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Power output quality
Voltage regulation controls the power output of the generator . Consistent power is extremely important. Fluctuations in power can cause equipment to shut down or even damage the appliance.
AC Power is depicted using a sine wave. The smoother the curve , the more stable the power.
Any spikes or "blips" in the curve are caused by a fluctuation in the power. These can be bad for both your generator and the equipment being powered.
There are several different ways to regulate the voltage on a generator:
Brushless generators are among the most common in the industry because of their inexpensive construction, but have the least reliable voltage control. Brushless generators can't react to a changing load, either producing low power (a brownout) or high power . Fluctuations of this nature can cause equipment damage.
Honda does not make any brushless generators.
AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator)
Many Honda generators feature an Automatic Voltage Regulator, or AVR, designed to consistently control voltage. The AVR keeps the output voltage more constant, regardless of the load. This means no spikes or brownouts.
DAVR (Digital Automatic Voltage Regulator)
Many Honda generators feature a new DAVR (Digital Automatic Voltage Regulator). The DAVR is designed to hold the voltage stability within a +/- 1% change during operation to which the U.S. standard is 60hZ. The DAVR adjustments are driven off the main winding, versus a sensor winding in conventional AVR systems. Additionally, the DAVR is protected from overheating by a thermistor.
iAVR (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulator)
Some EM and EB Series now offer an exclusive new Honda technology, iAVR (Intelligent Automatic Voltage Regulator). This consists of a digital capacitive discharge ignition, a self tuning regulator governor, a current transformer applied to the auto throttle and the new DAVR control unit.
iAVR lets the generator operate well above its maximum rating for up to 10 seconds to start high initial amp draw situations. This ensures a consistent flow of power regardless of the load, which translates into protection for sensitive equipment and reliable power for you.
Honda's patented CycloConverter technology allows you to get cleaner power with less weight. The CycloConverter offers the benefits of AVR-type generator at a lower size and weight.
Inverters produce the cleanest power of all. These units are ideal for sensitive electronics, such as computers.
Inverter generators offer a number of other benefits, including less noise, lower weight, and greater fuel efficiency as compared to traditional models.
Honda revolutionized the use of inverter technology in portable generators with our Super-Quiet EU series