Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Honda 2000i Generator Test Run for 2015 Hurricane Season
About 5 months ago I downsized my generator from a Onan 4000 to a Honda 2000i for several reasons:
2. Fuel Economy.
3. Providing just enough wattage needed to survive comfortably.
4. Light weight and easily portable.
5. Highly reliable and a long operational life.
At the time of purchase I did a fuel consumption vs wattage output test and a very brief test back-feeding the power from the Honda into the house circuits to verify all functioned fine.
This week I did an hour long power run back-feeding into the house breaker panel and was very pleased with the results. I can just like in normal everyday living, have on normal interior lights, TV’s, Sat TV receivers, computers and ceiling fans all using less than 400 watts, if the House Refrigerator and Garage Freezer turn on that only adds intermittently 230 more watts (630 watts total) that is easily handled by the Honda. All loads have been verified with a Kill-a-Watt meter.
I can live a normal life during a grid down scenario using just 1 gallon of gas a day! That 1 gallon will allow me to run four, 2 hour segments powering the refrigerator and freezer, all communication needs, water pump and battery chargers.
For a month of power that’s just 30 gallons of gas or a couple gas cans and a siphon hose to get the rest from my vehicle.
Compared to my Onan and other 4000-5000 watt generators that consume ½ gallon an hour, using those would require 4 gallons for an 8 hour day and 120 gallons of stored gas for 30 days.
I am extremely pleased with the Honda 2000i’s performance and my decision to purchase it.
Here is the Honda 2000i and the RV power cord used to back-feed into the house along with the Kill-a-Watt meter used to verify the actual wattage being delivered.