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Posted by (PeteCresswell) on June 22, 2010, 5:40 pm
 


Per Robert:

This is from a noob who doesn't know much, but my reaction would
be multiple Honda 2000's.   Two can be run in parallel for 4,000
peak/3,600 continuous.

Advantages:

1) Silence: We live in a suburban (quiet) area
   and it's really hard to tell a generator is running from more
   than about 25 feet away.

2) Economy: only fire up as many gennies as you need for
   immediate needs.   Obtaining gas during an outage can
   be problematic, so lower consumption is better.

3) Portability: An EU2000 can be easily picket up/carried by
   most people with one hand - giving you the option of being
   a hero to some nearby family friend/member when thier power
   goes out and either yours doesn't or you have a unit to spare.




Disadvantages:

1) Maintainence: multiple engines

2) Theft: The flip side of portability.... and
   they're definately a commodity among tradesmen.
--
PeteCresswell

Posted by Josepi on June 23, 2010, 1:44 am
 


Has anybody ever figuree out what is included in the parallelling kit for
these units?

They sell the things like there is some secret matching transformer or
circuit in the lump but me thinks they are only a couple of wires.


This is from a noob who doesn't know much, but my reaction would
be multiple Honda 2000's.   Two can be run in parallel for 4,000
peak/3,600 continuous.

Advantages:

1) Silence: We live in a suburban (quiet) area
   and it's really hard to tell a generator is running from more
   than about 25 feet away.

2) Economy: only fire up as many gennies as you need for
   immediate needs.   Obtaining gas during an outage can
   be problematic, so lower consumption is better.

3) Portability: An EU2000 can be easily picket up/carried by
   most people with one hand - giving you the option of being
   a hero to some nearby family friend/member when thier power
   goes out and either yours doesn't or you have a unit to spare.




Disadvantages:

1) Maintainence: multiple engines

2) Theft: The flip side of portability.... and
   they're definately a commodity among tradesmen.
--
PeteCresswell



Posted by z on June 23, 2010, 2:29 am
 



They're just wires with the right kind of plugs on them (much like the DC
charging plug and wire for the EU2000).

My nighbour had 2 of those hooked together to run some equipment when he
was working on his house (he's another off the grid guy and needed a
table saw).. it looked like a simple wire to me.  No special magic boxes
or whatnot involved that I could see.

-zachary




Posted by Robert on June 25, 2010, 11:41 am
 

Thanks for the suggestions.

I seriously considered the little Hondas (the EU2000i) but decided
that a bit more punch was called for, so I opted for the Yamaha
EF2400iS.  I'm sure it will be a bit more than I need, which is
probably exactly what was called for.  Nice & quiet, too!  The little
bit of sound it does make is actually pretty pleasant & smooth to
listen to.

I picked up mine used for $00, with something like 120 hours on it.
(No hourmeter, so the previous owner guestimated it...).  One year
old, so it still has a year of warranty.

Thanks again.




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