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Champion 100416 - 8000/10000W Tri Fuel Generator

The Champion 100416 is a portable open frame tri-fuel generator with a rated wattage of 8,000 W and a starting wattage of 10,000 W.

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Description

Champion’s 8000-watt natural gas ready generator has Tri-Fuel technology, allowing it to run on natural gas, gasoline, or propane. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Champion 100416 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 100416 in use

The Champion 100416

The Champion 100416 delivers 120/240V and benefits from a tri-fuel technology that allows it to run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas. When gasoline-powered, it enjoys a running wattage of 8,000W and a peak wattage of 10,000W. When propane-powered, it benefits from 7,200 rated watts and 9,000 peak watts. Its natural gas operation offers 7,000W of rated wattage and 8,750W of starting wattage.

The generator is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

The running time of the 100416, with its 8.5 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 12.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.68 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH).

As the 100416 has a relatively high THD (<20%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Even though this Champion generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the 100416 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The dimensions of the Champion 100416, which are L27.6 x W28.2 x H26 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 207 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100416

The 100416's control panel

To help you monitor the 100416's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital Intelligauge data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours, power output and voltage.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

The unit also benefits from the CO Shield™ technology, which monitors accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas produced by the engine's exhaust when the generator is running. If CO Shield™ detects elevated levels of CO gas, it automatically shuts off the engine and illuminates a red LED. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Champion 100416 also comes with some accessories: natural gas hose with NPT adapter, funnel, propane hose and oil are included. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Champion 100416 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

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The Champion 100416 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100416 compare to generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Champion 100416 only weighs in at 207 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 7500-8500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Dewalt DXGNR8000, with a dry weight of just 183 pounds.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 74 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Genmax GM9000iED, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 62 dBA.
  • The 100416 provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12.5 hours at 50% load.
  • 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 generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.68 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Pulsar PG10000B16 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 7500-8500W generators, the Champion 100416 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
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Tri-fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (207 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelTri-Fuel (gasoline/propane/natural gas)
Engine459 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolineLPGNG
Running watts8,000 W7,200 W7,000 W
Starting watts10,000 W9,000 W8,750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)66.7/33.3 amps60/30 amps58.3/29.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)83.3/41.7 amps75/37.5 amps72.9/36.5 amps
Run time @50% load12.5 h5 hN/A
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknownN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight207 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.6 x 28.2 x 26 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years
UPC817198020617

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 100416 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total6387 W7862 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total6395 W6985 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total5480 W9980 W
What size natural gas supply line does it need? Will 3/4” work? (Asked July 02, 2021)

Supply size should be 1/2” FNPT.

What is the BTU number for natural gas (Asked October 22, 2021)

NG fuel supply should have a BTU content of at least 1,000 BTU’s per cubic foot.

What is a 50amp outlet used for? Do I need a 50amp to run my house central AC? I noticed this Champion 100416 model has 30 and 20amp outlets but no 50amp. Thanks for any help! (Asked July 13, 2022)

50A outlets are mostly used to power demanding appliances such as electric cooking ranges. They are also commonly used to charge electric vehicles. You may learn more about the different kind of outlets in our receptacle guide.

Does or could it have remote start (Asked October 27, 2022)

The unit does not have a remote start. There are no official remote start kits.

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