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Champion 46539 Spec Review

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The Champion 46539 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 3500 W and a starting wattage of 4000 W.

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Description

Our 3500-watt generator with remote key fob allows you to start and stop your generator from up to 80 feet away. The 196cc Champion engine with electric start and included battery features Intelligauge and has the power you need for your RV, home outage backup or your next project.

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In summary, the Champion 46539 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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 46539 in use

The Champion 46539

The Champion 46539's build contains a gasoline-fueled 196 cc Champion OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3500W and also a peak wattage of 4000W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation). Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the 46539 can also be remotely started (key fob included).

With a fuel capacity of 3.8 gallons, the 46539 may run for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.32 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

This Champion generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Champion 46539 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L26.3 x W24.4 x H22.4 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 124.6 pounds. However, its challenging mobility is solved by a wheel kit (⌀8") and a folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Champion 46539

The 46539's control panel

The 46539's control center features an Intelligauge meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

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

Apart from the typical documentation and a user manual, which lets you start it right away, the Champion 46539 also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, tool kit, oil and key fob.

Emissions

The Champion 46539 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

Video of the Champion 46539

Video of the Champion 46539

The Champion 46539 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Champion 46539 compare to generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • With a dry weight of 124.6 pounds, the Champion 46539 finds itself in the expected weight range for generators able to produce between 3000 and 4000 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the WEN GN400i with only 66.1 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 68 dBA. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • Given that the 46539 reaches an autonomy of around 12 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Honda EB4000, with around 16 hours .
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. Standing at an estimated 0.32 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, this generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen4200, with a fuel consumption of 0.17 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 3000-4000W generators, the Champion 46539 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
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (124.6 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Champion 46539 doesn't have any notably low specs.
  • Do you own the Champion 46539 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterNo
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyYes
    FuelGasoline
    Engine196 cc Champion OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
    Running watts3500 W
    Starting watts4000 W
    Running amps29.2 amps
    Peaks amps33.3 amps
    Run time @50% load12 h
    Run time @25% loadN/A

    Features

    GFCI outletsNo
    Covered outletsNo
    Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
    AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
    1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
    1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
    DC outletsNo
    Data centerVFT
    IndicatorsNo
    Fuel tankSteel, 3.8 gal
    Fuel gaugeNo

    Misc

    Weight124.6 lbs
    Dimensions (L x W x H)26.3 x 24.4 x 22.4 in
    Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
    THDN/A
    EmissionsCARB, EPA
    SecurityLow oil and overload protection
    Spark arrestorYes
    NeutralFloating
    Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit and key fob
    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 46539 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-877-338-0999.

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