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Honda EU7000iS Spec Review

The Honda EU7000iS is a quiet portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 5500 W and a starting wattage of 7000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Honda EU7000iS is a quiet portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 EU7000iS in use

The Honda EU7000iS

The Honda EU7000iS's design includes a gasoline-fueled 389 cc Honda GX390 EFI OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 5500W and also a peak wattage of 7000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home).

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 5.1 gallons allows the EU7000iS to operate for up to 18 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.28 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the EU7000iS generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

This Honda generator isn't quite RV Ready, but it features an L5-30R receptacle, allowing a simple RV connection through an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the EU7000iS is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L33.4 x W27.6 x H28.4 in), the Honda EU7000iS, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. 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 261 lbs. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Honda EU7000iS

The EU7000iS's control panel

One of the many EU7000iS's features is the iMonitor™ data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the power output, lifetime run hours and voltage and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

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

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off (Oil Alert®).

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Honda EU7000iS's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start it right off the bat.

CO Minder (new model)

Panel of the Honda EU7000iS with CO Minder

The control panel of the CO Minder version is slightly different

Note: The CO Minder is a new feature introduced in 2020 that is not yet present in all EU7000iS units. Make sure to select the "With CO Minder" tab above our retailers list if you wish to benefit from this feature.

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 (new model)

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 EU7000iS (new version, with CO-Minder) 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, fuel level, or estimated remaining runtime. You’ll also receive warnings and notifications to remind you of routine maintenance.

Even better, the app allows you to control multiple, compatible Honda generators from a single mobile device, and to remotely start and stop the EU7000iS without a key fob.

Emissions

The Honda EU7000iS 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Honda EU7000iS versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Honda EU7000iS compare to generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • Considering its dry weight of 261 pounds, the Honda EU7000iS is one of the heavier generators producing between 5000 and 6000 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Westinghouse WGen5300v, weighing just 107 pounds.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 52 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the most quiet of the generators of similar power.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 18 hours at 25% load, the EU7000iS 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 Westinghouse WGen5300s, reaching up to 20 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.28 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300v, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.24 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5000-6000W generators, the Honda EU7000iS 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:
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • CO Minder (according to model)
  • Mobile app (according to model)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (261 lbs)

Do you own the Honda EU7000iS 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
Engine389 cc Honda GX390 EFI OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5500 W
Starting watts7000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load18 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank5.1 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight261 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)33.4 x 27.6 x 28.4 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery
Warranty3 years
SeriesSuper Quiet
Other model numbersEU7000iSAT1, EU7000iAG

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.

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 EU7000iS 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Security system180180
Total4397 W5872 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4280 W6980 W
What is the difference between the EU7000iS, the EU7000iSAT1 and the EU7000iAG?

The final "G" in "EU7000iAG" indicates that the unit includes the CO Minder technology. 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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