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03-28-2015 09:56 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Originally Posted by gershel View Post
Sure would keep my wife "happy"
Huh? I don't get it. Skip the generator, the A/C, and get a happy girl that likes it hot and sweaty. Highly recommended. That's what I did. Works great. No problem getting anything started. Heh.
03-28-2015 09:33 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

I dont know about all this fancy talk(smart start?)just stop by the hvac parts supplier and tell them,give me one of them there hard start kits.....About 70 bucks,hook it up to the start cap and your done.also its nice to keep one around if and when a compressor starts to get old and (is hard to start) and pulls to many amps....George.
03-28-2015 05:58 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

I'm sorry if this has already been mentioned, but all marine A/C units I am familiar with use something like a March water circulation pump which also uses some power (1/8 to 1/2 hp pump). The rated 16 amps on a 16,000 btu marine A.C unit does not include this pump.
I believe these units are rated to operate on 115 v ac, as is the pump, so loading the 2kw gene to near capacity may reduce voltage, raising the amperage.
It seems that if a 2kw gene is in fact running a 16 amp unit, plus the pump, it is doing so by the skin of it's teeth. Why not step up to 2.5 kw or larger and ease the burden?
03-28-2015 12:04 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Hate to bring up an old topic - but in a new way.

I've had conflicting comments on running a Dometic 6Kbtu A/C unit with the Smart Start kit via a Honda EU1000i (not the EU2000i). The Smart Start kit is supposed to reduce the max start up draw and, thus allow the EU1000i to actually run the unit.

Does anyone have any experience (and recommendations) with this combination of equipment?

08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Gary, what manuf. is that? Did it work with the Honda 2000?
05-30-2014 11:35 AM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

I talked with the manufacturer of my 14,500 BTU AC unit and they said that the Honda 2000i would run the unit with no problems, plus it could handle the starting surge and never blink.

05-30-2014 09:27 AM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Lazarette. Be careful with the hot exhaust.
08-17-2013 08:30 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Under nav table.
08-17-2013 03:48 PM
last mango
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

odd ball question = where is everyone storing these when underway - lazarettes, strapped to the decks/ One of our big problems to figure out
07-28-2013 04:52 PM
Re: Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

Originally Posted by gershel View Post
Honda eu2000i and Air Conditioning

Just heard about a new product from Dometic. It's called a SmartStart controller. It reduces the amount of amps needed to start an air conditioner by 65%. I spoke to a tech from Dometic, who seemed to think, that a Honda 2000 could run a 16,000 btu Cruisair a/c. The cost for this unit is about $360. Sounds interesting. Sure would keep my wife "happy". Has anyone heard anything about this. It's only been available a few months.
I, just this week, finished a year long saga with the Honda 2000 and a 16K BTU air conditioner. This is what I learned:
  • The Smart Start is specifically designed to work with a Dometic AC unit; however, it works perfectly well with non Dometic units.
  • The Smart Start will allow a Honda 2000 to power only certain Dometic 16K AC units - they must have the 410 coolant.
  • I installed a Smart Start on a non Dometic unit and managed to get the ramp up amperage down to 29 amps. The Honda 2000 just couldn't do it consistently. Sometimes it could, mostly it couldn't.
  • I installed a Victron Energy Multiplus inverter charger that has a power assist mode and all works well now. This was not an inexpensive install; however, it greatly upgrades my electrical system and it needed it anyway. The alternative was a genset and that would have been even more expensive and, I would have still had to upgrade the electrics.

Do your home work with the Smart Start- Dometic is very specific on which AC units will be able to accept it and be powered by a Honda 2000.

Good Luck.
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