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Zoom on the Honda EU3200i
In summary, the Honda EU3200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight 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 looking for even more independence
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 EU3200i is powered by a 130 cc Honda GX130 OHC 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2,600W as well as a peak wattage of 3,200W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.
The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 54 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall). Its starting mechanism is based on 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.
The fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon allows the EU3200i to operate for up to 8.6 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH).
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.
The control panel includes the following 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 EU3200i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L22.5 x W12 x H17.8 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.
As the EU3200i's weight is only 59.1 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. In addition, its nifty handle (molded in the case) improves your grip, allowing for an easy transport of the EU3200i from place to place.
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, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.
Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.
Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the Honda EU3200i is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.
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
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.
The Honda EU3200i 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.
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).
- In terms of its dry weight, the Honda EU3200i stands at only 59.1 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter inverters of the 2500-3500 rated wattage category If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of just 46 pounds.
- With a lowest noise rating of 54 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar type and power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU3000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 50 dBA.
- As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 8.6 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the EU3200i falls into the low end in comparison with other inverters of a comparable power output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200914, as it provides up to 22 hours.
- Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Energizer eZV3500P, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.13 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
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As you can see from this interactive chart, 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
- Parallel capable
- Electronic Fuel Injection
- CO Minder
- Mobile app
- Lightweight (59.1 lbs)
- Quiet for its power (54 dBA)
- Fuel efficient
- Made in Japan
- On the expensive side
- No electric start
- Not CARB-compliant
- Relatively low run time
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Engine||130 cc Honda GX130 OHC 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz|
|Running watts||2,600 W|
|Starting watts||3,200 W|
|Running amps||21.7 amps|
|Peak amps||26.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||8.6 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets|| |
|Data center||My Generator App|
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||Metal, 1.2 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||22.5 x 12 x 17.8 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||54 dBA|
|Compliance||EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection, CO monitoring|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Other model numbers||EU3200iAN|
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 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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Set of 5 LED light bulbs||55||55|
|Cell phone charger||20||20|
|Total||2067 W||3067 W|
|For camping||Radiant heater||1300||1300|
|Pair of small speakers||45||45|
|Total||2075 W||2525 W|
|Total||2000 W||3100 W|
What is the difference between the EU3200i and the EU3200iAN?
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.
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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.