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WEN 56125i Spec Review

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The WEN 56125i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1000 W and a starting wattage of 1250 W.

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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
  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go

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 1000W and reaches a peak wattage of 1250W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (WEN 56421 Parallel kit not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

The inverter generator is rated for a noise of 51 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home). Its starting mechanism is based on a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The 56125i can operate for around 5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.14 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 0.69 gallon.

As the 56125i produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.2% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), sensitive electronics may be plugged in the AC outlets safely.

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

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 charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

The WEN 56125i is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L17 x W9 x H16.5 in. Thus, it is more esthetical than conventional, open frame products. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

With the 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. It can also be carried without effort with a featured handle (molded in the case), further improving its convenience.

Features

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The 56125i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the WEN 56125i is packaged with the standard documentation and a user manual, helping you start the device 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.

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 generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the WEN 56125i only weighs in at 31.6 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i, with a dry weight of only 20.3 lbs.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 51 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar power. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Honda EU1000i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 42 dBA.
  • Autonomy-wise, with 5 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the 56125i is on the low end when compared to other generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Pulsar PG2000, reaching 12 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 has an average fuel consumption among comparably powerful devices, as it reaches 0.14 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Ryobi RYi1000. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.08 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the WEN 56125i is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (31.6 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (51 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

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Where to buy the WEN 56125i?

You can easily buy your WEN generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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  • $328.66 - August 8, 2019
  • $331.09 - August 7, 2019
  • $319.09 - July 17, 2019
  • $320.04 - July 15, 2019
  • $320.99 - June 16, 2019
  • $321.94 - June 9, 2019
  • $322.59 - June 2, 2019
  • $310.59 - May 20, 2019
Since: May 20, 2019
  • Highest Price: $331.09 - August 7, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $310.59 - May 20, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine60 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1000 W
Starting watts1250 W
Running amps8.3 amps
Peaks amps10.4 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, output ready and overload
Fuel tank0.69 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight31.6 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)17 x 9 x 16.5 in
Noise (lower limit)51 dBA
THD< 1.2%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty2 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 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

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