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WEN DF250iX - 2250/2500W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

The WEN DF250iX is a quiet, compact and lightweight dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,250 W and a starting wattage of 2,500 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $582.12 - June 26, 2024
  • $580.96 - June 24, 2024
  • $582.12 - June 23, 2024
  • $580.96 - June 10, 2024
  • $582.12 - May 9, 2024
  • $581.81 - April 28, 2024
  • $582.98 - February 21, 2024
  • $584.15 - January 14, 2024
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Since: July 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $612.08 - July 18, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $580.96 - June 10, 2024

Description

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To sum up, the WEN DF250iX is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

Delivering 120V, the WEN DF250iX is enhanced by dual-fuel technology, providing power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 2,250W and a starting wattage of 2,500W. Alternatively, when propane-powered, it delivers 1,800 running watts and 2,000 starting watts. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit not included) enables doubling of power output when paired with another similar or compatible unit, providing increased energy capacity and versatility for a wide range of needs.

WEN’s Auto Fuel Selection technology automatically selects the fuel source (LPG or gasoline) depending on availability and prioritizes LPG. Thus, if a propane tank with enough LPG is connected, the generator will automatically use LPG. If no propane tank is connected, or if there is not enough LPG remaining in the tank, the generator will use gasoline.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism.

Regarding its running time, the DF250iX, with a 1.2 gallon fuel capacity, can operate for around 6 hours at 50% load with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.2 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 17 hours (estimation based on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.28 GPH).

Featuring a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the DF250iX delivers a clean sine wave, guaranteeing the safety of your sensitive electronics plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it offers 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) perfect for conveniently charging mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

Portability

The WEN DF250iX's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L19 x W11.5 x H18.2 in) provides an aesthetic advantage and contributes to quieter operation compared to any ordinary, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Considered a lightweight portable generator, the DF250iX weighs just 48.5 lbs. The product’s power can be enjoyed on-the-go, as it can be moved by a single person without trouble. The inclusion of a handle (molded in the case) makes carrying it a breeze, adding to its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF250iX

The DF250iX's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is ready and the generator is overloaded.

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

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the DF250iX 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 standpoint, the generator is furnished with a low fuel automatic shutdown, an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), 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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the WEN DF250iX also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, tool kit and propane hose.

The WEN DF250iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF250iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 1500 and 2500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 48.5 lbs, the WEN DF250iX belongs in the expected weight range for inverter generators which produce 1500 to 2500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM2000i, standing at just 34.2 lbs.
  • With a noise rating as low as 52 dBA, this inverter generator is among the quieter options available in its type and power range. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU2200i. With just 48 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • At a 50% load, the DF250iX's around 6 hours of runtime on a full tank fall within the average autonomy range for similarly powerful inverter generators. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen2200, as it provides around 10 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. This inverter generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.2 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 Westinghouse iGen2200, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.11 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 1500-2500W dual fuel inverter generators, the WEN DF250iX 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Auto Fuel Selection technology
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (48.5 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine80 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts2,250 W1,800 W
Starting watts2,500 W2,000 W
Running amps18.8 amps15 amps
Peak amps20.8 amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load6 h17 h *
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight48.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19 x 11.5 x 18.2 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and propane hose
UPC044459525004

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.
* Propane runtime is our own estimation, based on a 20 lbs tank and NIST 1994 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) formula: 5.66 lbs of propane = 1 gal of gasoline.

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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 DF250iX 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Slow cooker270270
Cell phone charger2020
Total1790 W1790 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Coffee maker600600
Total1790 W2380 W
For workDemolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Total1760 W1760 W

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