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Champion 100519 - 5000/6250W Open Frame Inverter Generator

The Champion 100519 is a portable open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6250 W.

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Description

Champion's innovative 6250-Watt Open Frame Inverter is 50% quieter and 20% lighter than a traditional 5000-watt generator. With Quiet Technology, Extended Run Time, Economy Mode and Clean Power, this inverter is the cost-effective, advanced power solution you need. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 100519 is a portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 100519 in use

The Champion 100519

The Champion 100519's engine, 301 cc Champion 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 5000W and reaches a peak wattage of 6250W.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 69 dBA (less noisy than an office). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 4.2 gallons, the 100519 can operate for up to 13.5 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.31 GPH).

The 100519 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease. Since a dual port USB adapter is included with the unit, you will also be able to use the DC receptacle to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 100519 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Champion 100519 has the following dimensions: L26.6 x W25.6 x H23.7 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 121 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its set of wheels (⌀8") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100519

The 100519's control panel

The control panel of the 100519 includes an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, the generator is on overload and its oil levels are insufficient.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Champion 100519 also comes with several accessories, including: dual port USB adapter and funnel.

Emissions

The Champion 100519 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Champion 100519 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100519 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • As for its weight, the Champion 100519 weighs only 121 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 4500-5500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM6000XiE, standing at just 106.9 lbs.
  • This inverter generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its power range, rated at 69 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As for its autonomy, the 100519, with an autonomy of up to 13.5 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Westinghouse WGen5500, with up to 20 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 can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.31 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Genmax GM5500i, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.27 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W inverter generators, the Champion 100519 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (121 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (69 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine301 cc Champion 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5000 W
Starting watts6250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load13.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 4.2 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight121 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.6 x 25.6 x 23.7 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedFunnel, dual port USB adapter, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years
UPC817198021966

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 100519 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total3992 W4992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Total3990 W4580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3530 W6230 W
My old generator had a "load" meter display (i.e., 30% load) when used for restricted home use during power outage. The Champion 6250 W guage only shows "volts". How can I interpret this into a "load" approximation? (Asked April 02, 2021)

You can't interpret voltage into wattage (load) without knowing the amps that are being drawn. You'd have to use an extra tool, e.g., a clamp meter.

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