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Champion 201281 - 7500/9375W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The Champion 201281 is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 7,500 W and a starting wattage of 9,375 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $999.00 - May 23, 2024
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  • Highest Price: $1,199.00 - February 24, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $999.00 - May 23, 2024

Description

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In summary, the Champion 201281 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 201281 in use

The Champion 201281

Featuring dual-fuel technology, the Champion 201281 provides 120/240V, as well as versatility and power. Running on gasoline, it delivers a running wattage of 7,500W and a peak wattage of 9,375W. Alternatively, when fueled by propane, it offers 6,750 running watts and 8,400 peak watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to an easy-to-use and reliable electric starter (battery included).

In terms of run time, the 201281, boasting a 7.7 gallons fuel tank, can run for around 10 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.77 gallons per hour). Additionally, it provides around 5.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.85 GPH) of operation with propane.

Given the 201281's high Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of less than 20%, it is advisable to avoid using it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

While this Champion generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, since it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 201281 is tailored to be transfer switch ready, making it easy to connect it to your breaker box for home power support during outages.

Portability

At L28.8 x W27.7 x H26.1 in, the Champion 201281 boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Despite its weight of 205 lbs, the generator is still considered 'portable,' meaning it is movable, although its heftiness may restrict portability in certain environments or require additional considerations for transportation and setup. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201281

The 201281's control panel

With a digital Intelligauge data center integrated into its control panel, the 201281 provides real-time insights into the frequency, power output, lifetime run hours and voltage, enabling easy monitoring of its status and activity.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during operation. Champion's built-in surge protector (Volt Guard™) safeguards your equipment and appliances against voltage spikes.

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 201281 also includes several accessories: funnel, propane hose and oil.

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The Champion 201281 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201281 compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 7000 and 8000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 205 lbs, the Champion 201281 belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel generators which produce 7000 to 8000 rated watts. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Sportsman GEN85KIDF is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 133 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 74 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Champion 201175 with only 61 dBA.
  • Offering around 10 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the 201281 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful dual fuel generators. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Firman H07553 could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 12 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. When it comes to fuel efficiency among generators with similar wattage, this generator lags behind, with a consumption rate of 0.77 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Cummins Onan P9500df, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.6 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7000-8000W dual fuel generators, the Champion 201281 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Shield™ technology
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (205 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine439 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts7,500 W6,750 W
Starting watts9,375 W8,400 W
Running amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps56.3/28.1 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)78.1/39.1 amps70/35 amps
Run time @50% load10 h5.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 7.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight205 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.8 x 27.7 x 26.1 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2023
SecurityLow oil, overload and Volt Guard™ surge protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC817198026701

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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 201281 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Satelite receiver250250
Total5992 W7492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Radiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5995 W6585 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Total4800 W9300 W

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