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Champion 73536i Spec Review

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The Champion 73536i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1700 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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  • $415.05 - September 18, 2019
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Description

Lightweight power and innovative design are yours with the Champion 2000-watt stackable inverter generator. Rely on the 80cc engine and enjoy a quiet 53 dBA for up to 9.5 hours of run time. The optional Parallel Kit with RV Ready outlet and 30 amps of power doubles your output and saves space. (source: Champion)

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In a nutshell, the Champion 73536i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 73536i in use

The Champion 73536i

The Champion 73536i's build contains a gasoline-fueled 80 cc Champion 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1700W and also a peak wattage of 2000W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (ParaLINK not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the 73536i can operate for up to 9.5 hours (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1 gallon.

The 73536i produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L19.3 x W13.2 x H16.3 in), the Champion 73536i, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the 73536i weighs only 48.5 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to a handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the Champion 73536i

The 73536i's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and its oil levels are insufficient.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Champion also included some oil in the 73536i's packaging.

Emissions

The Champion 73536i is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Champion 73536i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 73536i compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Champion 73536i weighs just 48.5 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 1500 to 2500 rated wattage generators. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN 56202i, weighing just 38.6 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 53 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • The 73536i’s autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only up to 9.5 hours at 25% load on a full tank. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, with up to 26 hours .
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.11 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Predator 2000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Champion 73536i vs WEN 56200i.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Champion 73536i is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (48.5 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Champion 73536i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Champion 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1700 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load9.5 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight48.5 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)19.3 x 13.2 x 16.3 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil
Warranty3 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Champion Power Equipment

Founded in 2003, the Champion Power Equipment is a US based power equipment manufacturer. The relatively small company has made a name for itself both in the portable generator industry, but also the power equipment sector in general, with a particular focus on heavy duty equipment, such as log cutters, snow blowers, chipper shredders, etc. All of their products are engineered in the US. However, the company does not provide information on the origin of their components.

Warranty Information

The Champion 73536i is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Champion generators, please consult Champion's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-877-338-0999.

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