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Dual fuel + USB Ports
Zoom on the Champion 100900
In a nutshell, the Champion 100900 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:
- Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
- DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.
Power & Run Time
The dual-fuel technology of the Champion 100900 allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 1,700W and a starting wattage of 2,000W. If propane-powered, it gives 1,530 rated watts and 2,000 starting watts. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.
The inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home).
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 Distortion (THD).
The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:
In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy. 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.
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 generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.
Since the 100900 weighs only 39.5 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.
The light indicators show you if the generator is on overload, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready.
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.
While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 100900, the following accessories are also included: oil, propane hose, funnel and dual port USB adapter.
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.
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 inverter 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 inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM2000i, standing at just 34.2 lbs.
- At a lowest noise rating of 53 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar type and power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
- As the 100900 features an autonomy of up to 11.5 hours at 25% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its type and power range. 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 DuroMax XP2300iH, with up to 13 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 is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W dual fuel inverter generators, the Champion 100900 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
- In the expected price range
- Several accessories included
- Parallel capable
- Dual Fuel
- Lightweight (39.5 lbs)
- Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
- High run time
- Fuel efficient
- No data center
- No electric start
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||79 cc OHV 4-stroke|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V|
|Running watts||1,700 W||1,530 W|
|Starting watts||2,000 W||2,000 W|
|Running amps||14.2 amps||12.8 amps|
|Peak amps||16.7 amps||16.7 amps|
|Run time @50% load||Unknown||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||11.5 h||34 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets||1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)|
|DC outlets||1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)|
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||1.1 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||53 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, propane hose, and dual port USB adapter|
|Country of origin||China|
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.
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.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||992 W||1992 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Total||1340 W||1930 W|
|For work||Demolition hammer||1260||1260|
|Total||1340 W||1340 W|
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The 2000 watt dual fuel EZ start generator runs great. Very quiet. It is well below the requirements for running in National Forest lands where generators are allowed.
In national parks generators must conform to National Park Service regulations pertaining to audio disturbances, which states that “motorized equipment or machinery cannot exceed a noise level of 60 decibels measured on the A-weighted scale at 50 feet” (36 CFR 2.12).
With my inexpensive meter and paced of estimate of 50 feet I got a measurement of 50 db on eco mode no load, and only slightly more non-eco mode no load.
However, EZ start is in no way accurate when starting on propane. Lots of reviews and videos about this issue. One review gave me the idea and I figured out the solution. Now it starts easy every time on propane.
The instructions say to move the dial to choke, pull the starter cord slowly a few times, then move the dial to propane and pull normally. That doesn’t work. I looked like I was sawing logs and wore myself out.
The solution I found was to turn the dial to choke, pull the starter cord two or three times.
Then turn the dial the tiniest amount toward propane, I mean TINY. Try to start one or two pulls. Keep doing this turning the dial a tiny amount toward propane then pull the starter. When you find the right dial setting it will start up easily. Remember that spot as best you can to hit it the next time.
As soon as it starts quickly move the dial all the way to propane.
I’ve gotten to where I can start it easily this way.
So far I have only run the five hour break-in. Did this by plugging in a radiant heater that cycles on and off, set to 580 watts. Only the slightest hint of metal particles in the first oil change.
I’ll do an update if my opinion of this generator changes. For now five stars.
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.