I received a little goody from Fed-ex yesterday. I bought a generator to help out during the next power outage (Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator). This should make life just a tad easier than it was a few weeks ago.
I am going to offer a piece of advice to anyone out there who lives in an area that experiences power outages. Get a small generator and get it now. Don’t rush around to every store in your area while the power is actually off. If you find one, you’ll most likely walk away with a generator that is of low quality and one that uses way too much gas.
I was tempted to purchase a generator during the height of the outage. Actually, I tried to get one, but luckily every single one across three states was spoken for. I am glad I waited because I did my research and I bought the right piece of equipment.
Here’s why I got this particular machine:
1. It’s a Honda. That’s must.
2. It’s quiet. Only 53 decibels on eco-mode.
3. It’s fuel efficient. On eco-mode, it only uses one gallon of gas every 9.5 hours.
The last reason is huge. Over the past few weeks, I learned that generator size is directly related to manliness. “Hey, I have a bigger generator than you…” seems to be the popular sentiment. It’s unfortunate because many people out there think that bigger is better when it comes to generator size and really, all everyone is doing is burning more fuel than necessary. I was looking at generators that used 7.5 gallons of gas every ten hours. Let’s do the math. That’s almost $60 for 20 hours of use. At that rate, you may as well just throw everything that’s in the refrigerator out, or better yet, go grab some bags of ice.
Mind you, I was simply looking for something to handle the refrigerator, downstairs freezer, a few lights and to charge phones and laptops. This will do the trick perfectly. If you are looking to run your entire house…boiler, water well and all, then you’ll need something else.
I started this generator up, turned it on eco-mode and went into the kitchen. I didn’t hear it. It’s quiet. Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention that this thing is light and easy to move around. It would fit in the trunk of a sedan with no problem.
I took a video and a few photos for you. Enjoy.