Competition is more fierce when you move up a power class, to the 3,000-watt inverter range. Here, Champion offers the 100263 model, with 3,400 watts of surge power and 3,060 watts of continuous power on gasoline. Predator’s 63584 generator offers 3,500 watts of surge power and 3,000 watts of continuous power. Again, Champion’s generator can run on propane, while Predator’s is limited to gasoline as the fuel source.
There are a few major differences between these two generators that affects how you’ll be able to use them. The first is run time. Predator built the 63584 with a 2.6-gallon fuel tank, which lets you run the generator for up to 11 hours at a 25% load. The Champion generator, by comparison, only has a 1.6-gallon tank and a 7.5-hour run time. That means you can’t even get a full day of power at a 25% load from this generator without refueling.
Another big difference is in the starting mechanisms. Both of these generators feature electric push-starts, which is terrific for ease of use. But, the Predator model doesn’t also include a recoil starter. That means that if you accidentally let the battery on this generator run out, you don’t have a way to start the generator. You don’t have to worry about this with the Champion generator since there’s a backup recoil starter.
The outlet panels on the two generators are actually quite evenly matched. Both include a 30-amp twist-lock outlet, which allows you to power an RV or another heavy-duty device. Note that Champion’s outlet is RV-ready, whereas Predator’s isn’t (but Predator includes an adapter with the generator). However, Predator included a small digital hour meter on it’s 3,000-watt generator, whereas Champion left this out. While this feature isn’t necessary, it’s certainly nice to have.
In terms of portability, the two generators are very similar. There’s a weight difference of just 3.5 pounds between them, although you’ll want to keep in mind that the larger fuel tank on the Predator model means that unit can get very heavy when filled. Both generators are mounted on wheels for simpler transport. But, don’t expect the wheels to handle off-road conditions – they’re small and tucked right under the body of the generator rather than mounted on an external frame. Neither of these generators win awards for portability, but they’re not overly difficult to roll or lift.
Given that these two generators seem to trade features back and forth, which one is better for you depends on what you need. The main selling point of the Champion 100263 is the fact that it’s a dual fuel model. The Predator is better if you’re committed to gasoline, since it has a much larger fuel tank.