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Champion 200962 - Spec Breakdown

The Champion 200962 is a quiet, compact and lightweight dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1850 W and a starting wattage of 2500 W.

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Description

This 2500-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 200962 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
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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 200962 in use

The Champion 200962

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Champion 200962 delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 1850W and a peak wattage of 2500W. When propane-powered, it has 1665 rated watts and 2500 peak watts. In addition, as it is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

Regarding its running time, the 200962, with a 1.1 gallon fuel capacity can operate for up to 11.5 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH). When using propane, it can run for up to 34 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.14 GPH).

The 200962 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 features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

The Champion 200962 is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L17.3 x W11.5 x H17.7 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the 200962 weighs just 39 lbs. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability 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 200962

The 200962's control panel

The light indicators show you if its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is on overload 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 automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Champion 200962 also comes with several accessories, including: oil, funnel and propane hose.

Emissions

The Champion 200962 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.

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The Champion 200962 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 200962 compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the Champion 200962 has only 39 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 53 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of up to 11.5 hours at 25% load, the 200962 benefits from a higher run time than many generators of a similar output. 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 WH2200iXLT, with up to 13 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV2200P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 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 1500-2500W generators, the Champion 200962 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (39 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (53 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the Champion 200962 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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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 watts1850 W1665 W
Starting watts2500 W2500 W
Running amps15.4 amps13.9 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps20.8 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 outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight39 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and propane hose
Warranty3 years
UPC817198023960

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 200962 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Total1462 W2462 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Total1460 W2050 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
Need parallel kit for a model 200962 champion generator (Asked March 26, 2021)

The recommended parallel kit is the ParaLink 100319 (opens in a new tab).

Whats the difference between the two models 200962 and 200950 (Asked July 06, 2021)

The 200950 is not dual fuel.

What’s the difference between models 200962, 200961, and 100899? (Asked March 12, 2022)

The 200962 and 100899 have identical specs, but a different colorway (difference of a cosmectic nature). The 200961 does not feature any USB ports, but has an automotive DC outlet.

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    Wonderful! Used on our recent camping trip – worked great!

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    Great generator for van life

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    • This has been a very good generator for me because I live in my van and over the winter it has kept me from freezing. I love my duel fuel generator and will probably buy another one in the future to run in parallel with my rv . I recommend this great product
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    • The pull rope is the only weak spot on it. As I have replaced it 3 x in 6 months. But I am completely satisfied with the proformace of this product
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