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Honda EU2200i Companion Spec Review

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The Honda EU2200i Companion is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1800 W and a starting wattage of 2200 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Honda EU2200i Companion is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 information.

Power & Run Time

The Honda EU2200i Companion in use

The Honda EU2200i Companion

The Honda EU2200i Companion's engine, 121 cc Honda GXR120 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1800W and reaches a peak wattage of 2200W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

At a noise rating of 48 dBA (less noisy than a library), the inverter generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the EU2200i Companion can operate for up to 8.4 hours (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.95 gallon.

As the EU2200i Companion 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 upcoming 2 AC outlets:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

Even if this Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, it still allows for an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor, thanks to its L5-30R receptacle.

Portability

The Honda EU2200i Companion's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L20 x W11.4 x H16.7 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The EU2200i Companion is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 46.5 lbs. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to a handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU2200i Companion

The EU2200i Companion's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is on overload.

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).

Besides the features previously mentioned, accessory-wise, the Honda EU2200i Companion comes with the usual documentation and user manual needed to get you promptly started.

Emissions

The Honda EU2200i Companion 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

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The Honda EU2200i Companion versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU2200i Companion compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Honda EU2200i Companion has only 46.5 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN 56202i, with a dry weight of only 38.6 lbs.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 48 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the EU2200i Companion, reaching up to 8.4 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching up to 26 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.11 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Predator 2000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Honda EU2200i Companion 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
  • Lightweight (46.5 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (48 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Honda EU2200i Companion and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine121 cc Honda GXR120 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1800 W
Starting watts2200 W
Running amps15 amps
Peaks amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load4 h
Run time @25% load8.4 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank0.95 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight46.5 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)20 x 11.4 x 16.7 in
Noise (lower limit)48 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
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 EU2200i Companion 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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