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WEN DF400i vs 56380i - The Differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the WEN 56380i and the WEN DF400i.

But before checking out explanations regarding their power, portability, and features, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 generators:

WEN 56380iWEN DF400i
WEN 56380iWEN DF400i
  • Higher running watts
  • Quieter
  • Lighter
  • Dual fuel
  • Higher starting watts
  • Fuel shut off
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As the 56380i and the DF400i are both WEN generators, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail.

Power Comparison

The following charts are provided to show you at a glance how the main specs of the WEN 56380i compare to the WEN DF400i.

  • Fuel: The WEN DF400i is a dual fuel generator. Thus, it has the advantage of being able to run either on gasoline or propane, whereas the other generator only runs on gasoline.
  • Power: With a running wattage of 3400 W, the WEN 56380i will allow to power more appliances and tools than the 3200 running watts of the WEN DF400i. However, compared to the 3800 starting watts of the 56380i, the DF400i and its starting wattage of 4000 W will give more power to start the appliances which require an additional boost to get their motor running.
  • Runtime: At a 50% load, these 2 portable generators benefit from the same approximate runtime on a full tank. Therefore, regardless of the model, you'll be able to enjoy power availability for around 8.5 hours.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Keeping the aforementioned load in mind (i.e. 50%), these 2 generators will burn approximately 0.26 gallon of gasoline every hour. Inverter generators like these 2 are of the most fuel efficient (and quiet) type.
  • THD: Both generators offer a low THD (<1.2% for the WEN 56380i and <1.2% for the WEN DF400i) and are therefore perfectly suitable to safely power your sensitive electronic devices.
  • Noise: With 57 dBA, the noise emitted by the 56380i is slightly lower than the 58 dBA of the DF400i. While this difference could seem insignificant, the former should still be easier on your ears.

Portability Comparison

  • Bulkiness: As these two products share the same overall bulk, neither of them will really take up less storage space.
  • Weight: With a weight of 99.2 lbs, the 56380i is slightly less heavy than the DF400i (which weighs 100 lbs).
  • Portability: Both products benefit from a set of wheels, which greatly enhances their maneuverability. Both offer a folding handle, which improves your grip when you wish to move them around.

Feature Comparison

  • Starting System: Both devices can be started either via a pull-start mechanism or an electric starter.
  • Outlets: The 56380i and the DF400i both offer 3 AC outlets. None of them feature GFCI outlets. Both of them also feature a DC output. In addition, it is worth noting that they both only produce 120V. For more detailed information regarding all their respective receptacles, refer to the 56380i's and the DF400i's product pages.
  • Data Center & Fuel Gauge: Each of these 2 portable generators is equipped with a data center allowing you to conveniently monitor some aspects of the power output. Besides that, these 2 products are equipped with a fuel gauge allowing to see their fuel level at a glance. For the DF400i, this fuel gauge is digital and part of the data center.
  • Fuel Shut Off: The WEN DF400i benefits from a fuel shutoff feature, which turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the generator to use up the remaining fuel from the carburetor before automatically shutting down. This helps fight the build-up and blockages caused by stagnant fuel inside of the carburetor, minimizing maintenance while prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

TL;DR

WEN 56380iWEN DF400i
WEN 56380iWEN DF400i
  • Higher running watts
  • Quieter
  • Lighter
  • Dual fuel
  • Higher starting watts
  • Fuel shut off
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