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Old 27-04-2015, 18:36   #31
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Re: Honda EU2000 and AC

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So I've seen two basic responses here

1) soft/hard/? start capacitor to eliminate the startup spike
2) Get another generator to run in paralell

Option 3 is to get an inverter that will synch with line power. Turn it on to get the A/C started then turn it off again or take it out of the circuit. Dealing with the starting spike load is unlikely to be more than about 1/3 amp-hr of capacity out of the battery.

If the generator's continuous capacity can't meet the A/C running draw, that's another issue altogether. If the generator needs an addition 0.5amps to meet continuous load, then the inverter will be drawing 5 amps from the battery since it works at 12v instead of 120v. Solar panels might be able to provide this during the peak of the day, especially if they are tracking.
The problem is the synching inverters are about as expensive as just providing a second generator.
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Old 28-04-2015, 19:50   #32
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Re: Honda EU2000 and AC

A friends Honda 2000 was used by us to charge batteries when we thought we had a battery problem. It also started and ran our 12KBTU Panasonic split type air conditioner that had been marinized for use on our boat. I started it without problem and ran it without overloading. We also watched the TV, Multimedia player at the same time we were charging the batteries.
The only electrical on the compressor was a large capacitor. I suspect that it was the reason it would start and run without problem.
It was not 15K Btu's.
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Old 29-04-2015, 08:16   #33
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.........Option 3 is to get an inverter that will synch with line power. Turn it on to get the A/C started then turn it off again or take it out of the circuit............
See the last part of post #24 above.
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Old 29-04-2015, 08:26   #34
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See the last part of post #24 above.

I assume you meant #15 & 25.

That post started out discussing inverter generators then switched to inverters and I missed the segue. I suspect others did too.


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Re: Honda EU2000 and AC

FWIW, the Marine AC's I've been around all pull about 1 amp per 1,000 BTU of cooling after starting as a rule of thumb. Remember you have to include the water pump too.
I doubt seriously that 1 Honda 2000 will run a 15,000 BTU AC for expended periods, and as others have said, the poor little thing is tearing it's guts out trying. Remember it's a 13 amp generator at 100% duty cycle.
I have two Honda 2,000's and connected together they will run the entire boat, but two of them is twice the hassle, twice the weight and twice the size, not twice the fuel burn though, two together will usually run it in ECO mode and that greatly reduces fuel consumption and noise output.
One will run my front Stateroom's 5,000 BTU easily, if money is an object, maybe you should look into trying a Home Depot window unit, they are very inexpensive for the cooling capacity, but they are not as easy to integrate of course. A window unit is about the same size and weight as another Honda, but far cheaper.
I'm installing a NexGen 3.5 as the Honda's were too much of a hassle.
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I'm installing a NexGen 3.5 as the Honda's were too much of a hassle.
what did that cost you?
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Thanks for these details about the Honda EU2000 generator. My sister is using it from a long time and she has been advising me to buy this Genset. According to her it is one of best that come along with various features.
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We run a 12,000 BTU unit on a Honda EU2000 no problems, but it's working hard. I've been unable to start 15KBTU units on rental RVs with it, which lack a starting capacitor.


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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Alex.
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