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Champion 200972 - 3650/4550W Dual Fuel Generator

The Champion 200972 is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 3,650 W and a starting wattage of 4,550 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Champion 200972
Latest updates:
  • $399.99 - May 29, 2024
  • $599.99 - May 7, 2024
  • $539.99 - March 12, 2024
  • $599.99 - February 21, 2024
  • $539.99 - October 18, 2023
  • $599.99 - October 14, 2023
  • $539.99 - October 10, 2023
  • $599.99 - October 3, 2023
Data source: tractorsupply.com
Since: July 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $599.99 - July 18, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $399.99 - May 29, 2024

Description

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In a nutshell, the Champion 200972 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 200972 in use

The Champion 200972

With its dual-fuel technology, the Champion 200972 delivers 120V, and offers power and flexibility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 3,650W and a peak wattage of 4,550W. When powered by propane, it delivers 3,285 running watts and 4,100 peak watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office). Its starting mechanism is based on a manual recoil starter system.

In terms of running time, the 200972, equipped with a 4.7 gallons fuel tank, is capable of running continuously for around 14 hours at 50% load on a full gasoline tank (with fuel consumption estimated at around 0.34 gallons per hour). When utilizing propane, it provides around 10.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.45 GPH) of operation.

As the 200972 exhibits a THD of less than 20%, which is high, it is best avoided 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 standing for 'Travel Trailer'), this Champion generator is RV Ready, perfectly suited for powering recreational vehicles.

Portability

With a size of L23.4 x W19.7 x H19.8 in, the Champion 200972 features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 110 pounds. To improve the generator's mobility, you may want to consider acquiring the official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Champion 200972

The 200972's control panel

The 200972's control center features an Intelligauge meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

Equipped with a built-in fuel gauge, the generator facilitates swift gas level checks.

In terms of security, the generator features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during its use. 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 200972 also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, oil and propane hose.

Product Video

The Champion 200972 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 200972 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At 110 lbs in dry weight, the Champion 200972 fits well within the typical weight bracket for dual fuel generators producing 3500 to 4500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN DF402iX, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • This generator, with its lowest noise level at 68 dBA, is noisier than most generators of comparable running wattage. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Westinghouse iGen4500DF. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 52 dBA.
  • In terms of run time, the 200972 surpasses similarly powerful dual fuel devices, boasting one of the higher run times at around 14 hours. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 15 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. With an estimated fuel consumption of 0.34 GPH at a 50% load, this generator aligns with the average gasoline usage range of comparable products. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.23 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel generators, the Champion 200972 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (110 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

Do you own the Champion 200972 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,650 W3,285 W
Starting watts4,550 W4,100 W
Running amps30.4 amps27.4 amps
Peak amps37.9 amps34.2 amps
Run time @50% load14 h10.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 4.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight110 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
Country of originChina
UPC817198024288

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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 200972 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2912 W3912 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2895 W3485 W
For workTable saw18004500
Total1800 W4500 W

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