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Champion 100306 Spec Review

The Champion 100306 is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1600 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

Lightweight power and clever design are yours with the Champion 2000-watt inverter generator. Rely on the 80cc engine and enjoy a quiet 53 dBA for up to 11 hours of run time. Double your output with the optional ParaLINK Parallel Kit (not included) with RV Ready outlet and 30 amps of power. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Champion 100306 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 100306 in use

The Champion 100306

The Champion 100306 is powered by a 80 cc Champion 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 1600W as well as a peak wattage of 2000W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (ParaLINK not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

With a full tank, the 100306 can operate for up to 11 hours (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.1 gallon. Thanks to the Fuel Fill Assist LED, an ingenious LED built right into the handle, filling up the unit’s tank is highly facilitated in poor lighting conditions. The LED can illuminate the gasoline filling area simply by pushing a button.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 100306 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L20.5 x W13 x H16.9 in), the Champion 100306, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

With a weight of only 46.3 lbs, the 100306 may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100306

The 100306's control panel

Monitoring of the 100306's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours, remaining run time, fuel level and power output and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the inverter generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Champion 100306 also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel and dual port USB adapter.

Emissions

The Champion 100306 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Champion 100306 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100306 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Champion 100306 only weighs in at 46.3 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Champion 200949, with a dry weight of just 38.6 pounds.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 53 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
  • The 100306, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of up to 11 hours at a 25% load and a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, which is able to run for up to 26 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 is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. 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.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Champion 100306 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Fuel Fill Assist LED
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46.3 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

Do you own the Champion 100306 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 readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Champion 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1600 W
Starting watts2000 W
Running amps13.3 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours and remaining run time
IndicatorsLow oil and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 1.1 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight46.3 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)20.5 x 13 x 16.9 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and dual port USB adapter
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 100306 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
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Bug zapper8080
Total1270 W1860 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Total1260 W1260 W

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