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Champion Featured in the Ottawa Citizen

December 8, 2015

Steve Maxwell
Link to original article published on December 8, 2015: http://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/house-works-three-keys-to-choosing-a-generator


The cost of standard electrical generators like this one is less than 30 per cent what it was 25 years ago. Lower cost and less reliable electrical supply mean more and more Canadians own generators. Robert Maxwell / Ottawa Citizen

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone” may be a line from an old Joni Mitchell song, but it also describes our relationship with electricity.

Heat, light, the ability to cook, compute, communicate and even enjoy flowing water is dependent in some way or another on electricity from the grid. This fact is being driven home where I live with more frequent power failures. I don’t know for sure if Canadians everywhere are having their faith in the grid shaken in the same way that’s happened to me, but something is going on. There are many more generator owners since I bought my first one in 1988, in part because of a huge drop in prices.

Considering a generator for your home? Start by thinking about three issues: size, portability and power quality.

Watts are the yardstick of power consumption in the electrical world, and watts are how generator sizes are rated. Add up the peak wattage of all the things you want to use during a power failure, add a 20-per-cent allowance for extra capacity, and that’s the size of generator you need. Sounds simple enough, but there are complications.


First of all, not all electrical items have wattage numbers stamped on them. Voltage and amperage numbers, however, must be shown by law on all electrical items, and that’s a good thing. Simply multiply voltage and amperage specs to get a wattage consumption figure. Without getting too complicated, most people find a 3,500-watt portable generator sufficient for bare-bones basic household needs — fridge, freezer, lights, household water pump, kettle (though not all at the same time and you’d need to go larger if you also want to run your furnace). A portable 7,000- to 9,000-watt model makes life during a power outage noticeably better.

Want complete power back up without having to haul a generator out of the garage? That’s where stationary home standby generators come in. You can power most things in a modern home with a stationary model putting out at least 12,500 watts. Units like these sit in an outdoor enclosure in your backyard and fire themselves up automatically when the power goes out.

Prices on stationary models have dropped a lot over the last 10 years. The cost of a 15,000-watt stationary model is now less than half what I spent on my 3,500-watt portable model 20-something years ago — you can figure on about $600 for a 3,000-watt model and $1,100 for a 6,500-watt model.

And while there’s no shortage of cheap generators on the market these days, many are too cheap to be reliable. One of the best combinations of low price and high quality I’ve seen so far is delivered by the Canadian arm of Champion generators (championpowerequipment.com; 877-338-0999). They’ve got a larger and more responsive service network than any other economically priced generator brand I’ve discovered.

Power quality isn’t an obvious issue when selecting a generator, but it should be. In fact, it’s crucial if your generator will be powering electronics, and that means just about all of us.

Although standard generators put out alternating current with the right voltage for the things in our lives, that doesn’t necessarily mean this power is “clean” enough for sensitive electronics. Computers, stereos, DVD players, TVs, appliances with electronic controls and even some cordless tool battery chargers need power that’s free from damaging surges and wonky wave patterns.

Generators that produce exceptionally clean power are called inverters, and though they do cost more than standard models, they offer another advantage. Inverters usually have a variable load feature that controls engine speed depending on the electrical load demanded. If you’re calling for only 10 per cent of the inverter’s capacity, engine speed will run just slightly more than an idle; at 50 per cent demand the motor will run half speed; full demand, full engine speed. This translates into quieter operation and greatly reduced fuel consumption.

Generators are better than ever, so it’s easy to like them. Choose one well and you might even find yourself looking forward to the next power failure.

