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Honeywell Hw2000i Generator Review
on July 12, 2009
Anyone reading this will probably want to compare the Hw2000i to the Honda EU2000i, as I did. At my time of purchase there was not much info out there. I decided to give it a try!
First of all the Honda is the king. Lighter and quieter. But at $499.00 delivered... one must put some thought into this decision.
My generator came delivered on time , no damage. But, the "priming bulb" was lying at the bottom of the box! No big deal after I realized that it was assembled incorrectly. I unscrewed the retainer ring, put the bulb in first and THEN screwed the retainer on.... all is well!!
The HW2000i runs well, so far! I have 2 hours on it. The efficiency mode does work, cutting the rpm and noise down by a third. I believe that the output specs are in line. Don't plan on running many power tools. It will barely run my 10amp skill saw. I tried my small table saw, the breaker kicked off. 8amp shop vac - OK! Anything that makes heat, no problem up to the rating output. It doesn't like any surges from induction motors.
I plan on using the generator for power outages and I installed a transfer switch. The hw2000i will run my Ref., tv, lights, and computers. The sine wave output looked pretty clean on my oscilloscope.
No battery charging cable and the output is unregulated on the 12 volt output. I made my own cable with a 2 prong extension cable and battery clamps. I put the charger on a car battery the output dropped to 15 volts.
I don't think that it was made to charge car batteries..... It will work, but do it at your own risk! Better monitor the charger!
I hope this helps! Good deal if it keeps running. A little heavy, I can deal with the noise, especially pulling only a few amps on the efficiency setting.
ONE YEAR Later...
It still runs well... I must point out one issue!!
On mine, you must prime the generator 50 to 100 times to get it started. It seems like it is impossible to "flood". If it doesn't start... keep priming it. Once running, it runs great. NOT good for many power tools.
If you do not mind the starting issue, it's a good buy.
I'm going to take away one star! 7/31/2010