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Honda Announces Addition of GFCI Feature to More Generator Models

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The 2016 Honda EB6500X Generator

The 2016 Honda EB6500X Generator

Honda had two big announcements at the 2016 World Concrete show in Las Vegas today. The first was an introduction of the company’s new Cyclone Air Cleaner, and the second concerned Honda Power Equipment’s announcement that it has added ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) technology to three of its most popular generator models.

Honda unveiled three enhanced models in Vegas today, each equipped with GFCI 20 amp duplex receptacles: the Honda EB6500 Industrial Seriesgenerator, the Honda EM5000 Deluxe Series generator, and the Honda EG4000 Economy Seriesgenerator. GFCI shuts down the circuit when the current is flowing along an unintended path, or ground fault, which protects users from being shocked by electricity.

The Honda EB6500 Industrial Series model, the flagship of the enhanced generator lineup, is powered by the Honda iGX390 commercial grade overhead valve (OHV) engine and supported by a heavy-duty frame. The generator can provide 6,500 watts 120/240V of backup power and features the Honda exclusive Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulation (iAVR) Power feature to enhance performance and power output. Thanks to the iAVR, the EB6500 generator can produce up to 7,000 watts of power for as many as 10 seconds, and has a lengthy run time of up to 10.4 hours at the 50% load for extended work hours.

The Honda EM5000 provides 5,000 watts 120/240V of backup power for commercial, rental, and residential applications. The generator features electric start, remote start capability, and impressive run times as long as 11.2 hours at the 50% load on one full tank of fuel. Powered by the Honda iGX390 engine, the EM5000 also includes the Honda exclusive iAVR Power feature, which enhances generator performance and power output.

Finally, the Honda EG4000 Economy Series generator can produce 4,000 watts 120/240V of backup power. The device incorporates several advanced design features, including Digital Automatic Voltage Regulator (DAVR) technology, which holds the voltage stable within one percent over time during standard operation and prevents engine speed from exceeding 4,140 rpm for longer than three seconds in differing voltage conditions. The EG4000 has a run time up to 9.4 hours at the 50% load and a dB(A) rating of 72, and features the Honda GX270 engine.

“Honda has built its reputation on developing products that improve people’s lives,” said Honda Power Equipment senior vice president Scott Conner.  “Optimizing these three popular generator models with GFCI illustrates how Honda goes beyond developing innovative new products, also incorporating technology that enhances existing products, building unparalleled durability, quality and reliability into every Honda product.”