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WEN DF360iX - 2900/3600W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

The WEN DF360iX is a compact and lightweight dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 2,900 W and a starting wattage of 3,600 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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To sum up, the WEN DF360iX is a compact and lightweight portable inverter generator tailored for:

  • Handcrafting enthusiasts who wish to work on-the-go
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the WEN DF360iX delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 2,900W and a peak wattage of 3,600W. When propane-powered, it has 2,600 rated watts and 3,500 peak watts. Moreover, the parallel capability (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) 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.

Operating with a noise level of 65 dBA (just slightly more noisy than background music), the inverter generator starts up via a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism.

In terms of its run time capability, the DF360iX, furnished with a 1.53 gallon fuel tank, can maintain operations for around 5 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.31 gallons per hour). It also provides around 14 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.34 GPH) of operation with propane.

The DF360iX generates a clean sine wave: providing <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Moreover, it presents 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently and a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which charging your batteries is made easy.

Featuring a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready, designed specifically for use with recreational vehicles.

Portability

The WEN DF360iX's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L17.9 x W11.7 x H19.7 in) provides an aesthetic advantage and contributes to quieter operation compared to any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Considered a lightweight portable generator, the DF360iX weighs just 49.6 lbs. Thanks to its lightweight design, one person can easily move it around, ensuring power availability wherever you travel. It can also be carried without effort with a featured handle (molded in the case), further improving its convenience.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF360iX

The DF360iX's control panel

One of the many DF360iX's features is the digital data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the frequency, fuel level, power output, lifetime run hours and voltage and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, light indicators on the device will notify you if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and the oil level is too low.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the DF360iX 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.

Regarding security, the generator comes with an overload protection (circuit breaker), an automatic low oil shut-off and a low fuel automatic shutdown, providing 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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the WEN DF360iX, the following accessories are also included: tool kit, propane hose, oil and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The WEN DF360iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF360iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 2500 and 3500 W).

  • In terms of its weight, the WEN DF360iX weighs merely 49.6 pounds, earning it a spot among the lighter inverter generators within the 2500 to 3500 rated wattage category. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • When comparing it to devices with a similar running wattage, this inverter generator's lowest noise level of 65 dBA puts it alongside the noisier units. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU3000iS. With just 50 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • The DF360iX's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its type and power range, as it reaches only around 5 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the Ryobi RYi4022X shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 12 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. As this inverter generator uses an estimated 0.31 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, it finds itself in the average gasoline consumption range of similar products. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Pulsar PGD40iSCO. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.22 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Parallel capable
  • Auto Fuel Selection technology
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight (49.6 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the noisy side (65 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine149 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts2,900 W2,600 W
Starting watts3,600 W3,500 W
Running amps24.2 amps21.7 amps
Peak amps30 amps29.2 amps
Run time @50% load5 h14 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank1.53 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight49.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)17.9 x 11.7 x 19.7 in
Noise (lower limit)65 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceEPA, ANSI/PGMA G300-2018
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and propane hose
Country of originVietnam

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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 DF360iX is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total2092 W3592 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2315 W2905 W
For workGrinder14002500
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total2210 W3310 W

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