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Old 10-05-2015, 10:35 PM   #11
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Well I went with the Champion 3100i. Got it shipped to the house for $625. Plugged it in and it ran my 13.5k a/c and fridge without an issue. I turned the microwave on and it ran all 3 but the overload light came on so I shutoff the microwave. Plenty quiet and not too bad on the size either. It even ran the fridge and a/c on the economy mode without throwing the overload light. As of now, only 10 mins of use, it seems like a good unit.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:31 AM   #12
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Well I went with the Champion 3100i. Got it shipped to the house for $625. Plugged it in and it ran my 13.5k a/c and fridge without an issue. I turned the microwave on and it ran all 3 but the overload light came on so I shutoff the microwave. Plenty quiet and not too bad on the size either. It even ran the fridge and a/c on the economy mode without throwing the overload light. As of now, only 10 mins of use, it seems like a good unit.
I have the same generator and have experienced the same results as you. It does a great job.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:41 AM   #13
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Might want to check with the Generator manufacture about adding a 2nd muffler. This causes more backpressure than the emgine was designed for, I have seen this tried and both times the engine on the unit has failed. Went back to the manufacture and they would not cover it as the exhaust had been modified and the extra muffler was the cause of the problem.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:58 AM   #14
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One of the selling features in this type of generator is the quietness. If the manufacturer could have changed/added a muffler to reduce the noise level without impacting performance or reliability they would have. Changing the exhaust on an internal combustion engine also requires a change in the intake and fuel side (jets).
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Why would i add a second muffler? This thing is really quiet as is
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:16 AM   #16
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The Champion 3500/4000 is a construction generator and the Champion 3100i is an inverter generator that is quieter. The 3500/4000 runs at full throttle and the 3100i runs at variable speeds according to loads. Most inverters do run quieter is why they cost more.
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I tried a Champion 3100 and it would not fire up the 13.5 AC unit. Tried a Yamaha 3000 and a pair of Honda 2000 and both ran the AC w/o issue.
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I tried a Champion 3100 and it would not fire up the 13.5 AC unit. Tried a Yamaha 3000 and a pair of Honda 2000 and both ran the AC w/o issue.
3100I or 3100. there is a big difference.
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3100I or 3100. there is a big difference.
Never heard of a 3100I, but it was a 3100 inverter generator. The only difference I'm aware of in the 3100 inverters from Champion is a Pull start model and an electric/remote start model.
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3100I or 3100. there is a big difference.
Champion only makes one 3100 watt generator and it's an inverter generator.
They don't make a non-inverter open frame 3100w generator.
So having to put an "i" after the 3100 number isn't necessary.

Champion doesn't put an "i" after the 3100. They put a w after the 3100.
The only place Champion puts an "i" in, is in their 75531i model number.
Check their website.
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