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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: June 23, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,129.99 - June 23, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $989.99 - August 22, 2023

Description

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In a nutshell, the Champion 201169 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

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 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.

The generator is rated for a noise of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

The 201169, with a fuel capacity of 8.5 gallons, reaches a run time of around 12 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.71 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 6.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.72 GPH) with propane.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the 201169 is not recommended due to its high THD (<20%).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

As the 201169 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The Champion 201169 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28.7 x W27.5 x H26.1 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 195.1 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201169

The 201169's control panel

The 201169 and its control panel include an Intelligauge meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

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 201169's package also includes these accessories: oil, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, funnel and propane hose.

Emissions

The Champion 201169 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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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).

  • A weight of 195.1 lbs makes the Champion 201169 one of the heavier inverters in the 6000-7000 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, weighing just 118 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 74 dBA is on the noisier side. 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.
  • The 201169 provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful inverters, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.71 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO, with a fuel consumption of 0.42 GPH could be in your good books.

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
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • 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

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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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