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Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator

Champion Power Equipment launched in 2003 and has sold over 2.5 million generators in North America.

The company has a huge line up of products catering to all kinds of customers. One of its flagship generators is Champion 100302.

This digital hybrid generator uses inverter technology to produce clean power.

Let’s get to know more about this beauty in this Champion 100302-3500w digital hybrid portable generator review.

Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Specifications:

​Engine

​4-stoke 4300-5000 RPM OHC engine

​Starts

​Recoil system

​Certificates

CARB, EPA, CSA approved

​Materials

​Plastic and others

​Fuel

​Gasoline

​Outlets

​Two 120V, 20A AC – one 120V, 30A RV – One 12V DC

​Engine Displacement

​224 cc

​Fuel Capacity

​2.9 gallon

​Weight

​81.6 pounds

​Dimensions

​20.5”x18”x17.5”

Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Features:

  • Maximum Power: This is quite a powerful generator offering a starting power of 4000 watts. It stabilizes at 3500 watts, which is enough to run most appliances.
  • Engine: The Champion Power Equipment 100302 is powered by a 224 cc single cylinder 4 stroke OHV engine with cast iron sleeves.
  • Starting: This generator has a recoil starter – you’ll have to pull the cable to start the engine.
  • Operating Time: It has a run time of 17 hours at 25% load on a full tank of 2.9 gallons. This is enough as you will be able to operate the most important appliances at this load and run the generator for a good amount of time.
  • Fuel Efficient: Do not let this powerful generator intimidate you as it comes with a special economy mode that allows you to operate the generator efficiently.
  • Super Quite: The generator is powerful but not noisy at all. It produces a sound of only 68 decibels, which equals to two people having a conversation at a distance of 23 feet.
  • Safety: With less than 3 % THD, the Champion Power Equipment 100302 produces a stable sine wave output. This allows you to use sensitive electronics like laptops and mobile phones without worrying about damaging them.

​PROS

  • ​Has a touch panel that makes it easy to use the generator.
  • ​Very durable unit with a long warranty.
  • ​RV-ready and powerful enough to run a variety of appliances.
  • ​Voltage regulators and other safety features make it very reliable.
  • ​Comes with a very detailed user manual.

​CONS

  • ​Can be a bit difficult to start as it doesn’t have an electric start feature.
  • ​A little heavy and hard to manage. However, a mobility kit (wheels and handle) can be bought separately.

Champion Power Equipment Hybrid Generator Review: FAQ

​Q. How can I improve run-time?

Ans. You have two options:

Connect two units to increase power. This would allow you to even run bigger appliances without any trouble.

Run it at reduced capacity to increase run-time. However, reduced power means you will not be able to run heavy appliances.

​Q. Is it enclosed?

Ans. This generator is not enclosed like most inverter generators and has a steel frame instead. This makes the generator look like a conventional generator unlike other inverter generators out there. However, don’t let it scare you as the generator is still very quiet.

​Q. Are there special considerations?

Ans. The company recommends to first run the generator for about five hours using Oil SAE 10W-30. You can then change the oil.

​Q. Can I run it in rainy conditions?

Ans. Yes, it can if you purchase the storm shield. It consists of frame rods that can handle tough weather conditions without affecting the natural flow of air.

Other than this, you can also purchase a cover to prevent dirt and dust.

​​Q. How altitude affects this generator?

Ans. You should swap the main jet with the altitude jet if you are 1,000ft above sea level.

Not doing so can cause the generator to malfunction. Similarly, switch back to the main jet once you get lower.

​Conclusion:

Champion 100302 3500W can be a good option if you want a generator that’s reliable but not too big or powerful. While it does lack a few features, the benefits are still there. Plus, it’s affordable as well.

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