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Best Champion Power Generators

Champion Power Equipment is a company that manufactures a long list of power generators and related accessories, tools, and spare parts.

Champion power generators are known as reliable and durable units that are available at acceptable prices - there are sometimes better power generators, but in most cases, such units are much more expensive.

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 On This Page:

- Intro to Champion Power Generators

- Top Champion Power Generators

Champion 100263 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

Champion 200988 4500-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

Champion 100161 9375/7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start

- Few Final Words  


Intro to Champion Power Generators

Regardless of their size, Champion power generators are like cavalry horses - tough and reliable, and in the end, they do their job well.

But, it is vital to maintain them properly. When your new power generator arrives, be sure to read the Owner's Guide thoroughly in order to get accustomed to your new unit AND, just in case, keep the Owner's Guide close to the unit - when You are unsure about something, check the official documentation and act accordingly.

Also, Champion has very good customer service.

Most Champion generators come with a 3-year limited warranty, but when used and maintained properly, most units operate reliably well beyond those three years.

However, as technology goes ahead, sometimes it is good to replace the old power generator with the new one even if the old one is still working properly due to the improved fuel economy, less noise, and other new features that come with newer units.

When looking for a new power generator, consider the following:

- Running/Starting Watts: Running Watts is the power that a generator can provide continuously over a longer period of time, while Starting Watts is electric power that a generator can provide for short periods of time. Starting Watts are important for loads that require more power when starting, hence the name, like AC units, tools, electric motors, and similar.

- Noise Levels: power generators rely on internal combustion engines to convert the chemical energy of the fuel into mechanical energy (rotation) which is then converted into electricity. In order to decrease the noise, power generators have mufflers and use other measures as well to keep the noise down.

Open frame power generators are not the quietest units on the market, but they are easier to maintain, rarely have issues with cooling, and similar.

Fully enclosed power generators may be surprisingly quiet units, but such low noise levels sometimes come with the price of being somewhat heavier, more expensive, harder to access various components for maintenance, and similar.

In the end, it is not important if the power generators are fully enclosed or open frame, it's the noise levels that are often given for noise measured at 23 feet distance while the unit is running at 25% load - although this can vary ...

- Fuel Types: most portable power generators use gas (gasoline) as the prime fuel. Champion also manufactures many dual-fuel models that can run on both gas and propane. As a fuel, propane somewhat decreases power output, but it is a "greener" fuel than gas, it burns more cleanly than gas decreasing the maintenance and similar. Also, propane is easier to store for a longer period of time, unlike gas (which is also often mixed with ethanol).

So, if You have an opportunity to get a dual-fuel generator, feel free to do so - one never knows when the gas can run out, especially in emergencies!

Champion is one of only a few companies that manufactures a Tri-Fuel power generator - a power generator that can use gas, propane, and natural gas, giving the user the opportunity to run the unit with whatever fuel is available and/or cheaper. Such option can come very handy when the fuel is scarce or the unit runs often.

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Note: there are many conversion kits that allow the user to convert a gas-only power generator into a dual-fuel (or even tri-fuel) power generator. If such conversion is not officially supported by the manufacturer (this goes for all power generators, not only for Champion generators), don't do it.

- Engine Start: Don't call me lazy, but an electric start is much more convenient than a manual recoil starting system - just press the button and let the unit do the rest. And if You are camping/hiking/etc. and You need to start a generator from the warm bed (RV, tent, lodge, ...), a power generator with a remote control/start can come in really handy.

Champion offers a broad range of units with manual only, manual/electric, or electric/remote engine start.

- Receptacles: the list of receptacles available on each model is another important detail to look for. The most common receptacles are:

- AC 120V 20A 5-20R,

- AC 120V 30A TT-30R,

- AC 120V 30A L5-30R,

- AC 120V/240V 30A L14-30R,

- AC 120V/240V 50A 14-30R,

- DC 12V Automotive (Cigarette Lighter Adapter Port),

- DC USB 5V.

Of course, generators come with a limited set of connection ports, so choose according to your own needs. But, if required, various adapters are available as well.

Also, Champion manufactures several different Parallel Kits with different ports, which are not often present by default.

- Parallel Ready power generator allows the user to connect to the same (or at least two compatible) power generators in parallel, increasing their output power.

As said before, Parallel Connection Kits often come with receptacles that are not available on the generators they are intended for.

For example: Champion 100319 50-Amp RV Ready Parallel Kit features 120V 50A RV 14-50R and 120V 30A L5-30R ports, allowing the user to easily run two 15.000 BTU air conditioners using two smaller Champion 100263 3100/3400W dual-fuel (or similar, but compatible and strong enough) power generators that lack such RV port.

