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Champion 100812 Spec Review

The Champion 100812 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6250 W.

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  • $699.00 - October 11, 2021
  • $673.85 - July 8, 2021
  • $773.85 - July 2, 2021
  • $699.00 - May 2, 2021
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Since: May 2, 2021
  • Highest Price: $773.85 - July 2, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $673.85 - July 8, 2021

Description

The Champion Power Equipment 100812 5000-Watt Portable Generator is the perfect combination of versatility and convenience. An ideal companion for your next weekend project or wherever you might need additional power. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 100812 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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 who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 100812 in use

The Champion 100812

The Champion 100812's core is the 292 cc Champion 4-stroke V-Twin engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 5000W and a peak wattage of 6250W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the 100812 can operate for around 9 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.63 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 5.7 gallons.

The 100812 is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 100812 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The dimensions of the Champion 100812, which are L30.1 x W25.7 x H25.2 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 152.1 pounds. However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100812

The 100812's control panel

The 100812 and its control panel include an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

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. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Champion 100812 also comes with several accessories, including: funnel and oil.

Emissions

The Champion 100812 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 and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Champion 100812 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100812 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Champion 100812 has only 152.1 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 4500 to 5500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN GN6000, with a dry weight of only 119 lbs.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 74 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU7000iS, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 9 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the 100812 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, reaching around 15 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 generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.63 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.35 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 4500-5500W generators, the Champion 100812 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (152.1 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Champion 100812 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine292 cc Champion 4-stroke V-Twin
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
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% load9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 5.7 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight152.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)30.1 x 25.7 x 25.2 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and wheel kit
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 100812 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3972 W5447 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Rice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3985 W4405 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3530 W6230 W

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