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Old 26-09-2014, 08:16   #31
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Re: Honda EU 2000i Companion Generator

Don't know if if it was stated but I have had both regular and companion models and the higher rated circuit breaker on the companion model is better as it wont pop as quickly or as under a lighter load as the regular model. The regular model wouldnt run our 12kw unit unless it had a smart start capacitor, the companion model had no problem w out the smart start.

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Don't know if if it was stated but I have had both regular and companion models and the higher rated circuit breaker on the companion model is better as it wont pop as quickly or as under a lighter load as the regular model. The regular model wouldnt run our 12kw unit unless it had a smart start capacitor, the companion model had no problem w out the smart start.

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Maybe that is what I've got happening too, I have two of the little Honda's
but if I'm only running one I always run the one that I can plug the shore power plug directly into, and I don't seem to have the problems other have.
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Wow it beats physics!! I love it when devices can do the impossible... I guess I need to try mine on the boat.......
Very Funny Maine. I guess you like taking things out of context. I clearly stated that it charged the batteries from what they had lost the night before, not from a discharged state. If you get to be such a "expert" we may have to ignore you entirely, but right now I still enjoy what you have to say and your web site.
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Very Funny Maine. I guess you like taking things out of context. I clearly stated that it charged the batteries from what they had lost the night before, not from a discharged state. If you get to be such a "expert" we may have to ignore you entirely, but right now I still enjoy what you have to say and your web site.
Newt,

Apparently you missed the wink (tongue in cheek)...

I only made that point because there are people here who will read that and believe they can completely charge their batteries in 45 minutes with an EU2000... Sad but true... If I had a dime for every time someone said to me "I used 100Ah's and I have a 100A charger, my batteries should be full in 1 hour", I'd be retired. Unfortunately it does not work like that and while I know you understand that, many don't......

I did not see any other qualifiers where you said you recharged lost capacity from the night before, and I quoted your entire text. Clearly I missed that part, or it is somewhere else and I missed that.... Wouldn't be the first time.... D'oh....

Sorry you took offense, that was not my point at all....
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Maybe that is what I've got happening too, I have two of the little Honda's
but if I'm only running one I always run the one that I can plug the shore power plug directly into, and I don't seem to have the problems other have.
Try starting them, then apply your load especially if your load is inductive, eg. it has a motor, charger tranformer. Even doing that the starting current of an inductive load may trip the breaker if your close to capacity of the gen set.

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Newt,

Apparently you missed the wink

Sorry you took offense, that was not my point at all....
And I'm sorry. I am just having a bad day cause I am stuck at work, its Friday, and I want to sail.
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I don't think you can charge batteries with the Honda's 12v outlet. Not enough voltage.

Honda sells a cord for the 2000 that is used to charge batteries, the manual says it will output 8 amps. I'am guessing this would only be useful when you don't have a charger available.


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1000W into the batteries - IF your batteries are so low that they can accept that.



Just plug it into your SP with a cable adapter and use just like SP.

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The little Honda will produce 1800W continuously I believe, and 1800W at 14V is about 128, so in theory it can produce 128 amps at 14V, of course nothing is 100% so I'd bet a 100 amp charger would push it pretty hard but it ought to do it.

You can charge batteries directly if you have the one that a shorepower cord does no plug into directly ,but at 8 amps it won't do much charging.

I'd buy the one that a shore power plug will plug into directly.

I made up a pair of cables using 20 amp plugs for the Honda 10/3 cable and 30 amp ends for the boat. I have the 12v charging coed but have never used it.


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Re: Honda EU 2000i Companion Generator

I used the Honda 2000i two years ago on a boat with a Victron Multi Plus 3000 inverter/charger (120A charger) and a remote control panel. The remote panel lets you tell the charger how many amps the shore power (or Honda) can provide. Dialing it up slowly the Honda stopped due to overload somewhere around 80A at 14V+. So I dialed in a little less Amps and the generator ran at near full continous load until the acceptance of the batteries regulated the charger down. For lead acid that does not take too long, maybe 20 minutes when starting at 70% SOC.

I like that power-adjust feature of the Victron a lot. You can deal with all kinds of crappy shore power.
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Recent second hand boat has HDM 50 amp charger at 50hz. It charges fine in Antigua where shore power is 230v and 60hz however we can get no more than about 11 amp charge when our Honda 2000i generator is plugged into the shore power socket. Any ideas?




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Recent second hand boat has HDM 50 amp charger at 50hz. It charges fine in Antigua where shore power is 230v and 60hz however we can get no more than about 11 amp charge when our Honda 2000i generator is plugged into the shore power socket. Any ideas?




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I would look at page 16 in this document and find your charger model and make sure you are operating it within the input voltage specification.

Also, I'm assuming that the times you have tried to charge with the Honda your pack has been low enough to accept a higher rate?
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Recent second hand boat has HDM 50 amp charger at 50hz. It charges fine in Antigua where shore power is 230v and 60hz however we can get no more than about 11 amp charge when our Honda 2000i generator is plugged into the shore power socket. Any ideas?




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All good now after fitting Mastervolt charger. Many thanks for responses.
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Forget what anyone tells you...
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