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VMInnovations via Newegg has Champion 3400W Portable Dual Fuel Inverter Generator (100263) for $855.99 - 20% w/ promo code POWER20 = $684.79. Shipping is free. Thanks rsvpd
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VMInnovations via Newegg has Champion 3400-Watt Portable Dual Fuel Inverter Generator [newegg.com] on sale for $684.79 w/ Promo Code POWER20. Shipping is Free.
  • Condition: New
  • Electric start with 3 position switch and battery included so you don't have to pull
  • CARB compliant
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 25.1 x 17.3 x 18.3 inches; Weight: 95.7 pounds
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years
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This 3400 watt or the Harbor Freight 3500 watt for $5 cheaper? I kind of like the dual fuel, but how long will it run on propane or gas? The Harbor Freight one does pretty good on gas that I heard. I haven't read anything on the Champion yet.
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This 3400 watt or the Harbor Freight 3500 watt for $5 cheaper? I kind of like the dual fuel, but how long will it run on propane or gas? The Harbor Freight one does pretty good on gas that I heard. I haven't read anything on the Champion yet.
I ran mine 15 hours on propane last weekend. This was with a bottle filled at Tractor Supply, not an exchanged bottle. I have 2 30lb bottles being delivered today. I will get 22 hours out of one of those.

I turned generator on at 10pm, swapped bottles at 1pm the next day then changed it again before bed that night because it would have run out at 4am. So now I have two half bottles. I won't have to worry about that with the larger bottles. I will always have enough to get through the second night without swapping.

I really like the propane option though. We use it at football games and propane has virtually no exhaust smell. I also liked carrying propane bottles in the back of the truck vs gas cans.
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Is this rebuilt or brand new?
The units are brand new; otherwise the NewEgg product pages would have stated Refurbished.
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I ran mine 15 hours on propane last weekend. This was with a bottle filled at Tractor Supply, not an exchanged bottle. I have 2 30lb bottles being delivered today. I will get 22 hours out of one of those.

I turned generator on at 10pm, swapped bottles at 1pm the next day then changed it again before bed that night because it would have run out at 4am. So now I have two half bottles. I won't have to worry about that with the larger bottles. I will always have enough to get through the second night without swapping.

I really like the propane option though. We use it at football games and propane has virtually no exhaust smell. I also liked carrying propane bottles in the back of the truck vs gas cans.
Thanks, but the boss said I can't get it. 😦
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My Deal Alert for this did not work - so disappointed. I found out about this deal by the luck of someone posting it on an RV FB page. I have had "champion generator" as a deal alert since 4/3/18. I did not realize that SD was so picky about the wording of an alert. Anyway, this is a great price, 3 yr warranty, propane. Using gas is of course possible, but propane will keep the carburetor clean during long term storage. I have been researching this and other units for over a year and this price is incredible.
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Don't know about all the models, but the 3400w is available again at the same price through 11/17: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...02D6YU2368
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Powering your home's electrical panel (the 120V generator from this deal)

i used an interlock kit so i could power my entire panel (all 120V circuits, not at the same time obviously), just for convenience sake. an interlock prevents you from operating the generator with the main circuit on, thus preventing back feeding your panel by accident. Back feeding is when your generator sends electricity back to the outside lines b/c someone forgot to turn the main circuit breaker off. this mistake could (and has) injure or kill a line worker who is out there making repairs. direct feeding a panel without interlock or transfer switch sub panel is illegal due t potential for back feeding. here are some steps regarding interlock. as always, check your local codes for adherence to regulation.

Step 1: Find an interlock kit that's compatible with your panel. Chances are the model in HD/Lowe's will not fit your box without a lot of modification. Here is where I bought mine: http://www.interlockkit.com/

Step 2: Buy generator inlet: http://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Controls-PB30-Generator-Generators/dp/B000BQT47S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&q... [amazon.com]

Step 3: Buy L14-30 to L5-30 adapter cable where both hots are crossed so you can power BOTH sides of your panel even though you have a 120V generator: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...ge_o02_s00 . You could make your own cable for $10, but it's nice to have a factory molded rugged cable that you don't have to worry about. One end of this cable will go into the L14-30 inlet in #2 and the other end gives you a L5-30 connection. See step 4.

