Having a backup generator is your gateway to interrupted power outages. The generators are highly portable hence making them easy to carry around and operate. Some of the generators come with an open design that makes them ideal for outdoor recreational activities. With their compact design the generators do not occupy a lot of space and most tend to be fuel efficient and produce less noise. In this review, we check out the Predator 3500 against the Honda eu2000i and tell you which is the best.
What are the differences between the Honda eu2000i and Predator 3500?
Honda eu2000i vs Predator 3500 – How do they compare?
The predator 3500 is a more powerful generator than the Honda eu2000i. The 212cc generator has a running and starting wattage of 3000w and 3500w respectively against the Honda eu2000i with its 1600w and 2000w. With the extra power from the predator 3500 you are able to handle more appliances and for longer. The predator is more suitable for hosting various recreational activities than the Honda eu2000i.
Fuel economy and noise levels
The predator has a larger fuel tank with a capacity of 2.6 gallons as opposed to 0.9 gallons for the Honda eu2000i. The larger fuel tank will come in handy when you are plan on using the generator for the whole day or night. However, the Honda eu2000i is less noisier than the predator 3500 with a noise output of 51dBA against 57dBA for the predator. You should factor this when planning for some quiet time as a noisier generator may make it harder to operate some of your devices.
The Predator 3500 is more portable than the Honda eu2000i. The predator comes with transport wheels which makes it easier to move around. This are not evident on the Honda eu2000i. The predator also comes with double handles while the Honda eu2000i has a single handle. It is easier to start the predator 3500 because it comes with an electric start button with the option of a traditional pull and start mechanism. The main way to start the Honda eu2000i is via its manual recoil mechanism.
Honda eu2000i vs Predator 3500 – A Comparison Overview
Honda eu2000i – Overview
The Honda eu2000i is a portable generator that weighs in at 45lbs. and has a moderate power output of 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts. The generator is ideal for various outdoor recreational activities, camping or powering a couple of your devices during power outages.
The generator operates on gasoline and on a full 0.9 gallon tank is capable of having a run time of up to 8 hours at 25% load capacity. The generator is relatively quiet with a noise level output of 51dBA. The Honda eu2000i engine is equipped with air-cooling mechanism that protects it from overheating. The generator is lightweight hence making it easy to carry around.
At 100% the Honda eu2000i is capable of operating for at least 3 hours. It also comes with an automatic auto-shut feature should it run low on oil levels. The Honda eu2000i is started via a manual recoil system which is a bit outdated considering most generators in its class have upgraded to electric start mechanisms. For your output you get 120V duplex AC outlets which are quite adequate for powering up most of your devices. The Honda eu2000i is CARB and EPA compliant and this means it is available for sale in your state.
You should note that while the Honda eu2000i has being popular over the years it has being replaced by the more powerful Honda eu2200i. You will find some of the features in the upgraded model like parallel capability, quiet operation, Eco-Throttle fuel efficiency, low weight and small size.
What we liked:
- Highly portable generator
- Low noise level
- Fuel efficient
- High run time
What we did not like:
Still uses manual recoil system for starting instead of electric starter
Predator 3500 – Overview
The predator 3500 operates via a 3000 watts continuous motor engine that at the peak produces 3500 of surge power. The generator is light and quiet and this makes it an ideal choice for camping and connecting to RVs. With a high power output you are able to power most household appliances in your RV or home. The generator is also parallel capable meaning you can connect it to another generator for more power output.
The Predator 3,500 has a tank size of 2.6 gallons and this allows it to run for 11 hours at a quarter of the load. The noise levels is set at 57 dB. It produces enough power to light up your space during power blackouts. To enhance the portability of the generator it comes with four wheels with two carrying handles. The Predator 3500 high run time means you can power up the generator for the night before the next oil change.
The generator comes with a digital control panel for overloading and warning light for low oil. You also have a button that allows you to switch to eco mode and an indicator light for output. On the control panel you also get one 120v twist lock, two 120 volt grounded outlets and a 12 volt DC outlet for charging car batteries. Each of these functionalities comes with its own circuit breaker restart button. The digital data center helps you access generator information like power output, run time hours and voltage.
The predator 3500 can be started in two ways; the simple electric starter or through the traditional pull and start mechanism. The generator comes with a built-in fuel gauge that allows you to see current fuel levels. You also have features like overload circuit breaker, and automatic low oil shut off to protect the generator.
What we liked:
- High generator power output
- Quiet operation
- Highly portable with transport wheels
- Fuel efficient with long run time
What we did not like:
Can be heavy to carry
Verdict: So, which is better – Honda eu2000i vs Predator 3500?
Our winner is the predator 3500, we were impressed with its higher running and starting wattage compared to the Honda eu2000i. The predator 3500 even though heavier than the Honda eu2000i is easier to move around as it comes with transport wheels and double handles. The Honda eu2000i is however, quitter than the predator. If you are in search for something to adequately power your appliances we would recommend the Predator 3500 to the Honda eu2000i.
Has Honda replaced the Honda eu2000i with a better model?
While the Honda eu2000i was a good sell for Honda they do have the eu2200i. The improved model comes with most of the cool features in the Honda eu2000i like quiet operation, Eco Throttle fuel efficiency and parallel capacity. The improvements is that the eu2200i is more powerful.
Can I run the predator 3500 for a whole night?
The predator 3500 has a run time of 11 hours at 25% load capacity meaning it is possible to run it for the whole night with moderate application use.