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The Honeywell hw2000i - 2000 watt portable inverter generator has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.

Honeywell HW2000i - 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator

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Inverter Technology
Safely power computers and sensitive electronics

2,100 Max Rated Watts
Rated at 2000 watts for continuous operation

Quiet Operation (65 decibels @ 7 meters)
Produces power without disturbing your neighbors

Lightweight and Portable (59 lbs)
Perfect for tailgating, camping & hunting
Built-in handle makes transport easy

Smart Start™
Color coding simplifies starting and operation

AC Overload Protector
Equipped with easy to see indicator light

Economy Mode
Saves fuel and lowers sound output by reducing engine speed

50 State Emissions Compliant
  Model Number:HW2000I
 Made in USA:No
 Starting System:Recoil Start
 HP/CC:125 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:Not Available
Product Specs
 Voltage120 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Auto Voltage Regulation:Yes
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:17 Amps @ 120 Volts (Single Phase)
 Tank Size:1.8 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):6.5 Hours
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:65 db(A)
 Battery:Not Applicable
 Weight:59 Lbs. (26.76 kilograms)
 Dimensions:21L x 12W x 20H
(53.34 x 30.48 x 50.80 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:Not Available
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  3 Questions
Q: Hi Jim,

My HW2000i will run for about 3 minutes, then it dies. It has spark. This unit has a very low run-time. I just installed a new spark plug, but no luck.

by Travis from Ohio on April 07, 2011

A: If the unit is dying after 3 minuets of running then most likely the vent cap on top of the gas cap is not opened. When this is not opened it can create a vacuum in the fuel system which will then shut the unit down for lack of fuel flow.

If this is not the cause of the shut down you will need to bring the unit to a local Honeywell/Generac service dealer for assistance. The link below will help you find one in your area.

Dealer Locator

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: We bought one previously and liked it, but it was extremely hard to start. I could pull and pull and it wouldn't start. Ended up returning it, but really liked the way it worked. Was this a common occurrence with this model and if so is there a remedy for it or has it been corrected?

If I did repurchase one, what happens if I run into the same problem again?

Thanks for your help!

by Doug Bourne from California on January 25, 2011

A: Previously Honeywell had a primer bulb on this model generator and due to lack of fuel being pushed into the carburetor they decided to change the fuel delivery system to a gravity fed system which helped with the starting issues.

The one recommendation for starting of these units is to have a full tank of fuel to assist with the gravity feed system and in turn helps with starting.

Any issues with the unit after purchase and use/fueling would have to be brought to a local Honeywell service center.

You can find the nearest service center from the following link.

Service Center Locaters

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Do i need a special cord for the dc output on the Honeywell 2000i generator?
by Gary on January 23, 2011

A: Honeywell does not offer the 12VDC connection on their inverter generators any more and was removed back in 2010. They have not updated their specification sheets yet but have updated the main photo which shows the lack of 12VDC connection.
by Mike, Product Expert

Honeywell HW2000I Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
3.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 53.2 out of 5
Price (1)
Durability (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
Low Quality (1)
25% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Reg T.
Ottawa,Canada, NY
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Now Impossible To Start Hw2000i
I was not able to start the unit after being in storage for one year. For a quick test, I removed the spark plug which looked good, then pour in a bit of gas directly in cylinder (using a straw). The machine ran for about 5 seconds before dying. Obviously I had fuel delivery issues so I cleaned up the carb and jets which were coated with a bit of varnish despite using gas stabil. This is a lengthy job since you need to remove many parts before getting to the carb.

When putting it back... more
Pros: Price
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Durability
Reg Does Not Recommend This Product
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Burns, DC
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Anyone With Parts?
Well, I too have one of these, and everything you read is true. It. Does have a few quirks however, once you figure these out this engine starts second pull. I ran mine for 5 years until on my last trip when it blew the chain a parts and head cover open...

So I am now looking for used honeywells, anyone want to get ride of there ? From the sounds of the reviews there should be lost at the dump, but I have yet to find one..LOL

Anyway. If do decided to give it a is the key to... more
Frank Does Not Recommend This Product
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Jon Hoch, Founder
Bolingbrook, IL
Total Reviews
73 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
210 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
How To Start An Inverter Generator
Let's be honest. Operators manuals are so boring.

It's a lot easier to watch this video from Honeywell instead!
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great With A Few Quirks
I really like this generator, although it does have a few quirks. I purchased it a couple years back. I considered getting a Honda or Yamaha but figured I would give the Honeywell a try since it was about half the cost.

I like the idea of the inverter generators due to cleaner power output for sensitive electronics. I have used a Kill-a-watt meter on this and it does output 120v 60 Hz at varying loads. It also achieves its rated 2000w output.

I have used it a couple times during power... more
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Fairfield, CT
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
No Power Output
I purchased my Honeywell HW2000i from Home Depot on Nov 24, 2009. Since that time I have used it a total of about five hours. It has always run well & started easily. I keep it in my basement which is dry & warm.
It has never been dropped or abused in any way.

Today, during a power outage I brought it to my outside porch & it started easily. It runs fine but there is no power output (green light). The overload light (red) glows faintly, even with the breaker in the OFF... more
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George B.
Spotswood, NJ
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Need Carb
always started. left gas in over winter now wont start took carb apart need new one now,what a mess
George Recommends This Honeywell Product
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Tony N.
St. Stephen, MN
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
How To Help With The Starting.
I have went through all these stories like everyone else. This Honeywell is a POS. But after a year of battling to get it started. I took it apart down to pulling the throttle body off. I'll tell you this isn't a walk in the park there's lots of little screws and bolts. Take the bottom of the bowl off and looking up through the center you will see a set screw, this is a flathead. There is a little hole in the center of this and mine was plugged right from the day I bought it. I cleaned the... more
Tony Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
We are sorry to hear of the issues with your Honeywell generator. We appreciate the feedback though as this could help many others in possibly finding the issue their problem. We always value reviews like this and think Honeywell would as well. Giving them a call to let them know may allow them to correct this mistake which likely has not been fixed (888) 494-3571.
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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Hard Starting Cure
Here's how I fixed my hard start problem. I got rid of the in-line fuel filter and replaced it with a 1/4 inch diameter steel tube. ALWAYS prime and choke before pulling rope.
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1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Should Have Read Reviews
Well unfortunately I didn't check reviews. This unit is a total waste of time and money. Started one time and never again without 20 minutes of pulling and now no chance. Mower shop won't even look at it. DO NOT BUY! Save yourself the aggravation . It's too bad I have to give it one star. I wish zero was an option
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Phoenix, AZ
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Bad Product - Do Not Waste Your Money
I purchased a HW 2001 generator from a dealer off ebay in August 2011. Thought I could save a few bucks since I was only going to use it on hunting trips for my travel trailer. Cold blooded little red head and does not like cold weather which is another major problem. I have been around motors, engines, chain saws and the like all my life. Have never seen or experienced and product this bad. Took it turkey hunting in AZ remote country last week and could not get it started no matter what I did.... more
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Detroit, MI
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Waste Of Money
The worst piece of equipment I have ever bought . Will not start after more than 50 pulls. Mine does not have the primer bulb . The instructions say to have a full tank of fuel as the carb is gravity fed , does not matter .
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