Champion 201083 - 8500/10625W Dual Fuel Generator

The Champion 201083 is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 8,500 W and a starting wattage of 10,625 W.

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In summary, the Champion 201083 is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201083 in use

The Champion 201083

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Champion 201083 provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 8,500W along with a peak wattage of 10,625W. While propane-powered, it provides 7,650 rated watts and 9,565 starting watts.

The generator is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

As for its running time, the 201083, along with its 7.7 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.77 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH).

Since the 201083 has a high THD (<20%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

While this Champion generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, since the 201083 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Champion 201083 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L28.9 x W27.7 x H26.1 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 209.4 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201083

The 201083's control panel

The control panel of the 201083 includes an Intelligauge meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 201083, the following accessories are also included: oil, propane hose and funnel.

Emissions

The Champion 201083 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The unit also meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

Product Video

The Champion 201083 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201083 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 8000 and 9000 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 209.4 lbs, the Champion 201083 belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel devices which can produce between 8000 and 9000 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, with a dry weight of only 187.4 lbs.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 64 dBA.
  • The 201083, offering a run time of around 10 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, boasting with around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. As this generator uses an estimated 0.77 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PG10000B16, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.55 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 8000-9000W dual fuel generators, the Champion 201083 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (209.4 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine459 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts8,500 W7,650 W
Starting watts10,625 W9,565 W
Running amps (@120/240V)70.8/35.4 amps63.8/31.9 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)88.5/44.3 amps79.7/39.9 amps
Run time @50% load10 h5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight209.4 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.9 x 27.7 x 26.1 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC817198024943

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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 201083 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Hair dryer18001900
Waffle iron750750
Total6767 W8242 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Slow cooker270270
Bug zapper8080
Total6780 W7200 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total6060 W10560 W

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