Originally Posted by DavidnLondon
Do you ever turn any of the appliances and/or lights back on while operating the ac or do you leave those off the whole time the ac is on? Doesnt it take more power to start the a/c and other applicances up than it does to run them once started? I like the portability of the Hondas since they are somewhat lighter in weight but I think it might take two of them.If the Yamaha 2400 will suffice I may go that route since I think one of them would cost less than the two Hondas even though it would mean I would have less overall power available.I am hoping I might be able to run the heat pump/ac and some other items as well with just the Yamaha 2400.
I don't use any other appliances if the AC is running on the generator. You are correct, that the start-up uses the most amps....that is why the overload light will briefly flash during start up. Once the AC is up to speed, it may be possible to run items that don't pull many amps.....like my TV....I just have never tried that.
If I need to use the microwave, or the missus wants to use her hair dryer, I will turn off the AC before using those items.
You are correct, that the EF2400is will be much cheaper than 2 Honda 2000s.....I think the 2000s are about the same price as the Yamaha. If you can handle the weight, a Honda 3000 would run the AC plus some other items, but you will still have to manage your use some.
I got our generator at Wise Sales....they list the Yamaha EF2400iSHC for $1331.10. They delivered to our house for free.
EF2400iSHC Yamaha Generator 2400 WiseSales.com
Wise sales does not list the Honda prices....you have to call or email for that info.
The weights may be a concern, especially for me as I get more age challenged. The Yamaha weighs in at 75 lbs....so far that is not a problem. The Honda 2000 is 47 lbs, the 3000 is 134 lbs....that definitely is over my limit.
All 3 of those models are about the same dBs.
The Yamaha can not be run in parallel with another generator, 2 Honda 2000s can be run in parallel.
Other than occasionally running my AC, or the missus drying her hair, I seldom use the generator except to charge the batteries. It is just too convenient to run the water heater and fridge on gas, and heat stuff on the stove instead of the microwave......can you say Jiffy Pop ??