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Honda EG4000 Spec Review

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The Honda EG4000 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3500 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Honda EG4000 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • 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 who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Honda EG4000 in use

The Honda EG4000

The Honda EG4000's build contains a gasoline-fueled 270 cc Honda GX270 OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 3500W and also a peak wattage of 4000W.

At a noise rating of 66 dBA (less noisy than background music), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The EG4000 can operate for around 15.7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.4 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 6.3 gallons.

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 20A (L14-20R) 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 EG4000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L26.8 x W20.9 x H22.5 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 148 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable).

Features

Panel of the Honda EG4000

The EG4000's control panel

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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.

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Honda EG4000 comes with the usual documentation and user manual needed to get you promptly started.

DAVR Technology

Honda’s DAVR technology (Digital Automatic Voltage Regulation) holds the voltage stability within a ±1% change during operation and thus, offers a more stable voltage than conventional generators. This results in better performance, and better protection of your tools.

The DAVR has a built-in, self-diagnosis function to prevent engine speed from exceeding 4,140 rpm for longer than three seconds and abnormal voltage. Additionally, a built-in temperature protection system protects the generator from overheating.

Emissions

The Honda EG4000 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

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

Product Video

Video of the Honda EG4000

The Honda EG4000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EG4000 compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 148 pounds, the Honda EG4000 is one of the heavier generators producing between 3000 and 4000 running watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Generac GP3500iO with only 74.3 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 66 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of 15.7 hours at 50% load, the EG4000 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Honda EB4000, reaching 16 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.4 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.17 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the Honda EG4000 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
  • DAVR technology
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (66 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (148 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the Honda EG4000?

You can easily buy your Honda generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine270 cc Honda GX270 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts3500 W
Starting watts4000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)29.2/14.6 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)33.3/16.7 amps
Run time @50% load15.7 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
1x 120/240V 20A (L14-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight148 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)26.8 x 20.9 x 22.5 in
Noise (lower limit)66 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years

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 EG4000 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-770-497-6400.

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