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Old 06-22-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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No parallel port...

I just bought a honda eu200i generator in Canada, and contrary to what is wriiten in forums, it doesn't have the parallel port connector. The vendor also told me it wasn't available for this model. Is there a difference between Canadian and American models? Thanks.
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I think: there are 2 different Honda 2000i gen. One is called 2000i companion, and it has a 30 amp outlet. This outlet is not the same config as the 30 rv cord on my AS, so an adapter is needed to interface the cord to the gen. Then the parallel cords hook the 2 gen sets together with 2 plug ins and a screw attached ground wire. Don't ask me why they didn't make the ground wire a plug in also.
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Interesting... on the Honda Power Equipment site they only show 2 basic configurations of the EU2000i, one that's the base unit with only 20A 120v outlets and the parallel operation outlets and one that's the "Companion" designed to run parallel with a base unit and includes the 30A receptacle.

Mind you, they show 4 distinct model numbers for EACH of the regular and companion units, and I'm not counting the "camo" version of the base unit. (Camo? Really? They're not THAT quiet.)

What does the front panel look like? Can you post a photo?

On a related side note, I found something I didn't know existed... there's a kit to allow you to connect 2 "regular" EU2000i units together, so you don't have to have the Companion model for one of them, and there's a version of the kit with a 30A TT receptacle. It's the 2nd photo, "EU2000i Parallel Receptacle Kits"
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I just bought a honda eu200i generator in Canada, and contrary to what is wriiten in forums, it doesn't have the parallel port connector. The vendor also told me it wasn't available for this model. Is there a difference between Canadian and American models? Thanks.
Can you provide a picture of the front of the Generator?
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On my Honda 2000i where the parallel port used to be is now a big void...Is the 12 volts battery recharging output a new addition to the 2000i instead of the parallel port? Now trying to attach a picture...
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I wonder if the OP's latest post was deleted?

Anyway, looking at the pictures, I note one thing I've never seen before on one of these, the "Cold Climate Technology" sticker on the case. I guess one of the 4 distinct models Honda lists without detailing the differences is designed for cold climates, perhaps Honda thinks that means people there would never need more than 16A?

The ones I see in Texas definitely don't say anything about "cold climate" on them, and so far every one I've seen besides the photos Ludovicus posted here have the parallel operation ports.

PS: I found that the "regular" EU2000i generators have issues with carb icing in very cold temperatures that leads to surging and other undesirable operational characteristics. They're pulling in moist crankcase air and mixing it with sub-freezing incoming air and the moisture condenses and freezes in the carb. So, I guess the Cold-Climate version is doing something about that, but I've no idea why they eliminate the parallel option in the bargain.
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interesting.... i found this--maybe it will help....

Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: Dual Honda 2000's in canada?
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I had problem attaching a picture so, as you guess my first reply was deleted.I still don't know how to attach 2 or more pictures together ... but with practice...There the link to the picture showing the "Cold Climate" thing...Thanks to all. Well as you know the need for A/C is much less up North...http://www.airforums.com/attachments..._2000i_001.jpg
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interesting.... i found this--maybe it will help....

Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Tech Issues: Dual Honda 2000's in canada?
So from those comments, it would seem that the parallel gadget doesn't like having neutral and ground bonded, which is required in Canada, and the cold-climate thing is unrelated. Innnnnteresting.
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Well that does not look any version sold in the USA.
I went to Honda.ca. You do not have the parallel port on the Canadian version. Probably a regulatory issue.
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