Honda EB Series Portable Generators: Plenty of Quiet Power

Honda EB5000 portable generator
Honda EB5000 portable generator

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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 Honda generators 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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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).

2000 to 3000 Watt Generators

ModelEB2000iEB2800iEB3000c
EngineGX100GC190LAGX200
Displacement (cc)98.5186196
AC Output*120V; 1600W120V; 2500W120V; 2600W
Receptacles20A 125V Duplex20A 125V Duplex (2)20A GFCI 125V Duplex, 30A 125V Locking Plug
StarterRecoilRecoilRecoil
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)0.952.12.6
Runtime (hrs.)*3.45.16.1
Dimensions (in.)20.2 x 11.4 x 16.716.9 x 17.6 x 18.917.5 x 15.8 x 18.9
Decibels596968
Weight (lbs.)**4666.871
Warranty (yrs.)33***3

*Rated
**Dry weight
***Commercial warranty is 1 year long.

Honda EB3000c generator
Honda EB3000c generator

4000 to 10,000 Watt Generators

ModelEB4000EB5000EB6500EB10000
EngineiGX270iGX390iGX390GX630
Displacement (cc)270389389630
AC Output*120/240V; 4000W120/240V; 4500W120/240V; 5500W120/240V; 9000W
ReceptaclesSee belowSee belowSee below50A 125/250V Locking Plug
StarterElectric, RecoilElectric, RecoilElectric, RecoilElectric
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)6.26.26.28.1
Runtime (hrs.)*10.18.16.94.6
Dimensions (in.)41.9 x 27.2 x 29.241.9 x 27.2 x 29.241.9 x 27.2 x 29.255.9 x 26.7 x 35.1
Decibels71727576
Weight (lbs.)**185214220403
Warranty (yrs.)3333

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
Honda EB10000 generator
Honda EB10000 generator

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. As such, they should be quite safe for all the workers at your jobsite to be around.

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. Very nice!

From the EB4000 on up, you get an electric start and a built in lift hook to keep it safe aloft when not in use. This is common – and often necessary – among larger generators. You’ll appreciate these features the more you use the machines.

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.

Here again is the list of links to Amazon. Click (or tap) a link to check the pricing and availability of each.

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.


Gary Sonnenberg

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