- Runtime of the power generator is usually given in hours that the unit can operate at a certain load (@25%, @50%, etc.), using a single full tank of fuel or standard 20 lbs propane tank.

On average, smaller power generators may operate up to 10 hours @25% of nominal load, while larger units may operate up to 10 hours @50% of nominal load.

But, these values vary, so be sure to check them before buying.

- Inverter Generator or Common Generator: Inverter generators feature advanced electronics that monitor the output voltage and adjust it according to the current needs. Such units feature very low THD (Total Harmonic Distortions), usually well below 3%, making them suitable for powering sensitive appliances, gadgets, electronics, tools, etc.

Also, most inverter generators come with the so-called "Eco Mode", allowing the engine to spin at different speeds, saving fuel and protecting the engine from excess wear.

Non-inverter generators don't have such advanced electronics and feature usually much larger THD levels, up to, sometimes even more than 20% THD, making them unsuitable for powering sensitive electronics.

- Transport Wheels: some units come with a pair or even all four transport wheels, allowing the user to pull the unit to shorter distances.

Carrying handles are often present on most models, but carrying 100 lbs or so heavy a generator requires at least two adults to, for example, put it on or off the truck.

Personally, a good power generator should have a pair of carrying handles and a pair of transport wheels, combined if possible with a collapsing handle.

Larger and much heavier units should not have some cheap plastic wheels, but real, heavy-duty, run-flat tires, lift hook, towing hook, and similar.

- Physical Dimensions and Weight: lighter power generators are easier to work with, easier to transport, and similar. Likewise, more compact units occupy less storage space and are easier to transport.

Champion generators are as compact as generators should be - too dense packaged mechanical and electronic parts can interfere with each other in many ways.

Also, if the power generator is too light, it is probably made using many plastic parts, which can influence its durability significantly.

Personally, Champion generators are well-designed units, balancing between sometimes conflicting requirements.

If You have a reason to look for a power generator of a certain size and/or weight, You will have to check each model and write down its exact size and weight.

When looking for a new power generator, there are other features to look for too, but these are the most important ones.


Top Champion Power Generators

The following comparison chart lists some of the most popular Champion power generators, with their most important features and specifications:

Model

Gas Running/Starting Watts

LPG Running/Starting Watts

Natural Gas R/S Watts

Runtime Noise Receptacles
Champion 200915 1200/1500 1200W
1500W
10h @25% 65 dB @23 feet AC: 120V 5-20R Duplex
Champion 73536i 1700/2000 1700W
2000W
9.5h @25% 53 dB @25% AC: 20A 120V Duplex
DC: 12V
Champion 100692 1700/2000 1700W
2000W
11.5h @25% 53 dB @25% AC: 20A 120V Duplex
DC: 12V
Champion 75531i 2800/3100 2800W
3100W
8h @25% 58 dB AC: 120V 30A TT-30R, 2x 120V 20A 5-20R
DC: 12V, dual USB adapter 
Champion 100263 3100/3400

3100W
3400W

2790W
3060W

7.5h @25% Gas

14.5h @25% 20 lbs Propane Tank

59 dB @23 feet

AC: 120V 30A TT-30R, 2x 120V 20A 5-20R

DC: 12V Automotive 

Champion 100574 3500/4000

3500W
4000W

3150W
3600W

14.5h @25% Gas

12h @25% 20 lbs Propane Tank

64 dB @23 feet AC: 120V 30A TT-30R, 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R

DC: 12V Automotive

Champion 200988 4500/3500

3500W
4500W

3150W
4500W

14h @25% Gas

12h @25% 20 lbs Propane Tank

61 dB @23 feet

AC: 120V 30A TT-30R, 2x 120V 20A 5-20R

DC: 12V DC Automotive

Champion 76533 4750/3800

3800W
4750W

3420W
4275W

9h @50% Gas

10.5h @50% 20 lbs Propane Tank

68 dB @23 feet AC: 120V 30A TT-30R, 120V 30A L5-30R, 2x 120V 20A 5-20R 
Champion 100519 5000/6250 5000W
6250W
13.5h @25% 69 dB @23feet AC: 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R

DC: 12V Automotive

Champion 100231 5500/6900

5500W
6900W

5000W
6250W

9h @50% Gas

6.5h @50% 20 lbs Propane Tank

74 dB @23 feet AC: 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R 
Champion 100161 7500/9375 7500W
9375W
8h @50% 74 dB @23 feet AC: 120/240V 50A 14-50R, 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 120V 30A TT-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R
Champion 100165 9375/7500

