Honda EU2200i Pair in Parallel - Companion or Not?
Hi, I'm new here. In light of the recent blackouts in California due to all the fires I went and bought a pair of Honda 2200i generators to run in parallel with the intention of powering my entire house. I don't have electric heaters, or electric furnaces or anything like that. The stove is gas, the water heater is gas, I have a wood stove and the furnaces are gas. Electrically, I'm only powering the fridge, lights and the relay for the gas stove. The fridge uses between 12-15A, so in reality I do need two of these things to get enough power for the house.
We had a blackout the other day, but I ran only one of the generators, just for the fridge. I haven't opened the other one and I was thinking about taking it back and exchanging for the Companion unit. The reason being, for now I'm running extension cords... so using two identical generators is fine. But eventually I plan to install a transfer switch and run straight into the house. For that, it's better to have the 2200i + 2200i Companion, with the parallel cords, since the Companion unit allows for a single 30A plug out. Otherwise, according to Honda, I have to balance two 15A cords... one for each side.
I've seen people that have made custom harnesses to run two identical 2200i's into a junction box in parallel and from there, a 30A out into the transfer switch. With a little research, I could build that. But given I haven't opened one of the boxes yet, I think I'm better off just exchanging it and getting the Companion unit.
What do you guys suggest? Is there a benefit in having the two identical units that I'm not seeing? Or is it clearly better to have the 2200i + 2200i Companion?