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Honda EU3000iS - 2800/3000W Inverter Generator

The Honda EU3000iS is a quiet inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,800 W and a starting wattage of 3,000 W.

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Description

Zoom on the Honda EU3000iS

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

  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • 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

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 EU3000iS in use

The Honda EU3000iS

The Honda EU3000iS's engine, 196 cc Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2,800W and reaches 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.

Enjoying a really low noise rating of 50 dBA (just as noisy as a conversation at home), securing it a place in our list of 10 quietest portable generators, the inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

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

The EU3000iS generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
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

As the Honda EU3000iS is an inverter generator, its encased design (L25.9 x W17.6 x H22 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

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

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

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EU3000iS's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly. 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, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

In addition, the unit meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

Product Videos

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 inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • A weight of 130.7 lbs makes the Honda EU3000iS one of the heavier inverters in the 2500-3500 rated wattage range. 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 noise rating of 50 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the most quiet of the generators of similar type and 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 inverter generators of a similar output. 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 has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.17 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV3500P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.13 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter 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
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (130.7 lbs)

Do you own the Honda EU3000iS and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

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 watts2,800 W
Starting watts3,000 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%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3000iS1AN
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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Total1992 W2992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total2230 W2650 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1730 W2830 W
What is the difference between the EU3000iS and the EU3000iS1AN?

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.

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. 3.5
    Price
    40
    Value
    80
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    60

    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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  2. 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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