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Champion 201176 - 7250/9000W Tri Fuel Open Frame Inverter Generator With Electric Start

The Champion 201176 is a powerful open frame tri-fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 7,250 W and a starting wattage of 9,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,399.00 - May 23, 2024
  • $1,599.00 - February 22, 2024
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Since: February 22, 2024
  • Highest Price: $1,599.00 - February 22, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $1,399.00 - May 23, 2024

Description

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In a nutshell, the Champion 201176 is a powerful portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201176 in use

The Champion 201176

The Champion 201176 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 7,250W and a peak wattage of 9,000W. When propane-powered, it benefits from 6,525 rated watts and 9,000 peak watts. Its natural gas operation offers 5,875W of rated wattage and 9,000W of starting wattage.

Enjoying a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included).

As for its running time, the 201176, along with its 4.3 gallons fuel capacity, can run for up to 14 hours with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.31 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for up to 12 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.39 GPH).

The 201176 ensures a clean sine wave output, boasting <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) to protect your sensitive electronics when connected to its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Furthermore, it showcases 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle offering a convenient battery charging option. With the unit, you will also find a dual port USB adapter, allowing for the convenient charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets using the DC receptacle.

If your RV requires a 50-amp service, consider this Champion unit RV-ready, as it includes a 14-50R outlet. In addition, since the 201176 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

Measuring L26.6 x W25.5 x H25.4 in, the Champion 201176 showcases a classic open frame layout, guaranteeing stability and simple maintenance access to components, while facilitating air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 156.6 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Despite the restricted maneuverability, its set of wheels (⌀8") and its folding handle provides a solution, allowing for convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201176

The 201176's control panel

Embedded in the control panel of the 201176, a digital Intelligauge data center serves as a vital feature, offering comprehensive information on the frequency, power output, lifetime run hours and voltage to aid in monitoring activity and status.

In addition to this info, the generator's light indicator provides visual feedback when its oil levels are insufficient.

Featuring a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator offers quick, convenient, and easy gas level checks at a glance.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the Champion 201176 also includes several accessories: propane hose, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, funnel, oil and dual port USB adapter. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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The Champion 201176 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201176 compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • When it comes to weight, the Champion 201176 tips the scales at just 156.6 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 6500 to 7500 rated wattage range. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 133 pounds.
  • The inverter generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 72 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Powerhorse 7500i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 55 dBA.
  • As for its autonomy, the 201176, with an autonomy of up to 14 hours at a 25% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the DuroMax XP8500EH, with up to 25 hours.
  • 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. Among generators of similar power, this inverter generator stands out with a better fuel efficiency than most, with consumption rates around 0.31 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the DuroMax XP7500DX, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.29 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 6500-7500W multi-fuel generators, the Champion 201176 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Tri-fuel
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (156.6 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (72 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No remote start
  • No parallel ports
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelTri-Fuel (gasoline/propane/natural gas)
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolineLPGNG
Running watts7,250 W6,525 W5,875 W
Starting watts9,000 W9,000 W9,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)60.4/30.2 amps54.4/27.2 amps49/24.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)75/37.5 amps75/37.5 amps75/37.5 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknownUnknownN/A
Run time @25% load14 h12 hN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4.3 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight156.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.6 x 25.5 x 25.4 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose, dual port USB adapter, battery, and wheel kit
UPC817198025858

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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 201176 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
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5797 W6897 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
DVD player350350
Total5790 W6380 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total4480 W8980 W
What is Nat Gas consumption of this generator at max (or close to max) load? (Asked February 28, 2024)

The unit requires a flow rate of 152,000 BTU/h at max load.

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