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Old 08-04-2018, 11:01 AM   #1
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Do companion generators increase cranking power?

Gathering info today for a "rescue AC" generator for our 21'. Not planning on running regularly, but we do have a child and may come into a situation (hopefully in an area away from others) where we'll need to at least cool off the camper for a short period.

In reading here, we've considered two Honda 2000i companion models, but the salesman told us that linking them won't increase starting power. Is this right? Should we be looking at a larger one instead of linking two? I know the AC/generator topic in general has been greatly discussed, so I don't intend to bother anyone by asking the same again, but I had trouble finding this specific answer.

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Old 08-04-2018, 11:22 AM   #2
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Why not just purchase a Honda 2200 generator. It runs our AC just fine. IMG_3684.JPG
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Old 08-04-2018, 01:13 PM   #3
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In reading here, we've considered two Honda 2000i companion models, but the salesman told us that linking them won't increase starting power. Is this right?
That depends... what do you mean by "starting power"? If you mean the ability of the generator set to start an air conditioner, then yes the pair will have double the power and current capacity of only one, and so starting the air conditioner should be no problem at all.

Perhaps the salesman didn't understand the situation, or is just clueless about generators.

By the way, you don't need two Companion units - Honda's intention is that you use one regular EU2000i and one EU2000i Companion together. Maybe that's what you meant...

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Should we be looking at a larger one instead of linking two?
One large generator is simpler, and it may cost less, weigh less, and be more efficient than the pair of smaller units; however, if it has twice the output of an EU2000i it is a big and heavy thing to handle... and it's not possible to take just half of it when you don't need all of the power!

Of course one just-big-enough generator is the simplest solution, as Doug suggests.
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As Brian alluded to, you don't use "two companion" models together. You use a regular generator AND a companion model together if you want to double the power.

I also agree that your best bet is the newer eu2200i, with 200 watts more output power than the 2000. It should start your AC without issue. If you ever want additional power, you can pick up a companion model and some parallel cables and you're done.

Trust me, it's much easier to lug around an eu2200i than the 3500 watt model. Note also in Doug's photo that he has a "bonded plug" in the unused receptacle. That's so you can use the Progressive EMS with the generator.
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I also agree that your best bet is the newer eu2200i, with 200 watts more output power than the 2000. It should start your AC without issue. If you ever want additional power, you can pick up a companion model and some parallel cables and you're done.
I know a couple people that used the eu2000i to run the A/C with no issue. I think Reace has done so too.
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I know a couple people that used the eu2000i to run the A/C with no issue. I think Reace has done so too.
Yep, me too. I've started the AC with an eu2000i, but only at low elevations. But if I were buying new, I'd go with the 2200. Always good to have that little bit extra power.
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Does anyone know the weight difference between the Honda 2000 and 2200?
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Does anyone know the weight difference between the Honda 2000 and 2200?
Both are reported to weigh "less than 47 lbs". I doubt you'd notice much difference between them.
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Both are reported to weigh "less than 47 lbs". I doubt you'd notice much difference between them.

That's good to hear!
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Another nice feature on the new Honda eu2200i is the fuel shutoff so you can run the carburetor dry for long term storage (previously an advantage of the Yamaha). I checked one out recently, and as you turn the ON/OFF knob around toward the "OFF" position, there is a stop position just before you turn off the electrical system. So, partial twist to "Fuel Off" position does just what it says, shuts off the fuel and it will continue running until the carburetor runs dry. Twist to full "OFF", and the generator stops immediately. I hope that makes sense. The dealer also recommended non-ethanol fuel if there was the possibility of long term storage. Non-ethanol gas can be hard to find and is more expensive, but he said it won't be as problematic in small gas engines stored for long periods of time (like back-up generators, snow blowers, etc.). We have a Honda eu2000i and really like it (mostly for back-up power to our home refrigerator and freezer when we lose power in a storm), and if it ever gives out, I wouldn't think twice about getting a Honda eu2200i to replace it.
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