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

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.

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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 in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 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.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

Regarding its running time, the 201176, with a 4.3 gallons fuel capacity can operate for up to 14 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.31 GPH). When using propane, it can run for up to 12 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.39 GPH).

As the 201176 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

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

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease. Since a dual port USB adapter is included with the unit, you will also be able to use the DC receptacle to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this Champion unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 201176 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The design of the Champion 201176 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L26.6 x W25.5 x H25.4 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 156.6 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its set of wheels (⌀8") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201176

The 201176's control panel

Monitoring of the 201176's status and activity is made possible by a digital Intelligauge data center, which provides information on the voltage, power output, lifetime run hours and frequency and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, when the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

The inverter generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 201176, the following accessories are also included: dual port USB adapter, oil, funnel, propane hose and natural gas hose with NPT adapter. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Champion 201176 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

In addition, the unit meets the ANSI/PGMA G300-2018 safety and performance requirements.

Product Video

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).

  • As for its weight, the Champion 201176 weighs only 156.6 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 6500-7500 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF with only 133 pounds.
  • Because this inverter generator emits noise as low as 72 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Powerhorse 7500i. With just 55 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 14 hours on a full tank at a 25% load, the 201176 is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the DuroMax XP8500EH, reaching 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.31 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the DuroMax XP7500DX, with a fuel consumption of 0.29 GPH could be in your good books.

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 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (156.6 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (72 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No parallel ports
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Dish washer15003000
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Cell phone charger2020
Total5792 W7292 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Toaster oven800800
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5785 W6205 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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