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WEN 56310i-RV Spec Review (Discontinued)

The WEN 56310i-RV is a quiet inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2800 W and a starting wattage of 3100 W.

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Description

Zoom on the WEN 56310i-RV

In summary, the WEN 56310i-RV is a quiet portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 56310i-RV in use

The WEN 56310i-RV

The WEN 56310i-RV houses a 212 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 2800W along with a peak wattage of 3100W. 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.

With a noise rating of 57 dBA (less noisy than a conversation at home), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.85 gallon allows the 56310i-RV to operate for around 7.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.25 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 56310i-RV produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.2% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy and two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L26.75 x W20 x H23 in), the WEN 56310i-RV, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

As the 56310i-RV's weight is only 81.4 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Moreover, its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56310i-RV

The 56310i-RV's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the generator is on overload 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.

Accessory-wise, along with the previously mentioned features, the WEN 56310i-RV is packaged with the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helping you start the device right away.

Emissions

The WEN 56310i-RV is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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

The WEN 56310i-RV versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56310i-RV compare to generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the WEN 56310i-RV has only 81.4 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Generac GP3300i, weighing just 59.5 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 57 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU3000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 50 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the 56310i-RV, reaching around 7.5 hours at a 50% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Predator 4375, reaching around 16 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. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.25 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen4200, with a fuel consumption of 0.17 GPH could be in your good books.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (81.4 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (57 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the WEN 56310i-RV and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2800 W
Starting watts3100 W
Running amps23.3 amps
Peak amps25.8 amps
Run time @50% load7.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
2x 5V USB port
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.85 gal
Fuel gaugeNo
Misc
Weight81.4 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.75 x 20 x 23 in
Noise (lower limit)57 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.

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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 56310i-RV 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total2092 W3092 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Pair of small speakers4545
Total2235 W2825 W
For workGrinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total1980 W3080 W

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