Yes, I own a Honda eu1000i generator. Actually this is my second as my first was stolen. Be warned, a big bucks security cable and lock will not even slow down a crook with the right tools. Our Honda was stolen at night while we sat in our RV.
Like I said, this is our second eu1000i. The first had over 2,000 hours on it. While that is a lot of hours, they were not care free hours. I will explain those issues later on. The second has nearly 500 hours on it and those have been without trouble, thanks to lessons learned with the first generator.
In this article I’ll cover my experience and some of the pros and cons of this mighty little generator that could. Overall my relationship with it has been a positive one.
Honda introduced this as the first ever inverter generator. It replaced the EX1000. In the process they ushered in a whole new era of generators. The other guys have been chasing after Honda ever since. Honda has a habit of making products that last so long that they become their own competition to new sales.
Inverter technology allows one to operate clean power sensitive products. Some of these products are; computers, medical equipment, TVs, printers and just about anything with and electronic brain. I run 2 to 3 laptops, printers, and a fax machine with mine and have had no power related issues.
So here is what I really like about the eu1000i. My current one starts with the first pull virtually every time. My old one, with over 2000 hours, started 2nd or 3rd pull. They are, to quote Honda “Super Quiet.” I have left our RV several times only to remember that I left the generator running. Perhaps you have heard the saying, “Out of ear shot, out of mind.” And when I ask visitors if my generator is bothering them, they usually respond that they didn’t know it was running. Honda incorporates several key features that result in a very quite machine. These are; a baffle air intake system, a fully enclosed unit and oversized exhaust muffler. But the biggest contributor to quite running is the patented Eco-Throttle. It controls the engine rpm to match the power lot. A side benefit is, ridiculously low fuel consumption.
On the flip side here is the bad news. The fuel system is super sensitive to dirt, whether it is in the fuel or air supply. If your eu1000 is surging, or hunting, then it may be dirt in the carburetor. The only solution is to remove the carburetor and clean it. I use my Honda in areas with very fine dust and have found that, over time, enough dust gets by the air filter to plug up the carburetor. Because of this I filter all of my fuel through a Mr. Filter as it goes into the fuel tank. To keep the air clean I try to elevate the generator off the ground whenever possible. These little tricks have kept my new one running just fine.
So the question is; would I recommend this generator to a friend? The answer is absolutely. While not perfect, its flaws are no worse than any other manufacture. And if you are wondering about the price, let me say it is a bit high. But then I have seen these with as much as 4400 hours on them. On a cost per hour of operation, a Honda is hard to beat!