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WEN DF472X - 3800/4750W Dual Fuel Generator

The WEN DF472X is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 3,800 W and a starting wattage of 4,750 W.

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Price history for the WEN DF472X
Latest updates:
  • $461.64 - January 6, 2023
  • $466.26 - December 5, 2022
  • $535.99 - October 22, 2022
Data source: homedepot.com
Since: October 22, 2022
  • Highest Price: $535.99 - October 22, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $461.64 - January 6, 2023

Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN DF472X is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 DF472X delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3,800W and a peak wattage of 4,750W. When propane-powered, it has 3,500 rated watts and 4,350 peak watts.

This generator is started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the DF472X can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.36 GPH), or for around 7 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

It also sports 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

As the DF472X holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the WEN DF472X is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L23.1 x W17.5 x H18.5 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 102.5 pounds.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF472X

The DF472X's control panel

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the WEN DF472X's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, oil and tool kit.

Emissions

The WEN DF472X is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

The WEN DF472X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF472X compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 102.5 lbs, the WEN DF472X belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel devices which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN DF402iX, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
  • Offering around 11 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the DF472X is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful dual fuel generators. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which is able to run for around 15 hours.
  • Run times are important, yet thanks to their dependence on the fuel capacity, they should be judged along with the fuel consumption of the device. This generator reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.36 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.23 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel generators, the WEN DF472X is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Dual Fuel
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (102.5 lbs)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start

Do you own the WEN DF472X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,800 W3,500 W
Starting watts4,750 W4,350 W
Running amps (@120/240V)31.7/15.8 amps29.2/14.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)39.6/19.8 amps36.3/18.1 amps
Run time @50% load11 h7 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight102.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.1 x 17.5 x 18.5 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, tool kit, and propane hose
Warranty2 years
UPC044459947202

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.

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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 DF472X 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Washing machine9001650
Total3017 W4492 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3035 W3455 W
For workTable saw18004500
Bug zapper8080
Total1880 W4580 W

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