Despite its technical sophistication the unit is simple to operate. Although it doesn't have an electric start, its recoil pull mechanism uses an automatic decompression system that makes starting the generator a lot easier.
The unit has neither an hour meter nor a fuel gauge.
Like most portable generators, this Honda includes a system which shuts the engine down automatically when the oil falls below a safe level and will stop you from restarting it until you've added more oil.
There is a minimum of receptacles with just a duplex 20A 120v and a 12v DC outlet for charging batteries. There are no USB ports.
An Eco-Throttle automatically adjusts the engine speed to match the load. This allows it to run for over 8 hours on less than a gallon of fuel at 25% load, and for over 3 hours at the rated continuous load.
Unlike its predecessor, this unit has a fuel shutoff, which runs the carburetor dry without having to empty the float bowl manually after turning it off. The absence of this feature in the past often led to the carburetor gumming up during storage. And a gummed-up carburetor makes starting the generator harder, if not impossible, requiring you to at a minimum to dismantle it for cleaning, and in a worst-case scenario to have some major maintenance carried out. The use of a fuel stabilizer
is recommended by many owners of portable generators to prevent the breakdown of gasoline. We explain some more about these stabilizers
The EU2200i is CARB Compliant, which means you can operate it in all 50 US states. And it has a USDA-qualified spark arrestor/muffler qualifying it as safe for use where spark arrestors are mandatory, such as National Parks and campsites.
Honda give you a 3-year warranty on this model.
More detailed and operational information is contained in the Honda EU2200i manual
.Some models of the EU2200i are equipped with CO-MINDER, an Advanced Carbon Monoxide Detection System, which automatically shuts down the generator before CO levels near the generator become dangerously high. This one is not so equipped and, anyway, should always be used in the open air 20 feet or more from your home for safety reasons, and at least 5 feet away from any combustible material such as a tree or bush.