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Old 25-03-2011, 20:11   #1
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Honda EU2000i question

We just got our EU2000i today. I got the one with the 30a twist lock receptacle. I got it fired up and plugged in the shore power cord. When I turned on the boat master breaker, the "reverse polarity" light came on. I got out the meter and had 125v between hot and neutral, nearly 0v between the neutral and ground, and nearly 0v between hot and ground. I then looked at the wiring diagram for the genset, and sure enough, the neutral and ground are NOT tied together at the genset. ABYC says that for boats, the neutral and ground are to be tied together at the source. Here is my question. The EU2000i is an inverter type generator, so is there going to be a problem if I tie the neutral and ground together at the 30a receptacle? I wonder why Honda does not ship the generator with the neutral and ground tied together?
I know many sailors use these gensets and wonder how they have dealt with this problem?
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Old 25-03-2011, 20:33   #2
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Re: Honda EU2000i question

The neutral should be tied to earth at the Alternator when feeding the input of the boat. It will not harm the Honda.

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Re: Honda EU2000i question

I disagree on this particular generator. This generator is known as a 2-wire single phase 120v generator. There is no neutral. There is no reason or advantage to connecting the white wire to the generator frame.

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I disagree on this particular generator. This generator is known as a 2-wire single phase 120v generator. There is no neutral. There is no reason or advantage to connecting the white wire to the generator frame.

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So you are sayiing leave all wires in place and everything will be fine?........i2f
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On my 1000, the polarity light goes out when I start the inverter/charger, everything seems (so far) to work normally.
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