Champion Power Equipment 200987 4500-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator, Wireless Remote Start

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The Champion Power Equipment 4500-Watt Inverter Generator is ultra-quiet and ideal for camping, tailgating, powering items around the RV or providing backup for your essentials. Champion’s got convenience covered. Starting and stopping your generator from up to 80 feet away with the wireless…

3 reviews for "Champion Power Equipment 200987 4500-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator, Wireless Remote Start"

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    Mine, according to Champion tech support, “was shipped with a defective computer”. I’m disappointed for sure, but going to give it another shot with a replacement generator of the same model. I’ll update this review if the replacement is any better.Update:I received a replacement generator in two days. It started on the first pull, and has been running a small electrical load for several hours now to break it in. It seems to be running quite well, so I’m upping my review from 1 star, to 4, and will update this review again after our first camping trip.Update 2:After a week long camping trip using this generator to recharge our boat’s trolling motor batteries, I have to say, I’m a fan. It’s quiet, reliable, and weighs and costs less than most other generators in its’ class. That said, I would, and likely will, recommend this product to family and friends, especially when I know customer support is up to par.Hope this helps you choose the right generator for you.

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    Mine, according to Champion tech support, “was shipped with a defective computer”. I’m disappointed for sure, but going to give it another shot with a replacement generator of the same model. I’ll update this review if the replacement is any better.Update:I received a replacement generator in two days. It started on the first pull, and has been running a small electrical load for several hours now to break it in. It seems to be running quite well, so I’m upping my review from 1 star, to 4, and will update this review again after our first camping trip.Update 2:After a week long camping trip using this generator to recharge our boat’s trolling motor batteries, I have to say, I’m a fan. It’s quiet, reliable, and weighs and costs less than most other generators in its’ class. That said, I would, and likely will, recommend this product to family and friends, especially when I know customer support is up to par.Hope this helps you choose the right generator for you.

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    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  First review for the 1600W suitcase dual fuel generator (scroll further down for 4500W remote start model)I had a 1600W suitcase generator from Generac for years and it was unreliable and always needed warranty repairs. After I told my buddy I was thinking about upgrading, he took my old one and that allowed me to buy this dual fuel from Champion.This is now the third power product I have bought from Champion. Their customer service is top notch and I believe they offer a quality product at a reasonable price. A selling point for me for this generator was the dual fuel option. I do a lot of ATV rides to cabins, trails, ice fishing etc and I will bring a generator with on occasion. The issue I used to have was if I did not completely shut the fuel off and drain the carb, the generator would flood during transport. It was a huge pain. With propane, there is no trouble all. A 20 pound tank and the generator fit in my ATV basked perfectly and it starts right up each time with no flooding issues. At the cabin, there is an adapter the gas company made so I can hook this up to either the 100 or 250 pound pig and it will run however long I need it to.Another feature I like is that with the dial selector, I can switch back and forth between propane or gas. I can see this coming in handy if I ran out of one type of fuel, there is always a backup fuel option available. Sometimes, gas is easy to come by, such as on ATV trips, yet propane is much easier to have on hand when at the cabin. So for me, this generator makes perfect sense. Everyone always wants to compare any suitcase generator to the Hondas with respect to noise levels, and by db rating, this one is only a few db more, at about half the price. At about a 30% load, I have gotten 10-11 hours of run time before needing to refuel.The LED indicators seem fairly accurate on estimated power usage. When using gasoline, it also gives an estimated tank time left based on current power consumption (not with propane however). My one gripe is that there is no propane purge valve to prime the line. So, as you can see from the video, when you start on propane, you have to pull the starter about 5-6 times to allow propane to fill the line and enter the generator. Overall, this isn’t a huge deal, but if anything needs improvement, that’s an easy one for their engineers to fix.I just did the first oil change and it was easy to access the motor and oil fill without needing any special tools to open up the case. This makes routine oil level checks a breeze. So far, I’m very satisfied with my purchase. I hope this helps you with your purchase decision!**********************4500W with remote start model review!PROS:Affordable, feature packed, remote start, trickle charge adapter plug installed along with remote oil drain tube from the factory.CONS:Battery compartment door doesn’t have a thumb screw, display screen hard to read in sunny environments.I have an open frame inverter from Champion that I used all last year with my camper and it was a fantastic unit. I brought that unit to my friends off the grid cabin for a weekend. He liked the remote start feature so much he wanted to keep it and replace his since mine has the remote start feature. That allowed me the opportunity to purchase this enclosed model which will be perfect for use in a few camping areas where noise needs to be kept reasonable.Out of the box, remove the shipping screws, add the supplied oil, connect the battery cables, add gas and you are running. It was really that quick. The unit is fairly heavy at about 100 pounds, but the lifting handles are powder coated for an anti-slip grip and are very robust. The hide away pull handle lifts out and you can cart the unit where you need it. Starting is very easy, just spin the dial to the green indicator, turn the battery switch on and press the remote start button! The choke is controlled electronically so there is no need to do anything else. You can also start the generator at the control panel by pushing in the yellow button on the control dial. Lastly, never buy a generator without a recoil start in case your battery goes dead. The recoil is smooth and provides comfort that I have a backup starting option if I need it.At 62db, this is the quietest generator I own by far. For a rig that supplies 4500 watts peak, I don’t know if you will find one out of the box this quiet in this price range. People always ask me how does it compare to the Honda? My answer with this is, “Well, it has more power and cost 3X LESS!” I do love Honda, but I simply can’t justify the cost when I’m getting everything I need for so much less.The Inteligage will read out the frequency (Hz), voltage, current run time and total run time. The display can be tricky to read in full sun, but I rarely look at it anyway. The total load LED status bar is nice to see so that when I’m running portable tools, I know how much “juice” I have left to use. I have a 13,500 BTU air conditioner in my camper and this unit runs it no problem. It will also run a 15,000 BTU air conditioner. Aside from the 30amp camper plug, it has two standard 120V outlets and an 8amp 12 Volt receptacle. With this being an inverter style generator, “dirty” AC power is converted to DC, cleaned up and then converted back to AC power. This clean sine wave power is important for electronics and even modern electronically controlled water heaters and boilers. Dirty power from construction style generators can add electrical noise in speakers and TV’s at times, but there is no worry about that from this generator.Engine break in is 5 hours, then you can run any standard or synthetic oil that is appropriate for your climate. Did I mention the remote start!? I don’t want to say I’m lazy, but let me tell you, starting the generator from inside the warm camper to get the coffee going is such a treat. At the remote cabin site, not having to go out to the generator shack in the middle of the night to recoil start the old beast is also quite nice. With 80 feet of remote range, you have plenty of options. One more tip, you can leave your devices or cords plugged into the generator when starting or stopping the generator. However, it is best practice to have your circuit breaker OFF. Wait until the generator starts up and stabilizes the idle, then flip your breaker ON. This will make sure there is little to no power fluctuation to your appliances or devices.I hope you found this review helpful, please give me a thumbs up if so. Thanks everyone and happy camping!

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