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Paralleling Honda EU7000is
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Honda EU6500is
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Paralleling Honda EU6500is
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120A Paralleling Box



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HD Plug & Play Gen-sets

Our HD Plug & Play Gen-sets incorporate proprietary distribution equipment we have developed that enable the Honda EU6500 and EU7000 generators to power HMI lights up to 12kw or Quartz lights up to 10kw. The primary factors limiting the use of HMIs on portable Honda generators has been their inefficient use of power and the harmonic currents they introduce into the power stream. The power waveform below left is typical of what results from the operation of a couple of 1200W HMIs on a conventional portable generator. The adverse effects of the harmonic noise exhibited here, can take the form of overheating and failing equipment, efficiency losses, circuit breaker trips, excessive current on the neutral wire, and instability of the generatorís voltage and frequency. For these reasons it has never been possible to operate more than a couple of 1200W HMIs on a conventional 6500W portable gas generator and it has not been possible to combine their output in parallel operation.

Left: Distorted power waveform created by Non-PFC 1200W HMI ballasts on conventional generator.
Right: Near perfect power waveform created by the same lights with PFC ballasts on inverter generator.

In contrast our HD P&P Gen-sets create clean stable set power that is capable of operating larger lights (HMIs up to 12kw or Quartz lights up to 10kw), or more smaller lights, off of portable gas generators than has ever been possible before. For example, the power waveform above on the right, is the same package of HMI lights but with power factor corrected electronic HMI ballasts operating on our modified 7500W Honda EU6500is Inverter Generator. As you can see, the difference between the resulting waveforms is startling. Even though we are running the same overall load, the fact that the HMI ballasts are power factor corrected and the power is being generated by our modified Honda EU6500is Inverter Generator, results in virtually no power waveform distortion. For this reason, the generator can support larger loads and two Honda EU6500s, or EU7000s, can for the first time, be combined in parallel operation for greater output.

Our modified 7500W Honda EU6500is with our 60A Transformer/Distro can power
a 4kw HMI along with a 1.2kw HMI, 400w Lighthouse HMI, a couple of Kino Flo ParaBeam 400s,
ParaBeam 200s, and Tegra 400s of our HD P&P Pkg.

For example, either our modified 7500W Honda EU6500 or EU7000 Generator operating alone with our 60A Full Power Transformer/Distro is capable of powering a 4kw HMI along with a 1.2kw HMI, plus a couple of Kino Flo Parabeam 400s, Parabeam 200s, and Tegra 400s. Add a second one of our modified 7500W EU Generators and our Paralleling Control Box and the combined 120A output is capable of powering HMIs up to 12kw or more smaller lights than has ever been possible before on portable gas generators. Given the light sensitivity of HD Camcorders, our HD Plug & Play Gen-sets are capable of powering a complete location lighting package for HD Digital Cinema productions at a tremendous cost savings.

Our Shock Stop GFCI with either our 60, 84, or 100A Transformer/Distro is
the only way to bring Honda EU6500s or EU7000s
into OSHA compliance for use on work sites.

By eliminating the need for a tow generator in order to have feature style production capability, our HD P&P Gen-sets eliminate the expense of not only a tow generator, but also the added expense of a rental house grip truck and truck driver. And when used with a GFCI Shock Block, our Full Power Transformer/Distros bring the Honda EU6500 and EU7000 generators into full OSHA compliance (like most silent portable gas generators, they do not meet OSHA requirements for use on work sites otherwise.) Use this link for a detailed explanation of OSHA requirements and why almost all portable generators do not meet them.

Left: Transformer/Distro plugged into a 30A/240V dryer outlet.
Right: 4K HMI Par under rain protection powered by Transformer/Distro

The Full Power Transformer/Distros of our HD Plug & Play Gen-sets will also enable you to access more power on location from common 240v household outlets as well (use this link for details.) Adapters are available for common 240V sources found on interior locations - including Range Plugs, Dryer Plugs, and special receptacles installed for Window Air Conditioners. By giving you access to more "house power" through common 240V household outlets, our Full Power Transformer/Distros also eliminate the need for dangerous tie-ins.

