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Westinghouse R4400DF Spec Review

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The Westinghouse R4400DF is an open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 3600 W and a starting wattage of 4400 W.

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Description

Life is an adventure. Be prepared with the convenient dual fuel R4400DF Electric Start Portable Generator created by Rainier. Why not be ready with a reliable power source when you're needing it the most? From emergency backup use to camping and tailgating, this is the perfect choice as your go-to power supply for open gatherings, outdoor activities, and home use alike. For all that life brings you, the R4400DF will keep you connected whether you’re staying in or venturing out. (source: Westinghouse)

Zoom on the Westinghouse R4400DF

In a nutshell, the Westinghouse R4400DF is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse R4400DF in use

The Westinghouse R4400DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse R4400DF delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3600W and a peak wattage of 4400W. When propane-powered, it has 3300 rated watts and 4000 peak watts.

At a noise rating of 69 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

The running time of the R4400DF, with its 4 gallons fuel capacity, can reach up to 18 hours on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.22 GPH). With propane, it can reach up to 11 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.43 GPH).

The R4400DF is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its relatively high THD (<23%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

This Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The design of the Westinghouse R4400DF is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L23.5 x W23 x H21 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 113 pounds. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (⌀8") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse R4400DF

The R4400DF's control panel

To help you monitor the R4400DF's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Besides the usual set of documentation and user manual to get you promptly started, Westinghouse also included a propane hose in the R4400DF's packaging.

Emissions

The Westinghouse R4400DF is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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Video of the Westinghouse R4400DF

The Westinghouse R4400DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse R4400DF compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 113 lbs, the Westinghouse R4400DF belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • This generator, with its lowest possible noise rated at 69 dBA falls into the more noisy category, compared to other devise of a similar running wattage. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500 with only 52 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 18 hours at 25% load, the R4400DF has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.22 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.14 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Dual Fuel
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (113 lbs)
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • On the noisy side (69 dBA)

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc Rainier OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
GasolinePropane
Running watts3600 W3300 W
Starting watts4400 W4000 W
Running amps30 amps27.5 amps
Peaks amps36.7 amps33.3 amps
Run time @50% load13.5 hN/A
Run time @25% load18 h11 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes

Misc

Weight113 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)23.5 x 23 x 21 in
Noise (lower limit)69 dBA
THD< 23%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedPropane hose
Warranty3 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Westinghouse

The US based Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment is a legacy subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, founded in 1886. While the company has been acquired and merged into the American CBS, the Westinghouse name remains as the brand name for many of their electrical solutions, which stretch across the scale from power plants to portable generators – which are the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse. Lawn equipment, such as trimmers and blowers, is also sold under the Westinghouse brand name. All of their products are designed in the US. However, several sources report that they are in many cases manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Westinghouse R4400DF is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Westinghouse generators, please consult Westinghouse's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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