Champion Power Equipment 46539 Review

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Compact in size, the Champion Power Equipment 46539 is an ideal portable generator for your RV or campsite. Complete with a remote control and battery operated starter, you can start this generator remotely from within the house. It provides a peak output of 4000 watts and a continuous wattage of 3500 watts. This is sufficient power to run a sump pump, refrigerator, TV and a few lights and also to power 2 to 3 power tools. It uses a 196cc OHV engine protected in a cast iron sleeve that can operate at 50 percent load for up to 12 hours. This portable design uses 8 inch wheels and provides three basic outlets in the form of 120V Duplex, 120V TwistLock and RV Receptacle. This generator provides a low oil sensor, overload protection and volt, hertz, operating hour information. It comes with a 2 year consumer warranty.

Affordable ergonomic noiseless design uses battery powered remote starter, high efficiency, dependable performance and decent output.
Portability is an issue, fuel tank could have been designed better, lacks 240 volt receptacles.

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Our Opinion:

I got the Champion Power Equipment 46539 right around our annual road trip weekend and so it was a perfect chance to try this baby out on the road. First off, we don’t own a RV so probably can’t say much as to how well this generator performs with an RV scenario. However, we did operate a few things on it at around 50 percent load for several hours over a period of 8 days without suffering through major problems.

To start with, the handle, front feet and wheels are packaged separately so you have to install those on the generator. Thankfully, directions are simple to follow and installation shouldn’t take long. You also get a 10W-30 oil can free and a funnel, so everything is thought out by the manufacturers for first time usage. Once I filled up the tank, added the oil and checked everything, I started it with the remote switch and it fired almost immediately (read on second try). This leads me to believe that this generator is perfectly timed, well made and designed for ease of use. Now my first observation was that it maintained a steady 120 Volt but there are no 240 volt receptacles, so that was a bummer for me. On the first day, right before our road trip, we powered up our refrigerator and a few lights for well over 10 hours on a full tank, so yeah its fuel efficient as well.

On our road trip a few things came to light. To start with the 120 Volt regular outlets don’t provide 3500 Watts rather its around 2900 watts. To get the maximum output you have to use the RV or 30 Amp left most receptacles. As far as noise levels go, it is silent for its size. You obviously can’t stand right next to the generator but a few feet away and it sounds alright. Coming to the portability, the wheels and handle work fine although dragging it along is a bit of a pain as you can’t take long steps.

The standout feature for me was the remote start. This remote control let’s you start the generator from distance and does everything on its own. It will provide time for the engine to stabilize before switching power and it beats going outside in the dark or cold fumbling with cords and switches any day. As for nagging issues, the only thing I can think of is that the gas tank is hard to fill up as the opening is too small. Try filling it too fast and you will inevitably spill some on the floor.


  • CARB Compliant
  • 1 x 120Volt L5-30R, 1 x TT-30R, z x 120Volt 5-20R outlets.
  • 196cc OHV engine with maximum rated output of 4000 Watt and running wattage of 3500 watt.
  • Operates at 12 hours on 50 percent load with a full 3.8 gallon gas tank.
  • Battery powered electric remote controlled start.

The Conclusion:
Totally dependable, the Champion Power Equipment 46539 is a wireless portable generator that is affordable and technologically advanced. It maintains a steady 120 Volt output and provides 3 different receptacles for powering large household items and an entire RV. This is a generator that will satisfy even the most finicky of consumers.

Running watts 3,500
Starting watts 4,000
Engine HP/cc 196cc OHV Engine
Starting method Remote Electric Start
Low oil shutdown YES
Fuel tank size (gallons) 3.8 Gallon
Run time at 50% Load 12 Hours
Outlets 1 x 120Volt L5-30R, 1 x TT-30R, z x 120Volt 5-20R AC
Handle style Front Bar
Wheel type 8″ Solid No-flat wheels
Warranty 2 Years

4 Responses to “Champion Power Equipment 46539 Review”

  1. ralph Indigo says:

    I am really getting chagrinned to find that it is almost impossible to find an American made portable generator any more. I am sorry, but the cost savings of buying a Chinese product is very much offset by the lack of durability. I would rather pay twice as much for a product that will last ten times as long.
    I have been trying to find a replacement for my 2400 watt Generac that I have had for more than 20 years. I am just looking for something with a little more power and a bigger gas tank. Unfortunately, every thing I see nowadays seems to be made in China and are only expected to last a few years. Even Generac now makes their gens in China. Since mine is so old, it was still made in Wisconsin, and it has been a solid machine for well over 20 years.

    • ralph Indigo says:

      Another point. It seems that virtually all the positive reviews for these generators are from people who just recently purchased them. I would like to see a review from someone who had the product for a few years.

  2. Ricky cozby says:

    My only issue is when it gets hot it will not restart until it compley cools off unless I put gas into the carb I hope to find the cause of this otherwise its a good gen had it for two years and use it two weekends Evert month it run my whole rv including the ac

  3. JStriber says:

    Model C46540. I purchased mine in 2007 and it just now failed this past weekend. The gas motor still runs great but the generator head burned up. I had used it mainly for providing power to my camper and occasionally for running power tools at remote sites. This past weekend I had run for about an hour then all of a sudden I lost power to my camper. Thank goodness the camper also has battery power. When I got outside I found smoke pouring from the generator head and the nasty smell of burning wires. Overall I would say it was an excellent generator for the money. Always started on the first pull (no remote start on my model). Wheel kit and handle are a joke. Very hard to move it around. Finally bought a 4 wheel dolly to pull it around. My best guesstimate is that it had roughly 500 – 550 hours on it.

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