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Old 12-28-2015, 07:25 PM   #1
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Eco mode on 2 Honda 2000i and A/C

Does anyone here run 2 honda gens in parallel to run the A/C do you use eco mode or not? Will it stress the A/C too much or over load the gens? Thanks for any input. Good camping Rand
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My opinion is that the gens take too long to speed up and that will result in low voltage and high current to the AC.

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Old 12-28-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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Does anyone here run 2 honda gens in parallel to run the A/C do you use eco mode or not? Will it stress the A/C too much or over load the gens? Thanks for any input. Good camping Rand
You are not supposed to run parallels and use Eco-Throttle mode, but it can be done. What wattage is your AC, what is the startup (inductive) load in watts?

The EU2000i is really good at ramp-up times, its one of the features of the generator that the cheap copies don't have.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:29 PM   #4
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I use ECO on mine. I turn it off on both, start them, let them equalize, start the air conditioner, then turn it back on.
And Honda stated having ECO on or off was less important than having it either on or off on both.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:50 PM   #5
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Thanks all I only have one now but was looking ahead to days I may need A/C. Thanks again
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Old 12-28-2015, 10:43 PM   #6
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None of my AC's like the ECO mode, big surge, growl and grunt, finally the AC is running and the gen is spun up.

ECO off, a slight burp and things are running.
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I have the Yamaha Es2000i, similar gens, eco mode is used only if you are not using high current equipment such as AC or Microwave. I believe all gens have a delay delivering the power. It becomes a question of long will it last? If you are in the desert in the summer, leaving eco on will likely not engage since likely the AC will always be running and the gens will always be running high.

If you are just charging your batteries and running everything else besides AC and Microwave, use eco as it will help make your gens fuel last.

I saw these, Dual Fuel Extender for Generators, and have been trying to convince the wife to let me get one, with the yahama adaptor.
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I have the Yamaha Es2000i, similar gens, eco mode is used only if you are not using high current equipment such as AC or Microwave. I believe all gens have a delay delivering the power. It becomes a question of long will it last? If you are in the desert in the summer, leaving eco on will likely not engage since likely the AC will always be running and the gens will always be running high.

If you are just charging your batteries and running everything else besides AC and Microwave, use eco as it will help make your gens fuel last.

I saw these, Dual Fuel Extender for Generators, and have been trying to convince the wife to let me get one, with the yahama adaptor.
I bought one of those for my Hondas ran AC for 12 hrs. only used 3 gal's of gas very well worth it .
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I don't run my paralled Hondo 2000 on econo mode.
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I don't run my paralled Hondo 2000 on econo mode.
I don't either. Was told the A/C "would not like it".
With an extender gas tank I can get over 12 hours with the A/C running full blast.
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I sold my EB3000 since it was too heavy to get into my pickup truck bed by myself and bought a pair of EU2000's. I've never thought about it, I just always used them on eco and they work fine. But here's a suggestion for keeping them dry at night and during the rain. This is a four foot table from BJs wholesale club(like Costco) that cost $30 and fits perfectly(has adjustable legs) and doesn't compromise ventilation.
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I thought I posted a picture....not sure why it doesn't show.
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:34 AM   #13
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I always run my Honda's on Eco mode, saves noise and gas. Have ran them this way for over 4 years with no trouble. No problem when A/C starts.
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I have two Honda 2000 generators and have used them in tandem to power my AC. I fire up the generators in Eco mode then turn on the AC. I've had no problems. Another option if you're concerned would be to power up the generators with the Eco mode off. Turn on the AC. Then, once the AC is running, turn on the Eco mode on both generators. They'll be there with full power when the AC needs more juice at start up, then they'll settle in to the running speed needed to power the AC after start up.
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