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WEN 56380i - 3400/3800W Inverter Generator With Electric Start

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Description

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In short, the WEN 56380i is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • 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 buffs looking to enhance their experience

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

The WEN 56380i in use

The WEN 56380i

Featuring a 212 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke engine, the WEN 56380i operates using gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 3,400W and a starting wattage of 3,800W. Furthermore, its parallel capability (WEN 56421 Parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) allows for increasing of power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

The inverter generator features a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism and also an intuitive and practical electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 57 dBA (less noisy than a refrigerator).

The 56380i's fuel tank holds 2.2 gallons, ensuring uninterrupted operation for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption approximately 0.26 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 56380i produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 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 offering a convenient battery charging option and two 5V USB ports ideal for charging various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The inclusion of a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer') makes this WEN generator RV Ready, ideal for providing power to recreational vehicles.

Portability

With its enclosed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W18 x H20.1 in), the WEN 56380i offers superior aesthetics and operates with minimized noise levels, distinguishing itself from standard, open frame generators. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The 99.2 lbs of the 56380i's dry weight enables you to use it anywhere you will ever need. Furthermore, once placed on the floor, simple displacement is possible thanks to its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56380i

The 56380i's control panel

One of the many 56380i's features is the digital data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the voltage, fuel level, lifetime run hours, power output and frequency and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the generator's light indicators provide visual feedback when the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, providing peace of mind during operation.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the WEN 56380i also comes with some accessories: funnel and tool kit are included. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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The WEN 56380i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56380i compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 99.2 lbs, the WEN 56380i belongs in the expected weight range for inverters which can produce between 2500 and 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.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 57 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering similar power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU3000iS with only 50 dBA.
  • The 56380i, falls within the average autonomy range compared to inverter generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 8.5 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. 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.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. Among generators of similar power, this inverter generator stands out with a better fuel efficiency than most, with consumption rates around 0.26 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.22 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 2500-3500W inverter generators, the WEN 56380i 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
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (57 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (99.2 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

Do you own the WEN 56380i 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
Engine212 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,400 W
Starting watts3,800 W
Running amps28.3 amps
Peak amps31.7 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 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 centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.2 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight99.2 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 18 x 20.1 in
Noise (lower limit)57 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery
Country of originChina
UPC044459563808

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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 56380i 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Radio100100
Cell phone charger2020
Total2712 W3712 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Cell phone charger2020
Total2710 W3300 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Total2660 W3760 W
Does this have an oil change reminder (Asked October 04, 2020)

The digital multimeter has a maintenance reminder that triggers every 50 hours. Oil level should be checked on a daily basis, and every 8 hours. Oil should be replaced every 25 hours, or as necessary.

Can the 3800 watt and 2350 watt be used in the rain. ?? Just bought both. Thanks (Asked March 24, 2021)

No generator can be used in the rain. We recommend reading our article on operation in bad weather.

What is the country of origin? (Asked April 14, 2023)

The unit is manufactured in China.

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  1. 4.75
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    440 hours on the generator so far and no problems. Starts instantly every time, even at 5° below 0F. I installed an altitude jet kit because I live at 4000′ which improved fuel economy. Not loud but not as quiet as a Honda or Predator.

    + PROS:
    • Price
    • Performance
    • Fold out handle and wheels are great.
    - CONS:
    • Sound level.
    • Display can't be seen in daylight.
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  2. 4.75
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    This unit has a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.
    My generator arrived within the week.

    + PROS:
    • 2-year warranty
    - CONS:
    • Small fuel supply tank.
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