March 9, 2007 If most of your life turns to mud without electricity, and you don’t have a Plan B in case the electricity runs out, consider Honda’s new EU6500is portable generator. The EU6500is is the latest evolution of the EU generator model series and benefits from development in the areas of output, noise, size and fuel consumption. Producing 6,500 volt amperes (VA) Å\ or watts Å\ of power, the EU6500is is the perfect solution to a variety of power needs. Due to its large power output, exceptional fuel efficiency, clean power output and super quiet operation, it is perfectly suited to provide crucial home back-up power during a blackout or other power emergency. The EU6500is is equally at home on a worksite, campsite or for RV camping and tailgating due to its excellent portability and compact design.
Compared to the earlier Honda EX5500 generator, the EU6500is is more than 33 percent smaller with a dry weight of only 253 pounds. This is a significant reduction in footprint for a unit producing such a high power output. In relation to noise reduction, the EU6500is also remarkably quieter than its predecessor. By utilizing a separate triple chamber construction, a centralized intake/exhaust system and the Eco-Throttle design, the EU6500is achieves a reduction of 5 dB (A) at rated load, ultimately creating super quiet operation.
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Perhaps the most basic, yet important features of interest to consumers who are purchasing a generator are the amount and the quality of power produced by the unit. The EU6500is offers 6500 VA of enhanced commercial grade electricity with a wave form distortion factor of less than 2.5 percent. This translates into a generous amount of clean, usable power available for home back-up in an emergency Å\ safe for even the most sophisticated electronic equipment such as a home computer.
When it comes to the expense of operating the EU6500is, Honda engineers have employed the latest in Eco-Throttle technology and a high efficiency inverter design to allow for the lowest fuel consumption of any generator in its class. In fact, the EU6500is reduces fuel consumption by 30 percent at 1/4 load in comparison to the EX5500.
The power behind the innovative EU6500is is the Honda GX390 engine. As is the case with all Honda engines, the GX390 provides low-emission, 4-cycle power to the unit. An overhead valve (OHV) system in the GX390 incorporates the latest, most advanced engine technologies in a small package. With the GX390, the Honda EU6500is provides an economical, quiet and efficient powerplant to complement the generator's new technology and advanced design.