Remember last year during that power outage when you were forced to eat pint after pint of ice cream because you didn't want it to go to waste? You fleetingly thought about getting a portable generator, but allowed the expense and effort to deter you as soon as the lights came back on. Well, chances are, that black out will not be a one-off occurrence and you should really plan ahead.
We've all heard how climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of storms. With hurricane season fast approaching, followed by likely snowstorms, a generator for backup power is not just a good idea, it's a must. While usually a steep investment, this top-rated model is on sale for just $399 at Walmart, significantly less than we've seen it anywhere else on the web.
Hundreds of perfect reviews about this power source grace Champion Power Equipment's site, from homeowners to RV campers to guys on the job — it keeps the power going when you really need it. The reliable single-cylinder Champion engine produces 4375 starting watts and 3500 running watts, and will provide the juice you need for up to 14 hours at 50% load when the 4.7-gallon tank of gasoline is full.
Most valuable is the hundreds you'll save from not throwing out the entire contents of your refrigerator. Beyond that, you can keep the lights on and not miss that episode of the Bachelor you've been looking forward to all week. Got a camper? This baby will start and run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner with ease.
Cold Start Technology ensures a quick start even in chilly temps, while the clever remote control ensures you don't have to blindly trudge through the snow in your bunny slippers because you can't see where those gosh darn boots are in order to start it up.
With a noise level of 68 dBA from 23 feet, it's no louder than a vacuum cleaner. A Volt Guard built-in surge protector prevents overloads and keeps your equipment safe from spikes in voltage. Cover protected outlets include a 120V 30A RV outlet as well as a 120V 30A locking outlet and two 120V 20A household outlets.
The unit has a low oil shut-off sensor and holds 0.5-quarts of oil (they recommend 10W-30) while allowing you to easily monitor voltage, frequency and operating hours.
Says an avid user, "We use this generator too often with the severe storms we get in our area. It's been a lifesaver and so easy to start, maintain and use. Definitely a deal for the price and work it does, this was the best buy of the decade for me. Recommend to everyone."
Another fan raves, "I bought the Champion generator over a year ago for my travel trailer. I have used it multiple times at my hunting lease, it keeps the refrigerator/freezer running cold, the air conditioning, microwave and TV working without a hitch. The gas consumption is better than I thought it would be. The generator is easy to maintain and the noise level is quieter than expected. You cannot go wrong with this unit."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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