Zoom on the Honda EU3000iS
In summary, the Honda EU3000iS is a quiet portable inverter generator especially useful for:
- Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
- Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
- Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
- RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
Power & Run Time
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.
Enjoying a low noise rating of 50 dBA (just as noisy as a conversation at home) which earned this unit its place in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators, it can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).
With a full tank, the EU3000iS can operate for up to 20 hours (fuel consumption around 0.17 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons.
As the EU3000iS produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.
The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:
This Honda generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready.
The Honda EU3000iS is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L25.9 x W17.6 x H22 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.
While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 130.7 lbs. Thus, you may also want to consider purchasing its official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).
The light indicators show you if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.
The fuel level of the inverter generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.
From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), giving you a peace of mind during use.
Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU3000iS 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.
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).
The Honda EU3000iS 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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.
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).
- As its dry weight is 130.7 pounds, the Honda EU3000iS is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 2500 to 3500 running watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Generac GP3300i, with a dry weight of only 59.5 lbs.
- Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 50 dBA, it can be considered as one of the most quiet of the products generating similar power.
- Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 20 hours at 25% load, the EU3000iS benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Champion 200954, reaching up to 22 hours.
- The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH, the Energizer eZV3500P is a device you should look out for.
Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:
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
- Electric start
- Parallel capable
- CO Minder
- Quiet for its power (50 dBA)
- High run time
- Decent fuel efficiency
- On the expensive side
- No data center
- No remote start
- On the heavy side (130.7 lbs)
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Engine||196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||2800 W|
|Starting watts||3000 W|
|Running amps||23.3 amps|
|Peak amps||25 amps|
|Run time @50% load||10 h|
|Run time @25% load||20 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets|| |
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||3.4 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||25.9 x 17.6 x 22 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||50 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Other model numbers||EU3000iS1AN, EU3000iS1AG|
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.
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.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||AC (10,000 BTU)||1500||2200|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Cell phone charger||20||20|
|Total||1982 W||2982 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||2235 W||2825 W|
|Total||1730 W||2830 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.
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