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Champion 100111 - 12000/15000W Portable Generator

The Champion 100111 is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 12,000 W and a starting wattage of 15,000 W.

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Description

Our powerful 12,000-watt generator provides up to 9 hours of run time on a full tank of gasoline. The reliable 717cc V-Twin Champion engine with electric start and included battery features Intelligauge and has all the power you need and more for home backup during an outage or your next project. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Champion 100111 is a powerful portable generator especially useful for professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure.

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 100111 in use

The Champion 100111

The Champion 100111's core is the 717 cc Champion 4-stroke V-Twin engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 12,000W and a peak wattage of 15,000W.

With a noise rating of 78 dBA (less noisy than a shower), the generator features a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a full tank, the 100111 can operate for around 9 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 1.21 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 10.9 gallons.

Since the 100111 has a high THD (<20%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

This Champion generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, because the 100111 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L33.9 x W31.1 x H33.1 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Champion 100111 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 329.6 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀12") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

A lift hook, which is on the top of the frame, serves as an extra safety feature for the transport, unloading and loading of the device.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100111

The 100111's control panel

The 100111's control center features an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Champion 100111's package also includes these accessories: oil and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Champion 100111 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Champion 100111 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100111 compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • A weight of 329.6 lbs makes the Champion 100111 one of the heavier devices in the 10000-14000 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a dry weight of just 218 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 78 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If you are concerned with noise, check out the DuroMax XP16000iH, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 67 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 9 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the 100111 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. 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 Powerhorse 13000ES, with around 15 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. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 1.21 GPH. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.78 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 10000-14000W generators, the Champion 100111 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Electric start
WEAKNESSES:
  • No recoil back-up
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (329.6 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (78 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine717 cc Champion 4-stroke V-Twin
Starting systemElectric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts12,000 W
Starting watts15,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps
Run time @50% load9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 10.9 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight329.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)33.9 x 31.1 x 33.1 in
Noise (lower limit)78 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, battery, and wheel kit
UPC896682000731

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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 100111 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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-877-338-0999.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Total9587 W11062 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total9580 W9580 W

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  1. 3.9
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    Only wish it had a gas meter

    + PROS:
    • It has done the job, thus far.
    - CONS:
    • My unit doesn't have gas meter.
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  2. 0.65
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    100111 Had to spend 1.5 hours on phone mostly on hold waiting to get Champion tech to help me get service for the brand new never used generator. Motor runs but no power. When Champion tech got a repair facility for me to take it to . The repair place has it for a week and still has not touched it. If you buy something you have an expectation that it will do what it was made for. I guess this is good for a small boat anchor

    + PROS:
    • Has 50 Amp Plug
    - CONS:
    • Brand new out of the crate it makes no power and the 5 function Intel Gauge display nothing there
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