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Champion 100306 Spec Review

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The Champion 100306 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable 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)

Zoom on the Champion 100306

In a nutshell, the Champion 100306 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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 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. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (ParaLINK not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

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

The 100306 can operate for up to 11 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), due 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 a pushing a button.

The 100306 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 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

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. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Weighing just 46.3 lbs, the 100306 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. A handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100306

The 100306's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the 100306’s control panel, gives you information on the fuel level, lifetime run hours, power output and remaining run time, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, several light indicators serve to show you when the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

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

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 a user manual to get you promptly started, the Champion 100306 also comes with some accessories: funnel and dual port USB adapter are included.

Emissions

The Champion 100306 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

Product Video

Video of the Champion 100306

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).

  • As for its weight, the Champion 100306 weighs only 46.3 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage category. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the WEN 56202i, with a dry weight of just 38.6 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 53 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • The 100306, offering a run time of up to 11 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen2000, reaching up to 26 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 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 you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH, the Predator 2000 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46.3 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

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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
Peaks amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadN/A
Run time @25% load11 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
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
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.

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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-877-338-0999.

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