Step 4: Buy a 25 or 30 ft L5-30 extension cord (length is up to you). This cord is what will go from your adapter in your inlet in Step 3 to your generator. I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-20571-Generator-Extension-Eextension/dp/B003HUYK5Q/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8... [amazon.com]

Step 5: Now to get the maximum output from this generator you will need to pull power from the RV outlet. Buy this adapter which takes the RV outlet and gives you a L5-30 which will accept the extension cord from Step 4: http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-14355-Pigtail-Adapter-Connector/dp/B001XW7UWA/ref=sr_1_2?s=lawn-garden... [amazon.com]

Step 6: Either do it yourself per the Youtube videos or pay an electrician. You can buy the rest of the materials at Home Depot (romex, wall anchors, conduit, etc). Since you are providing all materials or most of them, the electrician should only be charging you a labor rate. This job should not take longer than 2 hours. If you are running across long distances or through thick masonry...ok add an hour. You should not have to pay more than 2-3 labor hrs for this job. If you want to save money, you can do all of the labor intensive work of mounting the inlet, running the conduit, and running the romex...then all he has to do is install the interlock panel, the double pole breaker for the generator, and make the final connection to your box. Figure he'll charge you (1) labor hour to do all of that. if you have never done anything electrical before, just hire the electrician for peace of mind.




NOTE 1: You will not be able to power any 240V appliances with this generator.Turn OFF all 240V circuits (except the double pole circuit you are using with your generator inlet and interlock). This is to prevent the possibility of overloading the neutral

NOTE 2: i attached photos. don't pay attention to the fact there are (2) inlets. it's b/c where i installed these, it's a multi residence with 2 service panels, hence the 2 generators.

NOTE 3: since i had the panels open, i threw on whole house surge protectors. bought them from a slickdeal back in 2012 i think

NOTE 4: it's good practice to install run meters on these. installation simple the meter itself is only $5-6 on ebay or amazon. the run meter wire is what you see on the last pic of the 2 red generators, coming out from the front vent. you wrap it around spark plug wire


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I don't know anything about these things. Last winter we lost power over a weekend and had to drive 1.5 hours to parent's house. Will this power up everything in our house during a storm?
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Got a Tesla powerwall, don't need this anymore! 😊
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Is something like this ok for sump pumps?
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This 3400 watt or the Harbor Freight 3500 watt for $5 cheaper? I kind of like the dual fuel, but how long will it run on propane or gas? The Harbor Freight one does pretty good on gas that I heard. I haven't read anything on the Champion yet.
champion for sure

harbor freight has a 90 day warranty

and this is dual fuel. no brainer
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I don't know anything about these things. Last winter we lost power over a weekend and had to drive 1.5 hours to parent's house. Will this power up everything in our house during a storm?
Nope. But it can do a fridge and some other appliances. You'd want something much bigger with a transfer switch on your main circuit breaker to power the whole house.
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Not for indoor use
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I'm not one who believes from a value perspective that an more expensive inverter generator is worth the money. I've put a few thousand hours on regular gensets (RV'ing) and ran every type of electronics on it... Laptops, flat screens, desktop, DVD players, ac units, etc etc. Never once had a problem. Between my thr circle of people we RV with thats probably at least 20k of hours across dozens of gensets of running all the same things you would at home without an issue.

Every decent genset has over and under frequency/voltage cutout. In fact when I was researching inverters in general (not inveter generators) once of the issues was with square wave digital inverters it can mess with some electronics which is why you want a sine wave ideally. The way a regular genset works is essentially identical to how the power company.


For pure economy those 5kw duromax dual fuel for under 300 bucks seemed pretty hard to lose on. If it runs well for first 5 hours and you maintain it there is a decent chance it is going to last a long time with intermittent usage to more than make the price worth it.
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I own one, Got it for $800 less $80 in cash back, just to see it go back to $900 or $1000 after I got mine. Great unit. I use it for Makita chain saw. This is fantastic price!
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