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Honda EU3200i - 2600/3200W Inverter Generator

The Honda EU3200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,600 W and a starting wattage of 3,200 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Honda EU3200i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 EU3200i in use

The Honda EU3200i

The Honda EU3200i is powered by a 130 cc Honda GX130 OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2600W as well as a peak wattage of 3200W. 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.

Enjoying a noise rating of 54 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a conventional 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.

With a full tank, the EU3200i can operate for up to 8.6 hours (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.2 gallon.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the EU3200i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

While this Honda generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor.

Portability

As the Honda EU3200i is an inverter generator, its encased design (L22.5 x W12 x H17.8 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

As the EU3200i's weight is only 59.1 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, a conveniently placed handle (molded in the case) is a great enhancement to the grip, which tremendously helps when moving the EU3200i across any distance.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU3200i

The EU3200i's control panel

To help you monitor the EU3200i's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the fuel level.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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.

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.

While it’s a welcomed additional security feature, remember to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

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.

Emissions

The Honda EU3200i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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).

  • 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 weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM3300i, weighing just 47.4 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 54 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • 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. 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 is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 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.

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Price comparison

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

STRENGTHS:
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • CO Minder
  • Mobile app
  • Lightweight (59.1 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (54 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
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?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine130 cc Honda GX130 OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
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 tank1.2 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
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU3200iAN, EU3200iAC
UPC786102009362

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 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total2067 W3067 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Blender400850
LED TV150150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2075 W2525 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.

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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.

    + 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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