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Champion 201120 Spec Review

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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Description

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The Champion 201120 is the newer version of the 200994. It's a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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 201120 in use

The Champion 201120

The dual-fuel technology of the Champion 201120 allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 3650W and a starting wattage of 4650W. If propane-powered, it gives 3285 rated watts and 4650 starting watts. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music). Its starting mechanisms include a conventional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 2.3 gallons, the 201120 can operate for up to 14 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH), or for up to 21 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.22 GPH) using propane.

As the 201120 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This Champion generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

Since the Champion 201120 is an inverter generator, its closed design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in) has an esthetical advantage over conventional, open frame devices. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 103 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201120

The 201120's control panel

A digital Intelligauge data center, one of the features of the 201120's control panel, gives you information on the frequency, voltage, power output and lifetime run hours, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the inverter generator.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

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 to get you promptly started, the Champion 201120 also comes with some accessories: dual port USB adapter, propane hose, oil and funnel are included. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Champion 201120 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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 generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At a weight of 103 pounds, the Champion 201120 places in the expected weight range of the generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of only 66.1 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 61 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Cummins Onan P4500i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the 201120, reaching up to 14 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200954, as it provides up to 22 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 more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.14 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 3500-4500W 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
  • Quiet for its power (61 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (103 lbs)
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 tank2.3 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%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, propane hose, dual port USB adapter, and battery
Warranty3 years

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
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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    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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