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WEN 56360i - 2900/3600W Inverter Generator

The WEN 56360i is a compact and lightweight inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,900 W and a starting wattage of 3,600 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In summary, the WEN 56360i is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Amateur DIY lovers
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

With a 149 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the WEN 56360i operates on gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 2,900W and a starting wattage of 3,600W. Furthermore, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) offers the advantage of doubling power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, delivering expanded energy capacity and flexibility for various applications.

With a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a normal conversation), the inverter generator's ignition is facilitated by a manual recoil starter system.

With a fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon, the 56360i can run for around 5 hours at 50% load when the tank is full (fuel consumption is approximately 0.32 gallons per hour).

The 56360i ensures a clean sine wave output, boasting <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) to protect your sensitive electronics when connected to its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle offering a convenient battery charging option and two 5V USB ports (USB-A) providing convenient charging capabilities for mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

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

Portability

The WEN 56360i's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L17.4 x W11.6 x H19.4 in) provides an aesthetic advantage and contributes to quieter operation compared to any ordinary, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

The 56360i's weight, at just 46.3 lbs, makes it an ideal choice for those seeking 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. This convenience is further enhanced by its handle (molded in the case), which allows for easy carrying.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56360i

The 56360i's control panel

Featuring a digital data center on its control panel, the 56360i offers you convenient access to essential information about the lifetime run hours, power output, fuel level, voltage and frequency, facilitating effective monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, light indicators on the device will notify you if the generator is ready, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is on overload.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56360i 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.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts a low fuel automatic shutdown, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the WEN 56360i is bundled with additional accessories: tool kit, oil and funnel.

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The WEN 56360i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56360i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the WEN 56360i has only 46.3 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter inverter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • When stacked up against other devices of similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest possible noise rating of 65 dBA places it in the louder category. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • In terms of autonomy, the 56360i offers around 5 hours at a 50% load, placing it at the lower range within its type and power range. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Ryobi RYi4022X could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 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. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel-efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.32 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.22 GPH.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: WEN 56360i vs WEN 56360iX.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the WEN 56360i 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
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (46.3 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine149 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts2,900 W
Starting watts3,600 W
Running amps24.2 amps
Peak amps30 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.6 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight46.3 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.4 x 11.6 x 19.4 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
Country of originChina
UPC044459563600

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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 56360i is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Printer600600
Cell phone charger2020
Total2312 W3312 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2315 W2905 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total2210 W3310 W

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