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WEN DF5600X - 4500/5600W Dual Fuel Generator With Electric Start

The WEN DF5600X is a portable open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 4,500 W and a starting wattage of 5,600 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

With 5600 starting watts and 4500 running watts on gasoline or 5000 surge watts and 4050 rated watts on propane, the WEN RV and Transfer-Switch-Ready Electric Start Dual Fuel Generator is durable enough for the jobsite and compact enough for easy transport. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the WEN DF5600X is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • 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

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the WEN DF5600X delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 4,500W and a peak wattage of 5,600W. When propane-powered, it has 4,050 rated watts and 5,000 peak watts.

This generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included).

With a fuel capacity of 4.36 gallons, the DF5600X can operate for around 12.5 hours at 50% load using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.35 GPH), or for around 8 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.59 GPH) using propane.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

This WEN generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The design of the WEN DF5600X is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L26 x W21.9 x H27.2 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 113 lbs. Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit 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 DF5600X

The DF5600X's control panel

The control panel of the DF5600X includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicator will display if the oil level is too low.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN DF5600X also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, propane hose and tool kit.

Emissions

The WEN DF5600X is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

The WEN DF5600X versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN DF5600X compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • As its weight is 113 pounds, the WEN DF5600X falls in the expected weight range of the dual fuel devices in the 4000-5000 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO with only 78.2 pounds.
  • The DF5600X provides a higher run time than similarly powerful dual fuel devices, reaching around 12.5 hours at 50% load. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 201322, which is able to run for around 14 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. This generator can be considered as fuel efficient, due to its low estimated fuel consumption of only 0.35 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, within the aforementioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Pulsar PG5000BiSRCO, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.33 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4000-5000W dual fuel generators, the WEN DF5600X 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • CO Watchdog
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (113 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • Not CARB-compliant

Do you own the WEN DF5600X and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts4,500 W4,050 W
Starting watts5,600 W5,000 W
Running amps37.5 amps33.8 amps
Peak amps46.7 amps41.7 amps
Run time @50% load12.5 h8 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank4.36 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight113 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26 x 21.9 x 27.2 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originVietnam
UPC044459456001

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 DF5600X 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Blender400850
Total3592 W4592 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Coffee maker600600
Total3590 W4180 W
For workTable saw18004500
Concrete vibrator (1 hp)10801080
Total2880 W5580 W

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