The Champion Power Equipment 46515 is actually a portable generator powered by a 196CC horse-power four-stroke engine that runs on gasoline. At maximum output this portable generator can provide up 4000 Watts of power but operates at optimal levels when outputting 3500 Watts. It has relatively low decibel levels, operating at just about 68 decibels. The engine built into the Champion Power Equipment 46515 is a single stroke engine with a conveniently built-in recoil start as well as an auto low-oil shut off system that protects the engine.
Apart from those mentioned above, Champion Power Equipment 46515 has several other aspects built into its structure that offer convenience and safety. Circuit breakers can easily be reset, at the push of a button, and the receptacle panel options include a 20-amp 120-volt duplex, a 30 amp 120 volt AC twist-lock, and a 30-amp 120-volt RV receptacle, while a Voltmeter helps guide the user on how much is being generated and used. The generator is also adaptable to a 240 volt setting that some users prefer. A support rack and frame built around the generator provides both a base that it uses to stand as well as a convenient way of moving it form one point to another, and the fact that it weighs in at 106 pounds means it eases portability. Its dimensions (it is 24.2 inches long, 18.3 inches wide and 18.3 inches high) along with its compact, concise shape make it easily placeable in a busy work area and also mean it can be easily stored as well. A full gas tank can last about 12 hours when supporting a 50% load and it can be used to run a variety of equipment simultaneously (up to two or three units). The Champion Power Equipment 46515 comes with a two year limited warranty as well as free technical support in form of a Lifetime Free Technical Support service that is provided by the manufacturer.
Champion Power Equipment 46515 Customer Reviews
Users of the Champion Power Equipment 46515 have responded positively. Bridget Maven of New York, NY had this to say about the generator:
“When our power went out, we were able to keep the fridge on, as well as two laptops and a light. I’m sure the generator could handle more, but we were being conservative. With those four items powered, the generator lasted twelve hours. We got the wheel ensemble and extension cord too. Two different contractors on 2 different days commented that they had the same generator. (They liked it too),”
while Bill Higgins in Connecticut added
“I bought this generator just one month ago, and like the fact that I can use it almost anywhere. I like to go camping with my boys, and we load it into our track easily. It also of course helps around the house if there is a power outage or something like that. The muffler really does work, so the noise levels on the thing are not bad at all. My wife and I think it was a great buy, though you have to be creative when it comes to servicing and that sort of thing.”
The Champion Power Equipment 46515 does have a few drawbacks, and they especially have to do with maintenance of the generator: its spark plug is difficult to remove; when servicing, one actually needs to remove a part of the generator before using the spark plug removal tool that is provided. Changing the oil is somewhat difficult because of an awkwardly located oil-plug. It also does not meet the standards of some emission-conscious states like California though it is EPA approved and readily usable in most of the United States. The choke instructions stipulated in the manual also sometimes vary from what happens in reality with the number of tugs used when starting the generator, and you have to vary from choke to no choke to mid-choke, which improves with use. The gas tank is also not very accurate and one has to make an allowance for error when reading its consumption rate.
However, for being a reliable, relatively quiet, cost-effective generator, one that is convenient for functions at home, indoor use both at home and within an outdoor environment, and for being an easily portable and durable generator, the Champion Power Equipment 46515 is a good buy.