We’re here with our Ultimate TopNotch Review of the Champion Generator 3400W 2020.
The TopNotch team chose this product along with 9 of the other top generators on the market and passed them through our comprehensive series of tests.
In reality, even though this isn’t among our Award WInners in this category, the generator has enough great features to deserve a detailed review.
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- Top features
- Noise levels
- Weight and portability
- Lots more…
If you’re looking for a portable generator that brings dependability and convenience to the table, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- Quiet performance
- Comes with inverter technology
- Operates on dual fuel
- Both recoil and electric start
- Easy to set up
- EPA and CARB compliant
- The weight is on the higher side
- The gas tank could have been larger
Our Verdict: Champion Generator 3400W
If you’re regularly camping or tailgating then carrying along a dependable source of power is a must.
As you may know, Champion is a reliable brand in the market with some top-class generators to offer.
Actually, the Champion 3400-watt inverter generator combines some of the best features of the Champion 3800 Watt Generator (one of our top picks) with inverter technology.
The result: A quiet and lightweight generator that’s perfect for outdoor trips and also for tackling outages.
Obviously, the dual-fuel capability makes it more flexible than the regular generators.
On top of that, you get features like an RV outlet, push-button start, and Cold Start Technology.
However, the Champion Generator (3400W) is a bit more expensive than its older sibling and the weight to power ratio is on the lower side.
But on the whole, it’s a handy package that can hold its own really well if you overlook some minor downsides.
So the question is, how did it perform under our standard metrics?
It’s time to find out.
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Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
To tell you the truth, when we chose the top 10 products we were a bit hesitant to pick two products from the same manufacturer – Champion.
But then we realized that the Champion 3400 dual fuel generator has some distinct features that can appeal to a different audience.
For example, while its power output is less, it performs better on noise suppression.
We tested the Champion 3400 generator in the RV and also on the campsite during our multi-day testing phase.
The thing is, RV owners will love the fact that it’s ready to use out of the box and has a compact footprint.
What else did we find?
First of all, noise is a big no-no for us – anywhere really.
We prefer generators that are seen and not heard.
The Champion dual fuel inverter generator is supposed to run at 59 dBA from a distance of 23 feet.
At our campsite, we placed it around 30 feet away from the group and kept the load at 50%.
All we could hear was a quiet purr – well below 60 dBA.
Noise Output Rating
The noise increased as the load went higher but it never became annoying.
Then again, when we shifted to the economy mode, the noise levels went down closer to 60 dBA.
At the end of the day, the Champion dual fuel inverter generator is a great choice while camping around people or in a National Park where there may be sound restrictions.
On the whole, the Champion Generator (3400W) keeps the noise within acceptable limits even while delivering a peak of 3400 Watts.
However, it didn’t get a standing ovation (figuratively speaking) from us like the Honda EU2200i, the top performer in this metric.
If you don’t want to compromise on power output, the Honda EU3000iS, the TopNotch Top Pick, is also a very quiet performer.
When it comes to power output, the Champion 3400 inverter generator pushes out 3400 starting watts and 3100 running watts.
Let me tell you, those numbers are good enough to run almost everything in your RV.
The specs say the generator can run for 7.5 hours at 25% load.
As usual, we tested it to check whether those figures live up to the hype.
Power Output Rating
With the 1.6-gallon tank totally full, we used it to run the AC, the 20 inch TV, a microwave, and a few LED lights in the RV.
With the varying load, it lasted for slightly more than 5 hours.
And you know what?
You can easily connect it with a larger propane tank to get more running time out of it.
Moreover, with the large surge power, you’ll have no problem starting up appliances that need more juice.
Want even more power?
You can connect two of these units with an easy to use parallel kit.
That’s sufficient power to run 15,000 BTU of RV air conditioners at once.
With all these great features, the generator stood just below the Champion 3800 Watt generator in this metric.
Ease Of Use
Without a doubt, Champion deserves our credit for designing a product that pretty much anyone can operate easily.
First and foremost, the ability to use gasoline and propane makes it a very flexible choice.
The TopNotch team loved the push-button electric start.
It works like a charm.
In addition, the recoil start option is also there as a backup.
Ease Of Use Rating
Moreover, the Cold Start technology ensures that low temperatures don’t interfere with the starting process.
Is the product EPA certified and CARB compliant?
On top of that, there’s an automatic low oil shut-off.
Next, the centralized control panel is also easy to use and has light indicators to help users.
What about the outlets?
Our experience with this generator was faultless.
In fact, we preferred it over the Champion 3800 Watt generator.
As a result, it tops our chart.
The point is, in order to reduce the overall weight, the Champion 3400-watt dual fuel has the minimum amount of metal in it.
That makes it lighter, but the robust vibe we got from the Champion 3800 Watt Generator is missing.
Well, some you win, some you lose.
But don’t get me wrong here.
It’s not going to fall apart easily.
In fact, during our tests, the generator had no issues handling a few knocks and bumps.
On the other hand, the 4-stroke 192cc Champion engine is a true workhorse that’ll run for years.
Here’s something else we loved…
…the rubber covers attached to the outlets that make it perfect for outdoor use.
All the outlets are ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected for better safety.
Quite simply, a great feature which will save you from accidental electric shocks.
Let’s not forget the Champion Generator (3400W) comes with a three-year warranty and lifelong technical support.
Weight & Portability
The simple truth is, the Champion 3400 isn’t a lightweight option.
With a dry weight of 81 pounds, this isn’t a generator you’ll be moving around easily.
Thankfully, it comes with wheels to help you to pull it around.
But, that’s not the whole story.
Champion 3800 Watt generatorTo drag the generator smoothly, you need to hold it at an odd angle. Handling can be a bit uncomfortable.
With a length of 22.4 inches and the width coming to 17.3 inches, the Champion 3400 isn’t the most compact model either.
But to be fair, the dimensions are on par with most other generators of the same capacity.
The end result is, under this metric, the generator scored the same as the Champion 3800 Watt generator.
And that’s not so good at all.
Unfortunately, none of the generators that deliver high power output scored well for portability.
If you need a lightweight model, the WEN 56125i generator is definitely your best bet.
None of the brands packed as wide a range of accessories with their generators as Champion.
This really makes the 3400w inverter generator stand out – even from the Award Winners like the Honda EU3000iS.
So what do you get with this generator?
Let’s check it out.
You get an oil funnel, a battery charging cable, and a 2.3-foot long propane hose.
Don’t forget the USB adapter I’ve already mentioned.
There’s also a battery that runs the ignition switch.
As you can see, you have almost everything, (with the exception of oil), to start running the generator right out of the box.
A final word…
…even at a lower price, the Champion 3800 Watt generator packs more in terms of accessories, occupying the top spot here.
Our Final Verdict: Champion Generator 3400W
Conclusion: Champion Generator (3400W)
So, let’s sum up.
Basically, the Champion 3400 generator balances a large power output with quiet performance.
I have to admit, this quiet runner took us by surprise with its silent performance.
It’s loaded with features to make it user-friendly and safe.
To top it off, there’s the dual-fuel engine – super practical.
Finally, you get the economy mode and one-touch power start mechanism (which we love).
Also, it comes with inverter technology that the cheaper, more powerful Champion 3800 Watt Generator lacks.
All in all, while it’s not exactly a chart-topper, the generator is a very capable all-rounder that makes a great choice for RV owners.
The moral of the story?
In case our top choices, the Honda EU3000iS and the Champion 3800 Watt generator are beyond your budget, our Champion dual fuel generator is a great option to check out.
So you now know everything there is to know about the Champion Generator (3400W).
Now, it’s down to you to make your choice.