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Honda EU3000iS - Spec Breakdown

The Honda EU3000iS is a quiet inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2800 W and a starting wattage of 3000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Honda EU3000iS is a quiet portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • 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 EU3000iS in use

The Honda EU3000iS

The Honda EU3000iS is powered by a 196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2800W as well as a peak wattage of 3000W. 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.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a low noise of 50 dBA (just as noisy as rainfall) which places it in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons, the EU3000iS can operate for up to 20 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the EU3000iS generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

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 EU3000iS's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L25.9 x W17.6 x H22 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 130.7 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. To enhance the generator's mobility, it is worth considering purchasing an official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Honda EU3000iS

The EU3000iS's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®) and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU3000iS 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.

CO Minder

CO Minder of the Honda EU3000iS

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).

Emissions

The Honda EU3000iS 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The Honda EU3000iS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU3000iS compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • With its weight of 130.7 lbs, the Honda EU3000iS is one of the heavier generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM3300i, weighing just 47.4 pounds.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 50 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the most quiet of the generators of similar power.
  • With a run time of up to 20 hours at 25% load, the EU3000iS has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Champion 200914, with up to 22 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.17 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 Energizer eZV3500P, with a fuel consumption of 0.13 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Honda EU3000iS 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:
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • CO Minder
  • Quiet for its power (50 dBA)
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No data center
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (130.7 lbs)

Do you own the Honda EU3000iS 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
Engine196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2800 W
Starting watts3000 W
Running amps23.3 amps
Peak amps25 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load20 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight130.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.9 x 17.6 x 22 in
Noise (lower limit)50 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3000iS1AN, EU3000iS1AG
UPC786102007320

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 EU3000iS 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1982 W2982 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2235 W2825 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the difference between the EU3000iS, the EU3000iS1AN and the EU3000iS1AG?

The final "G" in "EU3000iS1AG" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant. The final "N" in "EU3000iS1AN" 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.

Is there a wheel kit for the EU3000iS? (Asked June 15, 2020)

The unit does not come with a wheel kit. However, a third party all terrain wheel kit does exist. See it on Amazon (opens in a new tab).

How much oil does it hold? (Asked July 07, 2020)

Maximum oil capacity is 18 oz.

What is the difference between a 3000iS and a 3000iSC3 (Asked October 23, 2020)

No significant difference. The final characters are usually just production codes (e.g. country of manufacture), or references to the target market (US, CA). You can read more about it in this article. In this case, the "C" only means "For the canadian market". The 3 is highly likely just an internal code referring to a county of manufacture.

What’s the major differences between the EU3000iS generator and the EU3000 (no “iS”) (Asked February 09, 2021)

None. EU3000 is not an existing model. It's nothing more than a short name for EU3000iS.

Is this unit a bonded or floating neutral? (Asked February 22, 2021)

Neutral is floating.

What is eco throttle (Asked March 26, 2021)

The Eco Throttle system automatically reduces engine speed when loads are turned off or disconnected. When appliances are turned on or reconnected, the engine returns to the proper speed to power the electrical load.

What type oil should use when changing (Asked September 22, 2021)

For general, all-temperature use, SAE 10W-30 is recommended.

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Honda EU3000iS
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  1. 4
    Price
    30
    Value
    90
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    All around great generator that produces clean quiet energy at a low fuel consumption rate. Its very reliable and starts on 2 pulls of the recoil almost every time. The only problem that i have ever had mechanically is having to adjust the valve clearance. But the dealership was very helpful and walked me right through it. And will also provide the service if your not a do it your selfer.

    + PROS:
    • It is a very quiet dependable inverter/generator. I especially like the 12 volt DC charging capability. Which is possible through the provided cord that simply plugs right into the control panel.
    - CONS:
    • Since the cost of this inverter is at the top of all its competitor's and as is its weight that honda should supply a wheel kit free of charge if the customer prefers it. I know some would wrather not use them but many would and would be more inclined to purchase one if they did.
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  2. 3.5
    Price
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    Value
    80
    Quality
    100
    Performance
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    I own a Honda EU3000is. I’ve had several previous generators and also currently own an Onan 12.5k in our motorhome.
    The Honda is a great generator. But like the others said you cannot leave cheap gas sitting in it for any length of time. It has a gas on/off switch and I usually turn the gas off and let it run until it runs out of gas. With this procedure it will start first time every time.
    The small start battery doesn’t last more than a year or two.
    My largest problem is loading it. It weighs 130# and I have to use a hoist to load it.

    Also, it has a hard time starting my small DeWalt 120V portable air compressor. I’ve tried connecting it with the 30a RV twist lock as well as with a 120v 10-gauge extension cord. It just doesn’t like it. The compressor sounds like it’s struggling at a very low rpm until either circuit breaker pops. I have to release all the air from the tank and then it will start the compressor and run fine until it needs to restart.

    Another plus for the Honda EU3000is is one tank of gas will run up to 20 hours!
    I just wish it didn’t weigh so much and had a higher surge rating!

    + PROS:
    • Quality
    • Super quiet!
    - CONS:
    • Heavy!
    • Difficulty starting small DeWalt air compressor
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