Better: Honda EU2000i
Best: Generac iQ2000
We’re going to talk about the best inverter generators curently on the market. Specifically comparing Honda Inverter Generator vs Generac Inverter Generator.
First, what is an inverter generator? Without getting into the technical details, an inverter generator uses circuits to change direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). The overall power and voltage depend on the model. Inverter generators are designed to be quieter and portable. They don’t take up a lot of space to store. Honda Generator vs Champion Generator vs Yamaha Generator – Which is the Best?
Honda Inverter Generator vs Generac Inverter Generator
How are the Honda EU2000i and the Generac iQ2000 inverter generator the same?
- They both put out around 2,000 start-up watts; 1,600 running watts.
- Lightweight, portable, and relatively small.
- They’re great for powering a refrigerator, fans, and some basic things that you might need to get through a hurricane or a winter storm.
- They are very convenient.
When you used to think inverter generators, Honda was the industry leader. But now there’s a worthy contender from Generac. The key question is whether a Honda inverter generator is worth hundreds of dollars more than the Generac?
Generac vs Honda features
The Generac inverter generator is a little bit quieter on the econo mode than the Honda. Both of these models are the quietest motor powered generators you can find. (The absolute quietest generator is the Goal Zero Yeti Generator.)
The Honda and Generac are very similar. They both have several outlets on them. The Generac iQ2000 has a really low power mode. That’s the quietest mode. In the normal mode, it’s going to be very similar to the Honda. And on the turbo mode, which is for loads with motors, it’s going to be the loudest.
The Generac has a fuel gauge to monitor how much fuel you have. You don’t have to just look in the cap or wait until it stops. You can actually see it from a distance. The Honda EU2000i does not have a fuel gauge. There’s really no easy way other than looking under the fuel cap or when it runs out of fuel. Then you know it needs to be filled up again.
While this is a relatively new product from Generac — Generac’s been around. They make whole house generators. They make bigger generators and the ones that you need wheels on to move them around. But, these particular Generac generators are good for about 1,600 running watts. That’s one typical house circuit.
They can handle a little bit more juice, like for start-up of motors like on refrigerators and things like that. So you could get refrigerator running and charge your phone and computer. You are not going to run your whole house on something like this.
For double the power, you can daisy chain two of these together, as long as they are the same brand. You would need to use two Hondas or two Generacs for them to work in tandem for more power.
Extension Cords for Your Generator:
Good: 50 Ft All-Weather Heavy Duty 12/3 Gauge Extension Cord With Lighted Triple Tap Outlets -125 Volts 1875 Watts
Better: 50ft 10 Gauge Heavy Duty Lighted Triple Outlet Extension Cord – 10AWG 125Vac 15Amp 1875Watt
Best: 100 Ft. Heavy-Duty 10/3 Gauge Extension Cord with Lighted End
- QuickWinder RAP-200 Reel for Heavy Duty Electric Cord
- Heavy Duty GFCI Indoor/Outdoor Lighted Triple Outlet Extension Cord
So what do we recommend? The Honda EU2000i, Generac iQ2000 or the Goal Zero Yeti 400?
We own all three of these generators.
I keep my Goal Zero plugged into my wall outlet so it is always charged and ready for when I need it. No maintenance, no gas, no noise, never needs to be ‘started.’
It’s always ready and always works. Anybody in my family can use it if I’m not around when it’s needed.
I like and trust the pure sine wave power the Goal Zero puts out. But, it has a finite amount of power I can use before I need to recharge it. I really like both of the Honda and Generac inverter generators that give me the flexibility to re-charge my Yeti and power other things.
Overall, I prefer the Generac iQ2000. It provides nice clean power, and I think it offers a tremendous value. The Generac is portable and handy to have around. It gives me options and the flexibility to use it camping, picnics or whatever but they are also great to have around for this coming hurricane season.