Champion Power Equipment 46596 Portable Generator
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Another dynamo of the Champion line of generators is the Champion 46596 portable generator. It is light enough at 97 pounds, for one person to move it fairly easily.
It is the perfect generator for when you need certain important items turned back on if there is a power outage in your area. If you go camping or have an RV, you will appreciate the 30 amp RV outlet.
You can easily power microwaves, electric heaters, lights, televisions and other light duty type items. Even though it may not be big enough for a whole house generator, it is the perfect size for emergency situations or for traveling and camping or hunting trips. There is even a wheel kit that you can buy extra fir easier mobility. Although it comes included with a few models, it is worth the extra money to move it around much more efficiently.
Fuel Type, Efficiency, Capacity and Run Time
This gas powered portable generator takes unleaded gas and has a fuel capacity of 4 gallons. You will get up to 12 hours of run time at 50% power capacity. The benefit to such a long run time is that you will only be filling the fuel tank 1-2 times per day rather than every 8 hours. This is a big benefit when you’re out in bad weather to fill it back up. The easy to read fuel gauge keeps you aware of how much gas is in the tank and prevents the unit from running out of gas unexpectedly.
You will never have to worry about running too low on oil with the low oil shut off feature that the 46596 portable generator has. This feature prevents damage to the engine from running out of oil. When the oil goes below the proper limit in the .6L oil tank, it will shut the engine down to prevent permanent damage. It is recommended to change the oil after the first 5 hours or so of run time and then check it every 8 hours. You should plan on changing the oil about every 50 hours of run time or sooner if it needs it. Use SAE 10W-30 oil for this model generator.
Noise level is an important consideration for generator owners. No one wants to have a generator so loud it disturbs the people around you and prevents conversations from being able to be had. The Champion 46596 is relatively quiet at 68 dB at 23 feet. While it’s not silent it is not overpowering and disruptive either and if it is kept in the back of a truck with the tailgate up, that should help buffer noise as well.
Many state parks and campgrounds require generators to be under a certain decibel level. It is a good idea to call ahead to any that you plan on going to and find out what the restrictions are so you don’t get there and find out that you can’t turn your generator on. It will vary from state to state and this portable generator should meet all requirements for decibel levels but it’s better to be safe and check ahead of time.
Wattage (continuous and maximum)
Users will have 3500 watts of continuous power with the Champion 46596 portable generator and a surge watt capability of 4000 watts.
If you want to truly be prepared for an emergency, it is best to have a generator of this size or bigger. It can take care of basic home services like your refrigerator, lights, a furnace or a small AC unit.
It’s designed for residential use and the single cylinder, 4 stroke engine has been designed to output 120v 60 Hz single phase electricity. This model does not have inverter technology so it’s not recommended to power laptops and other sensitive equipment.
The 46596 portable generator from Champion Power Equipment has additional features as well. These are all designed to make the unit even more beneficial to the user and include:
- Overload protection
- EPA approved (can’t be sold in CA)
- 196cc OHV engine
- Easy pull recoil start
- Durable tubular 1” steel frame
- Spark arrestor
- RV ready
- Wheel kit (Sold separately)
As with all champion products, this portable generator has a 2 year warranty to give customers peace of mind. Champion is known for high quality products and excellent customer service and they stand by their products 100%.
You also get LIFETIME technical support in the event you ever have a question, concern or problem with your portable generator. Just give them a call. You will be impressed with their customer service and attention to customer satisfaction.
What are Customers Saying?
Customers love the Champion 46596 portable generator. It is definitely a user favorite and is a great mid-sized unit for emergency use or camping trips.
Customer comments and feedback are a great way to find out additional information about the unit that won’t be available on most selling sites.
It’s inside information that can tell you how the generators are working in actual use. Below are some of the things customers have to say.
This portable generator us a great quality device for the money and the support and extra features it has just makes it even better. If you need a reliable and compact portable generator for emergencies or for regular camping trips you will be very happy with this mid-sized model that is plenty big enough to handle the essentials.
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