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Extremely quiet operation is comparable to the sound of a normal conversation according to the US Department of Health and Human Services
EPA III and CARB Compliant 79.7 cc 4-stroke OHV engine produces 2000 surge watts and 1600 rated watts
Great for campgrounds, construction sites, tailgates and power outages
Produces clean power to safely operate and prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smart phones, tablets, televisions and computers
Includes two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle and one 5V USB port
Remember when you had clean and quiet portable power? The WEN 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator produces clean energy free of voltage spikes and drops without making all of the noise of a regular generator. Generate 2000 surge watts and 1600 rated watts of power. Our 79.7 cc 4-stroke OHV engine operates at an extremely quiet 51 decibels at quarter load, quieter than a window air conditioner or the average conversation. This limits its invasiveness while hunting, camping, tailgating and restoring back-up power. Designed to mirror a pure sine wave, this generator limits total harmonic distortion to under 0.3 percent at no load and under 1.2 percent at full load, making it safe enough to run laptops, cellphones, monitors, tablets and other vulnerable electronics. The lightweight design makes for easy portability while the ultra-efficient one-gallon tank provides over 6 hours of half-load run time.
This fully-packed panel comes equipped with two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle and one 5V USB port. Maximize fuel economy by engaging the WEN 2000 Watt Inverter Generator’s Eco-Mode Throttle. This feature allows the generator’s motor to automatically adjust its fuel consumption as items are plugged and unplugged from the panel, preventing the usage of unnecessary gasoline. Need more energy? Easily link up two generators using a WEN 56421 Parallel Connection Kit (sold separately) in order to share wattage amongst multiple units. Low-oil and low-fuel automatic shutdown with indication lights along with overload protection safeguard both your generator and your electronics from damage. And because this is a WEN Product, your inverter generator comes backed by a 2-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly customer helpline. Remember when your generator powered your electronics safely and quietly? Remember WEN.
|Product Dimensions||18 x 11 x 18 inches|
|Item Weight||48 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||54.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||56200i|
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January 13, 2016
I’ve received it and have run it a couple of days and really like it. First of all it’s very attractive. Inside it seems to have nearly the quality level of the Yamaha although there are differences. The engine is the same design but it has a dipstick whereas the Yamaha only has a plug. The spark plugs use different size wrenches. The inverter on the Yamaha is cased but the circuit board components are open on the WEN. One thing I like about the Yamaha that’s missing on the WEN is the little door that allows you to access the oil fill hole without removing the entire side cover.
I oiled it and gassed it and then pulled the starter rope a couple of times slowly. Then I pulled twice and it started. I ran it through several short cycles with varying load and then cooldown to break it in. Then I ran it side by side with the Yamaha testing it with the same loads. I believe the Yamaha is marginally quieter but not by much. When on autothrotte the Yamaha responds to load faster whereas the WEN would blink it’s overload lamp for a few seconds while catching up to a 1,500 watt load from idle. But really there seems to be very little difference in the performance or noise levels of the two units. Also the WEN is a couple of pounds heavier.
Update 04/01/2017 – A couple of years ago I gave away my Onan generator in my class C motorhome and replaced it with more batteries, a charger/inverter, and solar panels. I boondock always and never hook up. I don’t want to start a generator every time I want to use the microwave or make a pot of coffee. I carry the WEN56200 in the coach for when solar isn’t enough and I’m not driving enough to charge the battery bank from the vehicle generator. I fire up the WEN and run it at 90% load (I’ve added a tachometer) for a couple of hours. I never carry extra gas for it as I’ve never come back from a camping trip where I had used half of it’s tank. After a year, the WEN still works great and starts right up every time. My Yamaha EF2000is has been gathering dust in my shop.
I ran it several hours yesterday powering a 40 amp battery charger charging the two 12 volt batteries on my big truck. It purred away on 1/4 throttle and you could hardly hear it from 50 feet away.
