Honda EB Series Portable Generators Overview and Review

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The Honda EB series of portable generators are geared toward use at your jobsite, but you could easily use the smaller models elsewhere.

There are currently 7 models in the EB line. I’ll take a brief look here at the similarities and differences among them, so you can see which one might work best in your business.

After comparing them side by side in two tables, I’ll go over some of the features you’ll want to take note of that make certain models stand apart from the rest.

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Honda EB2000i

Honda EB2800i

Honda EB3000c

Honda EB4000

Honda EB5000

Honda EB6500

Honda EB10000

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Comparing the Honda EB Generators Side by Side

Below are 2 tables that compare each of the seven models in the EB line. (One table would have been too crowded.) You can find similar information in each table.

As you scan the rows, note especially the decibel levels. Per Honda, even the noisiest is only as loud as a vacuum cleaner (at 23 feet).

Model EB2000i EB2800i EB3000c
Engine GX100 GC190LA GX200
Displacement (cc) 98.5 186 196
AC Output* 120V; 1600W 120V; 2500W 120V; 2600W
Receptacles 20A 125V Duplex 20A 125V Duplex (2) 20A GFCI 125V Duplex, 30A 125V Locking Plug
Starter Recoil Recoil Recoil
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 0.95 2.1 2.6
Runtime (hrs.)* 3.4 5.1 6.1
Dimensions (in.) 20.2 x 11.4 x 16.7 16.9 x 17.6 x 18.9 17.5 x 15.8 x 18.9
Decibels 59 69 68
Weight (lbs.)** 46 66.8 71
Warranty (yrs.) 3 3*** 3

 

*Rated

**Dry weight

***Commercial warranty is 1 year long.

Model EB4000 EB5000 EB6500 EB10000
Engine iGX270 iGX390 iGX390 GX630
Displacement (cc) 270 389 389 630
AC Output* 120/240V; 4000W 120/240V; 4500W 120/240V; 5500W 120/240V; 9000W
Receptacles See below See below See below 50A 125/250V Locking Plug
Starter Electric, Recoil Electric, Recoil Electric, Recoil Electric
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 6.2 6.2 6.2 8.1
Runtime (hrs.)* 10.1 8.1 6.9 4.6
Dimensions (in.) 41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 41.9 x 27.2 x 29.2 55.9 x 26.7 x 35.1
Decibels 71 72 75 76
Weight (lbs.)** 185 214 220 403
Warranty (yrs.) 3 3 3 3

 

Receptacles: All units in the table above have the outlets in the list just below. The EB10000 additionally has what is shown above.

  • 20A 125V GFCI Duplex (x2)
  • 30A 125V Locking Plug
  • 20A 125/250V Locking Plug

Special Features of the Honda EB Generator Line

All these generators are OSHA worksite compliant machines and have full GFCI protection to prevent accidental shocks.

The EB3000c has something Honda calls CycloConverter technology. According to Honda, “CycloConverter technology uses a special CPU to create stable, high quality power with less weight, compared to a traditional generator.”

Three of the larger generators provide a boost in power for 10 seconds after ignition to make it easier to start larger equipment. The EB4000 gives 5000 watts. The EB5000 and the EB6500 each give you 7000 watts.

From the EB4000 on up, you get an electric starter and a built in lift hook to keep it safe aloft when not in use.

Conclusions about Honda’s EB Portable Generators

All of these are sturdy, reliable machines. You really can’t go wrong, no matter which one you choose.

One owner says this of the EB2000i.

“I have two friends that own this same design and I was very impressed when I got to see theirs in action. It is so portable and compact even us women can carry it easily. I was also able to start it all by myself, and I have a torn rotator cuff, so I usually can’t pull a cord to get a motor started.”

Another user comments about his EB3000c.

“This generator is one of the lightest for it’s size, works great, has always started on one pull.”

What it probably will come down to is how much power you will need at maximum draw and how big your budget is for this piece of equipment.

See the Honda EB series (and others) of portable generators at Amazon now.

If you don’t think any of these EB series models are for you, check out the EU series, EG series, or EM series for one that suits you better.