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WEN 56235iX - Spec Breakdown

The WEN 56235iX is a quiet, compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 1900 W and a starting wattage of 2350 W.

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  • $481.93 - May 14, 2022
  • $502.00 - May 13, 2022
  • $477.99 - January 21, 2022
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Since: January 21, 2022
  • Highest Price: $502.00 - May 13, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $477.99 - January 21, 2022

Description

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The WEN 56235iX is the newer version of the popular 56235i. It's 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, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The WEN 56235iX in use

The WEN 56235iX

The WEN 56235iX houses a 79 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 1900W along with a peak wattage of 2350W. In addition, the device is parallel capable (WEN 56421 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 a refrigerator) which secured it a place in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators, the inverter generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the 56235iX can operate for up to 10.5 hours (fuel consumption around 0.1 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.1 gallon.

The 56235iX produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <1.2% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient and a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L17.3 x W11.5 x H17.7 in), the WEN 56235iX, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

With a weight of only 39 lbs, the 56235iX may be viewed as a lightweight and portable generator. The generator can be moved with ease by only one person and so it can be enjoyed on-the-go. It can also be carried without effort with a featured handle (molded in the case), further improving its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56235iX

The 56235iX's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56235iX 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 of the carburetor, minimizing maintenance while prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features a low fuel automatic shutdown, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

The unit also benefits from WEN's CO Watchdog carbon monoxide detection. This system measures the accumulation of poisonous CO gas while the generator is running. If the level of CO gas gets too high, the CO Watchdog system will automatically shut down the generator. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN 56235iX also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and funnel.

Emissions

The WEN 56235iX is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The WEN 56235iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56235iX compare to generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the WEN 56235iX only weighs in at 39 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 1500-2500 rated wattage range. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM2000i, standing at just 34.2 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. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The 56235iX, offering a run time of up to 10.5 hours with a full tank at a 25% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Yamaha EF2800i, as it provides up to 14.7 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.1 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Energizer eZV2200P, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1500-2500W generators, the WEN 56235iX 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
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (39 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (51 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the WEN 56235iX and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine79 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts1900 W
Starting watts2350 W
Running amps15.8 amps
Peak amps19.6 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% load10.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
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, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel and tool kit
Warranty2 years
UPC044459562313

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 56235iX 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Total1500 W2200 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total1515 W2105 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Total1510 W1510 W

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