Top 10 Best Champion Portable Generators (Reviews)

As a leader in the portable generator industry, Champion has consistently provided customers with a wide selection of generators to choose from.

From their smallest 1000 watt generators to their complete standby generator solutions, Champion has a generator suited for just about any need.

While I could talk all day about Champion’s incredible standby generator selection, today, I am going to focus my attention on their portable generator offerings.

Portable generators are some of the most commonly purchased generators as they are used as back up power supplies during power outages and can be used on job sites where electricity has not been established.

For this article, I am going to look at the best Champion portable generators and see how they stack up against each other.

Generator

Running Watts

Starting Watts

Weight

Estimated Run Time

Operating Volume

Champion 100592

6250 Watts

7850 Watts

162.5 lbs

10 Hours

74 dBa

Champion 100110

9200 Watts

11500 Watts

213 lbs

10 Hours

74 dBa

Champion 100297

8000 Watts

10000 Watts

209 lbs

8 Hours

74 dBa

Champion 100111

12000 Watts

15000 Watts

330 lbs

9 Hours

78 dBa

Champion 100496

5000 Watts

6250 Watts

152 lbs

9 Hours

74 dBa

Champion 100307

3500 Watts

4375 Watts

119 lbs

9 Hours

68 dBa

Champion 100231

5500 Watts

6900 Watts

162.5 lbs

9 Hours

74 dBa

Champion 100433

3550 Watts

4450 Watts

66lbs

10 Hours

68 dBa

Champion 100559

3500 Watts

4375 Watts

108.7 lbs

17 Hours

68 dBa



Champion‌ ‌100592‌ - 6250-Watt DH Series Open Frame Inverter

Starting off this list is the Champion 100592, a dual fuel, 6250 watt generator.

This generator is going to feature many of the great amenities that consumers love in portable generators.

The dual fuel capability is one of the best qualities a generator can have as you will get the option of using both gasoline and propane as a fuel source for your generator.

champion 6250w open frame generator

Power

The Champion 100592 generator is going to be powered by a 389cc OHV engine with cold start technology and a CO shield auto-shutoff for safety. Since it is a dual fuel generator, you will have different power levels for each type of fuel.

For gasoline, you can expect 7,850 starting watts and 6,250 running watts. If you choose to use propane, you can expect a little lower ratings of 7,050 starting watts and 5,600 running watts.

Both of these ratings are great for powering up many different appliances or tools without issue.

Outlet Selection

One of the best things about choosing a Champion generator is that they usually have plastic, snap in outlet covers to protect their outlets. What these covers do is protect your generator’s outlets from dirt, debris, and moisture from entering the outlet and causing damage or injury.

On this particular generator, you can expect 4 120V 20A GFCI outlets and 1 120/240V 30a locking outlet.

This should be more than enough to help power you through your next blackout or work day.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

This generator is going to come with a 6 gallon gasoline tank to allow for up to 10 hours of run time at 50% load. When equipped with a 20lb propane tank, you can expect about 6.5 hours of run time at 50% load.

Stand Out Features

Some of the great standout features of this generator are going to be the dual fuel capabilities, the carbon monoxide auto shutoff features, the 3 in 1 digital meter, and the Volt Guard that protects against power surges.

I reviewed and compared other dual fuel generator on this blog.

Champion 100110 - 9200W/11500W

If you are needing a large amount of power for your job site or home back up needs, the Champion 100110 should be on your list.This generator is built to take on any type of setting and provide you with over 11,000 watts of starting power.

Power

The Champion 100110 generator is powered by a 459cc Champion engine that includes an electronic toggle switch and built in Cold Start Technology to make starting the generator in cold weather much easier.

You can expect this generator to be rated at 11,500 starting watts and 9,200 running watts.

While this is a little overkill for most residential settings, it can be used to power a few larger appliances in your home if needed.

This type of power level is going to be best used for job sites, food trucks, and RVs.

Outlet Selection

This Champion generator is going to come equipped with a wide selection of outlets that you can use.

Choose from a 120-Volt/240-Volt 30 Amp locking outlet (L14-30R), a 120-Volt/240-Volt 50 Amp outlet (14-50R) and four covered 120-Volt 20 Amp GFCI protected household outlets (5-20R) to keep your appliances and electronic running.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

The 7.7 gallon fuel tank on this Champion generator is going to allow you to get up to 10 hours of run time with a full tank at 50% load.

It will produce about 74 dba at 23 feet, putting it right on par with many generators of its size.

Stand Out Features

This generator is going to feature electric start, cold start technology, Volt Gauged, and intelligauge to make for great stand out features. It will also have built in wheels and a collapsible carrying handle for easy transportation.

Champion 100297: 8000-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start

On a job site, there are many uses for a portable generator. Many sites may not have electricity when you arrive, which means your lights, tools, and chargers will have to rely on a portable generator to supply them with power.

