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WEN DF1200X - 9500/12000W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The WEN DF1200X is a powerful open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 9,500 W and a starting wattage of 12,000 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,089.26 - February 24, 2024
  • $1,087.94 - February 12, 2024
  • $1,043.48 - January 16, 2024
  • $1,116.81 - January 10, 2024
  • $1,124.92 - November 26, 2023
  • $1,088.48 - November 19, 2023
  • $1,043.48 - October 29, 2023
  • $1,045.57 - October 17, 2023
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Since: July 11, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,130.81 - August 2, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $1,043.48 - October 29, 2023

Description

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In a few words, the WEN DF1200X is a powerful portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • Prudent homeowners who want a backup power source in case of a power outage
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the WEN DF1200X delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 9,500W and a peak wattage of 12,000W. When propane-powered, it has 9,000 rated watts and 11,000 peak watts.

This generator features a manual recoil starter system and also an easy-to-use and reliable electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 8.2 gallons, the DF1200X can operate for around 7.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 1.09 GPH), or for around 4.3 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 1.09 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Moreover, it comes equipped with 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle providing easy battery charging capabilities.

If you own an RV with a 50-amp service, you can consider this WEN unit as RV-ready, as it features a 14-50R outlet. In addition, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the DF1200X is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Portability

With dimensions of L29.1 x W28.4 x H25.5 in, the traditional open frame design of the WEN DF1200X ensures stability while allowing easy maintenance access to components and promoting effective air cooling. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Even at 211.6 lbs, the generator is categorized as 'portable,' suggesting its movability, although its weight impede its portability. However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF1200X

The DF1200X's control panel

Integrated into the control center of the DF1200X are a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data, facilitating the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, when the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicator.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a 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.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN DF1200X also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit, propane hose, oil and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The WEN DF1200X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF1200X compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • With a dry weight of 211.6 pounds, the WEN DF1200X finds itself in the expected weight range for dual fuel generators able to produce between 9000 and 10000 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 187.4 pounds.
  • In terms of its autonomy, the DF1200X can operate for around 7.5 hours at a 50% load, placing it within the lower bracket among generators of similar type and power range. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc, which is able to run for around 12 hours.
  • While run time matters, it's heavily influenced by the fuel tank's capacity. Hence, it's important to consider fuel efficiency alongside. In fact, this generator is not one of the most fuel-efficient options in the aforementioned wattage range: its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 1.09 GPH. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.66 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W dual fuel generators, the WEN DF1200X 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
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • Electric start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (211.6 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the WEN DF1200X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine500 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts9,500 W9,000 W
Starting watts12,000 W11,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps75/37.5 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps91.7/45.8 amps
Run time @50% load7.5 h4.3 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank8.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight211.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29.1 x 28.4 x 25.5 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
UPC044459120001

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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 DF1200X 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
Bug zapper8080
Total7340 W11840 W

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