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Champion 200987 - 3500/4500W Inverter Generator With Remote Start

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Description

Our 4500-watt inverter generator with remote key fob allows you to start and stop your generator from up to 80 feet away. Our feature-packed power solution includes Quiet Technology, Extended Run Time, Economy Mode and Clean Power, plus you can easily increase your power with the optional Parallel Kit.

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In short, the Champion 200987 is a compact portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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 200987 in use

The Champion 200987

The Champion 200987's design includes a gasoline-fueled 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3,500W and also a peak wattage of 4,500W. Furthermore, its parallel capability (ParaLink parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) allows for increasing of power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

Operating with a noise rating of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), this inverter generator offers two starting options: a manual recoil starter system and a straightforward and intuitive electric starter (battery included). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need. Furthermore, the 200987 can be remotely started, providing users with added ease of use (key fob included).

The 200987's fuel tank, boasting 2.3 gallons, allows it to operate for up to 14 hours with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH).

With a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the 200987 delivers a clean sine wave—essential for safeguarding your delicate electronics when plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it offers 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries. With the unit, you will also find a dual port USB adapter, allowing for the convenient charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets using the DC receptacle.

Equipped with a TT-30R receptacle (TT representing 'Travel Trailer'), this Champion generator is RV Ready, ensuring compatibility with recreational vehicles.

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in), the Champion 200987 offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 101 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 200987

The 200987's control panel

The control panel of the 200987 is equipped with an Intelligauge meter, showing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours metrics, aiding in monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, light indicators on the device will notify you if its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the Champion 200987 ships with supplementary accessories: dual port USB adapter, oil, funnel, tool kit and key fob.

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The Champion 200987 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 200987 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • As its weight is 101 pounds, the Champion 200987 falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 3000-4000 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO with only 46 pounds.
  • This inverter generator has a somewhat average expected noise for its type and power range, rated at 61 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF with only 52 dBA.
  • With up to 14 hours of runtime at a 25% load on a full tank, the 200987 is in line with the average autonomy range for inverter generators of comparable power. 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 Firman W03661OF, with up to 25 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel-efficient one within its wattage category. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Energizer eZV3500P, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.13 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W inverter generators, the Champion 200987 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
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (101 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (61 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:

The Champion 200987 doesn't have any notably low specs.

Do you own the Champion 200987 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,500 W
Running amps29.2 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load14 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight101 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17.7 x 20.1 in
Noise (lower limit)61 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, dual port USB adapter, and battery
UPC817198024332

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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 200987 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total2787 W3787 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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    Derrick Durocher March 24, 2022 at 12:11 pm
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    Nice Generator. Purchased off Amazon. Purchased the manual start and a wireless remote start was delivered. Definitely not complaining about that.

    + PROS:
    • Plenty of power
    • Quiet
    - CONS:
    • No Fuel shut off
    • Small Fuel Tank
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