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Honda EU1000i - 900/1000W Inverter Generator

The Honda EU1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $899.00 - April 11, 2024
  • $949.00 - February 22, 2024
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Since: February 22, 2024
  • Highest Price: $949.00 - February 22, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $899.00 - April 11, 2024

Description

Zoom on the Honda EU1000i

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

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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 houses a 49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 900W along with a peak wattage of 1,000W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a low noise of 42 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a library), which places it in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators.

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.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the EU1000i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)

Portability

The Honda EU1000i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L17.8 x W9.5 x H14.9 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

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 5th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU1000i

The EU1000i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is on overload, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EU1000i'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

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.

Emissions

The Honda EU1000i 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.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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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.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 42 dBA, it can be considered as one of the most quiet of the products generating 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. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Powermate PM2000, as it provides up to 14 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. 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 Westinghouse iGen1500c, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.07 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 500-1500W inverter 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
  • Relatively low run time

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

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1,000 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%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Country of originThailand
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU1000iT1A, EU1000T1AG
UPC786102007436

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 size calculator.
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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