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Old 06-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Importance of DC output from generator?

I've been reading these posts and am considering the two Honda
EU200iA s paralleled.

One of them, the EU2000iA is a little cheaper and offers 12v DC power.
The other, the EU2000iA Companion, has a 30amp receptacle for connecting
the other generator but does not offer 12v DC power. It's about 50$ more.

I was wondering how important the DC power might be vs the built-in 30 amp receptacle?

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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I've been reading these posts and am considering the two Honda
EU200iA s paralleled.

One of them, the EU2000iA is a little cheaper and offers 12v DC power.
The other, the EU2000iA Companion, has a 30amp receptacle for connecting
the other generator but does not offer 12v DC power. It's about 50$ more.

I was wondering how important the DC power might be vs the built-in 30 amp receptacle?

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.
It is supposedly so you can charge a battery if the need arises. It doesn't put out very many amps at 12volts. IMHO you would be better off using a regular battery charger on the 120v if it ever comes to that. I have it on one of the generators at the house and don't ever recall using it in the 10+ years we have had it.

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I agree, I carry a battery charger to plug in. I had to use it last year out in the middle of nowhere, glad I had it.
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I bought the 12 volt cable or my EU1000i 3 years ago. I have not opened the bag yet...
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I've been reading these posts and am considering the two Honda
EU200iA s paralleled.

One of them, the EU2000iA is a little cheaper and offers 12v DC power.
The other, the EU2000iA Companion, has a 30amp receptacle for connecting
the other generator but does not offer 12v DC power. It's about 50$ more.

I was wondering how important the DC power might be vs the built-in 30 amp receptacle?

Any advice?

Thanks in advance.
I bought a 12V cable and have yet to use it. Saves the weight of carrying another battery charger though.
I have not seen a EU2000i with a 30 A receptacle. Both of mine have 12VDC, 120VAC 20 A receptacles, and paralleling ports.
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It's a new model of the 2000 designed for attaching another. It replaces the kit you need to tie two together.

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It's a new model of the 2000 designed for attaching another. It replaces the kit you need to tie two together.

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Well I stand corrected. Looks like they are charging for the priviledge as well.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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If you are tying two of them together, you can use the DC output of generator #1, and connect the trailer to generator #2. There's really no reason to have DC outputs on both.
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