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Honda EM6500 - 5500 Watt Portable Generator w/ Electric Start

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4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
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Honda iGX OHV Commercial Grade Engine
Digital CDI ignition system provides improved ignition timing
Integrated ECU with a self-tuning regulator/governor system

Electric Start (Battery Included) w/ Recoil Back-Up
Provides easy starting with the turn of a key

iAVR (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulator)
Provides up to 7000 watts for 10 seconds
Ensures a consistent flow of power regardless of load
Protection for sensitive equipment and reliable power for you

Oil Alert® Warning System
Shuts the engine down if oil reaches an unsafe operating level

Voltage Selector Switch - 120/240V Operation
Gives you more usable power and added flexibility

Low 73 dBA Sound Level
Provides quiet operation during power outages

Extended Run Time
Runs about 10.4 hours @ 50% load, 6.9 hours at full load

Added Features
12V DC Auto Charging & Positive lock folding handles
Wheel kit & reinforced standing legs

  Model Number:EM6500
 Made in USA:No
 Brand:Honda iGX
 Starting System:12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 HP/CC:389 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Engine RPM:3600 RPM
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:Yes
 Cast Iron Sleeve:Yes
Product Specs
 Voltage120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Auto Voltage Regulation:Yes
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:23 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:Solid Rubber
 Tank Size:6.2 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):10.4 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Metal
 Fuel Gauge:Yes
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 Idle Control:Yes
 Hour Meter:No
 Voltage Meter:No
 Lifting Eye:No
 Neutral Type:Floating
 Decibel Rating @ 3m73
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:243 Lbs. (110.22 kilograms)
 Dimensions:41.1"L x 27.8"W x 30.6"H
(104.39 x 70.61 x 77.72 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:3 Years
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Q: I see that Honda offers a 3 year warranty for this generator. Does Honda offer an extended warranty for purchase?
by Dave Barsotti from Virginia on September 17, 2013

A: Thank you for your interest in Electric Generators Direct!

While Honda does not offer any extended warranties beyond the standard 3 years, there are other options. We have began carrying extended warranties on our products in order to compliment the manufacturers coverage. This package will allow you to extend the warranty by either one or two years. You can find this information in your shopping cart during the checkout process. Another option is to give us a call and our customer service representatives will be able to discuss the program with you.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Will this generator charge its starting battery while running or is a separate charger/conditioner required?
by Adam from Pennsylvania on September 16, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

The generator’s engine charging system charges the battery while the engine is running. However, if the generator is only used periodically, the battery must be charged monthly to maintain the battery service life.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: How many watts do I need for a large chest freezer and two refrigerators?
by Dave Frazee from Maryland on July 08, 2012

A: Dave, it really depends upon the wattage usage of each appliance. Naturally, older appliances draw more electricity. It will definitely run them independently.

Upon initial inspection, you picked a good generator, which should do the trick.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is there anything I need to know about these generators since they have a longer filler neck?
by Karen from Illinois on March 15, 2011

A: This generator has a longer filler neck and filler cap/dipstick for checking the engine oil.

This generator must not be filled with oil until the oil runs out of the filler neck. This will cause the engine to be overfilled with oil.

You must use the gauge in the oil filler cap/dipstick to verify the correct amount of oil in the engine. The engine is full of oil when the oil is up to the top of the cross-hatched area of the filler cap/dipstick. As always, do not screw in the filler cap/dipstick when checking the oil level.

You can find this information in the Owner's Manual as well.
by Mike, Product Expert
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Overall Rating
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Reliable (2)
High Quality (2)
Quiet (1)
Easy To Use (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Expensive (1)
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Kelley S.
Westport, CT
Total Helpful Votes
63 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Outstanding Generator
I bought mine at a local dealer, because he buys from me. I was tired of the noise from my old Generac model 7550EXL. The Honda produces clean power, safe for all electronics. This unit will run my Mr Slim air cond unit, the Generac wouldn't. I also chose this model, because of the higher surge availability. I was looking into the Eu6500, but this works better for me. I had a electrician install a interlock switch, on my main fuse panel, and a reliance 30 amp outlet box. My furnace, hot... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Kelley Recommends This Honda Product
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Bonney Lake, WA
Total Helpful Votes
42 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Unit
I received this product from a local distributor the other day. It came to me with oil filled and fully assembled ready to go. I have a Gen Tran switch installed in my garage and was intent on testing the unit when my wife called down and asked my I turned off the power.

