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Honda EU1000i Spec Review

The Honda EU1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Honda EU1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 EU1000i in use

The Honda EU1000i

The Honda EU1000i is powered by a 49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 900W as well as a peak wattage of 1000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a really low noise rating of 42 dBA (just slightly more noisy than bird calls) which secured it a place in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators, the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The EU1000i can operate for up to 6.8 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.08 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 0.55 gallon.

The EU1000i generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L17.8 x W9.5 x H14.9 in), the Honda EU1000i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the EU1000i weighs just 28.7 lbs. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 6th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU1000i

The EU1000i's control panel

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®) and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Honda EU1000i's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.

CO Minder

CO Minder of the Honda EU1000i

CO Minder monitors the ambient CO concentration

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).

Emissions

The Honda EU1000i 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 therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Honda EU1000i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU1000i compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Honda EU1000i has only 28.7 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 500 to 1500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, standing at just 20.3 lbs.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 42 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the most quiet of the generators of similar power.
  • As for its autonomy, the EU1000i, with an autonomy of up to 6.8 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Powermate PM2000, reaching up to 14 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. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Yamaha EF1000iS, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.06 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Honda EU1000i 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:
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • CO Minder
  • Lightweight (28.7 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (42 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Honda EU1000i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peak amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% load6.8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.55 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight28.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.8 x 9.5 x 14.9 in
Noise (lower limit)42 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty2 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU1000iT1A, EU1000T1AG

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 EU1000i is covered under a warranty for up to 2 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total705 W705 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
DVD player350350
Pair of small speakers4545
Total575 W995 W
For workDrill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W980 W
What is the difference between the EU1000i, the EU1000iT1A and the EU1000T1AG?

The final "G" in "EU1000T1AG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant and 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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