Champion Power Equipment 71531 Portable Generator
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What could be better than a powerhouse generator by Champion Power Equipment? How about one that offers users the ability to power with gasoline or propane? The Champion 71531 portable generator offers this great feature and along with how much power it offers it is truly a generator that you can count on.
Having a reliable generator in case of power outages is a way to have a lot of peace of mind.
No more worries about food going bad or sitting in the dark with no heat or AC, now you can keep your family comfortable and safe in the event of a storm that knocks your power out, even if it is for several days or weeks.
A dual fuel, portable generator gives you more flexibility and options when it comes to fuel. They both have their benefits and since this generator can easily be switched from one type of fuel to another, you are not stuck with only one form of fuel. Sometimes a power outage happens at inopportune times and having to run to the gas station late night can be a chore.
Storing propane is much easier and safer and works well for those instances of late night or middle of the night outages. It’s also a lot easier to travel with propane tanks as well than to worry about gasoline that can slosh around or leak. One thing to note is that your output will be lower with propane than gasoline.
Fuel Type, Efficiency, Capacity and Run Time
Fuel efficiency is one of the things that users want to have with the generator that they choose. The Champion 71531 portable generator is designed to have very good fuel efficiency. That is evident in the 9 hour run time at 50% work load that you will get from a single tank of gasoline. A 20 pound BBQ tank of propane will last up to 5 hours at 50% work load. The fuel tank has a 6.1 gallon capacity.
This generator has low oil shut off that prevents the engine from permanent damage if the oil level goes below what it needs to be. 10W-30 weight oil should be used for most situations and temperatures but if the generator is being used in temperatures below 40 degrees, switching to a 5W-30 weight oil is preferable as well as switching to a SAE 30 weight oil for temperatures over 80 degrees. These other viscosities prevent problems from developing in the engine. The oil tank capacity is 1.1L.
For generators that are larger and have more power, noise can be a concern. The dB level for this unit is 74dB of sound when running. It is on the loud side which makes it not a good choice for bringing a lot of campouts and fishing trips. It also means that you should take care not to place it too close to your neighbor’s house in the event of a power outage in your area. This decibel level can make normal conversation a challenge when you are close to the generator.
Wattage (continuous and maximum)
The Champion 71531 dual fuel portable generator provides 7500 continuous watts of power with surge wattage of 9375 watts. This is when using gasoline. It goes down a bit with the use of propane to 6750 continuous watts of power with surge wattage of 8400 watts.
With either wattage it is easy to power your lights, fridge, furnace fan, security system, sump pumps and even your television.
How many of your items you can power will depend on the total wattage usage they are combined.
Be sure to have this figured out before you purchased your generator so you get one that is sufficient for your needs.
The 439cc single cylinder, 4 stroke OHV engine is strong and durable, making this a good choice for worksites as well where it can power several power tools at one time easily. The tough construction means you will have it for years and years to come, especially since most generators are not used frequently. The air cooled technology prevents overheating and the cast iron sleeve protects the engine while ensuring a smooth operation as well.
The Champion 71531 has many features that make it a customer favorite. They also make the generator easy to use and operate. The features include:
- Dual fuel – propane and gasoline
- 1 gasoline tank
- Electric AND recoil starts
- Digital display hour meter
- 10” never flat tires
- U shaped handle
- Low oil shut down feature
- Carb compliant
- Available and approved in all 50 states
The dual fuel portable generator, 71531, from Champion has a 2 year limited warranty. Don’t forget to register your item within 10 days of purchasing it so the warranty is applicable. Your warranty covers both electrical and mechanical components against defects in material and workmanship.
The first year labor is covered as well as parts and the second year parts only are covered. Commercial users have a 90 warranty for parts and labor and 180 days for parts only. All repairs have to be carried out at an authorized service center and the shipping charges to and from the service center are the responsibilities of the customer.
What are Customers Saying?
Don’t forget to check out customer feedback and comments when you are looking for information on a particular product. High ticket items can be a little nerve wracking to purchase and checking out these comments and feedback can give you inside information that is not normally available on the product sales pages. Below are some of the things people have to say about the Champion 71531.
No matter what situation you are dealing with, the Champion 71531 portable generator with dual fuel feature is dependable and reliable. It’s great for heavy duty projects and unexpected power outages. You won’t have to worry about being caught unprepared anymore. Lots of power, easy to use and set up. Even though it can be considered a bit loud by some, with some planning, you can mask this noise level safely by creating a barrier between it and your house or the neighbor’s houses. For the amount of power and performance you are getting, dealing with the noise is well worth it.
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