Honda Propane Generator: A Comprehensive Product Review

Honda Propane Generator: A Comprehensive Product Review

Generators have many uses. They can be used to support a camping setup if you’re using electricity at your camp site. They can also be used as a house backup when the power goes out; this is especially useful for extended outages that lasts for several days. Honda, in general, is known for its quality and low cost maintenance, particularly when it comes to their cars and lawnmowers. Honda propane generators are no different. Honda is consistently rated one of the best generator brands you can buy.

Here we compare the Honda EU2200i with other Honda generators of different sizes. Many of Honda’s generators are the inverter type. This means that unlike standard generators, which can cause power surges, inverters convert AC (alternating current) into DC (direct current) and then invert it back to AC. This ensures the current you’re receiving to your electronics and/or appliances is consistent and without power surges. Honda has even developed its own DVAR system on its strongest generator to deliver consistent power to your equipment or appliances.

What is the Honda EU2200i?

The Honda EU2200i is a 2200 watt generator. It’s not powerful enough to power all of the appliances in a house, but it can do the necessities during a power outage. It may even be powerful enough to power a small campsite. It can power some appliances such as an energy star rated refrigerator, a microwave, portable fan, coffee maker, computer, and more. It runs quietly and weighs less than 47 lbs.

Product Specs  

This Honda propane generator is 2200 watts, 18.3A, 120V. It can run 8.1 hours on .95 gal of gas. It is inverter generator, converting AC to DC and then inverting it back to AC to protect against power surges. It has a 121cc Honda GXR120 engine. It has a recoil starting system and a .95 gal capacity fuel tank. It carries a 3 year residential and commercial warranty.

You can parallel this generator with a 2nd same model generator or a EU2000iK1/T1 for 4400 watts of power. It has a fuel shutoff to run out the fuel that’s in the carburetor and then shuts off the engine, which provides extra safety when the generator is in storage. It also has an automatic oil alert system which shuts the engine off when there is low oil to make sure you’ll never burn up the engine. It also comes with an electronic circuit breaker on the generator.

Pricing  

The Honda EU2200i can be purchased on Amazon for around $1000.

How it Compares to other Honda Propane Generators

We picked a few other Honda propane generators available on the market to see how they compare.     

  • Honda EU3000i Handi Generator
  • HONDA EM4000S Electric Start Generator, 3500W
  • Honda 4,000 Watt Gas Powered Home RV Portable Generator EG4000

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Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

Easy to follow instructions are included to for easy startup and operation.

Wattage

The Wattage is on the lower end of the models in this comparison, but it still good to keep important electronics going during a power outage or for a small campsite.

Runtime 

The Honda EU2200i generator can run 8 hours on slightly less than a gallon of fuel.

Warranty  

The Honda warranty is excellent, carrying a 3 year warranty for both residential and commercial use.

Pros

  • Weighs less than 50 lbs
  • Inverter generator ensures no power surges
  • This generator can be paralleled with a 2nd same generator for 4400 watts total

Cons

  • Cannot run a lot of appliances at once

HONDA EU3000IH 3000W Super Quiet Han
  • 3000 watts, 120V
  • The lightest 3000-watt inverter generator we’ve ever made

This Honda propane generator is 3000 watts, 120V. It has a compact design and the dry weight is 78 lbs. It has the recoil starting system like the EU2200i. It is equipped with a 163cc Honda GX160 engine. It has a fuel tank capacity of 1.6 gallons and can run up to 7.7 hours. It has enough power to start up an RV air conditioning unit up to 13,500 BTUs.

It runs quietly and can be run parallel with a second EU3000i for 6000 watts of power. This will allow you to run more appliances and electronics at once. However, the fuel tank capacity and fuel efficiency combined may not be as efficient as Honda's EG4000 generator.  It is equipped with the oil alert system to shut off the engine if the oil gets too low. It also comes with the 3 year residential and commercial warranty.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

Easy to follow instructions are included to for easy startup and operation.

Wattage

Better wattage than the EU2200i and can double up parallel with another EU3000i Handi generator for twice the power.

Runtime 

The fuel efficiency isn’t as good as the EU2200i, but it is still good for a Honda product.

Warranty  

Honda offers an excellent 3 year residential and commercial warranty.

Pros

  • Can run parallel with another EU3000i Handi for twice the power
  • Inverter generator ensures no power surges
  • Runs quietly

Cons

  • Fuel efficiency not as good as the smaller generator

Honda EU7000iAT1 7000 Watt 120/240 Volt Super Quiet Portable Electric Generator
  • 7,000-watt generator can power countless devices and appliances
  • Use at home, in RVs, at outdoor events, or while camping

This Honda propane generator has some features that will make you think twice about buying anything else. For instance, this generator provides 5000 watts of power for 10 seconds that enables you to start up larger equipment. It is equipped with a Honda iGX commercial engine and can run for as long at 16 hours, depending on the load. It is an electric start generator, but has a recoil start backup. It can run 120V or 240V equipment.

