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WEN DF1100T - 8300/11000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

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Description

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In summary, the WEN DF1100T is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The WEN DF1100T in use

The WEN DF1100T

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the WEN DF1100T delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 8,300W and a peak wattage of 11,000W. When propane-powered, it has 7,500 rated watts and 9,500 peak watts.

This generator features a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism, but also a hassle-free and practical electric starter (battery included).

Regarding its running time, the DF1100T, with a 6.6 gallons fuel tank, can operate for around 8.5 hours at 50% load with a full gasoline tank (with fuel consumption estimated at around 0.78 gallons per hour). It also offers around 3 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.57 GPH) of operation when using propane.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the DF1100T is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<15%).

Outlets

The control panel features 6 AC outlets as follows:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Additionally, it offers 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A receptacle offering a convenient battery charging option.

For RV owners with a 50-amp service, this WEN unit is RV-ready, boasting a 14-50R outlet.

Portability

Measuring L27.3 x W20.6 x H21.9 in, the classic open frame construction of the WEN DF1100T provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

While technically classified as 'portable' due to its ability to be moved, the 213.8 lbs of this generator make manual lifting and transportation incredibly difficult. Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF1100T

The DF1100T's control panel

Integrated into the control center of the DF1100T are a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, facilitating the monitoring of its status and activity.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the generator is furnished with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during operation.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN DF1100T also comes with several accessories, including: oil and propane hose. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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The WEN DF1100T versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF1100T compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 7500 and 8500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 213.8 lbs, the WEN DF1100T belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel devices which can produce between 7500 and 8500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Cummins Onan P9500df with only 194 pounds.
  • The DF1100T's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the Firman H07553 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 a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. This generator is somewhat less fuel-efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.78 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Cummins Onan P9500df, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.6 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7500-8500W dual fuel generators, the WEN DF1100T 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (213.8 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the WEN DF1100T and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc WEN OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts8,300 W7,500 W
Starting watts11,000 W9,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)69.2/34.6 amps62.5/31.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)91.7/45.8 amps79.2/39.6 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h3 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight213.8 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.3 x 20.6 x 21.9 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 15%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Other model numbersDF1100
UPC044459411017

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.

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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 DF1100T 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 generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Pair of small speakers4545
Total6637 W8137 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Blender400850
Bug zapper8080
Total6620 W7210 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total6390 W10890 W
Can i buy anything to reduce the noise level? (Asked September 04, 2020)

We do not recommend any sort of modification. However, you may consider an enclosure (such as a ZombieBox (opens in a new tab)).

What gauge wire do I need to connect to house panel 10 feet away? (Asked February 16, 2021)

Page 23 of the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) contains a wire gauge chart.

Does it charge its own battery or do I need to attach a battery maintainer? (Asked March 18, 2021)

The unit charges the battery while running.

Do you need the battery in generator in order to use the recoil starter cord. (Asked March 31, 2021)

When using gasoline to run the generator, the battery must be connected whether using electric or recoil start. When using LPG, battery does not need to be connected for recoil start.

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WEN DF1100T
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    Bradley Zefkeles March 30, 2022 at 6:06 pm
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    High price, no actual warranty coverage, manufacturer claims the units carburetor is not a part of the machine. My WEN 11,000 Dual Fuel broke itself after 18 hours. They will not pay the $400 it cost to fix. If you need a generator please do yourself and your wallet a huge favor – buy anything other than a WEN generator. This company is running a warranty scam and its customer service staff does not tell the truth when there is a problem.

    + PROS:
    • The WEN generator worked fine for 18 hours over 6 months
    - CONS:
    • At 18 hours the carburetor broke. WEN refused to cover it under warranty claiming the part is not considered a piece of the machine. This manufacturer is running a warranty scam. Buy any other brand just not a WEN
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  2. 5
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    Have had it for 2 years now. It has gotten me through all my days with no power in the winters and summers here in CA. Have gotten better runtimes at the 4000ft elevation than they say I should get. Powers everything that I need other than my pellet stove. Kids are happy I can keep tv and internet up and running. Wife is happy fridge, freezer, and chest freezer all stay cold. In all it probably runs for bout 20 to 30 days a year with no power (PG&E SUCKS). Oil consumption is low.

    + PROS:
    • Better run times than stated.
    • Oil consumption is low.
    • Duel fuel.
    • Electric start.
    • Customer service is great.
    - CONS:
    • Won’t power fans properly on pellet stove, need inverter generator for that.
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  3. 5
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    Love it!

    + PROS:
    • Dual fuel
    - CONS:
    • N/a
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