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Honda EU1000i Spec Review

The Honda EU1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable 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 a nutshell, the Honda EU1000i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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's design includes a gasoline-fueled 49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 900W and also a peak wattage of 1000W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 42 dBA (just slightly more noisy than bird calls). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 0.6 gallon allows the EU1000i to operate for up to 7.1 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.08 GPH).

As the EU1000i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L17.7 x W9.4 x H15 in), the Honda EU1000i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Since the EU1000i weighs only 28.7 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

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

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.

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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU1000i is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

CO Minder (optional)

Panel of the Honda EU1000i with CO Minder

The control panel of the CO Minder version is slightly different

Note: The CO Minder is a new feature introduced in 2020 that is not yet present in all EU1000i units. Make sure to check that the full model number ends with a “G” (ex: EU1000T1AG) if you wish to benefit from this feature.

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. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use 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).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Honda EU1000i weighs just 28.7 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 500 to 1500 rated wattage generators. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Sportsman GEN1000i, weighing just 20.3 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 42 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the most quiet of the products of similar power.
  • As for its autonomy, the EU1000i, with an autonomy of up to 7.1 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 Yamaha EF1000iS, reaching up to 11.9 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. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.08 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Yamaha EF1000iS, with a fuel consumption of 0.06 GPH could be in your good books.

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 (according to model)
  • Lightweight (28.7 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (42 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
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, DC: 12V
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peaks amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load6 h
Run time @25% load7.1 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A receptacle
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight28.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.7 x 9.4 x 15 in
Noise (lower limit)42 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
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.

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 sizing 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 workPaint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total680 W680 W
What is the difference between the EU1000i, the EU1000iT1A and the EU1000T1AG?

The final "G" in "EU1000T1AG" 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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