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Champion 100430 - 6500/8250W Portable Generator With Electric Start

The Champion PRO 100430 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6,500 W and a starting wattage of 8,250 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,299.99 - April 23, 2024
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  • $1,299.99 - December 26, 2023
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Since: June 13, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,299.99 - June 20, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,169.99 - June 13, 2023

Description

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In short, the Champion PRO 100430 is a portable generator adequately designed for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 100430 in use

The Champion 100430

With a 389 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the Champion PRO 100430 operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 6,500W and a starting wattage of 8,250W.

Operating with a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator offers two starting options: a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The 100430's fuel tank, boasting 8.5 gallons, allows it to operate for around 12.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.68 GPH).

The 100430 generates a clean sine wave with <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), ensuring minimal electrical noise and fluctuations. This feature makes it ideal for powering sensitive electronics, providing stable and reliable AC power through the outlets.

Outlets

The full GFCI control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

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

While this Champion generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 100430 is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Portability

Measuring L32.4 x W27.8 x H31.5 in, the Champion PRO 100430 showcases a classic open frame layout, guaranteeing stability and simple maintenance access to components, while facilitating air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Though weighing 220 lbs, the generator remains classified as 'portable,' indicating its capability to be moved, though its weight could pose transport challenges. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

In addition, the device is equipped with a lift hook on the top of its frame, which provides extra safety during the loading, unloading and transport of the generator.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100430

The 100430's control panel

Designed with a digital Intelligauge data center, the control panel of the 100430 grants you access to crucial data on the lifetime run hours, frequency, power output and voltage, ensuring practical monitoring of its status and activity.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

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.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Champion 100430 also comes with some accessories: funnel and oil are included.

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The Champion 100430 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion PRO 100430 compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • At 220 lbs, the Champion 100430 stands out as one of the heavier generators rated from 6000 to 7000. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, standing at just 118 lbs.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 74 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If you wish to prioritize minimal noise, the Powerhorse 7500i stands out as one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, with a rating of 55 dBA.
  • Since the 100430 boasts with a run time of around 12.5 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Pulsar PG7500, boasting with around 13 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel-efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.68 GPH at a 50% load. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the A-iPower SUA7000L is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.36 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6000-7000W generators, the Champion PRO 100430 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
  • Full GFCI panel
  • Electric start
  • Clean sine wave
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (220 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6,500 W
Starting watts8,250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)68.8/34.4 amps
Run time @50% load12.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsFull panel
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight220 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)32.4 x 27.8 x 31.5 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, battery, and wheel kit
SeriesPro
UPC817198022321

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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 100430 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
LED TV150150
Total5190 W5780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3730 W8230 W

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