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Honda EM6500 - 5500 Watt Portable Generator w/ Electric Start

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Run Watts
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
Starting Watts
Honda iGX OHV Commercial Grade Engine
Digital CDI ignition system provides improved ignition timing
Integrated ECU with a self-tuning regulator/governor system

Electric Start (Battery Included) w/ Recoil Back-Up
Provides easy starting with the turn of a key

iAVR (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulator)
Provides up to 7000 watts for 10 seconds
Ensures a consistent flow of power regardless of load
Protection for sensitive equipment and reliable power for you

Oil Alert« Warning System
Shuts the engine down if oil reaches an unsafe operating level

Voltage Selector Switch - 120/240V Operation
Gives you more usable power and added flexibility

Low 73 dBA Sound Level
Provides quiet operation during power outages

Extended Run Time
Runs about 10.4 hours @ 50% load, 6.9 hours at full load

Added Features
12V DC Terminal Connections provide 100W (8.3A) of power
Locking/Folding Handle, Wheel kit & Reinforced standing legs
Engine Brand
Honda iGX
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
389 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
3 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Cast Iron Sleeve
Product Specs
120/240 Single-Phase
60 Hertz
Auto Voltage Regulation
Surge Watts
6500 Watts
Rated Watts
5500 Watts
Fuel Type
Rated Amps
23 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Solid Rubber
Tank Size
6.2 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
10.4 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Fuel Gauge
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
Hour Meter
Voltage Meter
Lifting Eye
Neutral Type
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
NEMA L14-30R
Made in USA
Assembly Required
243 Pounds
Product Length
41.1 Inches
Product Width
27.8 Inches
Product Height
30.6 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
3 Years
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NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)

NEMA L14-30R

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Q: I see that Honda offers a 3 year warranty for this generator. Does Honda offer an extended warranty for purchase?
by Dave Barsotti from Virginia on September 17, 2013

A: Thank you for your interest in Electric Generators Direct!

While Honda does not offer any extended warranties beyond the standard 3 years, there are other options. We have began carrying extended warranties on our products in order to compliment the manufacturers coverage. This package will allow you to extend the warranty by either one or two years. You can find this information in your shopping cart during the checkout process. Another option is to give us a call and our customer service representatives will be able to discuss the program with you.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Will this generator charge its starting battery while running or is a separate charger/conditioner required?
by Adam from Pennsylvania on September 16, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

The generatorĺs engine charging system charges the battery while the engine is running. However, if the generator is only used periodically, the battery must be charged monthly to maintain the battery service life.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: How many watts do I need for a large chest freezer and two refrigerators?
by Dave Frazee from Maryland on July 08, 2012

A: Dave, it really depends upon the wattage usage of each appliance. Naturally, older appliances draw more electricity. It will definitely run them independently.

Upon initial inspection, you picked a good generator, which should do the trick.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is there anything I need to know about these generators since they have a longer filler neck?
by Karen from Illinois on March 15, 2011

A: This generator has a longer filler neck and filler cap/dipstick for checking the engine oil.

This generator must not be filled with oil until the oil runs out of the filler neck. This will cause the engine to be overfilled with oil.

You must use the gauge in the oil filler cap/dipstick to verify the correct amount of oil in the engine. The engine is full of oil when the oil is up to the top of the cross-hatched area of the filler cap/dipstick. As always, do not screw in the filler cap/dipstick when checking the oil level.

You can find this information in the Owner's Manual as well.
by Mike, Product Expert
Honda EM6500 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Reliable (2)
High Quality (2)
Quiet (1)
Easy To Use (1)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Expensive (1)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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James T.
Charlton, MA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/30/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Top-notch Quality. Exactly What I Needed.
I spent a great deal of time researching generators that I would need to fulfill my emergency power backup needs. I know for a fact that Honda is reliable, having already owned many of their products. While it may cost a bit extra up front when compared to "competition", the long term payoff of buying a Honda product is a no-brainer. I was torn between the EU7000 and EM6500 and have no regrets having made the decision of buying the EM model.

While the quality of power from the EU... more
James Recommends This Honda Product
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Patrick G.
Southport, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/14/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Somewhat Dissapointed
Person I dealt with on the phone when ordering my Honda generator was great his name was Brian. Generator arrived in a timely manner. When opening packaging noticed a wire hanging down which turned out to be the plug wire which the porcelain / plastic plug connector was broken into two pieces.

