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Champion 1500 Watt Generator Review

Champion Power Equipment has built its reputation on the back of its products, and the Champion 1500 watt generator is no exception.

This little 1500 watt generator has got its fair highlights and can be an interesting solution for those who only need to power single smaller devices. To learn more about the features that make it special (and to get a pro / con breakdown of this machine in the bargain), please keep reading the following review

Features of the Champion 1500 Watt Generator

  • It runs on a CARB-compliant 80cc engine that’s not just quiet, but environmentally sound, too.
  • It runs for 10 hours at 50 percent of maximum output; alternate load profiles will increase or decrease runtime accordingly.
  • This generator is rated at running 1200 watts, and 1500 starting watts.
  • Along with a voltmeter for accurate power readings, one (1) 120-volt outlet is is built into its body for use with extension cords and such.

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What I like

There’s a lot to love about this Champion portable generator. You can get a brief overview of the pros of the machine by checking out the following list of positive features:

  • It is an efficient little machine. Lightweight, comparatively quiet, and environmentally friendly.
  • Speaking of size, this Champion generator is roughly a foot and a half on each side – the actual dimensions follow: 17.7 x 14 x 14.8 inches LWH. In short, you can fit your new power source just about anywhere.
  • This generator is marketed as a lightweight option. While this may be so, the designers were still thoughtful enough to ensure that the frame of the unit doubles as a set of carrying handles, which is a nice, customer-centric touch.
  • Champion designs their product line in the U.S. and bases their customer support team in the U.S. and Canada. As such, their reputation for help when trouble strikes is quite good.

What I don’t like

Unfortunately, every tool and piece of technology has its drawbacks, and this generator is no exception. Here are a few of the missteps you should be aware of before buying this generator:

  • Lifetime tech support is great, but a two-year warranty on the part of Champion seems kind of lackluster. It’s their prerogative, of course, to offer whatever protection plan they wish for their products, but you should consider whether that’s enough for you when buying a generator like this one.
  • If you need this in a hurry, you might be disappointed – government regulations make this a ground shipping only affair, and even then you can only get it if you live in the so-called “Lower 48”. Alaskans or Hawaiians may wish to look elsewhere in case of urgency.


Champion 1500 Watt Generator
Champion 1500 watt generator isn’t without its hiccups, but all in all, it’s a great little machine for the hobbyist or someone with light energy output needs. For those with more robust requirements, a second generator should give them all the power they need, even during storms and other serious scenarios.

8.1 Total Score
Compact and Solid

If portability and low price is your priority, Champion 42436 will not disappoint. While it certainly won’t generate enough power to supply multiple devices, it will be sufficient enough for small scale use, working with one device at a time.

Noise Level
Ease of Use
  • Long run time
  • CARB compliant
  • Fuel Efficient

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