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WEN 56480iX - 4000/4800W Inverter Generator With Electric Start

The WEN 56480iX is a compact inverter generator with a rated wattage of 4,000 W and a starting wattage of 4,800 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the WEN 56480iX
Latest updates:
  • $656.40 - April 16, 2024
  • $657.72 - January 28, 2024
  • $659.04 - December 26, 2023
  • $734.02 - November 1, 2023
  • $720.99 - October 1, 2023
  • $699.99 - August 14, 2023
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Since: August 14, 2023
  • Highest Price: $734.02 - November 1, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $656.40 - April 16, 2024

Description

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In summary, the WEN 56480iX is a compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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

Running on gasoline, the WEN 56480iX operates with a 224 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120V, with a running wattage of 4,000W and a peak wattage of 4,800W. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

Featuring a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), the inverter generator is equipped with both a conventional pull-start mechanism and a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included) for starting.

With a full tank, the 56480iX can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.27 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 1.9 gallon.

The 56480iX 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 features the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 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) ensuring convenient charging of devices like mobile phones and tablets, for connectivity on the go.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready, making it ideal for powering recreational vehicles.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L23.8 x W12.6 x H22.1 in), the WEN 56480iX not only offers superior aesthetics but also operates with reduced noise levels compared to a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

The 77 lbs of the 56480iX'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 telecospic handle.

Features

Panel of the WEN 56480iX

The 56480iX's control panel

Enhancing monitoring capabilities, the 56480iX features a digital data center within its control panel, furnishing essential details on the fuel level, lifetime run hours, frequency, power output and voltage for tracking activity and status.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicators will illuminate to indicate if the generator is on overload, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the 56480iX 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 a low fuel automatic shutdown, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the WEN 56480iX's box includes the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which will help you start your generator promptly.

The WEN 56480iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56480iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Considering its weight, the WEN 56480iX registers at a modest 77 pounds, placing it among the lighter inverter generators in the 3500 to 4500 rated wattage selection. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC, with a dry weight of only 58.4 lbs.
  • At 62 dBA, this inverter generator's noise rating is in line with the expected average for devices within its type and power category. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Westinghouse iGen4500DF. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • In terms of autonomy, the 56480iX offers around 7 hours at a 50% load, placing it at the lower range within its type and power range. If runtime is a priority for you, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing around 15 hours of continuous use.
  • 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.27 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel-efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.23 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W inverter generators, the WEN 56480iX 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
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (77 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (62 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts4,000 W
Starting watts4,800 W
Running amps33.3 amps
Peak amps40 amps
Run time @50% load7 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x 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 tank1.9 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight77 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.8 x 12.6 x 22.1 in
Noise (lower limit)62 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedBattery
Country of originChina
UPC044459564805

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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 56480iX 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 homeDish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total3192 W4692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Mixer200200
Total3190 W3780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Drain cleaner250250
Total2050 W4750 W
What is the oil reservoir capacity of this unit so I don’t over fill? (Asked February 01, 2024)

Engine oil capacity is 20.3 fl. oz.

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