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26 March, 2014

Honda Generators

 

      
 
      
     

More than meets the eye!

   Generators can provide instant power when and where you need it
•    But beware: not all generators are created equal
•    Match load type and application to generator capabilities
•    Reliability, durability and low noise levels are key considerations
•    Honda offers a full range of generators for many applications

The looming threat of power outages and rolling blackouts in the wake of the inclement weather that affected large parts of South Africa earlier this month has again put the spotlight on the need for alternative power sources when conventional suppliers can’t deliver.

Topping the list of instant power solutions is the generator – and Honda’s range of power products includes a comprehensive line-up of petrol generators, tailored to fulfil specific requirements.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a need for power in remote areas, or a professional requiring on-site electricity, Honda’s extensive range of generators offers a model for virtually every application.

However, there’s more to using a generator than starting it up and plugging in lights, appliances or power tools, let alone computers or other sensitive electronics. Understanding what makes a generator tick makes it a lot simpler to choose the correct model – and using it to best effect.

To choose a generator best suited to a particular application, three vital pieces of information are required: the wattage requirement of the appliances to be used; the load type of the appliance; and the rated output of the generator.

Determining the wattage of an appliance is simple enough: it’s usually stated on a data plate affixed to the appliance. But ascertaining the load type is a little trickier.

The load type of an appliance is either resistive or reactive. Resistive load appliances include toasters, convection heaters, hot plates, coffee makers, sound systems and TVs – all devices without electric motors. Resistive load is calculated as the rated wattage x 1. Thus a 60 watt light bulb will need 60 watts to start up.

Reactive load appliances typically employ electric motors and include power tools, refrigerators, air-conditioners and air compressors. Reactive load is calculated as the rated wattage x 3. Thus, an electric drill rated at 500 watt will actually need 1 500 watts of generated power to start up.

Finally, the output of a generator can be divided into two categories – maximum output and rated output. The rated output is the maximum output that a generator can continuously produce – usually about 80 percent of maximum output.

By comparison, maximum output is the absolute maximum recommended wattage a generator will produce. Usually, a circuit breaker is installed to cut output if maximum output is exceeded for 10 minutes or more. To select the correct generator, always consider rated output, rather than maximum output.

To run sensitive electronic equipment such as computers from a generator, the generator needs to be equipped with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR). Honda has a range of generators featuring AVR.

The Honda EU65is is an ideal all-purpose generator, with a range of applications ranging from camping to emergency power supply when blackouts occur. Compact and lightweight, it’s easy to move to where it’s needed, thanks to a sturdy frame, integrated wheels and fold-away handles.

The EU65iS is also extremely quiet, with an operational noise level of just 60 dB, thanks to a noise-reducing casing, acoustic panelling, and the generator’s EcoThrottle, which automatically adjusts engine speed to precisely match the load. EcoThrottle technology also optimises fuel consumption and engine life.

The EU65iS is able to generate a maximum output of 6 500 watts at sea level, and achieves an extended run time of 5,2 hours at the rated sea-level load of 5 500 watts on a single tank of fuel. Output voltage is 220V at 50 Hz.

Vitally, the EU65is features state-of-the-art inverter technology, using unique microprocessors, to ensure a stable delivery of clean power that’s meets the requirements of sensitive electronics, including computers.

Ease of use is ensured by the key-operated electric start system, while Honda’s tried and tested four-stroke, overhead valve engine powering the generator is renowned for its legendary reliability and durability.

An integrated iMonitor self-diagnosis system provides further peace of mind by providing servicing information and monitoring output performance.

When shopping for a generator, look out for the following additional features offered by Honda’s EU range of generators:

•    Low noise, low vibration design
•    Fuel efficiency
•    High output performance
•    An alert system that automatically stops the engine when oil levels drop
•    A large air cleaner for optimum air intake efficiency and power output
•    User-friendly circuit breakers to protect against overload
•    Nationwide service and parts back-up.

TYPICAL POWER RATINGS
Here’s a list of power tools and appliances, the typical generator output ratings needed.

TOOLS

OUTPUT REQUIRED

Battery charger (10 Amp)

350 – 1 000 watts

Soldering iron

350 – 1 000 watts

Electric drill

350 – 1 000 watts

Jig saw

1 400 – 2 500 watts

Electric mower

1 400 – 2 500 watts

Router

1 800 – 2 500 watts

Grinder (150 mm)

1 800 – 3 500 watts

 

DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

OUTPUT REQUIRED

Television

100 – 500 watts

Toaster

1 000 – 1 750 watts

Vacuum cleaner

1 000 – 2 500 watts

Refrigerator/freezer

1 000 – 2 500 watts

Microwave

1 000 – 2 500 watts

Hair dryer

1 000 – 2 000 watts

Washing machine

1 800 – 3 500 watts

 

 

 


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