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Champion 100263 Spec Review

The Champion 100263 is a quiet and compact dual fuel portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3100 W and a starting wattage of 3400 W.

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Description

Our 3400-watt inverter with electric start features Dual Fuel, allowing the 192cc engine to run on either gasoline or propane. Enjoy a quiet 59 dBA for up to 7.5 hours on gasoline or 14.5 hours on propane, and increase your power with the optional Parallel Kit which includes a 50-amp RV Ready outlet. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 100263 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 100263 in use

The Champion 100263

The dual-fuel technology of the Champion 100263 allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 3100W and a starting wattage of 3400W. If propane-powered, it gives 2790 rated watts and 3060 starting watts. In addition, the device is parallel capable (ParaLINK (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

With a noise rating of 59 dBA (less noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

As for its running time, the 100263, along with its 1.6 gallon fuel capacity, can run for up to 7.5 hours with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.21 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for up to 14.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.32 GPH).

The 100263 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 following 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

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

Portability

The Champion 100263'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.

The 100263 can be taken anywhere with you, thanks to its weight of 95.7 lbs. In addition, with its wheel kit (⌀5.5") and its folding handle, it may be shifted with ease, once placed the floor.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100263

The 100263's control panel

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

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Champion 100263 also comes with some accessories: dual port USB adapter and propane hose are included.

Emissions

The Champion 100263 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.

Product Videos

The Champion 100263 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100263 compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 95.7 pounds, the Champion 100263 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 2500 and 3500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 59 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering 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 100263, with an autonomy of up to 7.5 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Champion 200954, reaching up to 22 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.21 GPH at a 25% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV3200P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.13 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 2500-3500W generators, the Champion 100263 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (59 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (95.7 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Champion 100263 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 readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine192 cc Champion 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3100 W2790 W
Starting watts3400 W3060 W
Running amps25.8 amps23.3 amps
Peaks amps28.3 amps25.5 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknown
Run time @25% load7.5 h14.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight95.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)25.1 x 17.3 x 18.3 in
Noise (lower limit)59 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedPropane hose, dual port USB adapter, 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.

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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 100263 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Blender400850
Total2392 W3392 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Game console150150
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2475 W2895 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total2210 W3310 W

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1 Review
  1. 2.25
    Price
    80
    Value
    40
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    50

    When mine ran right, I loved it. Unfortunately, in 2 years it had 3 different carbs. While calling into tech support, it was a 50/50 shot whether you would get good help or not. Twice I had knowledgeable techs who sent the parts I needed to repair it. The other time, I had to call in several times to reach anyone and the one I finally got thru to was a jerk. It would run off propane, but not on gas. That was the issue I was having. Same issue. Three times. I always ran non-ethanol gas and it was run regularly. When it ran, I felt it was easy on gas, quiet, and would fire my AC on the camper. The last time I called the warranty center, I never received the parts and the generator was later stolen. Best thing that happened to the generator was getting stolen. Hate that I need to replace it. Glad I don’t have anymore headaches.

    + PROS:
    • Portability, weight, noise, ability to use both gasoline and propane, price.
    - CONS:
    • Constant break down issues. Inconsistent warranty center assistance.
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