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WEN DF452iX - 3500/4500W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Remote Start

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  • $843.37 - August 4, 2023
  • $863.14 - June 29, 2023
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Since: June 29, 2023
  • Highest Price: $863.14 - June 29, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $843.37 - August 4, 2023

Description

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In summary, the WEN DF452iX is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile WEN DF452iX provides an output of 120V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 3,500W along with a peak wattage of 4,500W. While propane-powered, it provides 3,150 rated watts and 4,500 starting watts. In addition, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), this power can be increased when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

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.

Featuring a noise rating of 58 dBA (less noisy than a conversation at home), the inverter generator is equipped with both a manual recoil starter system and a user-friendly and efficient electric starter (battery included) for starting. To add further convenience, the DF452iX can be remotely started (key fob included).

In terms of run time, the DF452iX, boasting a 2.2 gallons fuel tank, can run for around 8.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.26 gallons per hour). Additionally, it provides around 9 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.52 GPH) of operation with propane.

With a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the DF452iX delivers a clean sine wave—essential for safeguarding your delicate electronics when plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it offers 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle enabling simple battery charging for added ease. With the unit, you will also find a dual port USB adapter, allowing for the convenient charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets using the DC receptacle.

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

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L23.2 x W18 x H20.1 in), the WEN DF452iX not only offers superior aesthetics but also operates with reduced noise levels compared to a typical, open frame generator. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

Even at 100 lbs, the generator is categorized as 'portable,' suggesting its movability, although its weight impede its portability. Nevertheless, thanks to its set of 2 wheels and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF452iX

The DF452iX's control panel

Featuring a digital data center on its control panel, the DF452iX offers you convenient access to essential information about the frequency, power output, lifetime run hours, voltage and fuel level, facilitating effective monitoring of its activity and status.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the oil level is too low, the generator is ready and the generator is on overload.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the DF452iX 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.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an automatic low oil shut-off, an overload protection (circuit breaker) and a low fuel automatic shutdown, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

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.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the WEN DF452iX ships with supplementary accessories: funnel, key fob, dual port USB adapter, tool kit and natural gas hose with NPT adapter. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The WEN DF452iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF452iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3000 and 4000 W).

  • With a dry weight of 100 lbs, the WEN DF452iX falls within the expected weight range for inverter generators in the 3000 to 4000 rated wattage. If you are mindful of weight, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 46 pounds.
  • With a noise rating as low as 58 dBA, this inverter generator is among the quieter options available in its type and power range. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 52 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • The DF452iX, falls within the average autonomy range compared to inverter generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of around 8.5 hours at a 50% load and a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, reaching around 15 hours.
  • While run time matters, it's heavily influenced by the fuel tank's capacity. Hence, it's important to consider fuel efficiency alongside. This inverter generator can be considered as fuel-efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.26 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar PGD40iSCO, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.22 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3000-4000W dual fuel inverter generators, the WEN DF452iX 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
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Auto Fuel Selection technology
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (58 dBA)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (100 lbs)
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:

The WEN DF452iX doesn't have any notably low specs.

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,500 W3,150 W
Starting watts4,500 W4,500 W
Running amps29.2 amps26.3 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% load8.5 h9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, voltage and frequency
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank2.2 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight100 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 18 x 20.1 in
Noise (lower limit)58 dBA
THD< 1.2%
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil, overload and low fuel protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, key fob, natural gas hose with NPT adapter, dual port USB adapter, and battery
UPC044459904526

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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 DF452iX 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 homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Cell phone charger2020
Total2787 W3787 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric fry pan15001500
Radio100100
Total2790 W3380 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Bug zapper8080
Total2740 W3840 W

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    IT JUST GETS BETTER!! I bought the next generation DF452ix. I am going to say ( though l am incorrect) the x is for extra. This improved model is the same as the DF452i but has electric start,remote electric start,Co2 monitoring as well as it is Gasoline & Propane powered. The fuel system is completely automatic as can intelligently switch fuel sources. If it senses Propane pressure it will use Propane first. Starting is either pull rope,push button electric or remote key fob. Both models are 4500W. The control panels (DF452i & DF452ix) have noticeable differences.

    + PROS:
    • Very nice upgrades from the DF452i for a small price increase
    - CONS:
    • Will not power your house.
    • Cannot be easily lifted by one hand like smaller models.
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