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Champion 100204 Spec Review

The Champion 100204 is a quiet and compact dual fuel portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2800 W and a starting wattage of 3100 W.

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Description

The Champion Power Equipment 100204 3100-Watt Portable Inverter Generator is the perfect combination of versatility and convenience whether you need power for your home, RV or project. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 100204 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 100204 in use

The Champion 100204

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Champion 100204 provides an output of 120V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 2800W along with a peak wattage of 3100W. While propane-powered, it provides 2520 rated watts and 2800 starting watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 57 dBA (less noisy than rainfall). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon, the 100204 can operate for up to 8 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.2 GPH), or for up to 19 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.25 GPH) using propane.

The 100204 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This Champion generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Champion 100204's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L25.1 x W17.3 x H18.3 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 96.8 lbs, the 100204 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, its wheel kit (⌀5.5") and its folding handle will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100204

The 100204's control panel

The device’s light indicators will display if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Champion 100204 also comes with some accessories: dual port USB adapter, oil, battery charger, battery charging cables and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Champion 100204 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 100204 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100204 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • As its weight is 96.8 pounds, the Champion 100204 falls in the expected weight range of the devices in the 2500-3500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 57 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU3000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 50 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the 100204, with an autonomy of up to 8 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Champion 200954, boasting with up to 22 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.2 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.13 GPH, the Energizer eZV3200P is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Champion 100204 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (57 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (96.8 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Champion 100204 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine171 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts2800 W2520 W
Starting watts3100 W2800 W
Running amps23.3 amps21 amps
Peaks amps25.8 amps23.3 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknown
Run time @25% load8 h19 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight96.8 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.1 x 17.3 x 18.3 in
Noise (lower limit)57 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, battery charger, dual port USB adapter, battery charging cables, and battery
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 100204 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Radio100100
Total2092 W3092 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total2230 W2650 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1980 W3080 W

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