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Champion 201412 - 9200/11500W Tri Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The Champion 201412 is a powerful open frame tri-fuel generator with a rated wattage of 9,200 W and a starting wattage of 11,500 W. (Read full specs)

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  • Highest Price: $1,349.00 - March 27, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $1,199.00 - May 23, 2024

Description

The Champion Power Equipment 201412 9200-Watt Tri-Fuel Portable Natural Gas Ready Generator with CO Shield® is a reliable source of power with the flexibility you need. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 201412 is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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

Power & Run Time

The Champion 201412 in use

The Champion 201412

The Champion 201412 delivers 120/240V and is equipped with a tri-fuel technology, enabling it to operate on gasoline, propane, or natural gas. When powered by gasoline, it achieves a running wattage of 9,200W and a peak wattage of 11,500W. Switching to propane provides 8,500 rated watts and 10,625 peak watts, while natural gas operation delivers 7,500W of rated wattage and 9,375W of starting wattage.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

Regarding its running time, the 201412, with a 8.5 gallons fuel tank, can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full gasoline tank (with fuel consumption estimated at around 0.85 gallons per hour). It also offers around 5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.94 GPH) of operation when using propane.

Given the 201412'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 features 6 AC outlets as follows:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

With its 14-50R outlet, this Champion unit is RV-ready for owners with a 50-amp service in their RVs. In addition, as the 201412 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

At L28.7 x W27.5 x H26.1 in, the traditional open frame structure of the Champion 201412 ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Though weighing 216 lbs, the generator remains classified as 'portable,' indicating its capability to be moved, though its weight could pose transport challenges. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit (⌀9.5") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Champion 201412

The 201412's control panel

A digital Intelligauge data center, one of the features of the 201412's control panel, gives you information on the voltage, lifetime run hours and frequency, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

Benefiting from its built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows for easy and immediate gas level inspections.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), offering peace of mind throughout operation.

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 typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Champion 201412 also is packed along with the following accessories: oil, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose and funnel.

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The Champion 201412 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 201412 compare to multi-fuel generators of similar power (between 8500 and 9500 W).

  • At a weight of 216 pounds, the Champion 201412 places in the expected weight range of the multi-fuel generators in the 8500-9500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, standing at just 187.4 lbs.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 74 dBA is on the noisier side. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the DuroMax XP11000iH is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 61 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • Compared to inverters of similar power, the 201412 stands out with one of the higher run times, lasting around 10 hours at 50% load. If run time is one of your main concerns, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc could be worth looking at. It boasts one of the highest run times among units of comparable power, lasting around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.85 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.66 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 8500-9500W multi-fuel generators, the Champion 201412 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
  • Electric start
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (216 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelTri-Fuel (gasoline/propane/natural gas)
Engine459 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolineLPGNG
Running watts9,200 W8,500 W7,500 W
Starting watts11,500 W10,625 W9,375 W
Running amps (@120/240V)76.7/38.3 amps70.8/35.4 amps62.5/31.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)95.8/47.9 amps88.5/44.3 amps78.1/39.1 amps
Run time @50% load10 h5 hN/A
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknownN/A
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerLifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank8.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight216 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28.7 x 27.5 x 26.1 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 20%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2023
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC817198027746

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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 201412 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 homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Radio100100
Total7342 W8842 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Total7340 W7930 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total6870 W11370 W

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