Champion Power Equipment 46561 4,000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wireless Remote Electric Start
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- 3500 watts Rated, 4000 watts Maximum Output. Outlets: 1- 120V DUPLEX Outlet (5-20R), 1 - 120V Twistlock (L5-30R), 1 - RV Receptacle (TT-30R)
- Electric Remote Control Start (battery included), powered by Champion 196cc OHV Engine with Cast Iron Sleeve.
- Runs for 12 hours on full tank of gas at 50% load.
- Weighs 135-pounds Dimension: 28.5-inch (L) x 20.3-inch (W) x 20.5-inch (H)
- Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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I received mine today. Took about 30 minutes to unbox, install wheels and handle, hook up the battery, add oil, add gas, and press the start button. Started right up. Runs quieter than most lawn mowers, which was a welcome relief from the last (old) generator I had that sounded like a battle tank. This Champion 4000 has a nice big muffler, the size of a half gallon milk carton, unlike snow blowers and lawn mowers. No, it's not whisper quiet, but it compares favorably to the average lawn mower, in my estimation.
Seems to be well put together, and the electric start/remote features are great. It does have a pull starter for backup, and even the pull start is relatively easy. But I got this for my 75-yr-old mother, who doesn't quite have the arm strength for the pull start. So she can just press the electric start button (or use the remote start fob).
It also has a digital readout that shows (1) output voltage (mine is running at 125V), (2) cycles per second (mine is running at 63 Hertz), and (3) hours.
So far, I'm impressed.
PS--engine oil is NOT included. You'll need one quart of 10W-30.
PPS--If you really need the electric start to work a year or two from now when your power goes out, I also recommend buying a Battery Tender Junior 12 volt battery charger to keep the battery charge topped up. You can connect the Battery Tender to the generator battery and keep it plugged into a wall outlet in your garage year-round.Read more ›
This is when I discovered that this item is not eligible for the return. I followed the instructions and contacted the seller: Generators-Plus. They told me they do not accept returns nor do they replace the unit. They can either ship the part to me or to the authorized repair shop. The nearest repair shop for me is at least 1hr drive, not to mention that this is over 120LB unit and I'm not a bodybuilder. They told me to contact Amazon for replacement. Called Amazon and they told me they have nothing to do with it because the item left the warehouse in a good condition. They told me to first try and repair it and then if I can't they would see what they could do.
I told them I would try, but I said, I was still not happy with how this is handled, seems the customer's interest are the least of their priorities. I said I would reflect it in the review, which is what I'm doing now.
And then she really disappointed me, she said: that would be perfectly fine, good bye, and hung up on me.
I hope I will be able to repair it and I will post the update. Regardless of the outcome, this is not a good service.
That suggested a fuel problem. I found the engine would only start after I injected a small amount of fuel into the cylinder, or carburetor air intake. Of course this is not normal practice, and should not be required. This suggests this unit has a fuel priming problem.
I've tried to call Champion tech. support, but have not yet gotten through or had my voice mail contact message returned. The literature that comes with the item states they have a 24 hour technical support line, but that is only for emergencies (not sure what constitutes an emergency). The normal Tech Support 877 number is open M-F at 0830 (PST). My call at 0845 was met buy an "all technicians are busy" message and a 37 minute wait time... Needless to say so far I'm not impressed by this "support"...
1/13/2012: The generator has come back from the repair shop. Although the carburetor was replaced, the Tech believes the problem was more the result of a weak battery effect on the choke stepper motor. He feels that the stepper motor does not operate properly when the battery has less than a full charge. Right now the unit will start without "fuel injection" into the air intake. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts that way.
Still, this unit (a new model for 2011) is quite a value - even with this little 'glitch'.
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Ran this generator 150 hours during storm Sandy. Had a small oil leak after use but a wrench took care of that.Published 18 months ago by David G.
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These units have a known problem. They work great until the regulator goes and then the voltage climbs to over 200 volts and smokes your electronics. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by RLTimblin (Retired)
should of bought this a long time ago. the elec. start works real good for the wife while inside the camper just makes everything easier. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by satisfide
I chose 4 stars because I really like the product. I like the fact that it has a remote in which you can start the generator. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Angela Myles-Howard
Can't run the 13.5kbtu air conditioner in my RV. Called customer service and they hooked me up with some technical papers. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by John T. Jacobs
I purchased one of these for both emergency use at the house, and for use with our 5th wheel camper. It showed up in good shape, put oiil and gas in it and it fired right up. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by BW