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WEN 56360iX - 2900/3600W Inverter Generator

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Description

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In summary, the WEN 56360iX is a compact and lightweight 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
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

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 56360iX is powered by a 149 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 2,900W as well as a peak wattage of 3,600W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

With a noise rating of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 1.6 gallon allows the 56360iX to operate for around 5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.32 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 56360iX produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 3 DC outlets: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries and two 5V USB ports (USB-A) allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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

Portability

The WEN 56360iX is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L17.4 x W11.6 x H19.4 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the 56360iX weighs only 46.3 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight 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 56360iX

The 56360iX's control panel

Monitoring of the 56360iX's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the fuel level, voltage, lifetime run hours, frequency and power output and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is overloaded.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker), an automatic low oil shut-off and a low fuel automatic shutdown, letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN 56360iX also comes with several accessories, including: oil, funnel and tool kit.

Emissions

The WEN 56360iX is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The WEN 56360iX versus other generators

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

  • Weight-wise, the WEN 56360iX has only 46.3 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter inverter generators which produce 2500 to 3500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, with a dry weight of only 46 lbs.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this inverter generator with a lowest noise of 65 dBA can be judged as noisy. 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.
  • Autonomy-wise, with around 5 hours on a full tank at a 50% load, the 56360iX is on the low end when compared to other inverter generators of a similar power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Ryobi RYi4022X, reaching around 12 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank's capacity and thus, doesn't say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.32 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.22 GPH, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is a device you could look out for.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the WEN 56360iX 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
  • CO Watchdog
  • 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

Do you own the WEN 56360iX and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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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, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
Country of originChina
UPC044459763604

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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 56360iX 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
What can I use for a replacement spark plug for the Wen 3600W 56360ix? Thank you. (Asked August 15, 2023)

Spark plug should be Torch E6RTC or equivalent.

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    Just purchased a 56360ix generator. 2/1/2024 runs great and is well made. I was holding off on purchasing it because of the posted 65db sound level. Other comparable generators have lower sound levels listed as a bit lower. It is advertised as a “quiet” generator so I decided to give it a try. Glad I did.I am in construction and have had several generators over the years so I have heard how loud a few of them are. I decided to do a comparison with a Honda a EB3000C that I have. The Wen is definitely quieter in non eco mode and much quieter in eco mode.
    The Honda is listed as 65db (Generator Bible). I positioned my db meter far enough away from it to have it read 65db. I then shut it off and started the Wen. My results came back as 55db in eco mode and 60db with eco mode off which is more inline with comparable generators. As expected it is definitely not as quiet as a smaller Honda EU220i.
    Fuel consumption does appear to be about .32 gal/hr@50% and .16 gal/hr@25%

    + PROS:
    • Wen 56360ix - Quieter than posted specs! 60 / 55db
    - CONS:
    • Wish it came with a Neutral/Ground bonding plug to enable my surge protector to not pick up an open ground.
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