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WEN 56400iX - 3200/4000W Inverter Generator With Electric Start

The WEN 56400iX is a quiet and compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3,200 W and a starting wattage of 4,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56400iX is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

With a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the WEN 56400iX operates on gasoline, providing 120V, with a running wattage of 3,200W and a starting wattage of 4,000W. Furthermore, its parallel capability (GNA50i parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) allows power output to increase when connected to another similar or compatible unit, ensuring expanded energy capacity and reliability for various applications.

With a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a refrigerator), the inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a user-friendly and hassle-free electric starter (battery included).

With its 2.2 gallons fuel tank, the 56400iX can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load when fully fueled (with fuel usage averaging around 0.26 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the 56400iX 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

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

Featuring a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready, designed specifically for use with recreational vehicles.

Portability

The WEN 56400iX is an inverter generator and features an encased design with the following dimensions: L23.2 x W18 x H20.1 in. This design enhances aesthetics and helps minimize noise levels, distinguishing it from conventional, open frame products. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

With a dry weight of 99.2 lbs, the 56400iX can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Additionally, its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle will allow for simple relovation of the generator once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56400iX

The 56400iX's control panel

Featuring a digital data center on its control panel, the 56400iX offers you convenient access to essential information about the frequency, power output, lifetime run hours, voltage and fuel level, facilitating effective monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56400iX 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.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the WEN 56400iX also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel and tool kit. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The WEN 56400iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56400iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • At a weight of 99.2 pounds, the WEN 56400iX places in the expected weight range of the inverter generators in the 2500-3500 rated wattage range. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • This inverter generator offers a rated noise level of 58 dBA, placing it among the quieter alternatives in its type and power category. If you wish to prioritize minimal noise, the Honda EU3000iS stands out as one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, with a rating of 50 dBA.
  • With around 8.5 hours of runtime at a 50% load on a full tank, the 56400iX is in line with the average autonomy range for inverter generators of comparable power. 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.
  • 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. Among devices of similar power, this inverter generator has one of the better fuel efficiency, with consumption rates of around 0.26 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. To prioritize fuel savings, we advise considering the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which stands out for its gasoline efficiency, consuming just 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 56400iX 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (58 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (99.2 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts3,200 W
Starting watts4,000 W
Running amps26.7 amps
Peak amps33.3 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 outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
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)58 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and battery
UPC044459056409

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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 56400iX 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Freezer8101750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2557 W3557 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Radiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2545 W3135 W
For workGrinder14002500
Belt sander11502400
Total2550 W3800 W

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