Left: Arri AS18 1800W Par powered from Transformer/Distro. Right: 4Kw
and 1800W HMI ballasts powered from Transformer/Distro.

While our HD P&P Pkg. is very new (introduced Jan 09), the power generation issues it addresses have been vexing set electricians for years. Use this link for an informative news-letter article that explains the electrical engineering principles behind these issues and how our HD P&P Pkg. resolves them. This article is cited in the 4th Edition of Harry Box's "Set Lighting Technician's Handbook" and featured on the companion website "Box Book Extras." Of the article he states:

"Great work!... this is the kind of thing I think very few technician's ever get to see,
and as a result many people have absolutely no idea why things stop working."

"Following the prescriptions contained in this article enables the operation of bigger lights, or more smaller lights,
on portable generators than has ever been possible before."



Our HD Plug & Play Gen-sets range from entry level machines modified with 60A Bates receptacles (50A output), to machines modified to provide 60A output with our 60A Transformer/Distro, and for maximum output machines modified to operate in parallel for a combined output of either 100 or 120A. The components of each system are compatible with one another, and available individually, so that you can upgrade entry level systems as your productions require. To maximize the number of lights that you can operate on one of our new Gen-sets or a Dryer/Range plug, contact us for competitive pricing on the latest motion picture lighting equipment from Arri, Mole-Richardson, & Kino Flo that make up our HD Plug & Play Pkg. Financing is available for orders of more than $5000.00 (inquire for details.)

HD Plug-n-Play Generator Systems:

Honda EU7000is w/ 50A Bates Modification





Our entry level HD Plug & Play Gen-set has a built-in 60A Bates receptacle that provides 50A Peak/45.8A Continuous power. Without extensive modification, the maximum 120V circuit available in the new Honda EU7000 is 50A. But, since Honda has rated the North American model of the EU7000is for continuous loads (longer than 30 minutes) of 5500 Watts we do not recommend that you exceed 45.8A on a continuous basis. Still 45.8A available in a single 120V circuit is more than enough to power a Tungsten 5k or 4k HMI; and, with the addition of a second generator (either EU6500 or EU7000), one of our Transformer/Distros, and our Paralleling Control box, you will be able to generate 100A (120A after modification to the generators.)

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Honda EU7000is w/ 60A Transformer/Distro Pkg.





To power larger lights, or more smaller lights, we can also modify the Honda EU7000 for 7500W output. But, since this enhanced output is at 240V, to power 120V loads we have developed a step-down transformer that doubles as a distro box. In this capacity our Full Power Transformer/Distros offer a number of benefits that a Bates panel modification does not:
    - They step down the 240V output of the generator to a single 60A/120V circuit that is capable of powering larger lights like a 5kw Quartz or 4kw HMI - thus eliminating the need for the diesel generator typically required to power these lights.

    - A fixed or selectable voltage boost in the Transformer/Distro, enables you to compensate for voltage drop over long cable runs, which means that you can now put the generator further from set where it will not be picked up by microphones.

    - They greatly simplify set electrics so you donít have to be an experienced electric to distribute power around set. Any load plugged in through our Transformer/Distros is split evenly on the two legs of the generator. You donít have to worry about balancing the load of your lighting package on the generator because our Transformer/Distros do it automatically.

    - They bring the Honda EU7000 into compliance with OSHA regulations for the use of portable generators on worksites and make it possible to use high amperage, film style, GFCI Shock Blocks for protection against electric shock in wet work environments ( use this link for details .)

    - Our Transformer/Distros are compatible with standard Bates style distribution equipment for ease of distributing power around set.
These are just a few of the benefits to be gained by using one of our Transformer/Distros on our modified Honda EU7000. Use this link for a complete list of benefits and more details .


A basic system consists of (from left-to-right) a Honda EU7000, a 4-pin Twist-Lock to 3-pin Twist-Lock Adapter, at least one 30A Twist-Lock Extension Cable, and a 60 Amp Transformer/Distro.

