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WEN 56225i - 1800/2250W Inverter Generator

The WEN 56225i is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1,800 W and a starting wattage of 2,250 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56225i is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • Amateur DIY lovers

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

Power & Run Time

The WEN 56225i's design includes a gasoline-fueled 79.7 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 1,800W and also a peak wattage of 2,250W. In addition, as it is parallel capable (WEN 56421 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be doubled when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

With a noise rating of 53 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home), the inverter generator features a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism.

Featuring a 1 gallon fuel tank, the 56225i guarantees continuous power for up to 9.4 hours on a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.11 GPH).

The 56225i 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 following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L18 x W11.5 x H18.2 in), the WEN 56225i not only offers superior aesthetics but also operates with reduced noise levels compared to a typical, open frame generator. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

With its weight totaling only 48.5 lbs, the 56225i stands out as a lightweight generator. With its manageable weight, one person can easily move it around, ensuring power wherever needed. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56225i

The 56225i's control panel

Some light indicators allow you to instantly see if its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56225i 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 point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and a low fuel automatic shutdown, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the WEN 56225i's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

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The WEN 56225i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56225i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 48.5 pounds, the WEN 56225i finds itself in the expected weight range for inverter generators able to produce between 1500 and 2500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM2000i, with a dry weight of just 34.2 pounds.
  • The inverter generator's noise output, rated at 53 dBA, falls within the average range expected for devices in its type and power range. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Honda EU2200i is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 48 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • The 56225i's runtime of up to 9.4 hours at a 25% load on a full tank positions it within the average autonomy range compared to other inverter generators with similar power. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the DuroMax XP2300iH, boasting with up to 13 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. The inverter generator burns fuel at a rate of around 0.11 GPH when running at a 25% load, which is consistent with the average fuel usage of models of comparable power output. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the DuroMax XP2300iH, with a fuel consumption of 0.08 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W inverter generators, the WEN 56225i 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (48.5 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (53 dBA)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center

Do you own the WEN 56225i 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
Engine79.7 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts1,800 W
Starting watts2,250 W
Running amps15 amps
Peak amps18.8 amps
Run time @50% load6 h
Run time @25% load9.4 h
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 tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight48.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)18 x 11.5 x 18.2 in
Noise (lower limit)53 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
UPC044459562252

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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 56225i 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Laptop150150
Total1242 W2242 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total1435 W2025 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total1340 W1340 W
Does the 2250w mod 56225i require a ground rod? (Asked July 13, 2020)

To maximize safety, generators should always be grounded.

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