This generator is also equipped with the iAVR Honda technology. This means this Honda propane generator provides a consistent flow of energy to all your appliances and electronics, no matter the load. It comes with a 6.2 gallon fuel tank and a 3 year residential and commercial warranty. Like other Honda generators, this one runs quiet for its size and is protected by the Honda oil alert system. Finally, it has electronic circuit breakers to protect it from being overloaded.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

As is standard for Honda products, easy to follow instructions are included for easy startup and operation.

Wattage

3500/4000 Watts ensures you can run several electronics and/or appliances at once.

Runtime 

16 hours max run time is excellent and is partly thanks to its 6.2 gallon tank.

Warranty  

Honda offers an excellent 3 year residential and commercial warranty.

Pros

  • Higher wattage ensures ability to run more electronics/appliances
  • 16 hour run time, depending on the load
  • Has electric start but has the recoil backup
  • Comes with Honda’s excellent 3 year residential and commercial warranty

Cons

  • More expensive than other models

Honda by Jackery HLS 290 Portable Lithium Battery Mobile Power Station, Emergency Power Pack and External Battery Charger, Gas-Free Generator Alternative, Honda Official Licensed Product by Jackery
  • PARTNERS IN POWER: Jackery has been chosen by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. to develop a best‐in‐class consumer offering of outdoor portable power stations, with a focus on eco-friendly portable power for those on the move.
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This Honda propane generator is built with Honda’s 270cc GX270 OHV engine. It’s protected with a full frame design. It can be switched from 120V to 240V support. It’s a quiet running generator that can run for up to 15.7 hours on its 6.3 gallon tank. This particular generator is also built with Honda’s DAVR technology. DAVR stands for Digital Automatic Voltage Regulator. It’s designed to hold the voltage stability within certain margins to keep consistent power.

It also comes with GFCI protection. GFCI stands for a ground-fault circuit interrupter and it protects you from being shocked with the device. It has electronic ignition and electronic circuit breakers to protect it from being overloaded. Like the other generators, it also has the Honda oil alert system which will shut the engine off and protect it if the oil gets too low. Although this generator can be used for either residential or commercial use, it was built with commercial use in mind. It comes with a 3 year commercial or residential warranty.

Quality

Description

Rating

Ease of Use

This generator comes with easy to follow instructions are included to for easy startup and operation.

Wattage

This generator provides 4000W of power enabling you to run several electronics or appliances.

Runtime 

It has only slightly less run time than the EM4000S with .01 more gallon tank capacity which is great considering it has a larger engine. It can run up to 15.7 hours on a 6.3 gallon tank.

Warranty  

This generator comes with Honda’s excellent 3 year commercial or residential warranty.

Pros

  • Has a more powerful OHV engine
  • Built for commercial use, but can be used for residential also
  • Equipped with Honda’s DAVR technology for consistent power

Cons

  • Slightly less fuel economy than the EM4000S

Comparison

Conclusion

We gave the Honda propane generator EU2200i a total of 4 stars. It is not the best generator Honda has to offer, but it is still built with the same quality that Honda puts into its other generators. One of its best features is the fuel efficiency and the fact it can run parallel with another EU2200i to get twice the power so you can run more electronics and appliances. Of course a larger generator is going to be louder than the smaller one, but all of them still run quietly for generators.

The Honda EU2200i is probably best suited for a small campsite or for keeping the bare minimum running during a power outage, such as making sure your phone stays charged and the refrigerator stays running to keep your food from spoiling. It is nice that it doesn’t require much gas and can run for up to 8.1 hours on that slightly less than a gallon of gas.  This generator is light enough for most people to carry, which is another helpful feature.

However, even though it’s the cheapest of all the Honda propane generators in comparison, for less than twice the price, you can get 4000 Watts with a much more powerful engine to keep many more electronics and/or appliances running. While it’s possible to run two EU2200i’s parallel to get that power, you’d be spending twice the money and miss out on some of the important safety features of the larger generators. Not only that, but two parallel 2200i generators still equals only about two gallons of total fuel, while the 4000 Watt generator has a 6.3 gallon tank and can run for almost 16 hours. Likewise, you could buy two of the EU3000i Handi generators for 6000 watts of power, but the fuel efficiency and fuel tank size does not compare to the 4000 series.

Considering what Honda puts into the 4000 Watt generators, it makes little sense to buy two EU2200i generators unless it was absolutely necessary, such as for a small campsite use. Another possible reason to go with two of the smallest generators is the need to be able to carry them. All in all, the option you choose for which Honda generator you buy greatly depends on your needs.

No matter what your choice, you will be getting a high quality and safe generator. Honda is committed to delivering consistent electricity without surges and they’re committed to delivering it to you as safely as possible. No matter which generator you purchase, they all have engine protection that shuts off the generator if you get low on oil. All of them also come with the same 3 year commercial or residential warranty. No matter which generator you choose, you cannot go wrong buying a Honda propane generator with the high quality Honda engines.  It is good to know you will be making a purchase with a brand that can be trusted to bring power to your equipment reliably.

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