Originally Posted by KC10Chief
I don't know why anybody would buy Honda's 3000W generator and not two EU2000i's.
there are 2 reasons:
The most obvious reason is that the EU3000 does 220 volts. You only get 110 volts with the pair of eu2000's
I'll try to make the 2nd reason about as clear as mud.....To get the EU2000's to work in paralell, they have to run in wide open throttle mode if i'm not mistaken making them consume much more fuel than if they are running in "eco-throttle" mode. @ 700 watts, the 3000 would consume about 1 gallon in 5.88 hours and the pair of 2000's would consume 1 gallon in about 2 hours. However, as you can see if you compare all the numbers, @ the rated paralell load of 3,200 watts the pair of smaller geni's consume the same amount of fuel that the eu3000 does @ it's rated load of 2,800 watts.
With eco-throttle on, the eu2000 geni runs aout 15 hours on a gallon (1.1 to be exact) of fuel @ 1/4 load. With eco-throtle off, the geni runs about 4 hours @ it's rated load (1,600 watts). A pair of them would obviously consume twice as much fuel as a single geni.
1/4 load is ~400 watts for the eu2000....
1/4 load is ~700 watts for the eu3000 (2800 watts rated)
eu3000 rated for 5.88 hours per gallon @ 1/4 load
or 2.11 hours per galon @ rated load (2800 watts)
the eu2000 will run a single geni 15 hours per gallon @ 1/4 load
or 4 hours per gallon @ rated load
or 2 Hours per gallon in paralell @ 3200 watts.
The 3000 watt geni is much quieter at quarter load than the pair of 2000's running full throttle, even though at full throttle the geni's are still very quiet. Noise, weight, and the need for 220 volts are the 3 biggest issues to deal with when deciding between the 2 geni's. Fuel consumption is not much of a consideration, unless you plan to run a single eu2000 in eco throttle mode.
For most of us, a single eu2000 is plenty, unless you have a big air conditioning unit. My eu2000 only gets excited when i run some high current draw device like the toaster, the electric griddle, or the coffe maker. Most of the time it just hums away near idle consuming it's gallon of fuel every 15 hours.