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Champion 100900 Spec Review

The Champion 100900 is a quiet, compact and lightweight dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1700 W and a starting wattage of 2000 W.

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Description

This 2000-watt inverter is one of the lightest in the industry and features Dual Fuel allowing the 79cc engine to run on gasoline or propane. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Champion 100900 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 100900 in use

The Champion 100900

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Champion 100900 delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 1700W and a peak wattage of 2000W. When propane-powered, it has 1530 rated watts and 2000 peak watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

At a noise rating of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The 100900, with a fuel capacity of 1.1 gallon, reaches a run time of up to 11.5 hours utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of up to 34 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.14 GPH) with propane.

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the 100900 generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

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 allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

As the Champion 100900 is an inverter generator, its encased design (L17.3 x W11.5 x H17.7 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Weighing just 39.5 lbs, the 100900 can be considered a lightweight portable generator. As it can be moved by a single person without much effort, the generator and its power can be enjoyed on-the-go. Further convenience is provided by its handle (molded in the case), as it allows you to carry it effortlessly.

Features

Panel of the Champion 100900

The 100900's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is overloaded.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Champion 100900 also comes with several accessories, including: dual port USB adapter, propane hose, oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Champion 100900 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Champion 100900 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 100900 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Champion 100900 only weighs in at 39.5 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Champion 200949, standing at just 38.6 lbs.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 53 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU2200i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 48 dBA.
  • The 100900, offering a run time of up to 11.5 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse WGen2000, boasting with up to 26 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Predator 2000, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.08 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the Champion 100900 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (39.5 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Champion 100900 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts1700 W1530 W
Starting watts2000 W2000 W
Running amps14.2 amps12.8 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknown
Run time @25% load11.5 h34 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight39.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 3%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, propane hose, 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.

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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 100900 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total1355 W1355 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W

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    I purchased my Champion Power Equipment model 100900 dual fuel 2000w inverter generator for a weeklong camping trip. I needed to power some lights, charge trolling motor batteries, charge phones, and recharge a medical device. I wanted the ability to run on propane, so I didn’t have to deal with packing a full gas can along with my gear. One 20lb propane tank was all I needed for 30+ hours. (I also don’t have to think about draining the carb when storing it). Post camping, I can just store it and a full propane tank together, and it will be ready for a storm. The generator did not disappoint me. It was easy to run, quiet and ran everything I wanted without sacrifice. It was small, light, easy to pack and setup. I can recommend it.

    I had a neighbor in a popup camper next to our site. We got along very well and about three days in I offered to let them recharge their battery using my generator. They were shocked and said, “You have a generator?” I responded “Yes, we have been running it every day.” They could not believe they hadn’t noticed it. Honestly, we think the generator got quieter the longer it ran.

    The propane regulator is included and once connected to the tank, it just snaps into the generator using a quick disconnect. The fitting is very good quality and easy to connect and disconnect. It is super easy to start on either gasoline or propane and you can switch between them with just a setting on the dial.

    Starting it on propane does have a learning curve. When you connect the line to the generator there is air in it. You must purge that air by setting the generator to choke, pulling the start cord 5 times (which I assume is opening a prime valve when using propane), and then switching it to the propane run setting and pulling it again. It should start on the first or second pull. If it doesn’t repeat the process.

    I don’t want you to think this was just unbox, add fuel, and run. The generator needs time to break in. the instructions state 5 hours but honestly it took 20-30 hours for the rings to fully seat. (Having the manufacturer do that I am sure would add considerable cost to the unit). My recommendation is to run it a few days before taking it off camping.

    The first 5 hours you will break it in using oil provided. The generator will do a fantastic impression of a yard fogger in that time. I used house fans to vary the load as the manual recommends. (I also let it cool a few times during the first 5 hours). After the first 5 hours you need to change the oil. You really do, its nasty and full of fine shavings (this is normal and is from the honing on the cylinders seating the piston rings). With fresh clean oil, over the next 5 hours the smoking will pretty much stop. You might get a puff of smoke mostly when you add a load, and it revs up after that. (However, you may still get a whiff of oil.) Somewhere around the 20-30hr mark, the smoke disappeared completely.

    Customer Service: I will admit this is the second generator I had. The first one had a defect and was burning lots of oil (dripping from the exhaust). I contacted customer service. The its hurricane season and wait was VERY long (over an hour). I did however get a person who knew small engines and what they were talking about. We discussed how I broke it in, and what was happening. He provided some suggestions, and I then went back and ran the generator as instructed. I called again when the issue was not resolved by the time we discussed Champion Power Equipment replaced the generator (defective ring was not cost effective to service on this small generator, full replacement is probably not typical).

    Here are things I would like to see on the product. I would like to see a way to secure the generator. A simple bar in the handle to keep someone from cutting through it. Alternatively, a metal loop somewhere connected to the motor so you could run a cable through it. An option for an hour meter. It was simple enough to add one, but a manufacturer option would be better. I added a small removable tray under the spark plug access cover for mine.

    + PROS:
    • Lightweight, Runs on propane or gasoline (user selectable with a knob), quiet, Carburetor is easy to drain for storage, Oil is easy to change and fill with little mess.
    - CONS:
    • Smokes during break-in period, starting on propane has a learning curve. no way to secure the generator except the carry handle
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