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Honda EU2200i Spec Review

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

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Description

The EU2200i Camo, with a camo skin, is an alternate version of this model.

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

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 in use

The Honda EU2200i

The Honda EU2200i is powered by a 121 cc Honda GXR120 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1800W as well as a peak wattage of 2200W. 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 boasts with a low noise rating of 48 dBA (less noisy than a library) which earned its spot in our 10 quietest portable generators. Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the EU2200i can operate for up to 8.1 hours (fuel consumption around 0.12 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 0.95 gallon.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the EU2200i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L20 x W11.4 x H16.7 in), the Honda EU2200i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

With a weight of only 47.4 lbs, the EU2200i may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU2200i

The EU2200i's control panel

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

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).

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU2200i is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.

CO Minder

CO Minder of the Honda EU2200i

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).

Honda My Generator App

Honda My Generator App

Honda My Generator helps you monitor your unit

The Honda My Generator App (available on iOS and Android) makes owning the EU2200i even more flexible and convenient, whether you are depending on it at home during a power outage, or enjoying an adventure at a remote campsite.

The app connects your unit and your phone via Bluetooth, across a 75-foot line of sight, giving you valuable information about your generator's operation and many additional features in the palm of your hands.

With it, you can easily monitor a range of information such as output power, lifetime run hours, oil life, or estimated remaining runtime. You’ll also receive warnings and notifications to remind you of routine maintenance.

But there’s more! The app allows you to control multiple, compatible Honda generators from a single mobile device and, even though the EU2200i does not have an electric start and requires a manual start-up, you’ll be able to remotely stop it.

Emissions

The Honda EU2200i 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Honda EU2200i versus other generators

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

  • Weight-wise, the Honda EU2200i has only 47.4 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Champion 200949 with only 38.6 pounds.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 48 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the most quiet of the products delivering similar power.
  • As for its autonomy, the EU2200i, with an autonomy of up to 8.1 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 Westinghouse WGen2000, as it provides 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. Standing at an estimated 0.12 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, this inverter generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Predator 2000, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Honda EU2200i 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
  • Mobile app
  • Lightweight (47.4 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (48 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Honda EU2200i 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
Peak amps18.3 amps
Run time @50% load4 h
Run time @25% load8.1 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerMy Generator App
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.95 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight47.4 lbs
Approx. 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, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU2200iTAN, EU2200iTAG

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 EU2200i 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 (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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Total1192 W2192 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total1420 W1420 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
What is the difference between the EU2200i, the EU2200iTAN and the EU2200iTAG?

The final "G" in "EU2200iTAG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant. The final "N" in "EU2200iTAN" indicates that the unit cannot be sold in California. 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.

How can you tell from model number alone whether it is Bluetooth enabled? I have seen EU2200i’s without Bluetooth I believe. Tganks (Asked May 07, 2021)

If the full model number ends with G (50-states) or N (49-states), the unit features both CO Minder and Bluetooth connectivity. These 2 final letters were introduced with the new generation of Honda units.

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