part number varies according to the unit's serial number. You may have a look at this page (opens in a new tab) to find it.

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