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WEN 56105 Spec Review

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The WEN 56105 is a compact and lightweight portable generator with a rated wattage of 900 W and a starting wattage of 1000 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN 56105 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

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 parameters.

Power & Run Time

The WEN 56105's core is the 63 cc WEN 2-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 900W and a peak wattage of 1000W.

The generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It is rated for a noise of 95 dBA (just slightly more noisy than ).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 1 gallon, the 56105 can operate for around 5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.2 GPH).

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel features the following AC outlet:

120V 20A (5-20R) receptacle

Portability

The WEN 56105's characteristic compact and encased design (L15 x W12 x H14.5 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the 56105 weighs only 39 lbs, it can be labeled as a portable lightweight generator. A single person should not have any problems moving it around and thus, enjoy power availability on-the-go. A handle allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

From a security standpoint, the product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Along with the aforementioned features, from an accessory standpoint, the WEN 56105's box includes the typical documentation and a user manual, which will help you start your generator promptly.

Emissions

The WEN 56105 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The WEN 56105 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN 56105 compare to generators of similar power (between 500 and 1500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the WEN 56105 only weighs in at 39 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 500-1500 rated wattage range. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Sportsman GEN1000i with only 20.3 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 95 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU1000i, whose lowest noise levels reach just 42 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing 5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the 56105 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Pulsar PG2000, which is able to run for 12 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.2 GPH at a 50% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Ryobi RYi1000, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.08 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 500-1500W generators, the WEN 56105 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
  • Lightweight (39 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Only 1 AC outlet
  • Gas/oil mix required (2-cycle engine)
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (95 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Where to buy the WEN 56105?

You can easily buy your WEN generator online. You will benefit from a convenient delivery and avoid carrying the heavy package yourself. Here are a few reliable online sellers:
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Price history for the WEN 56105
Latest updates:
  • $156.95 - September 19, 2019
  • $148.05 - September 10, 2019
  • $138.05 - August 27, 2019
  • $128.05 - August 18, 2019
  • $118.05 - June 25, 2019
  • $121.84 - June 18, 2019
  • $125.87 - June 17, 2019
  • $130.03 - June 15, 2019
Since: May 19, 2019
  • Highest Price: $156.95 - September 19, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $118.05 - June 25, 2019

Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine63 cc WEN 2-stroke
Starting systemRecoil

Power

VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts900 W
Starting watts1000 W
Running amps7.5 amps
Peaks amps8.3 amps
Run time @50% load5 h
Run time @25% loadN/A

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationNo
AC outlets1x 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank1 gal
Fuel gaugeNo

Misc

Weight39 lbs
Dimensions (L x W x H)15 x 12 x 14.5 in
Noise (lower limit)95 dBA
THDN/A
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityOverload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedNo
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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 56105 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

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