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Honda EU3000i Handi (Discontinued)

The Honda EU3000i Handi is a quiet and compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,600 W and a starting wattage of 3,000 W.

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This product was discontinued. For your convenience, we decided to leave this page up.
If you were looking to purchase it, you may want to have a look at the Honda EU3000iS, which has similar specs.
You can also try to find it second hand on eBay, by clicking on the button below.

Description

Zoom on the Honda EU3000i Handi

In a nutshell, the Honda EU3000i Handi is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 EU3000i Handi in use

The Honda EU3000i Handi

The Honda EU3000i Handi's design includes a gasoline-fueled 163 cc Honda GX160 OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 2,600W and also a peak wattage of 3,000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (Honda parallel cables (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the EU3000i Handi can operate for up to 7.7 hours (fuel consumption around 0.21 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon.

The EU3000i Handi produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

This Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

The Honda EU3000i Handi is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L24.5 x W14.9 x H19.3 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The EU3000i Handi can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 78 lbs. Moreover, once it’s on the ground, its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle will allow you to shift it without effort.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU3000i Handi

The EU3000i Handi's control panel

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU3000i Handi also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away. An official storage cover is available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Honda EU3000i Handi is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all 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 EU3000i Handi versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU3000i Handi compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Honda EU3000i Handi weighs just 78 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 2500 to 3500 rated wattage inverter generators. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of only 46 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The EU3000i Handi's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only up to 7.7 hours at 25% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200914, which is able to run for up to 22 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 is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.21 GPH at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV3500P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.13 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Honda EU3000i Handi vs Honda EU3000iS.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (78 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Honda EU3000i Handi 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
Engine163 cc Honda GX160 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2,600 W
Starting watts3,000 W
Running amps21.7 amps
Peak amps25 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% load7.7 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight78 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 14.9 x 19.3 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3000iH1A
UPC786102003551

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 EU3000i Handi 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Total1992 W2992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
LED TV150150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2075 W2525 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the difference between the EU3000i Handi and the EU3000iH1A?

These model numbers refer to the same unit, but simply include more or less information regarding its specs, production batch, etc. Read how Honda name their generators.

will this generator power a 15000 RV ac unit? (Asked March 04, 2021)

The approximate wattage required for starting a 15K BTU RV air conditioner is 3500 watts and the approximate wattage for running it is 1500. If your AC unit matches these wattages, the 3000i Handi will not be able to start it. You should determine the actual running and starting wattages of your appliance.

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