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Honda EU1000i Spec Review

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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 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's engine, 49.4 cc Honda GXH50 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 900W and reaches a peak wattage of 1000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 42 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a library), the inverter generator features a simple traditional 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).

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

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously: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 includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)

Furthermore, it has 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. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The EU1000i is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 28.7 lbs. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by a handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

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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.

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

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EU1000i's box includes the typical documentation and a user manual, which will help you start your generator promptly.

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.

Product Videos

Video of the Honda EU1000i

Video of the Honda EU1000i

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).

  • In terms of its dry weigh, the Honda EU1000i stands at only 28.7 lbs, meaning that is one of the one of the lighter devices of the 500-1500 rated wattage category 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 possible noise of 42 dBA, this inverter generator places itself as one of the quietest of the products delivering similar power.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the EU1000i, reaching 7.1 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Yamaha EF1000iS, boasting with 11.9 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. 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 dynamic chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Honda EU1000i 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (28.7 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (42 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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?

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Where to buy the Honda EU1000i?

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

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 RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 15A (5-15R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank0.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight28.7 lbs
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

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

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