Buy Quality and Only Cry Once

10 Sep

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It’s our brand new Honda EU2000i Generator! Obviously about 2 weeks late, but we’ll be ready next time and not have to rely on the kindness of family to keep our perishables from perishing.
We picked up this little guy from WiseSales.com and so far I’m quiet pleased! Oh, did I say “quiet”? I guess that’s because it’s extremely quiet, this thing is as quiet as a regular generator that is 100 feet away, if not quieter. It is not silent but it’s really not bad at all. The EU2000i features “Eco-throttle” mode which brings the engine speed way down when less power is needed, thus keeping it very quiet and using less gas when only a small load is applied. People often report getting 9-12 hours on a single gallon of gas.
Another great feature of this generator is that it is LIGHT, it weighs less than 50 pounds and can be carried in one hand. It’s so easy even a caveman could do it, a wimpy caveman!
Yet another thing that sold us on the EU2000i is that “i” in the name, which stands for Inverter, which means the power is created as AC, then converted to DC and then the inverter makes it BACK into AC. This seems redundant and inefficient but it actually results in extremely clean power that is safe for sensitive electronics and computers. This process also allows the previously mentioned variable throttle. Most generators always run at one speed because that is the only speed at which they will produce a proper 120Volt 60Hz current, that’s why they are just as loud when they have no load as when they have a full load.
This generator is on the small side in capacity as well as in size, but if you outgrow it you can get another one and connect them together in parallel to combine forces and function as one larger power source.

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We tested it today with the refrigerator, which is probably the biggest and most important load we will put on this little guy, a fridge does not use tons of power normally but it does take a bit of power to start the compressor motor, the little Honda was able to do it just fine. A brief acceleration while the motor kicked on and then back to a nice quiet idle.

Back to the title of this post, there are many impostors and copy cats for less money than the Honda, but they all come with a non-monetary price tag; reliability, noise level, customer support, parts availability and buyer’s remorse. There are some people who are happy with the lesser known models that cost a bit less, but overwhelmingly, all the reviews say “I should have spent a little more and gotten the Honda”. This generator is possibly the most well regarded in its class, and I feel that it was a good investment…
Is it weird to kind of hope for a black out so you can try out your new toy?

(editor’s note: we got our wish in the form of a week-long power outage due to Hurricane Sandy one year later)

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3 Responses to “Buy Quality and Only Cry Once”

  1. Some guy September 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM #

    Nice review, but are you “buzzing” for Honda?

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