- Wattage (Gas): 5,500 W / 4,000 W
- THD: < 3%
- Noise Level: 61 dBA
- Fuel Type: Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
- RV Ready: Yes
- Run Time@ 25% load: 20 h
- Run Time@ 50% load: Unspecified
- Weight: 118 lbs
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The Champion 201003 has a 120V output and great power and versatility thanks to its dual-fuel technology. If it is powered by gasoline, the device has a running power of 4,000W and a starting power of 5,500W. If it runs on propane, it has a rated power of 3600 watts and a starting power of 5500 watts. The device can also work in parallel (ParaLink is not included), which means it can be connected to a similar or compatible unit to get more power. The inverter generator has both a simple pull-start mechanism and an electric starter that is easy to use (battery included). It has a noise level of 61 dBA (little noisier than an office setting). The EZ Start Dial on Champion makes it easy to start the engine and get to all the controls you need. With a fuel capacity of 3.7 gallons, the 201003 can run on gasoline for up to 20 hours (using about 0.19 GPH) or on propane for up to 15 hours (using about 0.31 GPH) on a 20-lb tank. With the Fuel Fill Assist LED, a clever light near the fuel cap, it is much easier to fill up the unit’s tank when there isn’t much light. By pushing a button, the LED can light up the area where the gas is filled. As the 201003 makes a clean sine wave with a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of less than 3%, you can safely plug sensitive electronics into the AC outlets.
On the control panel, there are 3 AC outlets for: Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R); 120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle.Also, it has 1 DC outlet: a 12V 8A receptacle that looks like a cigarette lighter.This makes it easy to charge your batteries.Since the unit comes with a dual port USB adapter, you can also use the DC receptacle to easily charge devices like cell phones and tablets.The TT-30R plug on this Champion generator is ready for an RV.TT stands for “Travel Trailer”.
A digital Intelligauge data center, which is part of the 201003’s control panel, makes it possible to check on its status and activity.The data center gives information on the voltage, lifetime run hours, and power output.The LED lights on the panel give you even more control and make it easy to use at night.In addition to this information, some lights let you know right away if the generator is overloaded, if its oil level is too low, or if it is ready.As for safety features, the device has a circuit breaker for overheating and an automatic shut-off for low oil, so you can use it without worry.The Champion 201003 comes with the standard paperwork and an owner’s manual that will help you get the device up and running quickly.It also comes with a propane hose, funnel, dual port USB adapter, and oil.You can also buy the official storage cover and running cover on their own.
The Champion 201003 looks better than a typical open frame generator because it has a closed inverter generator (L24.6 x W19 x H20.9 in).The design fits with what’s popular now and is perfect for generating power for fun.Even though this generator is technically “portable” in the sense that it can be moved, it is very hard to move by hand because it weighs 118 pounds.But once it’s on the floor, its two wheels (diameter: 5.5″) and telescopic handle will make it easier to move.
The following charts show how some of the most important features of the Champion-201003 compare to other generators with the same power output.
**Fuel efficiency is give in relative percentage, 0 being the lowest and 1 being the highest value. Please see below specification table for actual value.
|Yes, cable not included
|Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
|224 cc OHV 4-stroke
|AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
|Running amps (@120/240V)
|Peak amps (@120/240V)
|Run time @50% load
|Run time @25% load
|Automatic Voltage Regulator
|1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R); 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
|1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
|Power output, lifetime run hours and voltage
|Low oil, overload and output ready
|Approx. dimen. (L x W x H)
|24.6 x 19 x 20.9 in
|Noise (lower limit)
|Low oil and overload protection
|Oil, funnel, propane hose, dual port USB adapter, and battery
- We compared more than 500 portable generators at 50% load. We found that there is “skewed right” distribution for the difference between 50% load and 25% load and the median comes at 1.43. With this number we converter all the 25% load runtime to 50% load. Same with the propane efficiency, where median is 1.38.
- For some generators where propane runtime was not given, we used NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs. of propane = 1 gal of gasoline. All propane runtime is for 20 lbs. propane tank (4.7 gallons).
- Unlike many other sites, we actually tried to find out information about each of the above requirements. However, we are human and are therefore capable of the odd oversight or mistake. Please let us know if you spot any missing or erroneous values so that we can fix them.
About the Manufacturer
A US-based producer of power equipment, Champion Power Equipment was established in 2003.The comparatively tiny business has established a name for itself in the portable generator market as well as the larger power equipment market, with a concentration on heavy duty machinery like log cutters, snow blowers, chipper shredders, etc.Their whole product line is American-engineered.The corporation does not, however, disclose the country of origin of its parts.
There is a warranty on the Champion 201003 for up to 3 years.This warranty may not cover all parts of the generator or may only cover certain parts.Champion’s warranty policies can tell you more about how long the warranty on a Champion generator lasts.You can also call their customer service line at 1-877-338-0999.