7500W
9375W

6750W
8400W

8h @50% Gas

5.5h @50% 20 lbs Propane Tank

74 dB @23 feet AC: 120V 30A L5-30R, 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 2x 120V 20A GFCI 5-20R Duplex
Champion 201004 7500/9375 7500W
9375W
8h @50% Gas 74 dB @23 feet AC: 120/240 50A 14-50R, 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R
Champion 100297 8000/10000

8000W
10000W

7250W
9025W

8h @50% Gas

5h @50% 20 lbs Propane Tank

74 dB @23 feet AC: 120V 30A L5-30R, 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 2x 120V 20A GFCI 5-20R Duplex 
Champion 100416 8000/10000

8000W
10000W

7200W
9000W

7000W
8750W

12.5h @50% Gas

5h @50% 20 lbs Propane Tank

74 dB @23 feet AC: 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 120V 30A L5-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R
Champion 100111 12000/15000 12000W
15000W
9h @50% 78 dB @23 feet AC: 120/240V 50A 14-50R, 120/240V 30A L14-30R, 120V 30A L5-30R, 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex 5-20R 

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Of course, when looking for a new power generator, always consider your own personal needs and requirements.


Champion Power Equipment 100263 3400-Watt Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

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Champion 100263 power generator is a compact and relatively lightweight dual-fuel portable inverter generator powered by a 4-stroke, variable-speed, 192cc internal combustion engine.

When the Champion 100263 is powered by gas, it is able to produce 3100 Running Watts and 3400 Starting Watts and when the unit is powered by propane, it produces 2790 Running Watts and 3060 Starting Watts. The unit features an enclosed frame, keeping the noise levels at an acceptable 59 dB @23 feet.

The engine features both manual and electric start, with so-called "Cold Start Technology" ensures easy starting even at very low temperatures.

Champion 100263 power generator comes with a 1.6-gallon (~6 liters) gas tank providing a runtime of 7.5h @25%. When the unit is powered by the propane, the runtime is 14.5h @25% using 20 pounds propane tank.

The oil tank capacity is 0.6 quarts (0.57 liters), with the 10W-30 oil being recommended.

The unit features an automatic low-oil engine shut-off safety system and an overload protection system.

Output ports include 120V 30A AC TT-30R (RV Ready), 2x 120V 20A AC 5-20R (common household ports), and 12V DC port with the dual USB adapter, allowing the unit to directly charge smartphones, tablets, and similar devices.

Champion 100263 power generator is Parallel Ready, with several Parallel Ready Kits being offered, each one with different output ports, allowing the user to pick the right one according to the user's needs and requirements.

These parallel connection kits include:

- Champion 100319 50-Amp RV Ready Parallel Kit featuring additional 120V 50A RV 14-50R and 120V 30A L5-30R ports,

- Champion 100468 30-Amp ParaLINK Parallel Kit featuring additional 120V 30A RV TT-30R and 120V 30A L5-30R ports,

- Champion 100125 30-Amp ParaLINK Parallel Kit featuring additional 120V 30A RV TT-30R and 120V 30A L5-30R ports.

Since 120V 50A RV 15-50R ports are usually available at much stronger power generators, Champion 100319 50-Amp RV Ready Parallel Kit allows the user to power easily two 15.000 BTU air conditioners using two Champion 100263 (or similar, but compatible and strong enough units).

Physical dimension of the Champion 100263 power generator are (L x W x H) 25.1 x 17.3 x 18.3 inches (63.8 x 43.9 x 46.5 cm) and it weighs 95.7 pounds (~43.4 kg) dry.

Champion 100263 power generator features a pair of carrying handles, a pair of transport wheels, and a folding handle. While carrying handles allow two adults to carry the unit to shorter distances, using a folding handle and wheels is highly recommended.

The unit comes with a very efficient power inverter featuring smart "Economy Mode", ensuring better fuel economy, lower noise levels, and extended engine life. Also, the power inverter features a very low THD% output (<3%) allowing the unit to power even very sensitive appliances directly.

Champion 100263 is an EPA-certified and CARB-compliant power generator, which comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Champion Power Equipment 100263 3400-Watt Portable Inverter Generator Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Champion 200988 4500-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator With Electric Start

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Champion 200988 4500-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator With Electric Start is in many terms very similar to the Champion 100263 power generators, except it is somewhat larger and stronger. Still, it is a rather compact and relatively lightweight, very energy-efficient inverter, dual-fuel power generator.

