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Champion 42436 Spec Review

The Champion 42436 is a compact and lightweight open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 1200 W and a starting wattage of 1500 W.

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Description

Versatility and power are yours with the Champion 1200-watt portable generator. Rely on the Champion 80cc engine and enjoy up to 10 hours of run time at 50% load with a noise level of 65 dBA. Featuring Voltmeter, this versatile generator is your perfect portable power solution. (source: Champion (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Champion 42436 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

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

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Champion 42436 in use

The Champion 42436

The Champion 42436's engine, 80 cc Champion OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1200W and reaches a peak wattage of 1500W.

At a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The 42436 can operate for around 10 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.15 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 1.5 gallon.

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Portability

The Champion 42436 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L17.8 x W14 x H14.8 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the 42436's weight is only 52.9 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, the generator’s mobility is also improved by its open frame design, as it can be easily grabbed and shifted.

Features

Panel of the Champion 42436

The 42436's control panel

The 42436's control center features a convenient voltmeter, which provides an easy way to monitor power output anytime to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 42436, the following accessories are also included: funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The Champion 42436 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

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The Champion 42436 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 42436 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • A weight of 52.9 lbs makes the Champion 42436 one of the heavier devices in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, standing at just 20.3 lbs.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 65 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU1000i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 42 dBA.
  • The 42436 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 10 hours at 50% load. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, 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. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.15 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Ryobi RYi1000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the Champion 42436 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
  • Several accessories included
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (65 dBA)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (52.9 lbs)

Do you own the Champion 42436 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine80 cc Champion OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1200 W
Starting watts1500 W
Running amps10 amps
Peaks amps12.5 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVoltmeter
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 1.5 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight52.9 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.8 x 14 x 14.8 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Warranty3 years

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.

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 42436 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
Slow cooker270270
Total462 W1462 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Rice cooker650650
Radio100100
Total930 W1350 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total810 W1040 W

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