There are many reasons for purchasing a generator. They’re the perfect way to secure yourself against power outages during blackouts. They ensure you don’t have to live without the comforts of home while camping, and many more reasons.
Finding the right generator to suit your needs, however, is something that not many people consider. In the next section, we’re going to explain how you can choose the right generator. Then we will launch into our review of the Champion 3500.
Choosing the Right Generator
You’ll find that a lot of people hunting for a new generator sometimes don’t know where to start. They’re unaware of the factors they have to consider, and because of this, can sometimes end up buying the completely wrong model for their needs.
The main point to take into account is what type of power capacity you need. Depending on how many electrical products you’re planning on running with a generator, and how heavy-duty those products are, you could need a completely different model to the one you’re researching.
If you’re hoping to find a generator to run a litany of electronics and act as a safety net during power outages, you don’t want to go and buy the first or cheapest model you can find. And by the same logic, you shouldn’t purchase a top-of-the-line generator (at an exorbitant price) if you only need to power a few essentials while camping.
Introducing the Champion 3500
The Champion 3500 is a versatile and durable single cylinder generator with solid steel construction. Whether you’re looking for an RV-ready generator or a model that’s perfect for power outages, the 3500 might just be the ideal model for you.
At only 99.2 lbs (and measuring 23.2 x 17.5 x 19.6 inches), this is a really portable generator. It’s not just lightweight and tough, though, it’s also extremely easy-to-use. You probably won’t even need to pull start this model more than once to get it going!
Safe for use with multiple electronic products, it can confidently be used at home, at work, or even out in the wild. In fact, it even comes with a ‘Cold Start’ feature, which means if you do take it out into the wild (camping, cabin, RV etc), it’ll still start just fine with cold weather!
In the following sections, we’re going to go over a few of the other features of the Champion 3500, its power capacity, and the various pros and cons.
Features of the Champion 3500
A convenient push-to-reset circuit breaker and a low oil shut-off sensor ensure that your generator operates safely and that you don’t run the risk of it burning out. Another safety feature is the built-in surge protector, so you can rest assured that the Champion 3500 will prevent any overloads from occurring. All your electronic equipment will be kept completely safe from any sudden spikes in the voltage.
Noise levels are pretty average for a generator of this size, around 68 dBA. It certainly won’t keep you up at night, but you’ll definitely be able to hear it if you’re in the same room or there are no other ambient noises. We’d compare it to the sound levels of a vacuum cleaner.
The Champion 3500 is EPA certified and a CARB compliant generator, so it’s not just efficient, but it’s also economic. And we’ve already mentioned the excellent ‘Cold Start’ feature, which is a real bonus!
This particular unit has a 0.6-quart oil capacity (recommended 10W-30) and even comes with an oil funnel to make changing even easier. Having the maintenance side of things be so simple is a real point in favor for the Champion 3500.
Power Capacity of the Champion 3500
At 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts, this generator can competently startup most household appliances (even the heavier duty ones) and easily keep a decent amount of them running at once. The marketing material even states that it has “enough power to start and run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner,” which is always good to know!
The available outlets on the Champion 3500 include a 120V 30A locking outlet. There is also a 120V 30A RV outlet, and a 120V 20A household outlet. So there are plenty of options for any setup you might have in mind or any situation you find yourself in.
The 3.8-gallon tank can keep going for up to 12 hours of power at just a 50% load. It uses gasoline, so make sure you can source it readily if you’re planning on using the generator quite a lot.
Pros and Cons of the Champion 3500
Most models out on the market will have a few minor complaints from reviewers. The Champion 3500 is no different. In this quick section, we’re going to list a few of the pros and cons we’ve found from customer reviews. We also will draw off of our own experiences.
Pros of the Champion 3500
- Amazing price point.
- Simple setup and minimal maintenance.
- The steel frame is strong and sturdy and will be tough to damage.
- Easily powers all of the essentials in near enough any home.
- Low decibel level.
- ‘Cold Start’ feature.
- Lightweight and portable.
Cons of the Champion 3500
- No wheel kit included.
- The handle is positioned in a way that hangs over the exhaust.
As you can see, a few cons for the Champion 3500, but definitely more pros!
If it’s a generator that can start up heavy duty appliances and stick around for hours after that you’re after, we’d definitely recommend the Champion 3500. We’d be hard-pressed not to suggest it as one of the best mid-level generators out there (for the price).
Considering the hype surrounding the Champion 3500, we were originally unsure how it’d weigh up to other model generators in the same price range. We have to say, though, we were hugely impressed. The only downside we can think of that really bothered us was the fact a wheel kit wasn’t included, but it’s still light enough to carry without.
With safety features to spare and a lightweight build that’s still solidly constructed, the Champion 3500 is a smart choice for a new generator.