I just received the WEN parallel kit and spent yesterday parallel testing the WEN56200i with my Yamaha EF2000is. Both gensets paralleled with no problems. They shared the load well with almost identical RPMS. Both gensets held a nice steady 60cps standalone or paired. The max that I could load the paralleled gensets was 3,000 watts before the overload light came on the WEN. The Yamaha is just a bit stronger. See the attached picture. Ran them with two 1,500 watt heater at various settings as well as my air compressor. The little known secret is that any brand inverter generator that is parallel capable can be paralleled with any other brand. Honda, Yamaha, WEN, Smarter Tools, Etc.
June 8, 2017
One feature I really like is the economy mode. This mode is engaged via rocker switch and allows the generator to adjust fuel consumption as loads are connected and disconnected. This setting gives you much longer run time with smaller loads and was sufficient – running one generator only – to keep the RV’s house battery topped off while the battery ran the RV’s blower motor. After a full night’s sleep, the 56200i’s fuel gauge hovered around the half-way mark.
Starting the generators was a non-issue. More often than not, they started on the second pull of the recoil cord. 3 and 4 pulls were sometimes necessary if the generators were cold.
With the gas cap vent in the ‘off’ position, the generators transported without spillage. When I forgot to close the vent and hoist the generator into my truck with the vent open, however, gas spilled and I had to scramble for some towels to clean up the mess. So now I have a label on each generator to remind me to close the vents before moving them.
One complaint I have about these generators is the height. As 2kw generators go, the 56200i is pretty tall. Almost two inches taller, in fact, than the Yamaha EF2000iS and approximately 2.5 inches taller than the Honda EU2000i. In its original box, with the top three inches of that box cut away, I can just barely slide my truck’s Roll-N-Lock tonneau cover closed. I consider this a bit too tall for this type of generator, but it’s a small sacrifice given the price point.
The generator weighs a little over 48 lbs empty and about 57 lbs when filled with fuel and oil. I had no trouble carrying one in each hand.
Fueling is a bit of a challenge, especially if you want to do it without spillage. I went about it by first filling a 1-gallon spring water jug from my 5-gallon gas can and then using the spring water jug to fill the generator, via the included (and very small) funnel. This gave me a bit more control over my pour, since pouring directly from a 5-gallon, ~40-pound gas can is a bit fatiguing. Of course, filling a 1-gallon jug from a 5-gallon gas can is also fatiguing, but it also doesn’t result in me spilling gasoline all over the generator if I get shaky. I see a small fuel pump in my future.
As recommended, I changed the oil early on â after our first outing, to be exact. The “old” oil seemed very clean, but oil is cheap and generators are not, so I cried in my beer at the thought of discarding 3 cups of new-ish oil and moved on. Changing the oil isn’t difficult. Removing three small bolts frees the side cover and gets you access to the oil plug/dip stick, which is plastic and easily removed. You tip the generator over, catch the oil however you can (I used a saw horse and some clamped-in-place plywood platforms to support generator and oil pan), then refill it with the included plastic tube and funnel. The funnel has a little hook that you can attach to a wire to suspend the funnel during filling. I pre-measured the .37 quarts (about 12 ounces) of oil into a container and then used that container to pour the oil into the funnel. Using this method, I did not have to worry about overfilling. A flat plastic shelf under the oil check/fill port catches any drips and keeps them out of the generator cabinet.
One issue that has been raised in others’ reviews and questions concerns the matter of the WEN 56200i’s suitability (and legality) for use in national parks and forests. Specifically, the question is whether or not it has a USDA-approved spark arrestor. This is important, because if you burn down a forest and you are found to have been using a generator without an approved spark arrestor, a blackened forest won’t be the only consequence.
The good news is that I can tell you, unequivocally, that the unit IS equipped with a USDA-approved spark arrestor.
This spark arrestor is known to the USDA as a “Chongqing Rato Power Manufacturing Corporation RP-23 screen type spark arrester”.
I know this because I wrote to the United States Forest Service and they supplied me with the approval letter they sent to the manufacturer. For those who care, I have attached the letter.
But in short, clamped to the muffler’s exhaust port is a cylindrical screened cap. Behind that, inside the muffler exhaust port, is a conical spark arrestor. I have attached photos of those things as well.
And with that, I conclude my review of the WEN 56200i 2kw portable inverter generator. Happy camping!