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.

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