Having a generator that can be as versatile as possible will make it much easier to adapt to just about any job site.

This Champion 100297 generator has the power needed to keep your job site running with the added benefit of dual fuel capabilities.

The dual fuel feature of this generator makes it easy for your team to switch over fuel types if you happen to run out of gasoline or propane. It is also a huge plus for natural disasters where gasoline can become less abundant.

Power

The Champion 100297 generator is going to have two different power ratings due to the dual fuels. For gasoline, you can expect 10,000 starting watts and 8,000 running watts.

If you are using propane, this generator cuts down to a rating of 9,025 starting watts and 7,250 running watts.

Outlet Selection

One of the biggest let downs on this generator is that with the marketed use for job sites and commercial applications, this generator does not include protective outlet covers. You will still get a great selection of outlet to choose form including a 120-Volt 30 Amp locking outlet L5-30R, a 120-Volt/240-Volt 30 Amp locking outlet L14-30R as well as four 120-Volt 20 Amp GFCI protected household outlets 5-20R.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

The run times of this generator are going to depend on the type of fuel that you are using.

With any dual fuel generator, you can expect longer run times from gasoline than propane. On this Champion generator, you can expect an 8 hour run time at 50% load from the 6.1 gallon fuel tank and a 5 hour run time at 50% load when utilizing a 20lb propane tank.

Stand Out Features

The biggest standout feature found on this generator is going to be the ability to switch between gasoline and propane.

You will get electric start, intelligauge, and volt guard like many of the other Champion generators as well.

Champion 100111 - 12,000-Watt Portable Generator with Electric Start and Lift Hook

The largest generator on this list, the Champion 100111 is going to be the end all solution for your job site portable generator needs.

With 12,000 running watts, you can expect this generator to power up just about anything, if not everything at your construction site. It is also a great whole home backup generator or RV generator.

Power

The Champion 100111 is going to come equipped with a large 717cc Champion engine.

This engine is going to feature Cold Start Technology and electric start in the form of an easy to use toggle switch. This is going to provide a rating of 15,000 starting watts and 12,000 running watts from this generator.

This is one of the largest portable generators Champion produces and should be one of your first choices when looking for a large generator.

Outlet Selection

Champion has included protective plastic covers for their outlets on this generator which is a huge plus for commercial use.

There is a great outlet selection allowing you to choose from One 120-Volt 30 Amp locking, a 120-Volt/240-Volt 30 Amp locking, a 120-Volt/240-Volt 50 Amp and four 120-Volt 20 Amp GFCI outlets.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

The Champion 10011 generator has a 10.9 gallon fuel tank which will allow for up to 9 hours of runtime at 50% load.

This makes it perfect for completing a full work day on a single fill up.

Stand Out Features

This generator, even with it’s large wattage rating, has a few key features worth mentioning.

You will get a push button electric start, a battery, 5 mode intelligauge, GFCI outlets, and Volt Guard.

Champion 100496 - 5000 Watt

For those looking for a mid-power generator in the realm of about 5,000 watts, the Champion 100496 generator is a great budget friendly solution.

This generator is quite simple and very easy to use, making it perfect for both the job site and residential use.

champion generator plugged in

Power

The Champion 100496 generator is going to be rated at 6,250 starting watts and 5,000 running watts.

It will be powered by a 292cc single cylinder, OHV Champion engine that operated at a noise level of 74 dBa at 23ft.

Outlet Selection

When I said that this generator was simple, I wasn’t joking.

This generator keeps a pretty bare bones control panel but still manages to fit 4 120V 20A GFCI outlets and a single 120/240V 30A locking outlet to keep your appliance or tools running at all times.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

With a 5.7 gallon fuel tank, you can expect a runtime of 9 hours at 50% load. This means you will most likely not have to worry about refilling your generator throughout the workday if you aren’t loading down the generator.

Stand Out Features

This generator keeps it pretty simple with the features but it will still include Champion’s iconic 3 mode intelligauge and Volt Guard.

Champion 100307 - 3500-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready

While I have looked at a couple of higher wattage dual fuel generators on this list, the Champion 100307 is a lower wattage hybrid generator designed for lighter duty use.

It is also a great choice for those looking for a versatile RV ready generator.

Power

The Champion 100307 is a hybrid generator, meaning it will have two different power ratings thanks to the dual fuel capabilities.

When using this generator on gasoline, you can expect a rating of 4,375 starting watts and 3,500 running watts.

When using propane, these ratings take a slight dip to 3,950 starting watts and 3,150 running watts.

At these power levels, you can easily power your RV’s main components, get your family through a power outage, or simply power your needed tools on your job site.

Outlet Selection

You will get a nice variety of outlets to choose from, making this already versatile generator, even more convenient.

