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Old 07-10-2007, 05:25 AM   #31
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Some of you may have a honda generator EU2000i. A big question may be answered. How many guys can it power?

This past weekend at a parking lot race. I showed up as usaul with my stuff and generator ready to go. Low and behold my friends generator wouldn't start. After about an hour we decided to plug his group of guys into my Honda 2000i along with the 5 guys my honda was already powering. With himself there was seven more guys added to the Honda. A total of twelve guys were suppied power all day from the little red engine that could. At first it blew the breaker once and vibration disconnected the cord twice. We knotted the vibrating cord onto the handle and disconnected the air compressor from the honda. The following items were poweredby it.

16 Chargers of different makes
7 Novak smart trays
5 Soldering irons
2 Much More Tire Warmers units
2 6" Fans
1 8" Fan

All these items were not powered at once. It would have killed the generator I would think. As guys do what they need to do under normal race settings, the generator held up fine all day. It ran through almost two tanks of gas when it normally runs all day on one tank. The generator didn't even throotle up after disconnecting the compressor.

Some guys have the economy switch on the honda. It still puts out the voltage just less amperage. "Economy Off" is only needed when powering big items such as compressors, blenders and such/surges.

For the most part the Honda EU2000i KICKS ASS!
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:14 AM   #32
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Not as quiet as mine. The 1000 the guy here was selling was a piece of junk.- His group bought them by the container loads.I've got one of his 3000's for a spare-It was cheap.If you live in Florida there are benifits on getting a generator of at least 3000 watts.It may be alittle harder to move around but in Hurricane season it will power your referigator,fan,TV and radio and computer. What will your 1000 do?I had mine also do the neighbors stuff too on an extension cord.It's a good way to justify your expense to your other half.
i have a 10,000 watt unit for my house mounted outside thats hooked up to the house with 100 gallons of diesel, for my racing i have the 1000 watt because is light enough and portable enough to travel with and it powers all my rc stuff just fine
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Not as quiet as mine. The 1000 the guy here was selling was a piece of junk.- His group bought them by the container loads.I've got one of his 3000's for a spare-It was cheap.If you live in Florida there are benifits on getting a generator of at least 3000 watts.It may be alittle harder to move around but in Hurricane season it will power your referigator,fan,TV and radio and computer. What will your 1000 do?I had mine also do the neighbors stuff too on an extension cord.It's a good way to justify your expense to your other half.
oh i forgot to mention mine comes on automatically when the power goes out
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oh i forgot to mention mine comes on automatically when the power goes out
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not to pick, but when sharing a generator, you could probably share 1 or 2 soldering irons, and they are energy hoggs.. also careful planning would help.. like charge practice packs at home and tht will save you from needing multiple chargers per person..
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not to pick, but when sharing a generator, you could probably share 1 or 2 soldering irons, and they are energy hoggs.. also careful planning would help.. like charge practice packs at home and tht will save you from needing multiple chargers per person..
yes soldering irons puts the most strain on the generators
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You think the soldering irons pull down a generator, try an old Maxx Mod Tire Truer (whiched seem to use near a quater of a tank) or a heat gun. I have bought a generator from Pep Boys last year, it is a 2000 watt jobber made by American Power. It is a Honda knock off of the EU2000i. I have had one problem with it. The original plug fouled up that is it.
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yep, any item that is designed to generate heat, from an electrical standpoint, is basically a controlled short.. soldering irons, heat guns, tire warmers, electric heaters for cold days, my coffee pot.. lol
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True, careful planning is good. What happens when a generator won't start? Your not going to tell the guys don't practice or anything like that. We cut down on the soldering irons fans and compressor. The generator didn't show a sign of fatigue during the rest of the day. Those that have the Honda know when it is too much of a load.
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I know generators are the most popular, but has anyone tried these?

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Automotive

http://www.duracellpower.com/powerpa...select-a-model

I thought it would be cool if you charged one of these up during the week and was able to use it throughout a day of racing without using a generator. Would they be up to the task of powering a charger or two, and maybe a fan?

Just thought it would be an easier (and cheaper) alternative to burning dead dinos...
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If I am out racing elec I use my Honda 1000 that I picked up 18years ago still works with one or two pulls of the rope,I can power 4 to 5 people with it,

If I am running Nitro I just take a jump box like the ones that stitchy posted since all I need to do is top off reciver pack and run a tire truer.

For soldering I use a propane unit works great.


after 18 years with my Honda 1000 I looking to pick up the new Honda 2000 soon.
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I use a 1000W invertor and a DeepCycle battery for trolling motors.

I took some old jumper cables and cut one set of ends of and crimpped on some jugs. I screwed the lugged end onto the invertor and clipped the cable to the battery.

This way I can use my soldering iron and a few other AC items if needed.

Since Majority of my stuff is 12V I just run directly from the battery via the jumper cables. Where the jumper cables are connected to the Invertor I just run 12ga wire to my integy 12V power strip.

I also have seen some similar setups like those JumperBoxes that have a built in 300~500 watt invertor. The run about $100 and have a built in lead acid charger.
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If you were to simpify my setup it would be this

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