4.0 out of 5 stars
By Greg B. - Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017
Causes Generator Envy
In June of 2015, I bought a small toy hauler/camper and planned to boon-dock some when traveling and/or hunting. I started looking at generator options. I’d never owned a generator, so as I began researching, a list of desired features began to form. I wanted a generator that's user friendly, quiet, fuel efficient, durable, easily maintained and with access to maintenance, repair and replacement parts. I wanted clean, stable power for my computer and other electronics, so I looked only at inverter generators. I read and watched countless reviews on sites and message boards and talked to others who owned generators. I settled on Honda as a brand and was considering one of two options: a pair EU2000i's with a parallel kit or a single EU3000is. The money is about the same with either choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but I won't get into those details here.
In short, I settled on the EU3000is.
Pros: -It cranks up quickly and easily with electric start. (It also has a manual pull-start and after 2-1/2 years, still cranks easily on the first pull.) -It powers everything on and in my 30amp camper as long as I don’t simultaneously fire up the AC and microwave. -It puts out enough amps to simultaneously power the essential 120V circuits in my home. (aka: lights, refrigerator, freezer, TV, Satellite, fan, portable AC for the bedroom.) I used it during a Spring power outage and it performed flawlessly for 3 days. -It’s quiet and fuel efficient. I can stand next to it while carrying on a comfortable conversation, even with eco mode turned off and while powering the 13,500 BTU rooftop AC unit on my camper. (With eco mode turned on and with a light load, I'd characterize the sound level as similar to that of a car at idle.) When boon-dock camping at our hunting club, my Honda is by-far the quietest generator there, and by-far the most fuel efficient. -Fuel efficiency: I had some concerns about getting through a summer night on one tank of gas since specs say that it’ll run for only 7 hours at full rated capacity. (or 20 hr run time at 1/4 rated capacity) On a trip to Kentucky in August of 2017 for the solar eclipse, daytime temps were in the 90’s with plenty of humidity. I knew that my AC would be running hard, so I topped off the fuel tank at bedtime, set the thermostat on 68 and hit the sack. I don’t recall the exact length of time it ran before I shut it down in the late morning, but I’d guess well over 10 consecutive hours. It needed under 3 gallons to refill the 3-1/2 gallon tank. Cons: -At north of $2000, it’s expensive and there are some basic necessities/accessories that should have been included. I had to purchase those separately and they were not inexpensive. A couple of them annoyed me and one completely defies any logic. From the category, “Face-palm”: -The maintenance schedule is in hours based on run-time, but for some highly illogical reason, the EU3000is doesn’t come with a factory installed hour meter. I’m diligent about maintenance, so I purchased an aftermarket hour meter and figured out how to wire and install it. Stuff that annoyed me: -There’s no external connection for an external battery maintainer. I purchased an aftermarket battery tender/float charger and installed the included leads with generic 2-wire plug. I keep it plugged into the battery tender when stored so that the on-board battery stays charged and in good shape. -The Honda doesn’t come with the dust cover or 12v charger cable (for charging external batteries). Honda gets a premium for those two items and they should be included at the price point of a premium gen-set. -No in-line fuel filter. There is a fuel strainer under the fuel cap, but I’m all about redundancy when it comes to filtering fuel. There’s a good chance that you’ll be filling your generator from a portable can and those are notorious for collecting debris and contaminants. An inline filter simply makes good sense on a device that needs to work every time you need it. In my opinion, Honda shows very poor form for not including all or most of the above items and features. Mostly neutral observations: -The EU3000is has a manual choke. This one cuts two ways. On one hand, it’s straight-forward and easy to use, plus a manual choke is unlikely to malfunction and you have complete control over the choke setting. On the other hand, an auto choke is transparent to the user, so you never have wonder whether or not to choke during starting. In addition, if you’re looking to add an aftermarket remote start, you’ll need to install an auto-choke. --Oil capacity is 18 oz of 10W-30. That’s not a lot of oil, so I change it regularly and keep the generator level when it’s running. (Note that it has an automatic low oil shutoff although I've never dared test it.) -The 30 amp power outlet on the Honda comes with an L5-30 locking receptacle. My RV has a 30 amp TT30 (or RV30) plug, so I had to purchase an adapter. (I’m ok with this one as the L5-30 twist lock is actually a more secure connection and not everyone is going to use it to power an RV.) -For my use, I added a wheels kit. It’s not really a necessity, but the EU3000is is pretty heavy and can be a chunk to move around without help. The wheels make that much easier. Even though I had to spend some extra money to correct some omissions by Honda and to set it up like I wanted, I’m 2-1/2 years in and very happy with my EU3000is. It’s quiet, economical, easy to operate and has proved to be reliable and simple to maintain. You can buy generators that are much less expensive per KW, but I wouldn’t trade mine for any that I’ve seen.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By michael thorley - Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2017
Not cheap but worth every penny!!!!