Low and behold we had the perfect time for a power failure. (If there is such a thing.) I wheeled the generator to the designated spot and plugged the unit in. It's an electric start gen set and it fired up without... more
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Jeff L.
Ellicott City, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/2/12
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
You Get What You Pay For
The Honda EM6500 represents a great investment in a portable generator. I bought the generator to power my well, sump pump and other critical items during the frequent power outages we have in Maryland thanks to BGE's inability to provide reliable power.

Electric Generators Direct shipped my generator within 48 hours of ordering and it arrived in perfect condition.

They also saved me over $500 of the lowest local retailer.
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Lloyd E.
Hector, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/28/13
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Selecting A Honda Em6500
3 months evaluating portables from construction grade to those below that. EM6500 decision was based on the need for portable power, low THD, reliability, warranty and proximity of service centers. Online purchased on a Friday, delivered the following Wednesday with liftgate service. I had a wheeled 4X4 timber dolly ready to load and move the item. It arrived on a semi that would not back up the 200'gravel drive to offload. Driver assisted in getting it off the semi, on the dolly and up the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Lloyd Recommends This Honda Product
Lloyd Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
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Brooklyn, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/31/11
Total Helpful Votes
35 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Portable Backup Power
When I ordered this generator it was on back order due to the recent Tropical storm Irene. I had an estimated ship date of Nov. 15th but, to my surprise the generator was shipped a week early. I was provided with the trucking company and pro# for tracking my shipment. The generator arrived as scheduled and with some simple assembly of the wheel kit, handle, and battery connection all that was left to do was to add the oil and gas. The generator started right up with a turn of the key. I am... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/4/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth The Price
The Honda generator wheel & handle kit was very easy to assemble and the owner's manual is easy to follow for generator operation. After set-up, the generator started right up. I tested it out with my newly installed Q310A Reliance Controls Transfer Switch. The generator works flawlessly. Now I'm ready for what Mother Nature can throw at me.

The Reliance Controls Transfer Switch instructions were very easy to follow and the switch was easy to install.
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Union, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/3/11
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Em 6500
It came off the back of the truck, quick delivery. I put oil and gas in, started right up on second pull. Plugged my compressor in just to see how it worked. Everything seems to be fine so far. During hurricane Irene power went off, I had to bale my sump pump pit out for 12 hours so my basement wouldn't flood . Hopefully I'LL be ready next time. Thanks again.
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Tobyhanna, PA
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Portable Gen For Emergency Power
I ordered by phone, all questions answered. Delivered as promised. Minimum and simple assembly. Honda generator works perfectly. Will use as emergency power here in north east PA. Unit has battery and pull start so no worry about starting. I would recommend and order from Electric Generators Direct again.
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/3/12
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Service- Everything Happened Like Clockwork
After reviewing several sites I found that the reviews for most stores were either half good or half bad except for Electric Generators Direct, they consistently got very good reviews. So I decided to purchase a Honda generator from them even though the item was back-ordered; but it was only back-ordered for a few days.

After a few day's time I received an email that the EM6500 had shipped and that I would receive it in a few more days, which I did. The freight truck arrived with the... more
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Leeds, ME
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Fast Delivery
Ordered on a Thursday, received on Tuesday. Everything about doing business with Generator Direct is easy and fast. Also saved about $825 compared to what local Honda dealers wanted. Thanks!!
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Killingworth, CT
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Unfinished Welds
Oh the generator is beautiful. It does have some unfinished welds on it pointing to the lack of QC standards at Honda which makes me wonder what else they might be accepting. But hopefully I'll never actually find out how reliable it actually is.
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