Steve Maxwell uses his generator often during the frequent power failures at his home on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Read his regular blog at SteveMaxwell.ca

From Ottawa Citizen online, Dec 7, 2015

Grant Enfinger & No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Impala

October 10, 2015

Grant Enfinger & No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Impala

GMS Racing

Event: Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9
Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Venue: Kansas Speedway
Length: 100 laps, 150 miles
Time: 7:30 p.m. CDT on Fox Sports 1 Points
Position: 1st (+320)

Grant Enfinger
No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Impala
Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9 Event Preview – Kansas Speedway

Grant Enfinger Eyes Championship at Kansas Speedway

Champion Continues Partnership with GMS… GMS Racing officials are pleased to announce that longstanding partner Champion Power Equipment, a leading supplier of durable engine powered products, will be the primary sponsor of Grant Enfinger for the Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9 Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) race at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16. This will mark Champion’s first primary sponsorship in the motorsports realm.

This Week’s Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway… Enfinger will pilot chassis No.664 in this weekend’s 100-lap event. This GMS Racing-prepared chassis has been utilized five times this season, most recently at Kentucky Speedway where Enfinger finished fifth and visited Victory Lane with Spencer Gallagher behind the wheel at Kansas Speedway in 2014.

Kansas Speedway Statistics… The Fairhope, Ala., native has collected three top-five’s and three top-10 finishes with 28 laps led in six starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Enfinger has an average starting position of 13.5 and an average finishing position of 10.3.

Get to the Points… Heading into the ARCA Series season finale at Kansas Speedway, Enfinger holds first position with 4620 points; 320 points ahead of second place Josh Williams. Enfinger has won the manufacturer’s championship and will be running for the owner’s Championship. By starting the race in Kansas, Enfinger will capture his first ARCA Series Championship.

Meet Enfinger… On Wednesday, October 14 from 7-9 p.m. Enfinger will be signing autographs at Cabelas in Kansas City. On Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. CDT Enfinger is scheduled to takeover Kansas Speedway’s Twitter account, answering fans questions using #KSAskGrant. Also, Enfinger will be at the Team Chevy stage in the midway at 4:30 p.m. CDT

Catch the Action… The ARCA Racing Series wraps up the season Friday night, October 16 at Kansas Speedway for their 2015 season finale. Enfinger and his No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet team will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 PM CDT, and it can be seen LIVE on FOX Sports 1.

About Champion Power Equipment… Since 2003 Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. From our original headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California Champion has expanded its North American footprint to include facilities in Jackson Tennessee, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Toronto Canada. Today Champion’s product line has expanded to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters. With over 2.5 million generators sold in North America, Champion is a market leader in the power equipment field.

Social Media… Be sure to follow GMS Racing on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram @GMSRacingLLC, Grant Enfinger on Facebook and @GrantEnfinger on Twitter. For additional information on GMS Racing, visit www.GMSracing.net.

What are your thoughts heading into the Finale at Kansas Speedway?
“I am looking forward to the ARCA Series finale at Kansas Speedway this Friday. We are bringing the same car that Spencer won in at Kansas in 2014. I am confident that our team will come out strong and hopefully return to Victory Lane. I am excited to have a great partner on board for this weekend’s event, Champion Power Equipment. I want to thank everyone at GMS Racing, Champion Power Equipment, Allegiant Travel, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Chevrolet, Triple K Construction, WURTH U.S.A and Portable Shade for giving me the opportunity to race for the championship.”

 The No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Impala driven by Grant Enfinger (GMS Racing Photo)
Photo Caption: The No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Impala driven by Grant Enfinger (GMS Racing Photo)

ABOUT GMS RACING, LLC: GMS Racing LLC, competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with drivers Spencer Gallagher, Brandon Jones, and Grant Enfinger. Formerly based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, home of Allegiant Travel, GMS Racing is now housed in a state of the art 51,000-square-foot shop in Statesville, North Carolina.

Why Your Sine Is Important to Champion

March 21, 2015

Why Your Sine Is Important to ChampionThere’s a lot of confusion out there. True sine wave? Square Wave? Modified square wave? Do you really need a degree in quantum electrodynamics to buy a generator? Not really, but you might want to read our Sine Wave White Paper.

We take the mystery out of inverter technology and explain some key concepts to help our customers cut through the marketing and get to the facts.