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Champion 201154 - 3650/4650W Inverter Generator

The Champion 201154 is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,650 W and a starting wattage of 4,650 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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The Champion 201154 replaced the 200992. It's a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201154 in use

The Champion 201154

The Champion 201154's engine, 212 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 3,650W and reaches a peak wattage of 4,650W. In addition, the parallel capability (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included) empowers increasing of power output when linked to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

Operating with a noise level of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the inverter generator starts up via a conventional pull-start mechanism. Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

With a fuel capacity of 2.3 gallons, the 201154 can run for up to 14 hours when the tank is full (fuel consumption is approximately 0.16 gallons per hour).

The 201154 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features 3 AC outlets as follows:

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

Moreover, it comes equipped with 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle making battery charging a breeze. Since a dual port USB adapter is also included with the unit, you will be able to use the DC receptacle to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Featuring a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer'), this Champion generator is RV Ready, designed specifically for use with recreational vehicles.

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in), the Champion 201154 offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 95 lbs, the 201154 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Furthermore, with its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle, you can easily relocate the generator once it's set up.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201154

The 201154's control panel

To help you monitor the 201154's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital Intelligauge data center, giving you information on the frequency, power output, lifetime run hours and voltage.

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

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to 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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Champion 201154 also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit, funnel, oil and dual port USB adapter.

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The Champion 201154 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201154 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As its weight is 95 pounds, the Champion 201154 falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 3500-4500 rated wattage category. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC, weighing just 58.4 pounds.
  • As this inverter generator can emit noise as low as 61 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. 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.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 14 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the 201154 falls into the low end in comparison with other inverters of a comparable power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman W03661OF, reaching up to 25 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. With a fuel consumption rate around 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is one of the most fuel-efficient models within the aforementioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W inverter generators, the Champion 201154 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (95 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (61 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,650 W
Starting watts4,650 W
Running amps30.4 amps
Peak amps38.8 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load14 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
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank2.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight95 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 G300-2023
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and dual port USB adapter
Country of originChina
UPC817198025643

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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 201154 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
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

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