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Honda EB5000X Spec Review

The Honda EB5000X is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 4500 W and a starting wattage of 5000 W.

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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 sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • 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

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 core is the 389 cc Honda iGX390 OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 4500W and a peak wattage of 5000W (and even up to 7000 W thanks to the iAVR technology).

Enjoying a noise rating of 63 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 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.

Outlets

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

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) 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. Besides, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the EB5000X is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

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. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 210.8 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

In addition, the device is equipped with a lift hook on the top of its frame, which provides extra safety during the loading, unloading and transport of the generator.

Features

Panel of the Honda EB5000X

The EB5000X's control panel

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EB5000X'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.

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.

While it’s a welcomed additional security feature, remember to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

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 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Powerhorse LC4500i, with a dry weight of just 99 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 63 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Powerhorse LC4500i with only 57 dBA.
  • Given that the EB5000X reaches an autonomy of around 10.5 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Dewalt DXGN4500, boasting with around 15 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.59 GPH. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PG5250B, with a fuel consumption of 0.33 GPH could be in your good books.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Honda EB5000X vs Honda EG5000CL.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, 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
  • Quiet for its power (63 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (210.8 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Honda EB5000X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Honda iGX390 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts4500 W
Starting watts5000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)37.5/18.8 amps
Peaks 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
THDUnknown
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty3 years
SeriesIndustrial
Other model numbersEB5000XK3AT1, EB5000XK3AG

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 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total3462 W4962 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Coffee maker600600
Total3590 W4180 W
For workTable saw18004500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total2130 W4830 W
What is the difference between the EB5000X, the EB5000XK3AT1 and the EB5000XK3AG?

The final "G" in "EB5000XK3AG" indicates that the unit includes the CO Minder technology. 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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