HONDA's extensive portable generator range has been expanded with two new high capacity inverter models released to the Australian market.
The EM50is and the EM70is are the largest capacity inverter generators in their class and build on advanced technology used in Honda's EU Series generators.
Fitted with Honda's GX340 11hp (8.1kW) OHV four-stroke engine, the EM50is has a maximum output of 5kW, while its rated output is 4.5kW.
A 17-litre fuel tank provides 6.3 hours of continuous operation at full power; this figure extends to 14.6 hours at 25 per cent output using Honda's ECO-Throttle system which automatically adjusts the engine's rpm to generate only as much power as required by the appliance, thus reducing fuel consumption.
The EM70is uses Honda's GX390 13hp (9.6kW) OHV engine, delivering a maximum output of 6.5kW, with a rated output of 5.5kW.
This model also has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres from which operators can expect to run the unit continuously at maximum output for 5.2 hours or 12.5 hours using the ECO-Throttle at 25 per cent output.
Aside from improved fuel economy of approximately 10 per cent compared to conventional generators, the ECO-Throttle significantly reduces generator noise levels.
An innovation on both EM inverter generators is a new 'i-Monitor' liquid crystal display which gives the operator fingertip access to information about the generators' performance.
The 'i-Monitor' acts as an hour meter displaying hours of operation, generator output, engine, speed and the battery voltage.
Another feature of the 'i-Monitor' is an overload warning where a light flashes if the generator is overloaded or if its temperature rises abnormally. If the overload operation continues for five seconds, the generator will automatically switch off.
An engine oil level warning is also provided by the 'i-Monitor' and the engine will shut down when the level is low.
To aid with servicing, the 'i-Monitor' features a self diagnostic function alerting the operator when maintenance is due and therefore increasing engine life to provide years of reliable and trouble-free use.
Both generators feature electric start with recoil back-up and are equipped with wheels and a fold up handle for easy transportation.