PRODUCT: Warren Reid (eastern region sales manager
of Honda power equipment and a former factory MX racer)
was the man responsible for getting us the new Honda
EU2000i generator. The EU series is part of Honda’s
Super Quiet generators, ranging from 1000 to 6500 watts
of portable power. The EU2000i uses Honda’s Inverter
technology (takes the raw power produced by the generator and passes it though a micro processor), which is quiet
and allows you to power up sensitive equipment like computers that need clean power. The EU2000i is soft-spoken,
operating at 53 to 59 dB, which is less noise than a normal conversation. This, and its 47-pound weight, makes it
ideal for camping, supplemental RV power and any other
activity that requires quiet operation. It’s fuel efficient and
runs up to 9. 6 hours on less than a gallon of fuel.
POSITIVE: This sucker is quiet! When they say it’s got
less bark than a normal conversation, they’re not howling
at the moon. Starting was painless—three to four tugs.
We tested it hard during some construction, and at one
time it ran two jack hammers, then recharged our saw and
drill, plus ran our iPod station. One tank of gas was used
during two pretty full days of labor. The guy leading the
work group was so impressed that he went and bought
one the next day for his construction crew!
NEGATIVE: When you want a quiet and clean power
generator, it doesn’t come cheap, and the Honda EU2000i
sells for a tasty $1149.95.
BOTTOM LINE: Our history with Honda Power
Equipment has been limited to lawnmowers (when you take
dirt bikes out of the equation). That being said, the Honda
EU2000i is so “Honda” in that it always starts; the fit, finish
and details are superb; and reliability was never questioned.
The EU2000i packs a mean punch with a muffled voice,
and fits the needs of the camper, the requirements for
house usage during power failures and as a work tool. And
yes, we’ve actually been sitting outside typing stories with
the MacBook plugged into the 2000i. Good stuff. ❏