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Champion 201317 - 1850/2500W Inverter Generator

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Description

Champion's 2500-watt inverter generator features CO Shield® carbon monoxide auto shutoff system and is one of the lightest in the industry, making portable power easier than ever. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 201317 is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201317 in use

The Champion 201317

The Champion 201317 houses a 80 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1,850W along with a peak wattage of 2,500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator). Champion’s EZ Start Dial lets you intuitively start the engine with easy access to all the controls you need.

With a full tank, the 201317 can operate for up to 11.5 hours (fuel consumption around 0.09 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.05 gallon.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 201317 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Portability

The Champion 201317 is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L17.6 x W12.6 x H18.1 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the 201317 weighs just 39.7 lbs. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. This convenience is further enhanced thanks to its handle (molded in the case) that allows you to carry it with ease.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201317

The 201317's control panel

A digital Intelligauge data center, one of the features of the 201317's control panel, gives you information on the voltage, lifetime run hours, frequency and power output, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during 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.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Champion 201317's package also includes these accessories: funnel, tool kit and oil. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Champion 201317 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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

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The Champion 201317 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201317 compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Champion 201317 only weighs in at 39.7 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM2000i, weighing just 34.2 pounds.
  • Since the inverter generator's noise is rated at 53 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar type and power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU2200i with only 48 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 11.5 hours at 25% load, the 201317 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, which is able to run for up to 13 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.09 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 are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.08 GPH, the DuroMax XP2300iH is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the Champion 201317 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (39.7 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (53 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the Champion 201317 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,850 W
Starting watts2,500 W
Running amps15.4 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps
Run time @50% loadUnknown
Run time @25% load11.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.05 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight39.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.6 x 12.6 x 18.1 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
UPC817198027173

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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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 201317 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes iron12701270
Total1462 W2462 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Total1460 W2050 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
Can I use the 50 amp rv outlet on the parallel kit with two 2500 watt champion inverter generator? (Asked June 30, 2020)

Absolutely, you just won't be able to draw 50 amp out of it.

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  1. 5
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    I agree with all the observations and specs. There is a fuel valve as part of the on/off switch. I discovered you can run the carb completely empty if you turn the off knob in the off position direction, just shy of it shutting off. It will run until the carb runs empty and stop. Then turn it the rest of the way off. I prefer to run the fuel out as it leaves virtually no residue to gum up the carb. If you are putting it in deep storage like a year or more, I would drain the fuel from the tank, siphon etc, then run the tank and carb dry in normal run mode to get all the fuel out of the tank lines and carb. Fuel stabilizer is also a must, especially if you want to leave fuel in the tank for ready use in emergency. It’s a great generator for the price.

    + PROS:
    • Love everything about the generator.
    - CONS:
    • None, now that I know I can run the fuel from the carb, between use.
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  2. 4.65
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    This 2500w Champion runs my 13.5k RV AC without an issue. It is noticeably lighter than other generators of a similar size.

    + PROS:
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Affordable
    - CONS:
    • No gas shutoff
    • Not propane capable
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