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Honda EU3000i - 2800 Watt Portable Inverter Generator (50 state model)

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CARB Compliant - Meets CA Emission Regulations

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

Electric Start w/ Recoil Backup
Makes starting this generator an easy task

Eco Throttle™ - Runs Up To 20 Hours On 3.4 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 - 49 to 58 dB(A)

Great For Camping, RV Power & Home Backup
Easily power a 13,500 BTU AC

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

USDA-Qualified Spark Arrestor/Muffler
Helps prevent fires

  Model Number:EU3000ISAC
 Made in USA:No
 Brand:Honda GX
 Starting System:12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
 HP/CC:196 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:3 Years
 Engine RPM:Inverter
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:Yes
 Cast Iron Sleeve:Yes
Product Specs
 Voltage120 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Auto Voltage Regulation:Yes
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:23 Amps @ 120 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:Sold Separately
 Tank Size:3.4 Gallons
 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
 Decibel Rating @ 3m58
 Assembly Required:No
 Weight:134 Lbs. (60.78 kilograms)
 Dimensions:25.8"L x 18.9"W x 22.4"H
(65.53 x 48.01 x 56.90 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:3 Years
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Q: What is the difference between the Honda EB, EM and EU generators?

by Thomas W Murphy from Wisconsin on June 26, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

The Honda EU series is considered the "Super Quiet" series and range from 1,000 watts to 7,000 watts. These units are totally enclosed and primarily used for recreational purposes.

The Honda EB series are considered "Industrial" and range from 3,000 watts to 10,000 watts. These units have Full GFCI protected outlets to meet OSHA standards on jobsites.

The Honda EM series are considered the "Deluxe" series and range in 4,000 watts to 6,500 watts. These units have electric start and are primarily used for home backup.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: What kind of fuel consumption does the Honda EU3000ISAC have?
by Kyle from Texas on January 08, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

When using the Eco Throttle you will see run times up to 20 hours on 3.4 gallons of fuel. The run time will decrease as larger loads are put on the generator.

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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 Mike, Product Expert
Q: Which transfer switch should I purchase if I want to connect a Honda EU2000i and a Honda EU3000i?
by Mike Beihl from Pennsylvania on October 02, 2013

A: First, please remember that you cannot parallel two different size inverter generators together. You can only connect 2 - EU2000i's or 2 - EU3000i's together.

The best switches for these 120V only type units would be the following.....



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Q: When running this generator, all appliances run good except hot water heater and battery charger. They both show reversed polarity. But they work good when hooked to shore power. What could cause this?
by Danny from North Carolina on September 30, 2013

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

The problem that you have described is actually quite common. By the sound of it, you are operating this portable generator without first providing an earthen ground. Your system works properly while on shore power because that ground is present. In order to rectify this issue, you will want to drive a copper rod several feet into the earth and run a short pig tail from the ground terminal on the generator to the rod.

You will want to refer to the owners manual for the manufacturer's pre-operation checklist and recommended operating instructions.

Owner's Manual
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Q: Where can I buy a battery for my EU3000 generator.
by Randy Price from California on June 03, 2013

A: You will need to contact a local Honda dealer for assistance with your battery.

Honda Dealer Locator

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Q: Is there a way i can get a manual for my Honda generator?
by James Wetzel from Wisconsin on June 20, 2012

A: Here is the owner's manual link for the Honda generators....

Honda Generator Manuals
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Honda EU3000ISAC Reviews & Ratings
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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
Quiet (9)
High Quality (7)
Easy To Use (5)
Exceeded Expectations (4)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
Heavy (5)
Expensive (3)
Electric Start Battery H... (1)
Shipped With Dead Batter... (1)
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Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
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Total Reviews
102 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
5597 Helpful Votes
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This 2800 watt inverter provides super-quiet power capable of running many types of small appliances. This machine is powerful enough to power most 13,500 BTU RV air conditioners.

This inverter also offers the benefits of Honda's Eco-Throttle and can run up to 20 hours on a single tank of gas depending on the load! This is the smallest inverter that Honda offers with electric start, probably not necessary at this wattage, but a nice bonus and peace of mind that even Grandma can get this... more
Mike Recommends This Model
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Steve L.
Blue Ridge, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/25/14
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product & Fast Delivery
I bought this to power the living quarters in our horse trailer I needed electric start so it was easy for my wife, so far on the two trips we have made it is awesome.I did build a cart for it as it is a heavy unit.

