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Champion 201169 - 6500/8125W Tri Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The Champion 201169 is a portable open frame tri-fuel generator with a rated wattage of 6,500 W and a starting wattage of 8,125 W. (Read full specs)

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Since: August 4, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,099.99 - August 14, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $949.99 - August 4, 2023

Description

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To sum up, the Champion 201169 is a portable generator tailored for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201169 in use

The Champion 201169

The Champion 201169 delivers 120/240V and benefits from a tri-fuel technology that allows it to run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas. When gasoline-powered, it enjoys a running wattage of 6,500W and a peak wattage of 8,125W. When propane-powered, it benefits from 6,000 rated watts and 7,500 peak watts. Its natural gas operation offers 5,500W of rated wattage and 6,875W of starting wattage.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator provides the choice between a simple traditional pull-start mechanism or a straightforward and intuitive electric starter (battery included) for starting.

Regarding its running time, the 201169, with a 8.5 gallons fuel tank, can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full gasoline tank (with fuel consumption estimated at around 0.71 gallons per hour). It also offers around 6.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.72 GPH) of operation when using propane.

The quite high THD (<20%) of the 201169 makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Since the 201169 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

At L28.7 x W27.5 x H26.1 in, the Champion 201169 boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 195.1 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nonetheless, the limited maneuverability is compensated for by utilizing its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle, which facilitates shifting once the generator is set on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201169

The 201169's control panel

Integrated into the control center of the 201169 are an Intelligauge meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data, facilitating the monitoring of its status and activity.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

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 201169 also comes with several accessories, including: oil, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose and funnel.

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The Champion 201169 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201169 compare to multi-fuel generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • At a dry weight of 195.1 pounds, the Champion 201169 is one of the heavier inverters which can produce between 6000 and 7000 running watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, with a dry weight of just 118 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this generator's lowest possible noise rating of 74 dBA places it in the louder category. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Champion 201175, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 61 dBA.
  • At 50% load, the 201169 boasts one of the highest run times than most similarly powerful inverters, reaching around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.71 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.42 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6000-7000W multi-fuel generators, the Champion 201169 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
  • Tri-fuel
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • On the heavy side (195.1 lbs)
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelTri-Fuel (gasoline/propane/natural gas)
Engine389 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolineLPGNG
Running watts6,500 W6,000 W5,500 W
Starting watts8,125 W7,500 W6,875 W
Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps50/25 amps45.8/22.9 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)67.7/33.9 amps62.5/31.3 amps57.3/28.6 amps
Run time @50% load12 h6.5 hN/A
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknownN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight195.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.7 x 27.5 x 26.1 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC817198025865

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 201169 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Radio100100
Total5192 W6692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Blender400850
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5195 W5785 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Bug zapper8080
Total3480 W7980 W

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