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Honda EU3000iS Spec Review

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 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 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.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

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.

Portability

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).

Features

Panel of the Honda EU3000iS

The EU3000iS's control panel

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.

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. 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.

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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).

  • 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.

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?

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 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%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3000iS1AN, 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.

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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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
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.

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    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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