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Champion 201157 - 3650/4550W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The Champion 201157 is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 3,650 W and a starting wattage of 4,550 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $578.31 - April 30, 2024
  • $519.00 - April 5, 2024
  • $578.31 - January 28, 2024
  • $662.55 - December 1, 2023
  • $599.00 - November 29, 2023
  • $575.00 - November 28, 2023
  • $599.00 - November 2, 2023
  • $662.55 - October 28, 2023
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Since: May 30, 2023
  • Highest Price: $662.55 - May 30, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $519.00 - April 5, 2024

Description

The Champion Power Equipment 201157 3650-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with CO Shield® is the perfect combination of versatility and convenience. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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The Champion 201157 replaced the 200973. It's a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201157 in use

The Champion 201157

Delivering 120V, the Champion 201157 is enhanced by dual-fuel technology, providing power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 3,650W and a starting wattage of 4,550W. Alternatively, when propane-powered, it delivers 3,285 running watts and 4,100 starting watts.

Operating with a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), this generator offers two starting options: a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and a no-fuss and convenient electric starter (battery included).

In terms of running time, the 201157, equipped with a 4.7 gallons fuel tank, is capable of running continuously for around 14 hours at 50% load on a full gasoline tank (with fuel consumption estimated at around 0.34 gallons per hour). When utilizing propane, it provides around 10.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.45 GPH) of operation.

The 201157 is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle

This Champion generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

At L24.7 x W25 x H22.2 in, the traditional open frame structure of the Champion 201157 ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Despite its 129 lbs, the generator falls under the category of 'portable,' signifying its movability, although its weight may hinder easy portability. Nonetheless, the limited maneuverability is compensated for by utilizing its wheel kit (⌀8") and its folding handle, which facilitates shifting once the generator is set on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201157

The 201157's control panel

The control panel of the 201157 is equipped with an Intelligauge meter, showing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours metrics, aiding in monitoring its status and activity.

The 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. 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.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Champion 201157's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, oil and funnel.

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The Champion 201157 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201157 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At 129 lbs, the Champion 201157 stands out as one of the heavier dual fuel generators rated from 3500 to 4500. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN DF402iX, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 68 dBA can be judged as noisy. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may want to take a look at the Westinghouse iGen4500DF. It's one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, rated at 52 dBA.
  • Among its dual fuel devices with similar power, the 201157 offers one of the higher run times, running for around 14 hours at 50% load. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, as it provides around 15 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. With an estimated fuel consumption of 0.34 GPH at a 50% load, this generator aligns with the average gasoline usage range of comparable products. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 0.23 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel generators, the Champion 201157 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
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (129 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,650 W3,285 W
Starting watts4,550 W4,100 W
Running amps30.4 amps27.4 amps
Peak amps37.9 amps34.2 amps
Run time @50% load14 h10.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight129 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.7 x 25 x 22.2 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC817198025629

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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 201157 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
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2912 W3912 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2895 W3485 W
For workTable saw18004500
Total1800 W4500 W

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