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Champion 201120 - 3650/4650W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Electric Start

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  • $799.20 - April 23, 2024
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  • Highest Price: $999.00 - November 11, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $799.20 - April 23, 2024

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
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

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 3,650W and a starting wattage of 4,650W. If propane-powered, it gives 3,285 rated watts and 4,650 starting watts. In addition, the device is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant 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 Distortion (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

In addition, it provides 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.

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

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in), the Champion 201120, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 103 pounds. 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

To help you monitor the 201120's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital Intelligauge data center, giving you information on the voltage, frequency, power output and lifetime run hours.

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

The inverter 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 automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Champion 201120 also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, propane hose, funnel, dual port USB adapter and oil. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Champion 201120 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, which makes it suitable for use 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).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 103 lbs, the Champion 201120 belongs in the expected weight range for inverters which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC, with a dry weight of just 58.4 pounds.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 61 dBA. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF with only 52 dBA.
  • The 201120's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only up to 14 hours at 25% load on a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Firman W03661OF, which is able to run for 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. This inverter generator is one of the most fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • 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
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,650 W3,285 W
Starting watts4,650 W4,650 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
Country of originVietnam
UPC817198025728

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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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