The package was not damaged which meant it left the factory in this condition. I would not expect this when purchasing a $ 2700.00 generator. It is not an inexpensive $ 500.00 generator. I was also... more
Patrick Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Sorry to hear about the issues you experienced with your generator. Hopefully everything is now resolved.
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Kevin S.
Republic, WA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/21/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It's A Honda, Nuff Said
After assembly and oil fill, I put in pre-treated gas ( Sta-bil ) turned the key and varoom. Not a second of hesitation. Got to use it this week with power outage of three days. Again, VAROOM !!

Powers all essentials in the house, very quiet ( it's a Honda, DUH ) and very good gas millage. It's a Honda so it costs a little more than others, but it is a quality unit. You get what you pay for. With free shipping it comes out okay. Highly recommend !!
Kevin Recommends This Honda Product
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William S.
Niskayuna, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/31/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Honda Em 6500
Products arrive from electric generators direct great condition no problems or issues. Started right up after minimal assembly. Mainly bought the Honda unit because I need to clean power to run my Rinaie on demand hot water heaters. I know the inverter generators run this and I would prefer an inverter but did not want to spend $4000 on the EU 7000 so I spent 2300 and bought the EM 6500 which operates my sensitive electronic equipment. Still fairly quiet, but not as quiet as an inverter... more
William Recommends This Honda Product
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Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/23/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
First Impressions
Have not had enough run time to know anything about reliability. Lack of an hour meter or power output display is disappointing given the price. Fit and finish appears typical Honda (very nice). Start up and initial operation was problem free.

Units are assembled in China and I suspect that is why the battery cables (shipped disconnected) were not cut to length and the paint on the axles was too heavy to allow the wheels to be installed (removed with some fine emery cloth).

If it runs... more
Jeff Recommends This Honda Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Depending on what you're backing up, auto-idle feature is one of the best features to have on any generator.
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Kelley S.
Westport, CT
Total Helpful Votes
78 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Outstanding Generator
I bought mine at a local dealer, because he buys from me. I was tired of the noise from my old Generac model 7550EXL. The Honda produces clean power, safe for all electronics. This unit will run my Mr Slim air cond unit, the Generac wouldn't. I also chose this model, because of the higher surge availability. I was looking into the Eu6500, but this works better for me. I had a electrician install a interlock switch, on my main fuse panel, and a reliance 30 amp outlet box. My furnace, hot... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Kelley Recommends This Honda Product
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Bonney Lake, WA
Total Helpful Votes
52 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Unit
I received this product from a local distributor the other day. It came to me with oil filled and fully assembled ready to go. I have a Gen Tran switch installed in my garage and was intent on testing the unit when my wife called down and asked my I turned off the power.

Low and behold we had the perfect time for a power failure. (If there is such a thing.) I wheeled the generator to the designated spot and plugged the unit in. It's an electric start gen set and it fired up without... more
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Jeff L.
Ellicott City, MD
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/2/12
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
You Get What You Pay For
The Honda EM6500 represents a great investment in a portable generator. I bought the generator to power my well, sump pump and other critical items during the frequent power outages we have in Maryland thanks to BGE's inability to provide reliable power.

Electric Generators Direct shipped my generator within 48 hours of ordering and it arrived in perfect condition.

They also saved me over $500 of the lowest local retailer.
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Lloyd E.
Hector, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/28/13
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Selecting A Honda Em6500
3 months evaluating portables from construction grade to those below that. EM6500 decision was based on the need for portable power, low THD, reliability, warranty and proximity of service centers. Online purchased on a Friday, delivered the following Wednesday with liftgate service. I had a wheeled 4X4 timber dolly ready to load and move the item. It arrived on a semi that would not back up the 200'gravel drive to offload. Driver assisted in getting it off the semi, on the dolly and up the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Lloyd Recommends This Honda Product
Lloyd Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
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Brooklyn, CT
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/31/11
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Portable Backup Power
When I ordered this generator it was on back order due to the recent Tropical storm Irene. I had an estimated ship date of Nov. 15th but, to my surprise the generator was shipped a week early. I was provided with the trucking company and pro# for tracking my shipment. The generator arrived as scheduled and with some simple assembly of the wheel kit, handle, and battery connection all that was left to do was to add the oil and gas. The generator started right up with a turn of the key. I am... more
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Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/4/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth The Price
The Honda generator wheel & handle kit was very easy to assemble and the owner's manual is easy to follow for generator operation. After set-up, the generator started right up. I tested it out with my newly installed Q310A Reliance Controls Transfer Switch. The generator works flawlessly. Now I'm ready for what Mother Nature can throw at me.

The Reliance Controls Transfer Switch instructions were very easy to follow and the switch was easy to install.
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