Thursday, February 16, 2012

Champion Power Equipment 46515 4,000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator

Champion Power Equipment 46515 4,000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator Description

The Champion 4000 watt Portable Generator provides dependable, portable power for your home, campsite or jobsite. 3500 watts Rated, 4000 watts Maximum output. Champion generator can run lights, TV, refrigerator and sump pump all at the same time. Great for running 2-3 power tools. Powered by Champion 196cc OHV engine with cast iron sleeve will run 12 hours on a full tank of gas at 50% load. EPA approved (cannot be sold in California). Features full durable frame, 1 - 120V outlet (5-20R), 1 -120V Twistlock Receptacle (L5-30R), 1 - RV Receptacle (TT-30R), Overload Protection, Low Oil Sensor and Voltmeter. Dimensions: 24.2-inch (L) x 18.3-inch (W) x 18.3-inch (H). Weighs 106-pounds 2 Year Limited Warranty. Champion has the best Product Quality and Customer Service in the business. All Champion products are cover by our Lifetime Free Technical Support and 2 Year Limited Warranty.

Champion Power Equipment 46515 4,000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator Features
  •     3500 watts Rated, 4000 watts Maximum Output. Outlets: 1- 120V Outlet (5-20R), 1 - 120V Twistlock (L5-30R), 1 - RV Receptacle (TT-30R)
  •     Powered by Champion 196cc OHV Engine with Cast Iron Sleeve.
  •     Runs for 12 hours on full tank of gas at 50% load.
  •     Weighs 106-pounds Dimension: 24.2-inch (L) x 18.3-inch (W) x 18.3-inch (H)
  •     Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California

Run time of 12 hours at 50% load, quiet noise level of 68dB, only 8dB above normal conversation. Receptacles include 30 amp 120 volt AC twist-lock, one 30-amp 120-volt RV receptacle, a 20-amp 120-volt duplex. Push-to-reset circuit breakers. Single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled engine with recoil start and low-oil shut-off.

Satisfied So Far, January 4, 2012 By John K. Hoffman
(REAL NAME)
I bought the Weekender package on sale via Cabellas for $300 (includes wheel kit, handle, & cover). I had previously owned a larger Coleman Powermate genset (5Kw-6kw), but wanted to replace it for two reasons: 1) it would not run our new high-efficiency gas furnace fan, and 2) I had ignorantly used ethanol gas in it. The ethanol had not created any problems, but I have heard too many horror stories and now run only non-ethanol gas in all my small engines.

I noted a couple things upon opening the undamaged box. Despite lots of strategically placed styrofoam, the air cleaner honeycomb assembly was broken into 7 pieces. I read a couple reports of this before buying, so although I was disappointed, I was not surprised. I also noted it had no motor oil. I assembled everything, but did not attempt to start it. In the meantime, I ordered a Coleman 120-volt twistlock twin lighted receptacle accessory, and twin surge protector adapters from Amazon. I had previously ordered a copper grounding rod and 12-gauge grounding wire from Amazon, as my furnace manufacturer suggested lack of grounding wire may have prevented my old Coleman from running the furnace.

I called Champion the next business day. They agreed to mail me a new air cleaner assembly, which arrived within a week. The metal housing it mounts to was significantly bent, so it took me 20 minutes with a rubber mallet and channel lock before I could mount the replacement part successfully. I filled the oil, added some non-ethanol gas w/Stabil & SeaFoam, set the choke, and gave a couple pulls. It started immediately and sounded good.

I let it run for about an hour with no load, then I started adding and subtracting various loads. I used the cording accessories from Amazon. I started with an oscillating fan, then added a 1,500 watt paint stripping gun. I replaced those with two 1,500 watt space heaters. You could tell the engine was under load, but no problem. I let it run for the 5-hour break-in period, and then changed the oil with Mobile One. I like to use full synthetic oil in my infrequently used engines (snowthrower, genset, and powerwasher). At this point, I tested it with our furnace and it worked great. That was extremely satisfying!!! I didn't bother with the grounding rod, as the Champion techs said it was probably not a factor. I will eventually sink that into my front lawn when the ground thaws this spring.

