Kicking off 2018 for Honda (UK) is the launch of the new EU22i, successor to the best-selling EU20i from Honda’s portable inverter generator range. Offering a 10 percent increase in power, plus a range of enhancements to make it more durable and user friendly, it still remains as quiet and almost identical in size and weight to the EU20i, which it replaces.
Using inverter technology, the new EU22i offers electricity clean and stable enough to charge sophisticated devices including laptops, tablets and mobiles, while strong and powerful enough to handle more demanding equipment or act as a back-up.
For emergency and medical professionals the EU22i is more than capable of powering lightweight water pumps, chainsaws, cutting equipment and power tools, as well as bringing vital temporary light to sites in remote areas. It is also ideal for running or charging a wide range of specialist equipment, communications systems and batteries. The new EU22i brings all of this and more in a lightweight, portable and user-friendly package.
Honda’s revered Eco-throttle mode also remains a feature of the EU22i – constantly adjusting engine speed to precisely match electrical output with load – saving fuel, reducing operating noise and extending engine life when maximum output isn’t needed. The ability to seamlessly link the unit to another for extra power through parallel operation is also still possible.
Maximum power output is up by 10 percent to 2.2kW thanks to the all-new four-stroke Honda GXR120 (120cc) engine, operating at a lower speed to the GX100 (100cc) featured in the EU20i, with operating noise a quiet 91db (A), improving fuel economy and increasing operating time up to 8.1 hours on one fill. The new engine also offers improved handling of varying load demand, with faster speed recovery when load increases, and cleaner combustion, which meets stringent Euro5 emissions standards.
Despite the increase in power and capability, the EU22i retains the same dimensions and almost the same weight as the outgoing model. Dry weight is 21.1kg, a negligible 400g up on the original, and with a full tank of fuel just 24.2kg – the same as that of the EU20i. At just 512mm(L) x 290mm(W) and 425mm(H), the lightweight EU22i remains truly portable, with a large carry handle allowing easy handling by one person.
The EU22i is available to buy now at £1249 (inc VAT) – the same as the outgoing model. It comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty for professional users.