Choose from (1) 120-Volt 30 Amp RV outlet (TT-30R), one 120-Volt 30 Amp locking outlet (L5-30R) and two 120-Volt 20 Amp household outlets (5-20R) to get your appliances powered up.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

With the small 3.4 gallon fuel tank on this generator, you can expect a run time of an impressive 9 hours at 50% load.

When using the recommended 20lb propane tank, your run time will actually extend to 10.5 hours.

Since you are able to switch between the two quickly, you can get up to 19 hours of combined runtime when prepared with the proper amount of fuel.

Stand Out Features

The biggest, and most obvious stand out feature for this generator is going to be the dual fuel, but you will still get a few other nice features.

You will also get the 3 mode intelligauge and wheel kit for easier use.

Champion 100231 - 5500W Dual fuel

The last dual fuel generator on the list, the Champion 100231, goes to show how committed Champion is to offering something for everyone.

This 5000 watt hybrid generator bridges the gap between the 3,500 watt and 10,000 watt hybrid generators mentioned earlier in this article.

Power

The Champion 100231 generator is going to feature a 389cc Champion engine that is going to be rated at 6,900 starting watts and 5,500 running watts on gasoline.

For those using propane, you will get a rating of 6,250 starting watts and 5000 running watts.

This is a great mid range power level for whole home backup power or job site power solutions.

Outlet Selection

This generator is going to provide a decent outlet selection to ensure that you have enough outlet to power most of your smaller appliances.

On this generator, you will find One 120-Volt/240-Volt 30 Amp locking outlet (L14-30R) and four 120-Volt 20 Amp GFCI protected household outlets (5-20R).

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

Champion has outfitted this generator with a 6 gallon fuel tank which will allow for up to 9 hours of run time at 50% load when using gasoline.

You can expect a 6.5 hour run time at 50% load when using a 20lb propane tank.

Stand Out Features

The dual fuel capabilities are going to be the star of the show when it comes to standout features.

The Champion engine that comes in this generator will be equipped with cold start technology to help make starting the generator in cold weather much easier.

You will get the 3 mode intelligauge on this generator as well for keeping up with important generator metrics.

Champion 100433 - 3500w

For those who are looking for a fully loaded Champion generator in the power range that is ideal for whole house residential use, check out this Champion 100433.

It has the power needed for home, tailgate, and camping usage along with some really nice standout features that make it attractive to tech savvy consumers.

champion 3550w generator

Power

To start things off, let’s take a look at the power you can expect from the Champion 100433.

This generator is going to be come with a 224cc Champion engine that is rated for 4450 starting watts and 3500 running watts.

Outlet Selection

Covered outlets make this generator stand out from others as these protective covers allow you to keep dirt, debris, and moisture out of your outlets.

This generator is going to come with 4 outlets including 120-Volt 30 Amp locking, 120-Volt 30 Amp RV and two 120-Volt 20 Amp household outlets.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

Sporting a 4 gallon fuel tank, the 100433 Champion generator is going to have a run time of up to 10 hours at 50% load.

This generator also operated at a respective 68 dBa, which is quieter than most average sized generators.

Stand Out Features

The stand out features you can expect from this Champion generator include an easy, push to start button and a wireless remote which can start the generator from up to 80 feet away.

While these features may not be a selling point for everyone, consider how convenient the remote start could be for snowing or raining conditions.

The push to start button also allows this generator to be started without the hassle of a pull cord.

Champion 100559

Last but not least is the Champion 100559, a 3500 watt generator that is RV ready and built to take on just about any type of climate.

Power

While the Champion 100559 is relatively small, it still packs a punch with its 208cc single cylinder OHV Champion engine which produces 4375 starting watts and 3500 running watts.

This is a perfect power level for light duty commercial use, powering an RV, or using as a home backup power solution.

Outlet Selection

Champion has outfitted this generator with 1 120-Volt 30 Amp (TT-30R) RV outlet as well as a 120-Volt 30 amp locking outlet (L5-30R) and two 120-Volt 20 amp household outlets (5-20R).

Each of these outlets are covered by a plastic outlet protector for greater safety both when in use and when storing.

Fuel Capacity & Run Time

This generator is going to have a run time of up to 12 hours at 50% load thanks to its 4.7 gallon fuel tank.

You can expect a noise level of about 68 dBa from 23 feet away which puts it well below the average generator noise level.

Stand Out Features

While this generator doesn’t have many standout features, you do get a 4 mode intelligauge which is surprising since most Champion generators in this power level only receive a 3 mode.

You will still get Volt Guard and an RV ready plug which are always great features to have.

Final Words

So now that I have gone through the best Champion portable generators, you should be able to easily figure out which one is going to fit your needs the best.

I hope that you have gotten all of the information that you need to make your purchasing decision and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Are you currently using a portable generator? If so, what size, and what appliances are you running with it?

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