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Old 03-23-2018, 07:15 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried running a mini-split on an inverter generator?

Hey Everyone,

I know that the inverter type generators such as the Honda EU2000i are quite popular and I have seen several members installing the Pioneer mini-split's.

Has anyone here run their mini-split from one of the inverter style generators?

I was reading something about the Honda having issues with certain types of loads. I don't recall what they were trying to run. It was something odd. A contractor style generator would run it but the Honda freeked out.

It occurred to me that the electronics in the mini-split are a whole lot different than your typical roof a/c and I should probably verify that they will play together before spending the $$

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I have a Champion inverter generator and can run a mini split.
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I have a champion 3100/2800 inverter and it runs my 2x 1 ton mini splits easily.
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I havent had any issues with a honda running electronics... havent run a mini split but i have run the Climax portable unit which is a mini-split inverter style compressor in a portable unit package and it runs just fine, phone chargers, macbook pro chargers and even an APC sine-wave battery back-up (testing running a server rack) all run fine on. the eu2000i,

I havent tried running any high-load compressor items like a regular A/C, frig, or a high-start-current motor like a shop-vac etc on it..
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Thanks for the input.

Looks like I have nothing to worry about.
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I load tested my Honda 3000 (inverter) genny with my 8000 btu window unit. The A/C ran full blast without the Honda ever coming off "Economy Idle".
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I load tested my Honda 3000 (inverter) genny with my 8000 btu window unit. The A/C ran full blast without the Honda ever coming off "Economy Idle".
I have run roof a/c's from a Honda EU3000i with no issue. The inverter mini-splits are a little different animal and I wanted to check with the community before I start spending $$.

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Maybe someone else can chime in, but my understanding of the mini-splits is that they have a much lower start-up load and also draw less juice when running than conventional units. Cadillac can probably tell you more.
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Maybe someone else can chime in, but my understanding of the mini-splits is that they have a much lower start-up load and also draw less juice when running than conventional units. Cadillac can probably tell you more.
I am of the same understanding. That is on of the reasons I am going mini-split and not roof air.
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Maybe someone else can chime in, but my understanding of the mini-splits is that they have a much lower start-up load and also draw less juice when running than conventional units. Cadillac can probably tell you more.


I have real time monitored my wattage draw with my 12000 btu pioneers. It creeps up from zero over a couple minutes. Iíve never really seen them go past about 2000 W total with both units running. I think they are specíd to draw up to 1200 per unit but I havenít seen it. Maybe thatís when you hit the turbo button.

Once the initial heat or cool target is reached it seems like they level out to about 650 W each or 1300 total. Depends on weather etc.

Iíve run 1 off my inverter while driving without trouble.
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