First we had the traditional generators which ran on standard gas. These beasts were heavy and cumbersome to transport especially if you own an RV or travel trailer. Standard generators also don’t produce a clean enough electrical output for use with modern electronics like your laptop, smartphone, tablets, and refrigerator.
Thankfully we now have inverter technology. The Champion 3100 watt inverter generator is the perfect unit to load into your RV, truck, or travel trailer. Perfect to take out into the boondocks and power many essential devices without having to be tapped into the precious grid.
Let’s take a look at the specs and features of this inverter generator
Specifications and Features
- 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts
- 3 outlets (2 standard 120AC and 1 RV receptacle)
- 20.1 x 20.5 x 26 inches
- 171cc single cylinder engine
- 1.6 gallon tank
- 8 hours run time on 25% load
- 80 lbs
- Gasoline powered
- Quick touch control panel
- Clean electricity for all electronics
My hunt for the best inverter generator led to many expensive models mainly from Honda and Yamaha. While these are reportedely the best in the business I figured I’d give the much cheaper Champion a try. I heard good things about this model and didn’t want to blow an entire months worth of income on a Honda or Yamaha.
You see, going out into the wilderness requires some precauation. You need to power all your goodies and you don’t want to create too much noise. The nice thing I noticed about this generator is the low volume of noise when you start the unit.
The Champion 3100 watt runs on regular unleaded gasoline. I thought this meant the unit was going to be a loud beast for sure. This wasn’t the case. Of course I unboxed the unit first. I did notice the box was banged up a little during the shipping process but no visible damage to the generator itself was observed. I added both the 10w-30 oil and the gasoline to the unit and fired it up.
I was surprised the generator started on the 2nd pull. Having had my fair share of problems with pull starts I was expecting a brutal battle on this front. This was not the case and I stood back for a while just watching it hum along quite silently.
I knew if I was to truly put it to the test I needed to plugin some components. The unit was happy to run a mini fridge, a couple small lights, and a small portable AC unit with zero problems. This was in fact all I needed it to while out on my camping excursions.
Even with a full a load the generator kept to it’s low hum, maybe getting only slightly louder as I tested the full load capacity.
It’s important to note there is a break in period. When your receive the unit you want to make sure to run the unit without any load for an hour. After the first hour bring the load to 25% and run for another hour. Do the same for the consecutive hours at both 50, 75, and 100% load capacities. This ensures the unit is not placed under maximum stress right away and allows both the oil and gasoline to cycle through the machine at an even pace.
Finally, the unit comes on wheels with a convenient handle to drag it around wherever you need to be. Even a small person could manage to wheel this thing to the back of a truck and throw it straight in.
Inverter generators are a great piece of gear to have on hand. In fact, they even work well in the home although many people use them for camping due to efficient portability. The Champion 3100 inverter generator is indeed a champion when it comes to providing you with excellent power. The unit is inexpensive compared to most other inverter generators and the reviews are actually quite good. In fact, I would say this is even comparable to the more expensive generators from Honda but Honda is well known for having the quietest inverters around. Is it worth the extra $1000 though? I don’t think so. For the most bang for the buck you can’t go wrong with a solid Champion.
Any questions? Let me know in the comments below.