Portable generators can be very handy when it comes to camping, construction, emergencies, or other situations where you need power and don’t have access to mains electricity. They can provide power to a wide range of appliances and tools, but the challenge usually revolves around finding the generator that has the right power output, isn’t too loud and fits your budget.
In this comparison guide, we will focus on two popular selections on the market today – the Cromtech Outback 2.4kW and the Honda EU32is inverter generators. We’ll delve into their key specifications and features, such as power output, fuel efficiency, physical dimensions, noise levels and more.
Performance & Power
Running Power (W): The Cromtech Outback 2.4kW offers 2100 running watts while the Honda EU32is provides a greater output at 2600 running watts. This means that the Honda generator can supply more continuous power compared to the Cromtech model. For instance, both models could power a large air conditioning unit or a table saw which generally requires about 2000 watts of running power.
Starting Power (W): Maximum wattage for starting devices also sees a gap between these generators with Cromtech clocking in at 2400 Watts while Honda peaks at 3200 Watts. This extra ‘starting’ power can be crucial for devices with motors that require an initial surge of power to start up.
Engine type: Both Cromtech Outback 2.4kW and Honda EU32is come with OHV engines which are compact and fuel-efficient; however, there’s a difference in size with Cromtech sporting a smaller 79cc engine compared to Honda’s bigger 130cc engine.
Rated Output (kVA): The rated output of the Honda EU32is is 2.6 kVA. Unfortunately, no such data specified for the Cromtech Outback 2.4kW.
Inverter: Both models integrate inverter technology, meaning they both can produce clean power suitable for running sensitive electronics like laptops.
Fuel & Run Time
Fuel Type: Both the Cromtech Outback 2.4kW and the Honda EU32is use petrol.
Fuel Tank Capacity: The Cromtech model has a bigger 5.0 litre fuel tank compared to Honda’s 4.7 litres. This means you might be able to run the Cromtech generator slightly longer before needing to refuel.
Run Time: While exact comparability is tricky because we don’t have matching data, we can say that typically, the Cromtech can run between 5 and 20 hours on a quarter of its full load. In contrast, the Honda runs for 8.6 hours at a quarter load.
Dry Weight: The Cromtech model is lighter, weighing in at just under 20kg while the Honda EU32is is comparatively more robust at 26.5kg.
Size: The dimensions indicate that the Cromtech generator is larger than its competitor meaning it may need more storage space but won’t necessarily be harder to transport due to its lighter weight.
Wheels: Unfortunately, neither model comes with wheels which might make them slightly more cumbersome to move around.
Outlets & Parallel Use
AC Outlets: Both generators come equipped with two single-phase AC outlets which allow you to power appliances or tools requiring alternating current.
DC Outlets: The Cromtech generator includes two USB DC outlets along with a 12V-8A outlet making it quite versatile for different charging needs; however, there’s no similar data available for the Honda EU32is.
Parallel Use: We know that the Honda EU32is allows for parallel use, meaning you can double your power output if needed by connecting two of the same model. It’s unclear if the Cromtech comes with this feature.
Features & Usability
Features: Key features common to both models include a recoil start system and an oil alert. Unique to Cromtech is an output light, while unique to Honda is its operation indicator via a smartphone app.
Noise Level: Noise level assessments reveal that the Cromtech generator operates between 52-64 dBA depending on load – quieter than city traffic but louder than a conversation. Whereas, the Honda EU32is operates at a louder 91dBA, which is similar to a food blender in volume.
Cromtech Outback 2.4kW vs Honda EU32is Comparison Table
|Cromtech Outback 2.4kW
|79cc, OHV, 4-Stroke
|130cc, OHV, 4-Stroke
|Max / Starting watts
|AC Frequency (Hz)
|Rated Output (kVA)
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|Run time (Hours)
|5 to 20hr
|8.6 at 1/4 load
|Dry Weight (Kg)
|Size (L x W x H)
|51.2 x 31.5 x 44.7 cm
|571 x 452 x 306 cm
|Number of AC Outlets
|2x Single Phase
|2x USB, 1x 12V
|Noise Level (dBA)
|52-59 db at 7m eco mode no load
60-64 db @ 7m continuous rated output
The choice between these two well-crafted generators will largely depend on what you prioritise. If power and running time are most important, then the larger engine and capacities of the Honda EU32is might be worth the extra weight. However, if smaller size, lesser weight and noise level are more your priority, then the Cromtech Outback 2.4kW could be your pick.