Though generators have long been common in commercial settings, their use in residential or recreational settings is not quite as common and many consumers may not know how to operate their Honda generator immediately after purchase. By getting familiar with the generator’s controls and settings, as well as becoming familiar with safety procedures and general operation guidelines, those new to Honda’s line of generators will be able to keep the lights on no matter where they are or why they need their generator’s services.
Before Getting Started, Understand the Safety Risks Associated with Generators
Generators use a traditional internal combustion engine, fueled by gasoline, to provide electricity when and where it is otherwise unavailable. This means that all generators produce a great deal of carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas that can be fatal in large quantities or high concentrations. For this reason, Honda specifically recommends that generators be stored in an open, outdoor area that is not fully or even partially enclosed. Remember that safety comes first when using any product that emits carbon dioxide.
Other safety procedures, including tips to keep in mind when starting and operating the generator, can be found on a safety label placed on top of the equipment. Before starting the generator for the first time, new owners should review this safety label and ensure that they’re following the company’s recommendations throughout operation.
EU1000i and EU2000i Generators: What to Know for Smooth Operation
Honda’s compact EU1000i and EU2000i generators come with a handy control panel that works really well for new generator owners. This control panel not only features AC and DC outlets for connecting the generator to appliances or electronic items, but also a number of indicators that can point out equipment problems. These indicators, located on the left side of the control panel, indicate the generator’s output, any oil problems, or even a generator overload that can be dangerous during regular operation.
Before starting the generator, be sure to check its oil and fuel levels. A lack of oil can ruin the engine, while low fuel will prohibit the equipment from providing any power at all. To get started, switch the choke lever into the “on” position and then open the fuel cap. Turn the eco switch off, turn the engine switch on, and then pull the starter grip until the engine ignites. With the generator switched on, open the choke and give it a few minutes to warm up.
To turn the equipment off, simply turn the engine switch back into the “off” position. Allow the generator to cool before transporting, and be sure to transport the generator only with approved equipment or by carrying it to its new location.
EU3000i and EU 3000iS Operating Tips for New Buyers
Honda’s slightly larger EU3000 series is perfect for powering larger appliances or recreational pursuits, as well as some small businesses where a power outage can do damage to company data or operations. Using these generators is actually rather simple, with only minor differences when compared to the EU1000 and EU2000 lines of smaller, more compact generating equipment. As always, operate the generator only in a fully open environment rather than in a fully or partially enclosed space. Read and understand the safety labels located on top of the generator before starting the equipment for the first time.
Thanks to the EU3000 series’ built-in handle and wheels, the generator can be easily rolled into place before operation, making it a great deal more convenient than the smaller models sold by Honda. Like the smaller models sold by the company, the EU3000 series features oil and output indicators, as well as an overload indicator. These indicators are key to safe and continued operation.
Before starting the generator, ensure that oil and fuel levels are both at their highest recommended levels. To start the equipment, Turn the fuel tank vent on, turn the eco switch to the “off” position, and switch the engine to “choke.” Then, simply pull the starter grip until the engine ignites. With the engine on, allow the generator to operate and warm up for a few minutes before utilizing the electrical outlets and supplying power to appliances. Be mindful of the overload indicator, which may turn red if too much power is being demanded of the included AC and DC outlets.
To turn the generator off, simply switch the engine knob back into the “off” position. Allow the generator to cool down for a few minutes before placing it in storage.
For More Information, and OEM Parts, Visit Ralph Helm Inc.
Honda generator owners occasionally need parts, service, or technical support, that can come only from an authorized dealer with a great deal of product experience. For Honda equipment, Ralph Helm Inc. is a strong partner that offers everything generator owners need. OEM parts will keep the company’s generators running as if they were brand new, and the company’s experience with these products will allow service professionals to answer any questions that new buyers might have about operating or using their new equipment.