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Champion 201317 - 1850/2500W Inverter Generator

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  • $485.00 - May 30, 2024
  • $436.15 - May 22, 2024
  • $435.99 - May 17, 2024
  • $486.83 - April 26, 2024
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Since: March 19, 2024
  • Highest Price: $495.20 - March 19, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $435.99 - May 17, 2024

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:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • Amateur DIY lovers

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201317 in use

The Champion 201317

Champion 201317 runs on gasoline, powered by a 80 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120V, boasting a running wattage of 1,850W alongside a starting wattage of 2,500W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (ParaLink (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

The inverter generator features a classic hand-operated recoil starting 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.

The <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of the 201317 ensures a clean sine wave output, providing a secure power source for your sensitive electronics through its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features 2 AC outlets as follows:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

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

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L17.6 x W12.6 x H18.1 in), the Champion 201317 offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

The 201317 is a lightweight, portable generator, as it only weighs 39.7 lbs. With its manageable weight, one person can easily move it around, ensuring power wherever needed. This convenience is further enhanced by its handle (molded in the case), which allows for easy carrying.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201317

The 201317's control panel

The 201317's control panel is equipped with a digital Intelligauge data center, furnishing detailed information on the frequency, voltage, lifetime run hours and power output for you to easily track its activity and status.

In addition to this info, several light indicators serve to show you when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

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 201317, the following accessories are also included: oil, tool kit and funnel. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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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).

  • Considering its weight, the Champion 201317 registers at a modest 39.7 pounds, placing it among the lighter inverter generators in the 1500 to 2500 rated wattage selection. If you are mindful of weight, the Genmax GM2000i is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 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 one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU2200i, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 48 dBA.
  • In terms of run time, the 201317 surpasses similarly powerful inverters, boasting one of the higher run times at up to 11.5 hours. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 hours.
  • Though run time is a significant parameter, it's closely tied to the generator's fuel tank size. To get a comprehensive understanding, fuel efficiency must also be taken into account. Among generators of similar power, this inverter generator stands out with a better fuel efficiency than most, with consumption rates around 0.09 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If you're placing a high priority on fuel consumption, the DuroMax XP2300iH, with a low fuel consumption rate of 0.08 GPH, could be an option to consider.

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:

The Champion 201317 doesn't have any notably low specs.

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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