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WEN 56125i - 1000/1250W Inverter Generator

The WEN 56125i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,000 W and a starting wattage of 1,250 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the WEN 56125i
Latest updates:
  • $335.00 - April 19, 2024
  • $167.50 - April 19, 2024
  • $335.00 - April 14, 2024
  • $335.99 - December 3, 2023
  • $335.00 - November 15, 2023
  • $315.99 - November 1, 2023
  • $315.00 - October 28, 2023
  • $334.99 - September 22, 2023
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Since: June 23, 2023
  • Highest Price: $335.99 - December 3, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $167.50 - April 19, 2024

Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56125i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The WEN 56125i's engine, 60 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120V. It provides a running wattage of 1,000W and reaches a peak wattage of 1,250W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (WEN 56421 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

The inverter generator boasts with a low noise rating of 51 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb) which earned its spot in our 10 quietest portable generators. Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 0.69 gallon, the 56125i may run for around 5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH).

The 56125i generates a clean sine wave: providing <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Furthermore, it has 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Portability

As the WEN 56125i is an inverter generator, its encased design (L17 x W9 x H16.5 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a weight of only 31.6 lbs, the 56125i may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. In addition, a handle (molded in the case) lets you carry it easily and further increases its convenience.

Good to know: This unit ranks 6th in our list of the 10 smallest portable generators.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56125i

The 56125i's control panel

The light indicators show you if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the WEN 56125i also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The WEN 56125i 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

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The WEN 56125i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56125i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • As for its weight, the WEN 56125i weighs only 31.6 pounds, making it one of the lighter inverter generators in the 1000-2000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD16iSCO, with a dry weight of only 24 lbs.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 51 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar type and power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 48 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the 56125i falls into the low end in comparison with other inverters of a comparable power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen2200, reaching around 10 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This inverter generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.09 GPH, the Pulsar PGD16iSCO is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1000-2000W inverter generators, the WEN 56125i is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (31.6 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (51 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the WEN 56125i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine60 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,000 W
Starting watts1,250 W
Running amps8.3 amps
Peak amps10.4 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank0.69 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight31.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17 x 9 x 16.5 in
Noise (lower limit)51 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
UPC044459561255

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About WEN

WEN Products, founded by Nick Anton in 1951, is an American power tool manufacturer and distributor, which claims to have a part in the development of modern chainsaw, soldering devices and wet sharpeners, through its research in random orbital technology. The Illinois based company expanded its distribution network to include various power tools, such as presses, drills and of course, power generators. As a distributor, WEN’s portfolio largely consists of branded products of different manufacturers, imported from Asia.

Warranty Information

The WEN 56125i is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of WEN generators, please consult WEN's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total247 W1247 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Coffee maker600600
Total780 W1200 W
For workReciprocating saw730960
Total730 W960 W
How many kilowatts is this generator ? (Asked December 22, 2022)

The unit provides 1kW of running wattage and 1,25kW of starting wattage.

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