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WEN DF480iX - 4000/4800W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Electric Start

The WEN DF480iX is a compact dual fuel inverter generator with a rated wattage of 4,000 W and a starting wattage of 4,800 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a few words, the WEN DF480iX is a compact portable inverter generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

Delivering 120V, the WEN DF480iX is enhanced by dual-fuel technology, providing power and versatility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 4,000W and a starting wattage of 4,800W. Alternatively, when propane-powered, it delivers 3,600 running watts and 4,320 starting watts. Furthermore, the parallel capability (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included) offers the advantage of increasing power output when connected to another similar or compatible unit, delivering expanded energy capacity and flexibility for various applications.

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.

At a noise rating of 62 dBA (just slightly more noisy than an office), this inverter generator provides the choice between a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism or an easy-to-use and reliable electric starter (battery included) for starting.

With a fuel capacity of 1.9 gallon, the DF480iX can operate for around 7 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.27 GPH), or for around 20 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.24 GPH) using propane.

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the DF480iX produces a clean sine wave, with a <1.2% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it offers 3 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) designed for hassle-free charging of various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, ensuring uninterrupted usage and a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle making battery charging a breeze.

The inclusion of a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer') makes this WEN generator RV Ready, ideal for providing power to recreational vehicles.

Portability

The WEN DF480iX's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L23.8 x W12.6 x H22.1 in) provides an aesthetic advantage and contributes to quieter operation compared to any ordinary, open frame product. This modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

As the DF480iX's weight is only 78.5 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, its set of 2 wheels and its telecospic handle will allow for simple relovation of the generator once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN DF480iX

The DF480iX's control panel

Included in the control panel of the DF480iX, a digital data center assists in tracking its status and activity by providing details on the frequency, voltage, lifetime run hours, power output and fuel level.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel shutoff feature turns off the flow of fuel, allowing for the DF480iX 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 product offers an overload protection (circuit breaker), an automatic low oil shut-off and a low fuel automatic shutdown, allowing you to 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.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the WEN DF480iX also includes several accessories: propane hose, funnel, oil and tool kit. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

The WEN DF480iX versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF480iX compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Regarding weight, the WEN DF480iX comes in at only 78.5 pounds, positioning itself as one of the lighter options among inverter generators spanning from 3500 to 4500 in rated wattage. if you wish to prioritize weight, the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 58.4 pounds.
  • Because this inverter generator emits noise as low as 62 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If you value reduced noise levels, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the DF480iX can run for around 7 hours at a 50% load, aligning it with the lower performers in its type and power range. 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 time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. This inverter generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.27 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel-efficient generators, 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.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Parallel capable
  • Auto Fuel Selection technology
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (78.5 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (62 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts4,000 W3,600 W
Starting watts4,800 W4,320 W
Running amps33.3 amps30 amps
Peak amps40 amps36 amps
Run time @50% load7 h20 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x 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 tank1.9 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight78.5 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.8 x 12.6 x 22.1 in
Noise (lower limit)62 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, propane hose, and battery
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 DF480iX 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Total3192 W4692 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Mixer200200
Total3190 W3780 W
For workTable saw18004500
Drain cleaner250250
Total2050 W4750 W

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