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Champion 201120 - 3650/4650W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

The Champion 201120 is a compact dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3650 W and a starting wattage of 4650 W.

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  • $1,184.82 - September 15, 2022
  • $1,160.49 - August 28, 2022
  • $1,199.00 - August 16, 2022
  • $1,049.00 - August 9, 2022
  • $1,199.00 - May 19, 2022
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Since: May 1, 2022
  • Highest Price: $1,207.00 - May 13, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $1,049.00 - August 9, 2022

Description

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The Champion 201120 is the newer version of the 200994. It's a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

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 201120 in use

The Champion 201120

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Champion 201120 provides an output of 120V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 3650W along with a peak wattage of 4650W. While propane-powered, it provides 3285 rated watts and 4650 starting watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

At a noise rating of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), this inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

As for its running time, the 201120, along with its 2.3 gallons fuel capacity, can run for up to 14 hours with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for up to 21 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.22 GPH).

The 201120 generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-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. Since a dual port USB adapter is included with the unit, you will also be able to use the DC receptacle to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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

Portability

The Champion 201120's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

Since the generator weighs 103 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201120

The 201120's control panel

The control panel of the 201120 includes a digital Intelligauge data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the power output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

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).

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Champion 201120 also comes with some accessories: propane hose, oil, tool kit, funnel and dual port USB adapter are included. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Champion 201120 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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

Product Video

The Champion 201120 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201120 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 103 lbs, the Champion 201120 belongs in the expected weight range for inverter generators which produce 3500 to 4500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the WEN GN400i with only 66.1 pounds.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 61 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Cummins Onan P4500i. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 14 hours on a full tank at a 25% load, the 201120 is on the low end when compared to other inverter generators of a similar power output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Firman W03661OF, boasting with up to 25 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the most fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel inverter generators, the Champion 201120 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (103 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (61 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the Champion 201120 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3650 W3285 W
Starting watts4650 W4650 W
Running amps30.4 amps27.4 amps
Peak amps38.8 amps38.8 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknown
Run time @25% load14 h21 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 centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tankSteel, 2.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight103 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, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, dual port USB adapter, and battery
Warranty3 years
UPC817198025728

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 201120 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
Laptop150150
Total2917 W3917 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total2915 W3505 W
For workTable saw18004500
Bug zapper8080
Total1880 W4580 W
A couple questions, how is the switching from gasoline to propane, if gasoline is in the tank and a LPG tank is connected and turned on simultaneously, what happens? How do you run the carburetor dry for storage? The fuel and ignition are tied together so when the fuel is shut off the engine stops immediately leaving the bowl full. I purchased this generator and am disappointed these subjects were totally ignored by the manufacturer. Also, apparently no watt or amp gauge just led lights showing % load. (Asked November 18, 2021)

The unit will always try to run on propane first. If there's no propane, it will run on gasoline. To drain the tank and the carburetor, you may refer to the "long term storage" section of your owner's manual.

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  1. 4.5
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    I would highly recommend this generator for a mechanically challenged user, the controls are extremely simple. Basically one knob controls everything. I honestly purchased this so my wife could fire it up if I wasn’t around but the lack of control and information is frustrating to me.
    I’d rather have a separate manual choke and fuel valve starter and kill switch. If this integrated knob breaks your SOL.
    I was also disappointed with the lack of any wattage/amperage meter.
    On the positive side, I haven’t had any quality of materials or workmanship issues. It’s been 100% dependable and at a excellent price point.
    My next portable will have separate controls and a amp monitor of some sort.
    I’m also not sure how the switch between gas & propane is handled?
    There’s also no way to shut off the gasoline fuel valve to run the carburetor dry because of that all in one switch, you have to open a drain on the carburetor.
    But again, reliable!

    + PROS:
    • Great price
    • Easy access to maintenance
    • Very quiet
    • Simplified controls for inexperienced users
    • Handle design
    • Lithium starting battery
    • No mess oil change drain hose
    - CONS:
    • No amp/watt monitor
    • Fuel shutoff tied to ignition
    • Controls oversimplified (lack of control)
    • No integrated battery maintenance
    • No duel fuel control switch/valve
    • The integrated start/choke/fuel knob is frustrating
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