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WEN 56203i - 1700/2000W Inverter Generator

The WEN 56203i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,700 W and a starting wattage of 2,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

Remember when you had clean and quiet portable power? The WEN 2,000-Watt Inverter Generator provides clean energy, free of voltage spikes and drops, without all the noise of a regular generator. Produce up to 2000 surge watts and 1700 rated watts of power. Our 78cc 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 camping, hunting, tailgating, and restoring backup power. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the WEN 56203i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

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

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The WEN 56203i in use

The WEN 56203i

Running on gasoline, the WEN 56203i operates with a 79 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120V, with a running wattage of 1,700W and a peak wattage of 2,000W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (WEN Parallel Connection Kit (opens in a new tab) not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

Enjoying a really low noise rating of 51 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall) which secured it a place in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators, the inverter generator is started via a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 1 gallon, the 56203i can run for up to 10.8 hours when the tank is full (fuel consumption is approximately 0.09 gallons per hour).

With a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the 56203i delivers a clean sine wave—essential for safeguarding your delicate electronics when plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease and two 5V USB ports designed for hassle-free charging of various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, ensuring uninterrupted usage.

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L17.3 x W11.5 x H17.7 in), the WEN 56203i offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

With its weight totaling only 39 lbs, the 56203i stands out as a lightweight generator. A single person should have no trouble moving it around, ensuring power availability on the go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56203i

The 56203i's control panel

When the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

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

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56203i 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 the carburetor, minimizing maintenance while prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

From a security standpoint, the generator is furnished with a low fuel automatic shutdown, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during operation.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the WEN 56203i, the following accessories are also included: tool kit and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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The WEN 56203i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56203i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the WEN 56203i stands at only 39 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter inverters of the 1500-2500 rated wattage category Weight-conscious users may find the Genmax GM2000i appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 34.2 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 51 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar type and power. If noise is a concern for you, you could consider the Honda EU2200i, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, rated at 48 dBA.
  • In terms of run time, the 56203i surpasses similarly powerful inverters, boasting one of the higher run times at up to 10.8 hours. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, as it provides up to 13 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. Among generators of similar power, this inverter generator stands out with a better fuel efficiency than most, with consumption rates around 0.09 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the DuroMax XP2300iH, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.08 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the WEN 56203i 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (39 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (51 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center

Do you own the WEN 56203i 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
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1,700 W
Starting watts2,000 W
Running amps14.2 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% load10.8 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight39 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.3 x 11.5 x 17.7 in
Noise (lower limit)51 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
UPC044459562047

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.

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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 56203i 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
LED TV150150
Total1340 W1930 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
What oil is recommended? (Asked September 02, 2022)

Between 0°F and 40 °F, SAE 10W-30 is recommended. Over 40°F, SAE 30W should be used. Alternatively, for general, all-temperature use, you can use synthetic SAE 5W-30.

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