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Champion 200965 - 3500/4375W Dual Fuel Generator

The Champion 200965 is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,375 W.

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  • $479.00 - September 24, 2022
  • $494.00 - August 16, 2022
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Since: August 16, 2022
  • Highest Price: $494.00 - August 16, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $479.00 - September 24, 2022

Description

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In summary, the Champion 200965 is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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 200965 in use

The Champion 200965

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Champion 200965 delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3500W and a peak wattage of 4375W. When propane-powered, it has 3150 rated watts and 3950 peak watts.

At a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

As for its running time, the 200965, along with its 4.7 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 14 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.34 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 10.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.45 GPH).

The quite high THD (<20%) of the 200965 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Champion generator is RV Ready.

Portability

The Champion 200965 has the following dimensions: L23.4 x W19.7 x H19.8 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 108 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). To enhance the generator's mobility, it is worth considering purchasing an official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Champion 200965

The 200965's control panel

The 200965's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Champion 200965 also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, propane hose and oil.

Emissions

The Champion 200965 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 200965 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 200965 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 108 lbs, the Champion 200965 belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel devices which can produce between 3000 and 4000 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM3500iAED, standing at just 56.2 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 68 dBA can be judged as noisy. 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 Westinghouse iGen4500DF, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of around 14 hours at 50% load, the 200965 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, 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. As this generator uses an estimated 0.34 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.23 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3000-4000W dual fuel generators, the Champion 200965 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
  • RV Ready
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (108 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

Do you own the Champion 200965 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine208 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3,500 W3,150 W
Starting watts4,375 W3,950 W
Running amps29.2 amps26.3 amps
Peak amps36.5 amps32.9 amps
Run time @50% load14 h10.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight108 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.4 x 19.7 x 19.8 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and propane hose
Warranty3 years
UPC817198024219

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 200965 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Total2792 W3792 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Slow cooker270270
Total2760 W3350 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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