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Old 02-01-2011, 05:12 AM   #15
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Steve, is that a EF2400iS or the EF2400iSHC with the 4400 watt boost?
I got mine several years ago and it's the plain 2400is model. My a/c is only 13,500 BTU and the generator does the job - at least at this elevation.

I've only tested it running the a/c for an hour or so. Most of my run time is in November and December during deer season when the furnace drains the batteries quickly during the cold nights.

Reliability has been top-notch and it starts on the second pull in single-degree temperatures.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:01 AM   #16
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Hi, if anyone knows better, let me know. I have the Yamaha EF2400iS model and shortly after I bought mine, Yamaha came out with the HC model. I asked Wise Sales, "What is the difference between these two generators, since the specs seem to be exactly the same?"

Three things:

(1.) HC lettering on it.

(2.) 3 year warranty instead of 2 year warranty.

(3.) The HC model cannot be paralleled.
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(4) Large Capacitors that allow it to boost to 4400 watts for 10 seconds.

That was the demo. A large board with dozens of 200 watt bulbs that could be turned on to generate any load you want. You could walk up and add 200 watts or 1000 watts to the load with a flip of another switch. Great way to hear how loud each model was at different loads. You could start at any load and hit it with 4400 watts and it would run right at 10 seconds before the generator's safety would trip.

Dealers can be real ignorant of their products sometimes. Like the Platinum Sponsor Honda dealer at the show. When I walked up, there where several guys asking pretty basic questions and the dealer didn't know if you could run the companion model solo, or really anything else except basic specs. They had no demo at all, they couldn't even run 2x2000's in parallel so you could hear how loud it would be. Even the Boliy Guy had a better demo.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:31 AM   #17
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I guess the demo guys drew the short straw. Heck of a way to try to really sell something, though.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:35 PM   #18
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I have the Yamaha EF2400iS and have used it with my older 13,500 BTU Coleman in my previous SOB and with the 15,000 BTU Dometic in my A/S running the A/C in summer heat with no problems. When running the A/C, do not try to run anything else though!

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:07 PM   #19
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Has anyone tryed a Yamaha 2800. its a little lighter and smaller. Also has longer run time due to larger tank.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:17 PM   #20
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Just a note to all;

Yamaha makes a efi 2800 that puts out 22.5 amps continuous has a 30 amp plug and weighs 68lbs with 62db reading , Honda makes the em 3000 that puts out 25 amps continuous with a 30 amp plug weighs 67lbs with 62db reading. I bought the Honda due to a good craigslist find. Just saying.

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:40 PM   #21
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The Yamaha EF2800i was REALLY LOUD compared to all the other Honda & Yamaha generators. I can't believe they consider it an RV generator on the web site, the factory rep did not. He described it as regular contractor grade and couldn't wait to turn it off.

The 2400, 2800 and 3000 all have the same 171cc engine, but the 2800 doesn't have it's muffler and there was no effort to quiet it down. Anything but the smallest load revved it up to it's 67dBA roar, so I suspect it lacks the advanced electronics also.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:10 AM   #22
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Generator Update

I could not find anyone to order my Yamaha EF2400iSHC and get it at "internet prices within the next two weeks" - so my friends at my local motor shop did have a Yamaha EF3000iSEB in stock and matched the online prices. Extra $95.00 and I've got full warranty for six years, heck ya!

Purchased it - used it for 4 1/2 hours today and Love It !!!

Was afraid it was going to weigh too much for me - but I've figured out how to move it about - and I'm even happier because I can run my Air/Heat Pump along with everything else (but for heat - rather use the good ole' furnace) - nice to know I can run the air conditioner during the hot muggy summer months (depending on where I am at) plus now I have plenty of power for when I'm at altitude!!!.

Yamaha makes a great product, mine is very quiet, sips fuel, and the boost function allows it to put out 3500 watts for up to ten seconds, - and the best part is that it matches the Airstream!!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:40 AM   #23
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Hi, John. Show us how you managed to move your new Yamaha around. Also My Yamaha goes good with the blue stripes on my trailer. What was your overnight decision to go from Honda to Yamaha; Just curious and not wanting to start a Honda / Yamaha battle. For those of us who chose the Yamaha 2400, it's self explanatory.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:17 AM   #24
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Happy SuperBowl Sunday!

DISCLAMIER - This is coming from a Honda/Acura lover who before he could afford the "German" brands always went with the "H or A" for vehicle purchases due to their reliability, features, etc. - so it would be a true statement that Honda had a nice head start when I commenced my search for a generator...

The Yamaha EF2400iSHC fills a nice "nitch" that the Honda range of generators does not cover - the EF2400iSHV is a little bigger than the Yamaha & Honda 2K generators (both which can be combined for higher capacity). This was going to be my choice - light enough to "man-handle" - enough power for everything except for the A/C unit.

But I really wanted to have the ability to run my A/C unit if so desired but only drag one generator around - not two Honda's or Yamaha's and some cross cables, etc...

So again - Yamaha has a generator that matches up pretty well with Honda's 3k offering - but there is also a Yamaha 3k generator with "Boost" technology - mimics a 3500 watt generator for up to 10 seconds using the built in battery - another Yamaha generator that is not offered by Honda - for me this was a perfect match of features to weight to cost!

Decided on the EF2400iSHC but wanted a 3k generator - when I couldn't find the EF2400iSHC for the price I wanted and time line - thinking a bit harder I figured out how to overcome lifting the larger 3k generators - at that point for me the Yamaha EF3000iSEB due to it's "Boost" technology was again the easy choice. Yamaha just had two models that had features that the Honda's didn't offer!

When I first started out, was pretty sure I was going to end up with a "Red" generator - discovered the "Blue" guys and their ability to match "generator feature to generator feature" with Honda - with a few Yamaha models (such as their EF2400iSHC & EF3000iSEB generators) that have features Honda does not yet offer.

And I like the BLUE better than the RED as it matches the Airstream...
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:20 AM   #25
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I also figured out how to move these Honda and Yamaha 3000-watt generators. Apparently this bike balances itself without a kick stand so rolling up and down the ramp of the truck should be easy. The cool factor is right up there at the top of the scale and you have to drag around a bunch of gas anyway for the generators. Let's see, I can't think of a downside.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:42 AM   #26
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And how did I talk myself into going with a larger 3k generator over the smaller 2k units while being mindful of the heavier weight of the more powerful generators?

I was fearful of a 3k generator due to its weight (the Honda & Yamaha light weight 3k generators are waaaay toooo noisy). What if at some point I'm unable to lift these heavy 3k generators in and out of the bed of my truck - what do folks do with heavier equipment - getting it into and out of the truck - there had to be a solution out there...

For me for right now - I'm just lifting the Yamaha EF3000iSEB around as I'm a pretty big guy - but when that gets old (or I get too old) I'm looking at ordering this 30lb baby -->Spitzlift Aluminum Crane <-- right size, takes seconds to hook into the hitch receiver, and very light weight - only down side is a bit expensive but now I can go with my bigger generator, and when it gets too heavy for me or I'm sick of lifting it in and out of that mighty high F-350 4x4 bed I have an option....

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there is at least 1 thread JUST on this genset model...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tml#post313039

and many of lifting/transport the bigger units ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tml#post518117

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tml#post667990

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tml#post411576

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ave-33613.html

common issues, LOTS of threads and lots of good solutions posted already...

go fish, but throw back the little ones.

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