This was all looking great, so I turned off the gas petcock, ran it dry, and then unscrewed the carburetor bolt and let the little remaining fuel drain out. It is now stored and ready to rock when the need arises. I usually leave a little Stabilized non-ethanol fuel in the tank, mainly because I hate draining them completely. I always keep a fresh can of this around the garage, so when the need arises, I add some fresh fuel into the tank before starting.

The only minor negatives thus far are that tight spaces and cradle make it a little messy to drain oil and carb gas.

great for basic survival during a power outage!, December 12, 2011 By jedb
i bought this generator online via amazon dot com. after our disasterous halloween snowstorm up here in the northeast u.s. too late for that storm but i'm ready next time! 89 octane gas (4 gallons) and briggs and stratton 30 weight oil. fired up on the third pull. the instructions call for .6 litres of oil but mine overflowed even after carefull measuring. add slowly and check as you go. not a real problem. hooked up my microwave, edenpure quartz heater. electric chainsaw,table lamp with a regular 75 watt bulb,tv/dvd player, etc. not at once but the generator did'nt even surge a little with two or more of these appliances going at once. good test run. as i said, good basic survival. better than what i had then. nothing but snapping limbs and a dark cold house. p.s. i recomend the wheel mobility kit and install it before adding gasoline.

Great Value For Emergency Use, November 19, 2011 By Gregory
I live in Northeast Alabama and last spring we were without power for over a week following the tornadoes from April 27th. We had no ice for my wife's medicines and of course lost all of our food in both of our freezers. Last spring was the second year in a row that we experienced power outages and extensive damage due to tornadoes. I looked at alot of different products but for the price this appeared to be the best bargain. We did not need enough power to light up the neighborhood and as such view this as an emergency backup to keep the appliances running and maybe a light or two and a radio. Took it out of the box, put oil and gas in it and pulled the starter rope one time and it started right up. On the first pull. I have never had anything start up on the first pull. I left it outside to run for a while and came in and couldn't even hear it running. Last April I could hear my neighbor's running from 4 houses down. It has an RV outlet on it because it is designed for that but I found an adapter online for about $5 that plugs into that outlet and converts it to a normal household 110 plugin. It even has a fuel shut off valve in-line so you can run it every couple of months and then shut off the fuel supply and let the carb run out the gas so storing it won't leave gum deposits in the carb. I recommend this highly.

Great generator!, November 10, 2011 By sween
I bought this generator this summer. At the end of August we went on a 3 week camping trip out west. We have a pop up camper and many of the campgrounds we stayed at did not have electric hook ups. Our Champion 4,000 Watt generator did a great job keeping us powered up. I just plugged the camper's power cord into it and all of our electrical needs were provided. It always starts on the first or second pull and runs like a charm. I was also pleased with the noise level.

Great Power. Happy to see it lasted 12 hours., November 6, 2011 By Book Maven (New York, NY)
When our power went out, we were able to keep the fridge on, as well as 2 laptops and a light. I'm sure the generator could handle more, but we were being conservative. With those 4 items powered, the generator lasted 12 hours. Our neighbors are now going to get this same one:). We got the wheel ensemble and extension cord too. Two different contractors on 2 different days commented that they had the same generator.(They liked it too).

A real Champ for the money, November 6, 2011 By T. D. Greenwood "great bbq" (Simsbury, CT)
(REAL NAME)
I am very pleasantly surprised how well this generator performs. I had my doubts buying an inexpensive chinese model. But this generator just kept me and my family warm and cozy during a very cold 4 day power outage. it started amazingly easy, one or two pulls of the cord had it humming. FYI: the plug that fits into this is an L5-30 (3 prongs) not the more common L14-30.
Pros:
Inexpensive.
Free delivery.
Good easy to follow instructions.
Flawless operation (based on 4 days of continuous use at its watt limit).
Gas efficient (one 4 gallon tank runs about 12 hours). this was very helpful since all my surrounding gas stations were shut down due to power loss.
Cons:
No mechanical or design flaws. (I guess that would be a pro)
If i had to choose anything it would be it's limited watt output. but it was actually a blessing since the smaller unit uses less gas.

I highly recommend this generator.

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