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The Honda eu2000ikc - 1600 watt portable inverter generator (ca compliant) has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.

Honda EU2000IKC - 1600 Watt Portable Inverter Generator (CA Compliant)

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Run Watts
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
Starting Watts
CARB Compliant - Meets CA Emission Regulations

Honda Advanced Inverter Technology
Microprocessor controlled to operate sensitive electronics
Stable, clean power in a smaller, lighter package

Eco Throttle™ - Runs Up To 9.6 Hours On 1.1 Gallons Of Fuel
Auto adjusts engine speed to the optimum level depending on load

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

Two-Tiered Noise Dampening System
Provides super quiet operation - 53 to 59 dB(A)
Ideal for camping & supplemental RV power

Parallel Operation Capability
Two identical EU series generators can be linked in parallel
Increase available wattage through the generator outlets

12V DC Outlet
Great for charging batteries (Cables Not Included)

Light Weight Design
Weighs less than 47 lbs.
USDA-Qualified Spark Arrestor/Muffler
Helps prevent fires
Engine Brand
Honda GX
Starting System
Recoil Start
98.5 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
3 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Cast Iron Sleeve
Product Specs
120 Single-Phase
60 Hertz
Surge Watts
2000 Watts
Rated Watts
1600 Watts
Fuel Type
Rated Amps
13 @ 120 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Tank Size
1.1 Gallons
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
8.3-Amp DC
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
46.3 Pounds
Product Length
20.1 Inches
Product Width
11.4 Inches
Product Height
16.7 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
3 Years
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8.3-Amp DC
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

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Q: I was interested in buying the Generac GP17500E. I did my homework and believe it is the one for me. The questions I have are:

1. Can I convert it to propane?

2. How long will a 15lb propane tank last on this generator if I'm not powering the whole house and just the bare necessities?

Thank you Ryan

by Ryan from New York on October 16, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

We at Power Equipment Direct do not recommend converting your gasoline portable generator to an alternative fuel and doing so will void the manufacturer’s warranty and may cause damage to the generator itself. These conversions are not recommended by any of the generator manufacturers.

Gasoline has an Ignition Point of 475–536 °F. When a generator is manufactured to run solely on gasoline these temperatures are taken into consideration and the engine components are made to handle these temperatures.

Propane (LP) has an Ignition Point of 920-1020°F and Natural Gas (NG) has an Ignition Point of 900–1500°F. These higher temperatures will cause damage over time on any “gas only” powered engine.

The following guidelines cover Honda engines (Also applies to other engine manufacturers) modified to run on fuels other than the one for which they were designed, such as converting an engine to run on propane (LP) or natural gas (NG).

• Honda gasoline engines are certified to operate on unleaded fuel with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher, containing no more than 10% ethanol (E10).

• Any change to the original configuration of a certified Honda engine is a potential violation of the Clean Air Act prohibition against tampering (40 CFR §1068.101(b)(1)). The tampering prohibition is important because poorly designed and installed modifications can increase emissions.

• The Clean Air Act prohibits anyone from removing or rendering inoperative any device or design element installed on engines in compliance with regulations. These actions are considered tampering, which carries a civil penalty up to $37,500 for each engine or equipment in violation.

• Engines converted by a third party (OEM, dealer, converter, etc.) to run on a different fuel type must be recertified with the EPA on the new fuel to comply with applicable emission standards. The third party must recertify under a new family and notify Honda to not include the modified engines in the original family.

• Converted engines to be sold for use in California must meet CARB requirements and the converter must obtain approval from CARB. EPA certificates or tampering exemptions will not satisfy the requirement for CARB certification.

• Once certified, the third party must remove the Honda emission control label and apply a compliant emission control label for the new fuel indicating the new certifying manufacturer. Honda will no longer assume any responsibility as the certifying manufacturer.

• The Honda Distributor's Limited Warranty does not extend to parts affected or damaged by the conversion to or use of fuel other than the fuel for which the engine was originally designed.

• Honda offers V-twin engines specifically designed and certified for use in LP/NG applications. The engines incorporate special design features that address the higher combustion temperatures and reduced lubrication to the valve guide area (since it is a dry fuel, not liquid). Please contact your sales representative or distributor for additional information.

