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Champion 201184 - 3500/4500W Inverter Generator With Remote Start

The Champion 201184 is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,500 W and a starting wattage of 4,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

The Champion Power Equipment 4500-Watt Inverter Generator with CO Shield® is ultra-quiet and ideal for camping, tailgating, powering items around the RV or providing backup for your essentials. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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The Champion 201184 is the newer version of the 200987. It's a compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201184 in use

The Champion 201184

The Champion 201184's core is the 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 3,500W and a peak wattage of 4,500W. In addition, the parallel capability (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included) empowers increasing of power output when linked to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

Enjoying a noise rating of 61 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), this inverter generator offers the versatility of starting with either a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need. For added user convenience, the 201184 is equipped with remote starting capabilities (key fob included).

Equipped with a 2.25 gallons fuel tank, the 201184 ensures continuous operation for up to 14 hours with a full tank (fuel usage approximately 0.16 gallons per hour).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 201184 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Moreover, it comes equipped with 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries. 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.

Featuring a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer'), this Champion generator is RV Ready, designed specifically for use with recreational vehicles.

Portability

As an inverter generator, the Champion 201184 showcases a closed design (L23.2 x W17.7 x H20.1 in), enhancing aesthetics and ensuring quieter operation compared to conventional, open frame models. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

With a weight of 101 lbs, the generator is still labeled as 'portable,' denoting its ability to be moved, although its heaviness might restrict easy portability. Nonetheless, the limited maneuverability is compensated for by utilizing its set of 2 wheels (⌀5") and its folding handle, which facilitates shifting once the generator is set on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201184

The 201184's control panel

One of the many 201184's features is the digital Intelligauge data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the voltage, frequency, power output and lifetime run hours and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if the oil level is too low.

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

In terms of security, the generator features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), ensuring peace of mind during its use.

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.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Champion 201184 features extra accessories: oil, dual port USB adapter, key fob, tool kit and funnel.

The Champion 201184 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201184 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • At 101 lbs in dry weight, the Champion 201184 fits well within the typical weight bracket for inverter generators producing 3000 to 4000 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, standing at just 46 lbs.
  • With noise emissions reaching as low as 61 dBA, this inverter generator has a noise level typical for devices of its type and power category. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 52 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • With up to 14 hours of runtime at a 25% load on a full tank, the 201184 is in line with the average autonomy range for inverter generators of comparable power. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Firman W03661OF could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting up to 25 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. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel-efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.16 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Energizer eZV3500P. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.13 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W inverter generators, the Champion 201184 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
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (101 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (61 dBA)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:

The Champion 201184 doesn't have any notably low specs.

Do you own the Champion 201184 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,500 W
Starting watts4,500 W
Running amps29.2 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load14 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank2.25 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight101 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 17.7 x 20.1 in
Noise (lower limit)61 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, dual port USB adapter, and battery
UPC817198025902

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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 201184 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total2787 W4287 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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