Champion 201056 - 3500/4250W Open Frame Inverter Generator

The Champion 201056 is a portable open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,250 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Zoom on the Champion 201056

To sum up, the Champion 201056 is a portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • 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 201056 in use

The Champion 201056

Running on gasoline, the Champion 201056 operates with a 224 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120V, with a running wattage of 3,500W and a peak wattage of 4,250W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be increased when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 64 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office). Its starting mechanism is based on a manual recoil starter system.

Equipped with a 4 gallons fuel tank, the 201056 ensures continuous operation for up to 22 hours with a full tank (fuel usage approximately 0.18 gallons per hour).

Featuring a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the 201056 delivers a clean sine wave, guaranteeing the safety of your sensitive electronics plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it boasts 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries. The unit also includes a dual port USB adapter, providing the capability to conveniently charge electronics like mobile phones and tablets using the DC receptacle.

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

Portability

Measuring L28.6 x W23.4 x H21.6 in, the classic open frame build of the Champion 201056 delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

The 80 lbs of the 201056's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, once placed on the floor, simple displacement is possible thanks to its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201056

The 201056's control panel

The 201056 and its control panel include an Intelligauge meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator on the device will notify you if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the inverter generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

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.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Champion 201056 features extra accessories: dual port USB adapter, oil and funnel.

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The Champion 201056 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201056 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • In terms of its weight, the Champion 201056 weighs merely 80 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter inverter generators within the 3000 to 4000 rated wattage category. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest possible noise rating of 64 dBA places it in the louder category. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 52 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • At 25% load, the 201056 boasts a higher run time than most similarly powerful inverters, reaching up to 22 hours. For those prioritizing autonomy, the Firman W03661OF could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching 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. Standing at an estimated 0.18 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, this inverter generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV3500P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.13 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (80 lbs)
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (64 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,250 W
Running amps29.2 amps
Peak amps35.4 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load22 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
Fuel tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight80 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.6 x 23.4 x 21.6 in
Noise (lower limit)64 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, dual port USB adapter, and wheel kit
Country of originVietnam
UPC817198024721

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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 201056 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total2787 W3787 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W
Does this model have a fuel shut off valve? (Asked February 16, 2023)

The unit has a fuel shut off valve that allows you to drain gasoline from the carburetor.

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