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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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  • $582.98 - February 21, 2024
  • $584.15 - January 14, 2024
  • $585.32 - December 13, 2023
  • $586.49 - December 7, 2023
  • $587.67 - November 17, 2023
  • $588.85 - October 31, 2023
  • $590.03 - October 17, 2023
  • $591.21 - October 4, 2023
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Since: June 4, 2023
  • Highest Price: $612.08 - July 18, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $582.98 - February 21, 2024

Description

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In summary, the WEN DF250iX is a quiet, compact and lightweight portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience
  • 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, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the WEN DF250iX delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 2,250W and a peak wattage of 2,500W. When propane-powered, it has 1,800 rated watts and 2,000 peak watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

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 rainfall), this inverter generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

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

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the DF250iX generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Portability

The WEN DF250iX is an inverter generator and has an encased design of the following dimensions: L19 x W11.5 x H18.2 in. Thus, it is more aesthetical than conventional, open frame products. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.

Labeled a lightweight portable generator, the DF250iX weighs just 48.5 lbs. The device can be easily moved by just one person and thus, its power may be enjoyed on-the-go. Its handle (molded in the case) allows you to carry it easily, further enhancing its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF250iX

The DF250iX's control panel

Several light indicators serve to show you when the generator is ready, the oil level is too low and the generator is on overload.

The inverter generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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.

As for its security measures, the device features a low fuel automatic shutdown, an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the WEN DF250iX, the following accessories are also included: funnel, tool kit and propane hose.

Emissions

The WEN DF250iX 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Genmax GM2000i with only 34.2 pounds.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. 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.
  • Given that the DF250iX reaches an autonomy of around 6 hours with a full tank and at 50% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful inverter generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen2200, reaching around 10 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. Compared to its peers, this inverter generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.2 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Westinghouse iGen2200, with a fuel consumption of 0.11 GPH could be in your good books.

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%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
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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