I bought a Honda EU2000. I bought it to have for a critical sump pump we have at home. I did some research and decided to go with the Honda for a few reasons. It is lightweight at only about 35/40 lbs. Easy for me to move around. It is easy on the gas, runs about 8/11 hrs (as I recall) on a one gallon tank. It is really, really quiet! It will be handy to have for my Trill if needed and Brian can take it for repairs on his boat if needed. I am cutting and pasting a handy wattage chart I found for running normal household/trailer appliances. Hope it is of some help.
John, I would love some additional info on the fuel stabilizer you were talking about.
GENERATOR WATTAGE CALCULATOR
Depending on how you will use your generator, there are different categories to meet your needs. This can include recreation, home standby and construction. Honda also offers Inverter Generators. Inverter generators are smaller and lighter as power is created electronically and not through a conventional alternator. Inverter power offers the cleanest power output, ideal for sensitive electronic devices.
If you want a generator for home standby, for example, if you want to run your refrigerator
, you’ll need at least 2500 watts or more. And if you want to use a transfer switch so that power can go directly into your home, you’ll want a generator with at least 3000 watts.
You’ll also need to consider the maximum and rated power of the generator. This is important depending on what items you want to run off of your generator. Items such as toaster, lamps, and coffee makers are resistive, or constant loads and their total load can be calculated at amps x 1. Items such as saws and drills are reactive loads and while the running load may be small, the starting load should be calculated at running amps x 3. Remember, after the intial start less power is required for actual operation.
Always remember that simple power management will allow a smaller generator to do a big job. Very seldom are all tools or appliances operating simultaneously. When calculating power requirements, consider the starting requirements are only for the initial start and then additional tools may be operated in addition.
Remember Ohm’s Law from High School Physics?
Watts = Volts x Amps
Amps = Watts/Volts
So if you have two of the numbers (e.g. volts, amps) then you can find out the other (e.g. watts). This can help you to determine the rated power that you’ll need from your generator.
AVERAGE WATTAGE REQUIREMENT GUIDE
(AMPS X VOLTS = WATTS)
Approximate Wattage RequiredFor Starting ApproximageRunning Wattage Requirements
Coffee Maker 600 600
Dishwasher Cool Dry 540 216
Electric Fry Pan 1500 1500
8-inch element 2100 2100
Microwave Oven 650 watts 1000 1000
Refrigerator or Freezer – Energy Star 1200 132-192
Automatic Washer 1200 1200
Electric 6750 5400
Fan, gas or fuel oil
1/8 Horsepower 500 300
1/6 Horsepower 750 500
1/4 Horsepower 1000 600
1/3 Horsepower 1400 700
1/2 Horsepower 2350 875
as indicated on bulb as indicated on bulb
Radio 50 to 200 50 to 200
1/3 Horsepower 1300 800
1/2 Horsepower 2150 1050
Television - Color 300 300
10,000 BTU 2200 1500