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Champion 100231 - 5500/6900W Dual Fuel Generator

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Description

Versatile and convenient power is yours with the Champion 5500-watt portable generator. Dual Fuel Technology allows the 389cc engine to run on your choice of gasoline or propane. This unit includes a propane hose, and provides up to 10 hours of run time on gasoline or 6.5 hours on propane. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Champion 100231 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 100231 in use

The Champion 100231

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Champion 100231 provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 5,500W along with a peak wattage of 6,900W. While propane-powered, it provides 5,000 rated watts and 6,250 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

In terms of its run time capability, the 100231, furnished with a 6 gallons fuel tank, can maintain operations for around 9 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.67 gallons per hour). It also provides around 6.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.72 GPH) of operation with propane.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the 100231 is not recommended due to its high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel features 5 AC outlets as follows:

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

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 100231 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

Measuring L27 x W27.7 x H24.4 in, the classic open frame build of the Champion 100231 delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Despite its weight of 162.5 lbs, the generator is considered 'portable,' signifying its capability to be moved, albeit its heaviness may hinder easy transport. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100231

The 100231's control panel

The 100231 and its control panel include an Intelligauge meter, offering voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours readings. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the Champion 100231 is bundled with additional accessories: propane hose and funnel.

Product Video

The Champion 100231 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100231 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • As its weight is 162.5 pounds, the Champion 100231 falls in the expected weight range of the dual fuel devices in the 5000-6000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Genmax GM6000iED, with a dry weight of only 117.9 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 74 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devices of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO with only 62 dBA.
  • Regarding its runtime, the 100231 operates for around 9 hours at a 50% load, positioning it at the lower spectrum among comparable dual fuel products. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Firman H05751, as it provides around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.67 GPH at a 50% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the DuroMax XP7000iH, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.38 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 5000-6000W dual fuel generators, the Champion 100231 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (162.5 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Champion 100231 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine386 cc Champion 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts5,500 W5,000 W
Starting watts6,900 W6,250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)57.5/28.8 amps52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% load9 h6.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight162.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 27.7 x 24.4 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, propane hose, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC850878006198

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.

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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 100231 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 homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4397 W5897 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Drain cleaner250250
Total4180 W6880 W

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    Purchased my 100231 6900 starting watt Generator this past weekend for outages in the future.. I bought it to take care of my Fridge, Freezer, Furnace and a few lights in the event of an outage.. put it all together and added fuel.. started on 2nd pull and run for 30 minutes.. will need to run for a few hours to break in properly under a load of a small heater running… let ya know how it does.. Thanks Champion..

    + PROS:
    • Easy to hook up to my home with new adapter kit purchased from another supplier.. just turn of the main breaker and plug into adapter installed in Meter base and Meter installed into adapter with water proof plug..
    - CONS:
    • I see no cons yet.. very pleasing to the eye.. expected some noise but have worked with many generators over the years that were louder than this unit.. excited to be ready to use.. need to build a small covered but open outside place for unit to stay in bad weather and still vent properly..
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