CHAMPION POWER EQUIPMENT 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator
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|Brand||Champion Power Equipment|
|Item Weight||94.8 Pounds|
|Output Wattage||3100 Watts|
|Included Components||Oil Funnel|Spark Plug Tool|Battery Charging Cables|
About this item
- Quick Touch Panel – Access all your controls in one spot, plus Champion’s safe design includes a low oil shut-off sensor and holds 0.6-quarts of oil (recommended 10W-30)
- Ultra-Quiet Operation – 58 dBA is perfect for RVs, tailgating, your next project or backup power for your home, featuring 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts with up to 8 hours run time
- Clean Power for Sensitive Electronics – RV Ready with a 120V 30A RV, plus two 120V 20A household outlets with clean electricity (less than 3% THD) and 12V DC outlet
- Smart Economy Mode – Can reduce the electrical load, providing quieter operation, extended engine life and better fuel economy
- Champion Support – Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
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Champion Power Equipment is a market leader in power generation equipment. Champion has years of experience providing dependable and durable power products designed and engineered in the US for the North American and world markets. For home, work or play, Champion products are the standard of performance excellence. We make the power that makes your life easier.
Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator
Quiet, lightweight power is all yours with the Champion 3100-watt RV Ready portable inverter generator. Rely on the Champion 171cc engine and enjoy the quiet 58 dBA for up to 8 hours of run time at 25% load. Featuring Quick Touch Panel and Economy mode, it’s your perfect portable power solution.
- 4 Stroke
- Single Cylinder
- Air Cooled
- Low Oil Shut-Off
- Recoil Start
- Cast Iron Sleeve for Durability
• Fuel Tank – 1.6 Gallon (6 L)
• Oil Capacity – 0.6 qt. (0.6 L)
• Noise Level – 58 dBA from 23 ft.
• Running Hours – 8 hrs at 25% Load
• Built-In Carrying Handles
• Mobility Kit – Foldaway “U” Shape Handle and Never Flat Tires for Easy Mobility
• Push-to-Reset Circuit Breakers
• Economy Mode – Engine Automatically Idles Lower When Electrical Load is Reduced, Saving Fuel and Engine Wear
• 12V DC Battery Charging Cables
We make the power that makes your life easier.
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|Start Type||Recoil||Recoil||Recoil, Remote||Recoil, Electric||Recoil|
|Fuel Type||Gasoline||Gasoline||Gasoline||Gasoline, Propane (LPG)||Gasoline|
|Item Weight (lb.)||48.5||83.8||96.6||95.7||81.6|
|Gasoline Run Time at 1/4 Load (h.)||9.5||8.0||8.0||7.5||17.0|
|Gasoline Capacity (gal.)||1.0||1.6||1.6||1.6||2.9|
|Noise Level (dBA)||53.0||58.0||58.0||59.0||64.0|
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The Champion Power Equipment 75531i 3100-Watt Portable Inverter Generator is the perfect combination of versatility and convenience. A quiet and lightweight companion for your next camping or tailgating weekend, this inverter can also provide plenty of backup power for your essentials during an outage. Power up with Champion’s reliable recoil start, plus Cold Start Technology ensures a quick start in cold weather. Access all your controls in one spot with the Quick Touch Panel and enjoy the convenient push-to-reset circuit breakers. Connect your sensitive electronics with confidence since this inverter produces only Clean Power (less than 3% THD). Designed for safety with a low oil shut-off sensor, this inverter has a 0.6-quart oil capacity (recommended 10W-30). The reliable 171cc single-cylinder Champion engine produces 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts, and will run for up to 8 hours at 25% load when the 1.6-gallon tank of gasoline is full. Champion’s Inverter Technology includes smart Economy Mode, which can reduce the electrical load, providing quieter operation, extended engine life and better fuel economy. The RV Ready inverter includes a 120V 30A RV (TT-30R), two 120V 20A household outlets (5-20R) and a 12V DC automotive-style outlet with a dual USB adapter and 12-volt DC battery-charging cables. From 23 feet, this inverter operates at 58 dBA – about the same noise level as normal conversation. Fully assembled with hassle-free set up, the foldaway U-shaped handle makes it easy to store, while the built-in carrying handles and never-flat tires in the included wheel kit make transport a cinch. Buy this EPA certified and CARB compliant generator with confidence – Champion Support and our nationwide network of service centers will back up your purchase with a 3-year limited warranty and FREE lifetime technical support.