Disclaimer: The guidance provided is intended for Honda dealer/distributor informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You must contact the appropriate certifying agencies if you require information on how regulations apply to your specific application.

The regulations and additional information can be found at these web sites:



The run times will always vary based on the actual load put on the generator.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: Can I wire a 2000i and the 2000i companion, using the 30 Amp companion outlet, to a 30 Amp 120/240V 8 circuit transfer switch wired into a home breaker box.
by John from Wisconsin on January 17, 2013

A: It is not recommended to connect a 120V only generator system to a 120/240V transfer switch because you will be feeding 120V to only one side of the switch hence not providing power to 1/2 of the switch.

There are 120V only type transfer switches that will work with the packaged EU2000i and EU2000i companion that we offer.

30A Manual Transfer Switches

Just select the 120V only versions.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: Jim When you have the EU 2000I and the companion .... Do you connect the Parallel cables up first ... Then Start both units... Then connect the 30 amp... RV 120 cable.... Sounds right to you?.. Any other way in my opinion is dangerous and not right... What do you say??
by Frank from New Mexico on May 16, 2012

A: 1. Connect the parallel operation cable between the EU2000i Companion to either an EU2000i or another EU2000i Companion generator following the instructions supplied with the cable kit.

2. Start the engines and make sure the output indicator (green) on each generator comes on.

3. Plug an appliance into the 30A twist lock receptacle.

4. Turn on the appliance.

**If the generators are overloaded, or if there is a short circuit in a connected appliance, the overload indicator (red) will go ON. The overload indicator (red) will stay ON, and after about four seconds, current to the connected appliance(s) will shut off, and the output indicator (green) will go OFF. Stop both engines and investigate the problem.

Determine if the cause is a short circuit in a connected appliance or an overload. Correct the problem and restart the generator.

Follow the instructions included with the parallel operation cable kit. Before connecting an appliance or power cord to the generator:

Make sure that it is in good working order. A faulty appliance or power cord can create a potential for electrical shock.

If an appliance begins to operate abnormally, becomes sluggish, or stops suddenly, turn it off immediately. Disconnect the appliance, and determine whether the problem is the appliance or the rated load capacity of the generator has been exceeded.

Make sure that the combined electrical rating of the tools or appliances do not exceed that of the generator. Never exceed the maximum power rating of the generator. Power levels between rated and maximum may be used for no more than 30 minutes.

Never connect different generator models.

For parallel operation, use only a Honda approved parallel operation
cable kit (optional equipment) when connecting one EU2000i Companion to either an EU2000i or another EU2000i Companion generator.

Never connect different generator models.

For parallel operation, use only a Honda approved parallel operation cable kit (optional equipment, see page ) when connecting one EU2000i Companion to either an EU2000i or another EU2000i Companion generator.

Never connect or remove the parallel operation cable when the generator is running.

For single generator operation, the parallel operation cable must be removed.

***Substantial overloading that continuously lights the overload indicator (red) may damage the generator. Marginal overloading that temporarily lights the overload indicator (red) may shorten the service life of the generator.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: What determines if the Honda generator model EU2000is is "California Compliant"? How effective is the LP fueled generators?
by James from California on March 12, 2011

A: Honda has the nomenclature "C" at the end of the model number which means it meets Ca CARB compliance laws with additional internal components. Since we do not sell any LP fueled portable inverter generators we cannot comment on their effectiveness.
by Jared, Product Expert

Honda EU2000IKC Reviews & Ratings
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Oakland, CA
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Preparing For The Big One (earthquake)
The generator was bought to replace a 2500Watt non inverter electric generator which got too heavy for me to carry up a 25 riser staircase.

The Honda generator started like the manual said it would and as advertised. It is very quiet. I am very happy with the all my other purchases in addition to the generator. Thanks for all the help in answering by questions.
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Long Beach, CA
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Rough First Start
Followed the instructions to the letter regarding initial prep and operation. Had a bit of a tough initial start. After 25 pulls on the recoil starter and checking to make sure I didn't have an overchoke or stuck carb float, I opened the air cleaner and gave it a shot of starting fluid. It started immediately and ran fine thereafter. Other than this issue, all appears to be A-OK.

My experience with Generators Direct as a vendor was professional and flawless.
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