The 2,000-watt Honeywell HW2000i surges to 2,100 watts, and its inverter technology produces consistent electricity recommended for running sensitive electronics like computers. It's compact and light enough to be ideal for camping or tailgating, but can also power several household appliances during a power outage. In economy mode, the engine speed is automatically adjusted according to the electrical load, minimizing noise and fuel consumption. If you don't need inverter technology and want more power for a little less money, the 3,250-watt Generac 5724 (*Est. $450) may be a good fit.
The Honeywell HW2000i is a best seller at ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com, where editors pick it as a recommended model and owners have posted positive reviews. The HW2000i also receives top ratings from owners posting reviews at Walmart.com and Amazon.com. The Handyman Club of America posts a video of the HW2000i on YouTube.
1. Electric Generators Direct.com
ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com editors pick the HW2000i as a recommended model in its size range, writing that it's a "very reliable and affordable camping generator." Owners give it high marks as well; one says he ran his pop-up camper's heater, refrigerator and water pump as well as a microwave and a TV, all at the same time.
Review: Honeywell HW2000i -- 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator, Editors of and contributors to ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com
Close to 55 owners write about the Honeywell HW2000i at Amazon.com, and many of the reviews are quite long, giving plenty of information about the power quality and other facets of this portable generator. Most users are satisfied, though a few say they received a defective unit and had problems getting it repaired. One user who lives in an area where the power goes off frequently writes that he can power his small window air conditioning unit and television with it. Others have used it mainly while camping.
Review: Honeywell HW2000i 2,100 Watt 125cc 4-Stroke 10Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 40 owners review the Honeywell HW 2000i at Walmart.com, giving it high ratings. The reviews provide a good picture of how this portable generator has performed in real-life situations. Most have used it on camping trips, and they report that the generator runs longer than they expected it to on a tank of gas. One owner reports that he ran everything he needed in his pop-up camper using about 7 gallons of gas in three days.
Review: Honeywell HW2000i 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator, Contributors to Walmart.com
4. Handyman Club of America
In this video made at the 2009 National Hardware Show, Larry Okrend of the Handyman Club of America interviews Todd Welzbacher, a Honeywell employee, about two Honeywell portable inverter generators, the HW1000i and the HW2000i. Other videos about the Honeywell HW2000i are grouped with this one on YouTube; some show it in operation, and you can hear how loud it is and see how it works.
Review: National Hardware Show 2009 -- Honeywell Generators -- Handyman Club of America, Larry Okrend, Todd Welzbacher, May 18, 2009