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
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I filled the engine with 10w 30 engine oil, it takes a little over 1/2 of a quart. Added gas, it fired up and ran on the very first pull. You must use the choke when cold. Subsequent starts when hot still needed to be chocked briefly every time on the first pull. By doing this it does start every time on the first pull. Super quiet on the eco or low throttle setting. Still impressively quiet at the full throttle setting. As you add a significant load, (I was using 1800 watts at the time), it gets noticeably louder out of the exhaust. Not a deal breaker but something to keep in mind. I was right next to it, but at a distance of 20 feet or more, It wouldn't be bad at all. This is a multi-pole generator with an inverter. The multi-pole is why it is only 83 pounds. The inverter assures you that the voltage and hertz remain correct. Inverter generators cost more dollars per watt, but are needed more than ever, as opposed to generators that don't have the inverter. Many things you will need to power nowadays have at least one electronic circuit board located somewhere inside. Generators without inverters might possibly burn up that electronic circuit board. Probably rare or maybe never, but if that were to happen, it would be expensive to say the least.
I bought a plug adapter for it so that I can draw the full 2800 to 3100 surge watts from the duplex outlet. If you are only using the standard duplex outlet, you will be limited by the 20amp breaker to 2400 watts. Check out the Conntek adapter, part number 14340, also sold on Amazon. This generator rolls around really easy, using the built in fold out handle. The air filter is a replaceable pleated paper type. No leaks and looking inside it looks to be a very well made quality product. Some made in China engines have roughly cast parts and just in general look cheap. Not the case with this engine. The castings look great and engine overall looks well made. This engine has a cast iron cylinder sleeve for extended life and the crank shaft rides on ball bearings. It is a 171cc overhead valve engine and has a low oil shut down.
One thing to note is that this generator has a spark arrester located in its catalytic converter. Most generators have these arresters, whether they have a cat convertor or just a muffler. After a lot of running hours or if your engine gets hard to start or restart, it may need cleaning. Put something under the plate before you pull the screws so that they don't fall down inside of the generator's plastic outer housing. Remove the two small screws located where the exhaust gases come out. Lift off the little plate and pull the screen out. Clean the carbon off of the screen or replace it with a new one and reinstall. Numerous engines have these nowadays and they are one of the most common reasons people end up taking a unit in for service or throwing one away. Looking at the outside, you can only see one of the screens, you need to pull it to check the long inner screen. Clean it before it gets so much carbon built up that you destroy it trying to pull it out of the hole.
This generator has a 2 year warranty and from what I have seen looking around on the web, they will back it up without any hassle. The manual has a full parts list complete with part numbers which is a great sign. A list of 130 generator parts and an additional 102 engine parts. Champion is located in California and the generators are made for them in China. Other brands of China made generators are disguised and modified versions of a common generator. Champion generators look to be unique, which I take as a good sign, rather than just a slapped on name. If you call Champion for a part, they will ship it out by the next day. If it is still under warranty, the part will be free or they will have it repaired under warranty for you. Some other China generators don't have any parts available. In my opinion, when new, the engine should be run 3 to 5 hours without a load, or limited to a light load as a break in. The manual recommends changing the oil after the first 5 hours. Which would be to get rid of the metal particles that result from the break in. Every 50 or 100 hours after that, depending on the type of use. I have a light weight, 2000 watt Yamaha inverter generator for some of my needs, but I hate to leave it unattended. Generators can disappear, to put it as nicely as possible. So this is a heavier, more power full, less expensive generator and hopefully a little less tempting to others. I can recommend this Champion generator without any reservations. In my opinion, this is a really nice generator.
