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Champion 201085 - 5500/6875W Dual Fuel Generator

The Champion 201085 is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5500 W and a starting wattage of 6875 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Champion 201085 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201085 in use

The Champion 201085

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Champion 201085 provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 5500W along with a peak wattage of 6875W. While propane-powered, it provides 5000 rated watts and 6250 starting watts.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner).

Regarding its running time, the 201085, with a 7.7 gallons fuel capacity can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.7 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 6.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.72 GPH).

The 201085 is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 5 AC outlets:

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

Since the 201085 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 Champion 201085 has the following dimensions: L28.3 x W27.4 x H25.6 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy 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 172 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

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The 201085's control panel

To help you monitor the 201085's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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. 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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 201085, the following accessories are also included: propane hose, oil and funnel.

Emissions

The Champion 201085 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

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

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The Champion 201085 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201085 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 5000 and 6000 W).

  • A weight of 172 lbs makes the Champion 201085 one of the heavier dual fuel devices in the 5000-6000 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM6000iED, standing at just 117.9 lbs.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 74 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Genmax GM6000iED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 63 dBA.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 11 hours at 50% load, the 201085 benefits from a higher run time than many dual fuel generators of a similar output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman H05753, reaching around 12 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.7 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.43 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5000-6000W dual fuel generators, the Champion 201085 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
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (172 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine389 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts5500 W5000 W
Starting watts6875 W6250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)45.8/22.9 amps41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)57.3/28.6 amps52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% load11 h6.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight172 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.3 x 27.4 x 25.6 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, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years
UPC817198024950

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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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 201085 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4397 W5497 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Total4390 W4980 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total4010 W6710 W

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