Champion Power Equipment 100231 vs Generac GP5500
These two generators are nearly identical in many respects. But, the Champion 100231 is a dual-fuel conventional generator, whereas the Generac GP5500 is limited to running on gasoline. Given that the costs of the two models are similar, that versatility may be enough to push you towards the Champion unit.
Comparing power outputs on gasoline, the Champion model also comes out slightly ahead. It offers 6,900 watts of surge power and 6,250 watts of continuous power, compared to 6,875 watts of surge power and 5,500 watts of continuous power for the Champion generator. The engines are nearly the same, even down to the displacement volume.
One advantage to the Generac generator is that the fuel tank is one gallon larger, giving you an extra hour of runtime at 50% load. However, this is a small benefit, as the nine-hour runtime of the Champion model is plenty for most users.
Both generators offer 30-amp outlets that are capable of switching between 120-volt and 240-volt power. There are also four 120-volt outlets on each generator, so you don’t have to worry about running out of outlets. It’s worth noting that the Champion generator has an included digital voltmeter, which allows you to monitor your power output. The Generac doesn’t have a voltmeter, so you’ll have to monitor your power usage manually.
At more than 160 pounds each, neither of these generators are easy to lift. But, they’re both mounted on steel cages with heavy-duty pneumatic wheels to allow you to roll them around easily. One noticeable difference is that the Generac model has a pair of fold-out handles, which makes rolling even simpler.
Commercial users may need to look to a different model in the companies’ lineups, as both Generac and Champion drastically limit their warranties for commercial users on these generators.