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Old 02-24-2015, 11:36 PM   #43
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Will the Honda 2KW unit run a 13.5 AC if that is all that is on? Really like the size and weight of the 2000W unit but need to be able to run the AC in an emergency, like truck brakes down in the middle of no where and it's 100+ deg. Are there other 2kw units that might do it better, Yamaha has the 2400 that I can lift and I know it would do it.

Typically no, not enough power to operate air conditioning. Consider a pair of them with parallel cable. Usually you only need the one, but on the occasions you need a/c break out the second.
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I have a Honda 3000is but that thing is heavy to lift. Only need that much for the AC. Would like to get something lighter for the longer trips, just thought the 2000 might do it in a pinch.
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Costco. $600. 2000w. Can use two in parallel.

http://m.costco.com/Smarter-Tools-20...100121916.html
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anyone change out the start capacitor? was there a difference?
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anyone change out the start capacitor? was there a difference?

I have changed out start caps for a couple of electrical items to help them in the electrically challenged world of japan. But I have never changed out a starting cap in an A/C or refrigerator.

I can say that it helped with my drill press and dust evacuator on my sand blast cabinet. both came up to speed properly after increasing the total capacitance of the start circuit both of them were single phase 60 htz, 115 volt running on 50 htz 100 volt. Now they start without tripping the breaker where as before it tripped the breaker about 50% of the time when starting. breaker was a dedicated 20 amp circuit for each.

I would think that adding, or upsizing your current motors starting cap would make it start easier.

My suggestion is to go to this webpage:

Electric motors, generators & controls engineering Forum - Eng-Tips

and ask some of the electrical engineers there for suggestions, they helped me immensely while I was working out the kinks for my tools in the shop. They do not mind helping though they all throw in the caveat do this at your own risk blah blah blah.

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We have a Honda 2000ei. It's quiet and keeps the battery boosted. Will run the air if we need too. As others have said,don't plug in the kettle and the microwave at the same time
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anyone change out the start capacitor? was there a difference?
Yes. big time.

I added a supco start kit to the 13.5 K btu coleman and now a single Honda 2K can reliably start and run it.

13.5 K Is brutal on the 2K and I wouldn't do it for long - but it can do it at sea level now. A 10 or 11K BTU unit would allow for a bit more overhead and keep the 2K from revving its guts out.

Without that mod - compressor startup would kill it every time. BAM dead.


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Uncle Dave. You have more info on that Supco start kit?
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I think if i was going to add a 2dn AC it would be a smaller unit that the 2KW Honda would supply.
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I lug around a Honda 3000is even though my toy hauler has an Onan gen set & my prior travel trailer also had a Onan. The Onan's work fine, they are just loud. If I was looking for a portable generator now, I'd probably go with two Honda Eu2000's and run them together when needed.
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What about the Yamaha 2400. Seems light and more compact than the Honda. Would do what is needed AC wise.
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Uncle Dave. You have more info on that Supco start kit?
Yup.

http://www.supco.com/images/pdfs/AC%...%20Booklet.pdf

4x4 the yamaha 2400 is an excellent little genset-

I still recommend you put a hard start kit in the AC unit.


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Thanks again UD
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I have a Honda EU3000is. Originally purchased for home/shop use for emergencies. Used it during Superstorm Sandy for 4 days and other shorter outages. Powered half my house including 36" fridge, 26cuft. freezer, 46" LCD TV, Cable, Router, laptop, lights, coffee maker, Micro, & electric cooking devices. Used 2+ gal gas / 24 hrs @ load. VERY VERY QUIET !!!! It also produces true sine wave juice which will run digital & medical equipment without worry of frying anything - really important!! Now that I'm RV shopping, I'll invest in an aluminum ramp so I don't have to lift it in or out of my van. There are more Honda service facilities in my area as opposed to Yamaha (also good). I use a small tarp & a couple of spring clamps attached to my truck to make an "awning" for it when camping to keep the rain off of it. It hasn't let me down.
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