The Honda EU3000IS is a awesome little machine. This is the second one for me.. the first is 3 years old and still running strong.. It is quiet and penny pinching on gas.. small enough I can load by myself.. I added the all terrain tires for easy moving..
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Lee - Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
Great generator, One thing you need to know about it.
This is my first generator ever and I decided to have this much more expensive than others as I have seem many ppl saying Honda generator worth every penny. That’s right. I like it, all features includes quiet, safety, smart.. etc. I have no problem with it at all. I just have a little comm on it, because if you don’t do any research on it you may think you got a defective one. And this is not shown in any of included manuals. The Eletric start, due to the Safty of the shipment, they disconnected the wires inside and you’ll HAVE TO use a 10mm socket screw driver ( not included in the package, I think they should include it as you will have to use it) to open the front penel and connect the wire to the battery, So your Eletric start feature can back on work. I personally don’t like this step, you basically have to tear down a brand new machine in order to get it work that way you want, and no introduction, no tips, no tools come with it. Again, the generator is great. Worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer - Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2017
I was amazed how much it did
This was the little generator that did it all! Living thru Hurricane Irma was tough until we received this generator. This was able to power so much in my home; the fridge, fans, lights, a window air conditioner, the washing machine when we needed and our phones and computers. I was amazed how much it did! We ran it continuously for 80 hours without a problem. When topped off with gas, we could get about 11 hours of power, more than enough time to get a cool nights sleep in oppressive heat and exhaustion.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By HPLoveshack - Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
Reliable and quiet for an open generator. Noise reduced below the level of annoyance with a simple baffling box.
Started on first pull. Ran it for a bit then changed the oil according to break in instructions. Started it up again on first pull and closed off the fuel valve to run it out of fuel. Added some fuel stabilizer to the tank and stored it in an A/Ced room indoors, gas tank seems to seal well, no fuel smell. Started it up months later after hurricane Harvey and again it started on the first pull. I made a simple baffling box out of cheap plywood and some dense rubber mats for mine. It's basically three vertical sides of a cube, a roof, open bottom, and one open side. Sized at about 120% of the generator's cubic dimensions and cut and screwed together so that the vertical sides are angled inward causing the sound to be directed at a downward angle into the ground. Glue and staple the rubber mat to the outside of the plywood and spray paint it a light color (white is best) to keep the box cool. I face the exhaust away from me or anyone else, start it up, and put my baffling box over it so that the exhaust is facing out the open side. This directs most of the sound away from me and my neighbors and cuts the perceived noise considerably without adding any overheating or air intake concerns to the generator. The rest of the sound vibration is either reflected by the plywood into the ground or severely dampened by the mass of the plywood and rubber mats.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Dolph F. - Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
Fantastic generator, best in class. Beware of the handling during shipping.
We own 9 of these so far. The very best generator in its class. We use them in the movie industry. They run for hours and hours without complaint. We use 100% synthetic oil and change it weekly. If you do this, the generator will run for many 1000's of hours. One word of caution: When having these delivered by a freight company like FedEx, they are often store and transported sideways or upside down. This can cause the tiny amount of oil in the crank case to leak back through the butterfly and saturate the paper air filter. If this happens your unit will run rough and smoke. It will eventually foul the plug too. Read the manual, watch the YouTube service video and inspect the machine before running it. You will need to add oil and gas before starting, but pop out that air filter and look at it. We had two units arrive with this exact issue.