Champion 200988 is powered by a 4-stroke, variable-speed, 212cc internal combustion engine producing 3500 Running Watts and 4500 Starting Watts when running on gas and 3150 Running Watts and 4500 Starting Watts (some sources claim 4050 Running Watts) when running on propane.

A single 2.3-gallon (8.7 liters) fuel tank ensures 14 hours of operation @25% load. When the unit is powered by 20 pounds propane tank, the unit can operate up to 12h @25% load.

The oil tank capacity is 0.6 quarts (0.57 liters), with the 10W-30 oil being recommended. Also, the Champion 200988 power generator features an automatic low-oil engine shut-off safety system and an overload protection system.

Thanks to the inverter technology, variable engine speed, Economy Mode, and fully enclosed design, Champion 200988 is a relatively quiet unit with a noise level of 61 dB @23 feet (~7 m) and features THD levels of ≤3%, allowing the unit to directly power even sensitive home appliances.

Physical dimensions of the Champion 200988 are (L x W x H) 23.2 x 17.1 x 20.1 inches (~59 x 43.5 x 51 cm) and it weighs 97 pounds (~44 kg) with an empty fuel tank.

Champion 200988 comes with a pair of small transport wheels, built-in handles, and with a pair of foldable handles, allowing the user to easily move the unit around. If required, two adults can even carry it to short distances, just be aware of the unit's weight.

Power outlets include dual 120V 20A 5-20R and one 120V 30A TT-30R receptacle - all power outlets come with a protective cover.

Champion 200988 power generator is a parallel-ready unit with several optional parallel kits being available.

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The most popular parallel kit for the Champion 200988 power generator is the Champion 100319 50-Amp RV Ready Parallel Kit, which features an additional 120V 50A RV (14-50R) and 120V 30A (L5-30R) ports.

Note: Other parallel kits are available as well, but Champion 100319 accepts a broad range of Champion generators and features a 120V 50A RV 14-50R port, which doesn't come with smaller power generators.

Champion 200988 is an EPA-certified and CARB-compliant unit, which comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Note: this is a Champion 200988 power generator. Champion 200987 power generator is a gas-only power generator with a remote start, with all other features being almost the same. 

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the Champion 200988 4500-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator With Electric Start Amazon link (link opens in the new window). 


Champion 100161 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator

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Champion 100161 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator is powered by a 4-stroke, 439cc engine providing 7500 running watts and 9375 starting watts. Unit is powered by gas only, which is stored in a 6-gallon (22.7 liters) tank, providing 8-hour runtime at 50% throttle (@3750 watts).

Champion 100161 weighs 230 pounds (~104.2 kg), allowing 4 adults to more-or-less easily load it and unload it on the truck - with great care, of course.

Personally, a loading ramp is highly recommended for such endeavors!

10-inch (25.4 cm) wheels allow the users to move the unit on the ground easily.

Champion 100161 holds 1.2 quarts of oil and features an automatic low oil shut-off engine sensor.

The physical dimensions of the Champion 100161 are 27.3 x 26 x 27.8 inches (~69.4 x 66 x 70.6 cm) - Champion 100161 is a very compact power generator considering its power and other features.

Noise level is acceptable - 74 dB from 23 (~7 m). However, when pushed to its limit, the unit can be noisy, like many similar open-frame generators in this power class.

One of the very interesting features is remote control - the unit can be started wirelessly from a distance of up to 80 feet (24.4 m). Also, it features classic recoil and electric starting systems.

Power outlets include:

- 120/240V 50A (14-50R) - Champion 100161 is one of only a few power generators that come with 14-50R RV port,

- 120/240V 30A (L14-30R),

- 120V 30A (TT-30R),

- 2x GFCI 120V 20A Duplex (5-20R).

Champion 100161 power generator features a respectable set of power outlets that also feature rubber cover protection.

Note: This unit is not the best suited for powering very sensitive electronics due to its relatively high THD (Total Harmonic Distortions), which are lower than <20%, but nonetheless too much for sensitive appliances, tools, gadgets, and other electronics.

Champion 100161 power generator is an EPA-certified and CARB-compliant unit and it comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Champion 100161 RV Ready Portable Generator Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


Few Final Words

Champion power generators are an excellent choice for anybody requiring reliable and durable units that come at acceptable prices.

Of course, there are other brands on the market offering excellent, well-balanced units (Honda, DuroMax, WEN, Generac, Westinghouse, etc.), but Champion generators are very popular units, tried and tested by countless users in many real-life situations, with the units passing with flying colors.

Use them, don't abuse them (at least not too much), maintain them as recommended, and they will serve You well.

And whatever You do, stay safe - even the smallest power generators provide 120V AC and have many moving parts - they are NOT toys!

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