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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. (source: Champion)

Zoom on the Champion 46539

In a nutshell, the Champion 46539 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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 46539 in use

The Champion 46539

The Champion 46539 houses a 196 cc Champion OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3500W along with a peak wattage of 4000W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music). Its starting mechanisms include a simple traditional pull-start mechanism and a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the 46539 can also be remotely started (key fob included).

The 46539 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.32 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 3.8 gallons.

Several examples of what the generator may allow you to power simultaneously are:Note: All of these devices might not start simultaneously. Provided examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and estimated wattages. With the help of our wattage calculator you can find out if this product suits your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel includes 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 dimensions of the Champion 46539, which are L26.3 x W24.4 x H22.4 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Since the generator weighs 124.6 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). 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 control panel of the 46539 includes an Intelligauge meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and a Volt Guard™ overload protection.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Champion 46539, the following accessories are also included: oil, key fob, tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The Champion 46539 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used 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 you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Generac GP3500iO, with a dry weight of just 74.3 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 68 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Westinghouse iGen4500, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • The 46539, offering a run time of 12 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Honda EB4000, which is able to run for 16 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 As this generator uses an estimated 0.32 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.17 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.

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.
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    Where to buy the Champion 46539?

    You can easily buy your Champion generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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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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