Champion Power Equipment 75531i 2800/3100 Watt Portable Generator Review

CPE 2800W Portable Generator

CPE 2800/3100W Inverter Portable Generator

Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i Inverter Generator, 2800/3100 Watts is a great mid range generator of powering small appliances and electronic equipment with inverter quality power. This generator is CARB compliant.

Champion Power Equipment is a US owned and operated company which has its manufacturing base in China. Champion specializes in the design, manufacture and support of portable generators that are durable as well as affordable. This company is known for its commitment to quality as well as excellence in engineering of its products.

The CPE No 75531i Inverter Generator is one of the portable generators in its line up of generators. This is a very compact inverter generator which delivers clean electrical power which is safe to run sensitive electronic equipment. This inverter generator can be used as a back up power source for your home to run essential equipment in times of power outages.

Power Output and Generation

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator uses a 171cc OHV engine designed specifically for this inverter and can provide continuous output of 2800 watts and surge up to 3100 watts. The engine control has an economy mode to save fuel when load is reduced.

This inverter generator uses true sine wave technology to supply you with clean electricity that is safe for sensitive electronic equipment. It has automatic overload protection and low oil shut-off.

Crankshaft oil is capacity is 0.63 qts. and uses SAE10W-30.

Electrical output for the 2800W unit has one 120V duplex outlet (2 plugs) with a 20 amp rating and circuit breaker. Which allow you to use up to 2400 watts on the set.

It also has a RV NEMA TT-30R plug which will allow the 2800 watts for continuous rated power. Per the wiring diagram it does not have a circuit breaker and therefore is controlled by the max output and automatic overload protection.

The 12V DC circuit is coiled separately and can be used along with the main circuit and has it’s own 10A circuit breaker allowing 120 watts of DC power.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

This Champion Power Equipment inverter generator runs on unleaded gasoline and has a fuel tank capacity of 1.59 gallons which lets it run for 8 hours at 25% load capacity. This generator produces a noise of around 58db which makes it a very quite generator.

Noise: Not only is this generator compact and portable but it is quiet as compared to other generators with a noise level of 65 dB at 23 feet away. That’s about normal high level of background noise and you can still talk with other people around.

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Dimensions and Weight

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator has overall dimensions of 24.4 x 14.3 x 18.3 ( L x W x H ) and it weighs in at 83.3 lbs. This makes this inverter generator very compact and lightweight for the amount of power it can deliver.

Typical Uses and Needs

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator with its continuous output of 2800 watts and a surge capability of 3100 watts makes this an ideal generator for camping or to run electrical equipment in your cabin. With the TT-30R outlet you can easily power up to 2800W which should work the for majority of your needs, including small AC units under 15000 BTU.

Being small and lightweight and easily portable makes it just the right generator for those tailgating parties as well as a power source to run power tools at a job site where there is no electricity available.

This generator also incorporates true sine wave technology, which lets it generate clean electricity allowing you to run sensitive electronic equipment safely. This means this an ideal generator to serve as a back up source of power to run the essentials in your home during power outages.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator has a very simple and easy to understand control panel.CPE 75531i Control Panel for 2800/3100W inverter

When you look at the control panel you find that to the extreme left is the Fuel valve knob. To the right of this valve is the Choke and then you have the Engine On Off switch which is at the top and the Economy control switch beneath it.

To the right of these switches you have 3 lights. The one on the top is the Output light which turns On during normal operating conditions and turns Off when the generator is switched Off. Underneath it is the Overload indicator light which turns On when the generator is Overloaded and beneath this light is the Oil warning light which indicates that your generator is low on oil.

Looking further down you will find the ground terminal. Next to the right you have a Circuit breaker and below that you have the 12Volt DC outlet.

To the right of the lights you have the 120V TT-30 amp Receptacle and below it you have another Circuit breaker. Then to the right you have the duplex 120V 20 amp receptacles.

Start up

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i generator uses a recoil system to start the engine. Here are the steps to be taken to start the generator.

  1. Check that the generator is on a flat level surface.
  2. See that there are no loads connected to the generator.
  3. Turn the fuel valve to the On position.
  4. Pull the Choke lever to the choke position.
  5. Turn the Engine switch to the On position.
  6. Pull the starter cord slowly until resistance is felt, then pull it rapidly.
  7. As the engine warms up, move the choke to the Run position.

Shut down

  1. Turn Off and unplug all electrical loads from the generator.
  2. Let the generator run without loads for a couple of minutes.
  3. Turn the fuel valve to the Off position.
  4. Let the engine run till it stops due to fuel starvation.
  5. Turn the engine switch to the Off position.

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Features

CPE 2800/3100W Inverter Portable Generator

CPE 2800/3100W Inverter Portable Generator

Here is a list of the features of the Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i generator.

