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Old 11-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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This thread deals with the new Champion 2000 watt inverter generator now available at Costco and Sam's Clubs (at least at many of them), for under $500. It doesn't show when I do a search for it at the Sam's Club web site, but they are sitting on the shelf here in Pensacola, Fl. It looks like it might be an alternative to the Honda or Yamaha for those that want to spend about half as much. There are 63 pages to this thread and these guys really give it a going-over.

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This is a Chinese copy of a Yamaha design. It still will not run a roof AC unit - Peak is 2,000W, 1,600W continuous. If Champion will honor warranty and make parts available might be worth the chance.

We bit the bullet and got a Yamaha 2400 hc - Will start and run a roof AC without a heavy duty starting capacitor and has good warranty and support. The closest Chinese copy was only $200 less than the Yamaha.
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I read many negative reviews on the Champion (the smaller one 800 W?), I also bit the bullet and spent $750 new for my Yamaha after searching for the lowest price I could find. I hope you have good luck with it and be sure to give us all a review after you get some run time.

Here is a very good review on the 2000.
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We purchased the cummins/onan 3000Inverter from Costco when they had it on sale. It powers everything and I have it connected to the house for use this winter should the power go out. We run only the bare necessities in the house during power outages. It has a Robin (Subaru) engine and is made in Japan. Looks like a Honda and very sound proff.

I had a KIPOR and it would not run the AC even with the special CAP installed. Nuf Said
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I hope you have good luck with it and be sure to give us all a review after you get some run time.

Here is a very good review on the 2000.
Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator - 73531i
I didn't buy one, I have no use for one right now, (even though one would have more than enough power to operate the AC in EggCampers with no difficulty). It's a lot of reading getting through the 63 pages of that string, and the first part is mainly speculation and guesses, (much of it wrong), but once you get into it, there are reports from several people who have bought and tested these generators - some very extensively. Almost all of them are very impressed with the engineering, quality of build, performance, and company support.
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By the way, can someone tell me where the Yamaha and Honda inverter generators are made? I was under the impression that they were also made in China, (but I could easily be wrong).
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My 2009 EU2,000 Honda says made in Japan

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By the way, can someone tell me where the Yamaha and Honda inverter generators are made? I was under the impression that they were also made in China, (but I could easily be wrong).
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Yep, my Yamaha is made in Japan as well.

By the way, I have recently been looking into LP generators and this one seems to have some real promise. I might be picking one up soon as another alternative, and propane stores indefinitely. 3500 W peak and 3000 W continuous for $449 shipped.

Amazon.com: ETQ PG30P11 3,500 Watt 7 HP 208cc 4-Cycle OHV Propane Powered Portable Generator: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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65db would not be real popular in many camp grounds and parks. Might be okay at home if the neighbors are far away or you only run it during the day.
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65db would not be real popular in many camp grounds and parks. Might be okay at home if the neighbors are far away or you only run it during the day.
And it is not an inverter generator - it will run at 3600 RPM all the time. And, you might want to read the reviews at Amazon...
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Almost all of the reviews on Amazon were good to excellent, I saw one bad review of a defective unit which was replaced at no charge for one that worked.

I would use this in off-grid camping at my uncles pond not at a campground or rv park.

Although it is not an invertor, it does say that it can run computer equipment. Also 65 db is not loud, about the same rating as normal conversation.

Weakest sound heard0dB
Whisper Quiet Library30dB
Normal conversation (3-5')60-70dB


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Weakest sound heard0dB
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That "less than 60db" quoted by the manufacturer is at 23'. This is not a quiet generator, at least compared to the inverter generators.
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That "less than 60db" quoted by the manufacturer is at 23'. This is not a quiet generator, at least compared to the inverter generators.
That means that the 65db "normal conversation" at 23 feet would be a shouting match up close. Our Yamaha is rated at 59db-60db at full throttle. It is okay at 23 feet but is annoying if closer or when we are outside the trailer. 65db would be about 5 times louder if I remember correctly (I'm sure an engineer site-member can give an exact value) and would really be annoying for me. Check Ebay - there are inverter generators in the 60db range for not too much more than this one.
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Actually, it isn't quite that bad - although every 3 db increase is a doubling of power, it takes a 10 db increase to produce a subjective doubling. That is if you asked a bunch of people to turn something up until it was twice as loud, the average would be a measured (on an A weighted scale) 10 db increase.

As to distance, it follows the inverse square law, ie double the distance results in 1/4th the sound pressure level. There is a big difference in going from a normal conversation to sound levels from 23' away. The 23' is 7 meters, the standard distance used for measuring generator noise.

Using the calculator at db distance calculator, 65 db at 23' would be 86.21 at 2', or subjectively, about 4 times louder.
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