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Honda EU3200i - 2600/3200W Inverter Generator

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Description

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To sum up, the Honda EU3200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored 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
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The Honda EU3200i in use

The Honda EU3200i

The Honda EU3200i's engine, 130 cc Honda GX130 OHC 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 2,600W and reaches a peak wattage of 3,200W. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) enables power output to double when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

At a noise rating of 54 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system enhances the engine's reliability, lowers fuel consumption, improves startup, reduces servicing, boosts stale fuel resistance, and offers better altitude adaptability.

Equipped with a 1.2 gallon fuel tank, the EU3200i ensures continuous operation for up to 8.6 hours with a full tank (fuel usage approximately 0.14 gallons per hour).

As the EU3200i produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

While not classified as 'RV Ready,' this Honda generator can still provides the advantage of RV connection via its L5-30R receptacle, ensuring power supply to your RV with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

As an inverter generator, the Honda EU3200i showcases a closed design (L22.5 x W12 x H17.8 in), enhancing aesthetics and ensuring quieter operation compared to conventional, open frame models. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The EU3200i's dry weight of 59.1 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, shifting the EU3200i is an easy task, as it features a nifty handle (molded in the case) that greatly improves grip.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU3200i

The EU3200i's control panel

Monitoring of the EU3200i's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the fuel level and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and its oil levels are insufficient.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), providing peace of mind during operation.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the Honda EU3200i's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

CO Minder

CO Minder of the Honda EU3200i

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.

Honda My Generator App

Honda My Generator App

Honda My Generator helps you monitor your unit

The Honda My Generator App (available on iOS and Android) makes owning the EU3200i even more flexible and convenient, whether you are depending on it at home during a power outage, or enjoying an adventure at a remote campsite.

The app connects your unit and your phone via Bluetooth, across a 75-foot line of sight, giving you valuable information about your generator's operation and many additional features in the palm of your hands.

With it, you can easily monitor a range of information such as output power, lifetime run hours, oil life, or estimated remaining runtime. You’ll also receive warnings and notifications to remind you of routine maintenance.

But there’s more! The app allows you to control multiple, compatible Honda generators from a single mobile device and, even though the EU3200i does not have an electric start and requires a manual start-up, you’ll be able to remotely stop it.

Product Videos

The Honda EU3200i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU3200i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Concerning weight, the Honda EU3200i weighs only just 59.1 pounds, distinguishing itself as one of the lighter inverter generators amidst the 2500 to 3500 rated wattage range. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 46 pounds.
  • With a noise rating as low as 54 dBA, this inverter generator is among the quieter options available in its type and power range. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Honda EU3000iS is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 50 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the EU3200i, reaching up to 8.6 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other inverters of a roughly equal output. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Champion 200914 could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting up to 22 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel-efficient options in its power range, consuming approximately 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. 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 these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the Honda EU3200i 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:
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • CO Minder
  • Mobile app
  • Lightweight (59.1 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (54 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
  • Made in Japan
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Honda EU3200i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine130 cc Honda GX130 OHC 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts2,600 W
Starting watts3,200 W
Running amps21.7 amps
Peak amps26.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load8.6 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 centerMy Generator App
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankMetal, 1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight59.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.5 x 12 x 17.8 in
Noise (lower limit)54 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Country of originJapan
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3200iAN, EU3200iAC
UPC786102009362

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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 EU3200i 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
DVD player350350
Cell phone charger2020
Total2062 W3062 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Bug zapper8080
Total2070 W2660 W
For workGrinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Total2000 W3100 W
What is the difference between the EU3200i, the EU3200iAN and the EU3200iAC?

The "C" in "EU3200iAC" indicates that the unit is CARB-compliant. The "N" in "EU3200iAN" 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.

Where is model number on eu3200i ? (Asked April 08, 2023)

The serial number is located on the right hand side of the unit, on the lower part of the casing.

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  1. 1.4
    Price
    10
    Value
    20
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    20

    It’s not really quiet. It has a very low frequency output that vibrates a lot. And that only at 1200 watt draw. I have a 14 year old Yamaha eu 2400 that remember me quieter at 1200 watts

    + PROS:
    • Light.
    - CONS:
    • Noisy. Low frequency noise. At 70% output it’s really loude.
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  2. 3.65
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    60
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    60
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    80

    I previously purchased two EU220i generators to run my travel trailer while dry camping. The two were a lot to lug around, plus gas/propane etc. I expected the EU3200i would be able to handle the load by itself, allowing me to cut my weight by 40%+ and have more space in my tow rig. Unfortunately the EU3200i is not able to start a 12,000BTU AC unit at higher elevations, where the two EU2200i don’t even struggle. So I was faced with a dilemma; I have to install a soft start on my AC unit, to start it with the 3200, but at that point one 2200 would be capable of running the AC by itself, with longer runtime, at 10lbs lighter. Suffice it to say, I was disappointed, not so much with the generator, more so myself for not doing more research into the generator, to understand if it would meet my specific demands.

    That was a $3000 mistake. For the same price you can have two dual fuel EU2200i generators making 25% more power, but you sacrifice weight and space.

    Now to review the generator. It’s surprising light weight for its output. As advertised, it is quiet, and due to the EFI, has less odor emissions than similar carbureted generators. Started first pull almost every try. Ran for 15 hrs on 1.5 gal of fuel at fluctuating loads. The bluetooth is gimmicky and very onerous to setup. While its nice when “FINALLY” paired with the app, (quick acccess to service/maintenance intervals, runtime, oil life, fuel remaining and remote shutoff), this model is not equipped with a battery/electric start. I understand why, it would add significant weight… the lack of which though, makes the bluetooth enabled feature a hassle I am not sure is worth the few conveniences.

    If I am being honest and I had to title this review, it would be “3200 reasons this is a $3000 mistake”. Do better than me.

    + PROS:
    • EFI means first pull starts (almost) everytime.
    • Decent runtime.
    • Lightweight for its output.
    • Bluetooth+App makes maintenance reminders easy.
    - CONS:
    • Expensive.
    • Unable to start 12,000BTU AC at higher elevations.
    • Bluetooth pairing is clunky and onerous.
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