Our 60A HD Plug-n-Play Gen-set Pkg. can serve as the foundation of a more powerful generator system. With the addition of a second modified Honda EU7000 and our Paralleling Control Box, you will be able to combine the output of two modified Honda EU7000s for an unprecedented 120 Amps of power from portable generators (use this link for a more detailed explanation of our new paralleling system.)


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Paralleling Honda EU7000is w/ 100A Output & Transformer/Distro Pkg.





Our HD Plug-n-Play Pkg. Paralleling System enables you to combine the output of either two Honda EU6500 or EU7000 inverter generators to generate an unprecedented 100Amps of power at 240V without modification to the generators. One of our Transformer/Distros will then step-down some or all of the combined 240V output into a single large 120V circuit (either 60-, 84-, or 100 Amps) that is capable of powering more small lights or larger 120V lights (up to 10k Quartz) than has ever been possible before on the super quiet Honda EU generators.

A complete 100A paralleling system consists of two unmodified Honda EU7000s, a 100A Paralleling Control Box, and one of our Transformer/Distros (either 60-, 84-, or 100 Amps.) Which Transformer/Distro you use in a paralleling set-up depends on how many 120V loads verses 240V loads you plan to power. If you plan to use the parallel set-up to power an HMI larger then 6kw, the 60A Transformer/Distro would be appropriate because there won't be that much power left over after the load of a 6kw HMI to step-down to 120V. But, if the only 240V load you plan to run is a 4kw HMI, our 60A Transformer/Distro won't give you access to all the power remaining after the 4kw load. In this situation our 84A Transformer/Distro would be more appropriate because it will generate more 120V power. If you think there will be times you will run only 120V loads, our 100A Transformer/Distro would be the appropriate choice because it provides the maximum amount of 120V power from paralleled generators (use this link for a more detailed explanation of our new paralleling system.).


A complete system consists of (from left-to-right) two unmodified Honda EU7000s, a Paralleling Control Box, at least one 50A Twist-Lock Extension Cable, a Paralleling Siamese, and either a 60-, 84-, or 100 Amp Transformer/Distro.


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Honda EU6500is w/ 50A Bates Modification





We can modify your Honda EU6500is with a built-in 60A Bates receptacle that will provide 50A Peak/45.8A of Continuous power. But, since Honda has rated the North American model of the EU6500is for continuous loads (longer than 30 minutes) of 5500 Watts we do not recommend that you exceed 45.8A on a continuous basis. Still 45.8A available in a single 120V circuit is more than enough to power a Tungsten 5k or 4k HMI; and, with the addition of a second generator (either EU6500 or EU7000), one of our Transformer/Distros, and our Paralleling Control box, you will be able to generate 100Amps.

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Honda EU6500is w/ 60A Transformer/Distro Pkg.





To power larger lights, or more smaller lights, we can also modify your Honda EU6500 for 7500W output. But, since this enhanced output is at 240V, to power 120V loads you will need a step-down transformer that doubles as a distro box. In this capacity our Full Power Transformer/Distros offer a number of benefits that a Bates panel modification does not:
    - They step down the 240V output of the generator to a single 60A/120V circuit that is capable of powering larger lights like a 5kw Quartz or 4kw HMI - thus eliminating the need for the diesel generator typically required to power these lights.

    - A fixed or selectable voltage boost in the Transformer/Distro, enables you to compensate for voltage drop over long cable runs, which means that you can now put the generator further from set where it will not be picked up by microphones.

    - They greatly simplify set electrics so you donít have to be an experienced electric to distribute power around set. Any load plugged in through our Transformer/Distros is split evenly on the two legs of the generator. You donít have to worry about balancing the load of your lighting package on the generator because our Transformer/Distros do it automatically.

    - They bring the Honda EU6500 into compliance with OSHA regulations for the use of portable generators on worksites and make it possible to use high amperage, film style, GFCI Shock Blocks for protection against electric shock in wet work environments ( use this link for details .)

