We just got the Honda EU200i after taking back the Coleman 1800 watt because of it's obnoxious noise level. Forget the neighboring campers, Cindy and I couldnt stand to be in the 2499 with that thing running outside
Once we got the Honda, out batteries were pretty taxed out because we had gone for 4 days with no sun to recharge them and had used the 2000watt inverter for a full day which brought them really low.
Once I hooked the Honda up, it only took about an hour for them to come back up to full charge. But I've read that batteries dont like to be quick charged, they'd rather have the slow trickle charge of the solar panels or a smaller charger.
In the future, I plan on just running the generator for short periods if this cloud thing was to happen again.