One night during one event I walked around all the trailers listening to the noise levels of the generators. One was real quite as I walked by by I could not see that make as it was to dark. The next morning I checked and it was the exact same model as ours.
This may be my best... more
Pros: Quiet, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Heavy
Steve Recommends This Honda Product
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Carl G.
Oxnard, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/14/14
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
I purchased this specific generator for the electric start so my wife could get it running with ease. Great generator started on the 3rd pull and is super quiet. The whole reason I bought the Honda.

However I am totally disappointed that it came with the ignition key in the on position and the battery completely discharged and ruined. I shouldn't have to replace expensive parts on a brand new item
Pros: Quiet
Cons: Expensive, Shipped With Dead Battery
Carl Recommends This Honda Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Sorry to hear that you had a problem with the unit you just purchased from us.

Although this should not happen to a brand new unit and is very rare for this to happen, Honda stands behind their product and will be more than happy to get this repaired for you. I recommend calling them direct at (770) 497-6400 or use the link below to find the closest Honda Service Center who will be able to look at it and get it repaired.

Honda Service Center Locator
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Constance B.
Seabeck, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/20/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generators
I use generators while staying at summer property.

Two of my EU2000 Hondas were stolen from property and I replaced with EU3000ISAC. Partially because it was larger and is electric start. Gave me excellent service.

I kept third EU2000 at my home as my electricity goes out quite frequently and was great to keep pellet stove going and TV. Well someone walked into my garage and stole that one. Sooooo I ordered another EU3000 Honda as it has electric start and at 72 it has been increasingly... more
Constance Recommends This Honda Product
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Shon W.
Jacksonville, NC
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Super Quiet
Never knew a generator could be so quiet and still do everything that I need. Very fuel efficient as well. A bit pricey, but very much worth the upgrade
Shon Recommends This Honda Product
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Gary C.
Carefree, AZ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/14/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ultimate Generator
3000i is efficient, quiet, runs only at a speed dictated by the load. Accordingly, uses much less fuel during an emergency. You can store only so much gas.
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Gary Recommends This Honda Product
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Dam C.
Miamisburg, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/4/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My First Honda Generator
We were fortunate enough to purchase a brand new 2014.5 Crusader fifth wheel. We upgraded from a 1996 Shadow Cruiser from Shasta. We let our old 6000W generator go with the unit when we sold it and decided to purchase a new Honda so we could use it during quiet times in primitive camping areas. We go to NASCAR races and there are very few electric hook ups. It started right up, and we were able to use it without any noise issues. It is a really nice generator. We like it a lot.
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Light Weight
Cons: Expensive, Electric Start Battery Hook Up Not In Instructions
Dam Recommends This Honda Product
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Doug D.
Mccook, NE
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/1/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Back Trailer For Bike & Honda Generator
I use it in the back trailer behind by 5th wheel ---haul the harley and gen in there runs with no noise to the area where I am camping......Love this product..!!!!
Pros: Quiet, High Quality, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Doug Recommends This Honda Product
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John R.
Hanover, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/13/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Super Product
Wanted generator for camping and for my camper when power was not available where we camp. Also will be used at home for back up if we lose power to the house.
John Recommends This Honda Product
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"Ordering was a snap. product arrived in record time. Will use you guys in the future for other products. Thanks for a good experience."
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Jackie L.
Placerville, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Experience was perfect
Jackie Recommends This Honda Product
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"Beyond happy!"
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Canon City, CO
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/12
Total Helpful Votes
64 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
I bought the inverter model due to its ability to provide clean power to electronic equipment as well as ordinary motors such as appliances. I took the pay by check option to get the discount but be aware that it does delay your order by about 10 days or so due to snail mail travel plus bank clearing time.

The generator arrived in good shape and I proceeded to prep it with oil and fuel for running. Note that it is shipped without oil and there is none in the box (a surprise) so be... more
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Douglasville,, GA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/26/12
Total Helpful Votes
50 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best
This unit is very cheap to run and is supper quiet. You'll be amazed. Runs everything in my 32 foot 5th wheel camper and you can hardly hear it running outside. Great unit.
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