    - Our Transformer/Distros are compatible with standard Bates style distribution equipment for ease of distributing power around set.
These are just a few of the benefits to be gained by using one of our Transformer/Distros on a modified Honda EU6500. Use this link for a complete list of benefits and more details .


A basic system consists of (from left-to-right) a Honda EU6500, a 4-pin Twist-Lock to 3-pin Twist-Lock Adapter, at least one 30A Twist-Lock Extension Cable, and a 60 Amp Transformer/Distro.

Our 60A HD Plug-n-Play Gen-set Pkg. can serve as the foundation of a more powerful generator system. With the addition of a second modified Honda EU6500is and our 120A Paralleling Control Box, you will be able to combine the output of two generators for an unprecedented 120 Amps of power (100A without modification) from portable generators (use this link for a more detailed explanation of our new paralleling system.)


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Paralleling Honda EU6500is w/100A Output & Transformer/Distro Pkg.





Our HD Plug-n-Play Pkg. Paralleling System enables you to combine the output of either two Honda EU6500 or EU7000 inverter generators to generate an unprecedented 100Amps of power at 240V without modification to the generators. One of our Transformer/Distros will then step-down some or all of the combined 240V output into a single large 120V circuit (either 60-, 84-, or 100 Amps) that is capable of powering more small lights or larger 120V lights (up to 10k Quartz) than has ever been possible before on the super quiet Honda EU generators.

A complete 100A paralleling system consists of two unmodified Honda EU7000s, a 100A Paralleling Control Box, and one of our Transformer/Distros (either 60-, 84-, or 100 Amps.) Which Transformer/Distro you use in a paralleling set-up depends on how many 120V loads verses 240V loads you plan to power. If you plan to use the parallel set-up to power an HMI larger then 6kw, the 60A Transformer/Distro would be appropriate because there won't be that much power left over after the load of a 6kw HMI to step-down to 120V. But, if the only 240V load you plan to run is a 4kw HMI, our 60A Transformer/Distro won't give you access to all the power remaining after the 4kw load. In this situation our 84A Transformer/Distro would be more appropriate because it will generate more 120V power. If you think there will be times you will run only 120V loads, our 100A Transformer/Distro would be the appropriate choice because it provides the maximum amount of 120V power from paralleled generators (use this link for a more detailed explanation of our new paralleling system.).


A complete system consists of (from left-to-right) two unmodified Honda EU6500s, a Paralleling Control Box, at least one 50A Twist-Lock Extension Cable, a Paralleling Siamese, and either a 60-, 84-, or 100 Amp Transformer/Distro.


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120A Paralleling Box for Modified Honda EU6500/EU7000





We can modify either the EU6500 or EU7000 generators to provide a combined output of 120A in parallel operation - enough to power a 12kw HMI. This system uses a 120A Paralleling Control Box with a two pole 60A breaker and a 100A/250V Bates receptacle in place of the 50A two pole breaker and the 50A/250V Hollywood Twist-lock of our 100A Paralleling Control Box.


(Our 120A Paralleling Control Box combining the output of two modified Honda EU6500s
to power a Mole 12/18K Par head with 12kw globe)


In place of a 50A/250V Siamese with one 250V Bates to power larger HMIs, this system uses a 100A/250V Bates Siamese with a 50A/250V Hollywood Twist-lock to power one of our Transformer/Distros. A complete system consists of two modified Honda EU6500s or EU7000s, a 120A Paralleling Control Box, at least one 100A/250V Bates Extension Cable, a 100A/250V Paralleling Siamese (pictured below), and either a 60-, 84-, or 100 Amp Transformer/Distro to power 120V loads. (use this link for a more detailed explanation of this new system.)
120A Paralleling Siamese

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Shock Stop Ground Fault Protection




Specifically designed for motion picture production, Shock Stop GFCIs offer a reliable alternative to finicky hardware store type devices. In fact, since revisions to the NEC in 2014 have resulted in Honda incorporating hardware store type GFCIs on the EU7000is generator, Shock Stop GFCIs offer the only means of providing reliable ground fault protection when filming in wet hazardous locations.

