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Easy start, quiet, smooth power. Easy to move/maneuver. 2017 update.
on June 13, 2014
Recently the power went out here in SC due to a thunderstorm. After sitting dormant for 5 months this generator started on the second pull with the choke on.
That night I ran 2 full size refrigerators, a deep freeze chest freezer, a lamp with a 14 watt CFL spiral bulb, phone charger and one of those square, window, box fans.
This generator has 2 AC outlet plugs. I ran one fridge and the deep freezer off one outlet with a 15ft extension cord. I ran the other fridge, lamp, and fan off of the other outlet on a 50ft cord with a power strip at the end.
On a full tank of gas with all appliances listed above plugged in and running I got 6 hours out of a full tank of gas.
The generator was smooth and reliable the entire time. When plugging in items, plug/turn on one at a time and give about 30 seconds between turning on/plugging in another appliance as to not overload the generator all at once.
The temperature at the time was 90 degrees F outside, which is about 32 degrees C. This generator did not overheat.
This generator is easy to start, it does not require hefty pulling to start. My wife is small and petite and can easily start this generator. It is not extremely heavy either. While it does have bulk weight to it, a normal adult should be able to move this generator around easily. In Example, from the storage unit to a truck bed, or from the garage to front porch.
My wife stands 5 foot 3 inches and weighs about 110 pounds and she is able to handle this generator unit.
It is very convenient for her to use when I am away at work during power outages.
September 2015 update. So far I have owned this unit for 2 years and it is still working flawlessly. At one point the unit leaked gas due to a stuck float I assume. I tapped the carburetor with a small screwdriver to get the float to fall back down, after that it ran great. I have a large yard and and own electric bush trimmers and weed eater. I got tired of dragging around a long extension cord to do yard work. I started toting this small generator around with me with a 10ft cord to run my weed eater or trimmer. It's actually easier than getting a longer cord tangled up.
So far we have had multiple power outages and we have used this unit to run our refrigerators as noted above. The unit still runs smooth and quiet. I suggest running full synthetic motor oil in this unit, I run the Wal-mart brand "Super Tech" full synthetic and the unit continues to operate smoothly.
Typically after using a generator it is a good idea to let the generator run without a load to cool down. When I am finished with the unit I simply turn off the gas while it is still running (without a load) and let it burn off whats left in the carburetor, this usually takes 3 minutes and turns out to be a good time frame to let it run without a load.
While camping in my 1977 Ford Coachmen motor home I ran this unit to power the fridge, water pump, air purifier fan, interior lighting and a 500 watt microwave. The unit ran great non-stop for over 30 hours in South Carolina fall temps around 80 degrees F (26c) during the day and 60f (15c) at night.
I recommend this product- I change my oil every 50 hours with full synthetic 10w-30 Wal-Mart brand "Super Tech"
October 1st-5th of 2015 South Carolina had historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin. And yes our power went out again. We were isolated to our country community as roads and bridges were washed out in both directions. On the 3rd night our power went out for 9 hours. I pulled my trusty Champion generator out and with the first pull it started. I ran it for 9 hours with 2 full size refrigerators, 2 chest freezers, 4 lamps (3 blubs were CFL 14 watt spiral bulbs the other was a 40 watt incandescent) and a square box fan. Generator handled this load very well. I did not get an accurate fuel consumption tho when I started it, it was full, about 4 hours into it I topped off the tank, it needed about a 1/3 tank or so. Very reliable unit. Served us well thru the flood power outage.
October 2016, Hurricane Matthew knocked power out for 3 days here in South Carolina. The generator hadn't been ran in a year since our flood October 2015. It started right up with the first pull with the choke on and ran non-stop for 72 hours until power was restored. I ran 3 full size refrigerators and two chest freezers for 3 days straight. Not a single problem.
power randomly went out August 2017, generator had not been used since Hurricane Matthew Oct 2016. The carburetor leaked again due to the float being stuck when I moved it out of my garage. I tapped on the carb with a screw driver to get the float to fall back down and the leaking stopped. started generator right up and used it to power a light, TV, DVD player and internet modem. Ran fine without any problems. I test ran the generator December 2017, it took several pulls to start. This may be due to the spark plug age. I will replace the plug next time I use this generator.