  1. This generator can supply 2800 watts of continuous power and surge up to 3100 watts.
  2. It uses true sine wave inverter technology to ensure clean electricity which lets you run sensitive electronic equipment without having to worry about damaging it.
  3. It has an economy mode to save fuel.
  4. It comes with a built in handle and a wheel kit that make it easy to move it around.
  5. It is very light weight and very quite producing only 58 db of sound.
  6. It is CARB compliant and legal in all 50 states.
  7. It can run for 8 hours at 25% load capacity on only 1.59 gallons of fuel.
  8. It is ideal for tailgating as well as a source of power in an RV.

Additionally maintenance items are included which are an oil funnel and spark plug socket.

Care and Maintenance and Use

Just like any other machinery, to get the most out of your generator you will need to see that you keep it well maintained and do periodic maintenance. Here are the suggestions from Champion Power Equipment.
Daily

  1. Check oil levels.
  2. Clean around the air intake and muffler.

First 5 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.

Every 50 hours

  1. Clean the air filter.
  2. Change the engine oil if operating under heavy loads or in hot conditions.

Every 100 hours

  1. Change the engine oil.
  2. Clean and adjust the spark plug.
  3. Check and adjust the valve clearance.
  4. Clean the spark arrestor.
  5. Clean the fuel tank and the filter.

Every 250 hours

  1. Clean the combustion chamber.

Every 3 years

  1. Replace the fuel line.

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Warranty and Repairs

Champion Power Equipment covers this generator with a 2 year limited warranty. You will need to register your generator with Champion Power Equipment to avail of this warranty.

The warranty covers the consumer with replacement of all defective parts and labor for the first year and only parts for the second year. Commercial users are covered by the warranty for parts and labor for 90 days from purchase and parts for 180 days from purchase.

All expenses of transporting the unit to the authorized service agents are to be borne by the consumer.

The warranty only covers the original purchaser and is not transferable.

Consumer Comments

This Champion Power Equipment generator gets 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Most of the customers who bought this unit were pleased with its performance. They liked its price as well as the economy it offers in terms of fuel consumption.

They also liked the fact that this was a well built generator which was very quite to run. Here is what some general comments of the consumers about this product. Good value, fairly quiet, powers up a 13,500 AC, CARB compliant and EPA for 50 states.

They indicated great buy for the money, starts with less than one pull every time, barely have to pull it and appreciation of the “clean power from the inverter. One commented on how you can spend more for a quieter model, but not really needing to. And generally giving it high recommendations.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • This generator is quiet , only produces 58 db of sound at 23 feet. Enough to have a normal conversation with a friend.
  • It is small and lightweight, great for camping, RVs, Tailgating.
  • Has built in handles and wheels for easy maneuverability.
  • Very fuel efficient, runs for 8 hours on 1.59 gallons of fuel at 25% load capacity. For normal use at 50% plus except that that gallon and half is going to get you 4 to 6 hours.
  • Has built in “true sine wave technology” to give you clean power for your sensitive equipment.
  • It has a 171 cc OHV single cylinder 4 stroke engine designed for long life and easy maintenance.
  • It has an economy mode to save fuel.
  • It is CARB compliant.

Cons

  • Sometimes it is hard to start when the engine is hot.
  • Cannot power up your whole house, but with good power management has an acceptable level of power..

Price

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator lists at around $1400.00. Best prices have been found on Amazon for under $1000 and sometimes $900 with free shipping. Check the latest offer here: Champion Power Equipment No.75531i Inverter Generator, 2800/3100W

Accessories

There are a few accessories that you can find for this inverter generator. You can get a dust cover to protect it from the elements when not in use.

Champion Power Equipment No.C90017 Inverter Generator Cover, 3100-watt

You can also find power cords of various lengths to connect your generator to your appliances.

C2G / Cables to Go 09482 18 AWG Universal Power Cord IEC320C13 to NEMA 515P (15 Feet/4.57 Meters)

Woods 984413 25-Foot Outdoor Extension Cord with 3-Outlet Power Block, Green

NU-CORD 94579 25-Feet 30-Amp RV Extension Cord (TT)

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Summary

The Champion Power Equipment No. 75531i inverter generator with its built in True Sine Wave technology delivers clean electricity to power all sensitive electronic equipment. This makes this generator an ideal back up source of power for you home to run essential equipment.

Because of its small size and its light weight, this generator is ideal for use when camping or in your RV (w/ a TT-30 RV plug) to power appliances.

It is also a good generator for those tailgating parties or for a job site where you need to run power tools and still maintain a relatively quiet work space. It is very economical to run making it a generator that can be used anywhere you need clean electric power.

Similar Generation Units:

The following Generators are similar to the above but at different wattage sizes

Champion Power Equipment 72531i 1,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant)

Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant)

1600/2000 Watt Inverter Generator in Yellow

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