Our Shock Stop GFCIs used with one of our Transformer/Distros brings the Honda EU6500 and EU7000
generators into OSHA and NEC compliance.)

Many HMI, Kino, and LED power supplies generate residual currents that will nuisance trip hardware store type GFCIs. To prevent nuisance tripping with non-linear lighting loads, Shock Stop GFCIs employ a higher trip threshold and filters to attenuate high frequency harmonic currents. Attenuated by the filter, the noise generated by non-linear loads such as Kino & HMI ballasts won't cause them to trip. A higher trip threshold means that they can withstand the residual currents accumulated over multiple loads (use this link for a detailed explanation on how to protect your crew from electrical shocks with Shock Stop GFCIs.)

Shock Stop GFCIs are available with 120V 60A & 100A Bates, as well as
250V 100A Bates (above) and 250V 50A Hollywood Twist-lock configurations


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HD Plug-n-Play System Components:



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Building Your Power Generation System Incrementally




60A Transformer/Distro w/ accessory 20A Break-Out Box (right)
84A Transformer/Distro w/ accessory 20A Break-Out Box (center)
Standard 60A Tranformer/Distro w/Bates Only (left)

We have designed our HD Plug-n-Play Gen-set system so that you can build-up your power generation capacity in an incremental fashion as your productions require. In fact, you don't even need to buy a generator to increase your production values. Our Transformer/Distros can create larger 120V circuits, capable of powering larger HMIs & Tungsten lights, from common household 240V receptacles (use this link for more details.)

Left: Transformer/Distro plugged into a 30A/240V dryer outlet. Right: 4K HMI Par under rain protection powered by Transformer/Distro

All you need is one of our 60-, 84A-, or 100Amp Transformer/Distros, an adapter to Twist-lock cable and at least one 50' 250V Twist-lock extension cable. If you don't have, or can't rent, Bates style distribution cables and break-out boxes, the 3x20A Edison Break Out Box that we can wire into the base of the Transformer/Distro as an optional upgrade will enable you to power more smaller lights off of house power than you could otherwise.

Left: Arri AS18 1800W Par powered from Transformer/Distro. Right: 4Kw and 1800W HMI ballasts powered from Transformer/Distro.

When house power is not available, our Transformer/Distros will provide access to the full power available from a 4500-6500W rental generator by stepping-down it's 240V output to a single large 120V circuit (the size of the circuit depends on the size of the generator.) When you need the most power that can be obtained from a single generator, and it makes sense to invest in one, the same Transformer/Distro will provide a 60A/120V circuit, capable of powering HMIs up to 4kw and Tungsten lights up to 5kw, from the enhanced 7500W output of our modified Honda EU7000is generators.

A sunny feel is created on an overcast day by a Honda EU6500is powering a 4kw HMI Par and a 1800W ArriMax for a commercial.

When you need a larger daylight source to balance the sun on day exteriors, or to replace the sun on day interiors, our Paralleling Control Box will combine the output of two modified Honda EU7000s to generate an unprecedented 120 Amps of power (100A from unmodified EU7000s or EU6500s)(use this link for more details.)

A sunny feel is created on an overcast day by a Honda EU6500is powering a 4kw HMI Par and a 1800W ArriMax for a commercial.

A complete paralleling system consists of two generators, a Paralleling Control Box, and one of our Transformer/Distros (either 60-, 84-, or 100 Amps.) The equipment of the smaller systems is fully compatible with our paralleling system - all you need to start generating over 100Amps on set, is another generator and a Paralleling Control Box.


(Our new HD Plug-n-Play Paralleling System can power
the new 9kw Arri M90 HMI as well as 2000W of additional lights)

If you think you may ever want to parallel two generators, you may want to consider purchasing our 84A Transformer/Distro at the outset instead of the 60A Transformer/Distro. Even though it is oversized for a single generator, it is the preferred option when it comes to paralleling two generators because it will step down their combined 240V output into a single 84A/120V circuit while leaving you additional 240V power for larger HMIs. It will also step-down the 240V output of a 50A range plug to provide access to more house power without the danger of an electrical tie-in.

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