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Honda's new generator is powered by butane gas canisters

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March 29, 2010

Honda's new generator is powered by butane gas canisters

Honda's new generator is powered by butane gas canisters

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Scheduled to go on sale at Honda dealers throughout Japan this May, the ENEPO EU9iGB is pretty compact as far as generators go. It's powered by common butane canisters, which makes for safe and easy storage in contrast with gasoline-fueled alternatives. A fold-down handle makes transport dead simple, as the design is reminiscent of carry-on luggage with two wheels at the base.

Outdoor enthusiasts have reason to get excited over the ENEPO because it can handle devices that use 900 W or less such as computers, cooking equipment, or blow dryers. Yes folks, camping just got comfy.

For users who require a little more juice, you can purchase a parallel connecting cord that links two generators together to kick out 1800 VA.

Honda's ENEPO may prove popular in earthquake-prone Japan, where emergency power-sources are especially important. No word on the cost just yet, but Honda's website says that the generator is "reasonably priced".

For the record, this is not the first time that Honda has gotten creative with butane. Last year we reported on its Pianta FV200 Mini-Tiller, the company's first canister-powered outdoor product.

Via: Honda.

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5 Comments

I think this is really cool but I don't think butane is all that cheep or available here in the U.S.? (other than for cigarette lighters) so I think a propane version would be a better alternative over here.

mrhuckfin
30th March, 2010 @ 04:37 am PDT

The wheels are to small and the Generator is rather large for only 900 watts.

kraftzion
30th March, 2010 @ 05:22 am PDT

We need to marry one of those new "Bloom Box" with a butane tank on wheels, and have about 5,000 watts on a portable platform. Make it quad-fuel (butane, propane or natural gas) and it's be even better! ... one last thing, keep the price under $2,000.

matthew.rings
30th March, 2010 @ 10:18 pm PDT

You don't have butane in the States?

What kind of back-woods hicksville country are you luddites living in???

Chris Baines
10th May, 2010 @ 06:29 pm PDT

One very interesting thing about this generator though, is that you can link them together, and as far as I know, not many (if any at all?) portable generators support that because the AC power output would have to be synchronized to run the exact same phase of the frequency (changing 50 times per second between minus and plus, imagine if one generator was at the minus phase and the other one at the plus phase).

Sorry for the lack of terminology/technical language that would better describe this, but hopefully you get the idea.

John Daniel Johnsen
14th September, 2010 @ 06:56 am PDT
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