EU10I capability

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 18:56
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G,day all,

I am looking at buying a Honda EU10I or the Yamaha equivalent for camping and as a backup for the home during power outages. Apart from lighting I will need the generator to at be capable of running a 150 litre freezer. While the freezer is only 300 watts I am unsure of the start up current and whether these generators can handle the extra load at start up without stalling. I am interested to know if anybody has experience running this sort of appliance off these generators.

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Reply By: fox - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:34

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:34
Hi Darren,
This may be of no use to your particular post, but we have the EU20i and we have run our 650 litre 2 door side by side fridge freezer with it and no start up problems....I might add that while the power was out for 8 hours that day, we also ran the 80L Tailblaza, a 120 Gorenje beer fridge and a 150L chest freezer as well as the side by side......We obviously started them all separately and they ran well for a few hours until the 650L fridge/freezer wanted to restart at the same time as the house water pressure pump was running as well....Julie was having a shower....Anyway, it just stopped and we turned a few things off and restated it and it reset and carried on....Just our experiences with a bigger unit, however, I'm sure it will run your 150L freezer as well as another fridge too if you wish as I have friend who does that with a EU10i when at Fraser Island.

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Follow Up By: Dazz78 - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:54

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:54
G'day Fox,

Thanks for your comments, you have pretty much answered my question. I understand that the start up current is about three times what is needed to actually run the freezer which brings it close to the capacity of the generator but if your friend runs a freezer and fridge I should not have a problem.

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Follow Up By: fox - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 20:39

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 20:39
Yes Darren....that's right it is around 3 times the current at start up as they are a capacitor start and the initial in rush of current charges up the capacitor which when discharged after a start...looks like a dead short to the supply...this however is only for a few milliseconds and the genset recovers very quickly.

The EU10i is rated at 900watts continuous, so you won't have a problem...our EU20i was running along well one night at Fraser and had a few lights and the fridge and the bread maker and a battery charger on our then..Jayco Swan Outback ( now Kimberley Kamper) when all of a sudden the honda revvvvved up unexpectedly and the couple who were camping with us had their Engel running off the gennie as well.....but that shouldn't present a problem and after investigation and following the second lead to their Troopy, I found that Shirley, fresh from her shower had decided to plug in her hair girls do ...anyway the EU20i was up to it as well as running the rest of the gear mentioned above....

Happy Camping
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Reply By: scottcamp - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:59

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 19:59
Hi Darren,

We have a Eu10 and we have ran a Waeco CF-50 and a CF-18 along with our central heating system with no problems.

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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 01:57

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 01:57
Dazz78, used mine to test it & ran a 340lt fridge freezer Kelvinator. The first time it overloaded next time was OK
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Reply By: jimack - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 08:32

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 08:32
Hi Darren if you live in the Perth W.A. area my son has a Eu101 still in the packing case will sell well below what you will pay in the retail area. Have a contact number
Cheers Jim
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Follow Up By: Dazz78 - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 20:14

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 20:14
G'day jimack

Thanks for the over but I am on the other side of the country and have a generator lined up to buy anyway.

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