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Champion 201066 - 5250/6500W Open Frame Inverter Generator

The Champion 201066 is a portable open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 5,250 W and a starting wattage of 6,500 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $958.49 - May 23, 2024
  • $999.99 - May 22, 2024
  • $1,070.07 - May 21, 2024
  • $949.00 - May 19, 2024
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Since: May 14, 2024
  • Highest Price: $1,070.07 - May 21, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $949.00 - May 19, 2024

Description

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To sum up, the Champion 201066 is a portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 201066 in use

The Champion 201066

Champion 201066 runs on gasoline, powered by a 301 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120/240V, boasting a running wattage of 5,250W alongside a starting wattage of 6,500W.

With a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the inverter generator's ignition is facilitated by a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

With its 4.3 gallons fuel tank, the 201066 can operate for up to 13.5 hours when fully fueled (with fuel usage averaging around 0.32 GPH).

The 201066 generates a clean sine wave with <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), ensuring minimal electrical noise and fluctuations. This feature makes it ideal for powering sensitive electronics, providing stable and reliable AC power through the outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy. 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.

The inclusion of a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer') makes this Champion generator RV Ready, ideal for providing power to recreational vehicles. In addition, the 201066's twist-lock L14-30R receptacle makes it transfer switch ready, enabling hassle-free connection to your breaker box for powering your home during outages.

Portability

Measuring L26.6 x W25.5 x H24.6 in, the classic open frame build of the Champion 201066 delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While technically classified as 'portable' due to its ability to be moved, the 123.2 lbs of this generator make manual lifting and transportation incredibly difficult. However, the lack of maneuverability can be offset with its set of wheels (⌀8") and its folding handle, which allows for convenient shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201066

The 201066's control panel

One of the many 201066's features is the digital Intelligauge data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the frequency, power output, voltage and lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicator will illuminate to indicate if its oil levels are insufficient.

The inclusion of a built-in fuel gauge in the inverter generator streamlines gas level checks for quick and convenient assessments.

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).

The unit also benefits from the CO Shield™ technology, which monitors accumulation of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas produced by the engine's exhaust when the generator is running. If CO Shield™ detects elevated levels of CO gas, it automatically shuts off the engine and illuminates a red LED.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Champion 201066 features extra accessories: funnel, oil and dual port USB adapter.

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The Champion 201066 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201066 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Champion 201066 weighs just 123.2 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 4500 to 5500 rated wattage generators. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Champion 201238 with only 101.4 pounds.
  • As this inverter generator can emit noise as low as 69 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU7000iS with only 52 dBA.
  • As for its runtime, the 201066 runs for up to 13.5 hours at a 25% load, placing it towards the low end among comparable products. 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 DuroMax XP5500EH, with up to 19 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.32 GPH at a 25% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the DuroMax XP7000iH, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.19 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W inverter generators, the Champion 201066 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
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • RV Ready
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (123.2 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (69 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No parallel ports
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine301 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5,250 W
Starting watts6,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)43.8/21.9 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load13.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight123.2 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.6 x 25.5 x 24.6 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, dual port USB adapter, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC817198025704

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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 201066 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total4195 W5295 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Total4190 W4780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
what make is the gasoline engine? (Asked October 19, 2022)

The engine is manufactured by Rato.

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