The good: It started on the 3rd pull (second pull died,maybe because new). It carried the A/C, refrigerator; battery charger (the battery was fully charged) and maybe some more loads, but I think these are the biggies. Fairly quiet about 15 ft. from the trailer, about what I expected.
The bad: We live and spend a lot of time above 3,000 ft. altitude, so I ordered the high altitude main jet (HAJ). No charge, and it arrived quickly. The packing slip and Service Bulletin that came with it had me worried. The SB did not have a listing for the 171 CC engine, and the part # of the high altitude jet was not listed on the SB. I called Champion. After waiting for over 10 minutes on hold, I finally got a live person. He told me the SB is old and they have not updated since 2012! He checked and assured me that the HAJ I received was correct. I told him it was impossible to get a wrench on the nut holing the carb bowl on;.he could not offer any help in changing out the jets, only admitting that it is tight in there.
To install the HAJ: Open the side cover; there are two Phillips head screws. There is a trick to getting a 10 mm wrench in to the nut on the bottom of the carb cup. (Don't mess with the screw with the spring under it). The drain fitting on the carb on my unit was in front and in the way of the wrench; yours may be different. Pull the plastic tube off the carb drain fitting (brass) that is in the front. Now you might be able to get a small 10mm wrench in to loosen the nut enough to rotate the cup so the fitting is out of the way. Once it is loosened, gently rotate the cup until the fitting is out of the way. Do not break off the fitting. Now you should have enough room to turn the nut 1/12 of a turn. I used a 12 point combo wrench. Remove the cup, which will expose the housing that the jet is in. You will need a 90 degree offset screwdriver (slotted). The jet is made of soft brass, so be sure the screwdriver fits the slot in the jet. Use the HAJ to measure with. Grind the screwdriver tips to fit with a small amount of clearance (you do not want tool marks on either jet). Now you might be able to remove the standard jet. If not, shorten the screwdriver tips by grinding until you can get it in the slot; turn the standard jet counterclockwise until it comes out. Now put in the HAJ and close up. GOOD LUCK! I hope you don't drop anything in the case as it is almost impossible to retrieve stuff that has been dropped.
The air filter on my unit was unfastened. It is difficult to put it in place, close the cover, and fasten it. This is a minor annoyance.
The tech. rep. told me that the plastic tube coming from the far side of the carb is there to drain gasoline in the event of a malfunction. It drains gasoline into the bottom of the case, not outside! I regard this as a fire hazard. The tech rep said they haven't had any fires! This unit would have been four stars except for this fire hazard. I think I will extend the drain hose enough to dump fuel on the ground, not inside the case. Can't hurt and probably a good idea for anyone who gets this unit. With this mod, I would rate it four stars. Maybe five, depending on how well it holds up.
I tried taking the near end off the generator housing; that was a mistake. There is no access to the carb except through the side panel.
A minor gripe: It needs 0.6 quarts of oil. Champion provides a good funnel, but no way to measure the oil except add and check the dipstick. After 4 tries I managed to overfill it. Had to drain some out; again, drain and measure. Messy. Champion provides a good drain tube, and spill guards, a plus.
While waiting for the offset screwdriver to arrive, I tried running the generator using the standard jet. I expected black smoke, and the other symptoms of a too rich mixture. No such symptoms. And it carried the load without complaint. I am wondering if a HAJ is really needed.
7/10/2018 update - Took it camping to New Mexico. Temp (in the shade) was ~80. Started it in the AM & it ran 4 hrs. then no power but the engine runs. The following 3 days engine starts but no electricity. Turns out there is a 103 deg. F. over temp switch inside that kills the gen but lets the engine run. The unit was sitting in the sun & the sun was HOT!
DONT LET IT SIT IN THE SUN ON HOT DAYS. Solution: put a card table over it, and give it plenty of space so it gets enough cooling air.