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WEN GN5600 - 4500/5600W Portable Generator

The WEN GN5600 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 4,500 W and a starting wattage of 5,600 W. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the WEN GN5600
Latest updates:
  • $383.88 - November 10, 2023
  • $384.65 - November 9, 2023
  • $385.42 - November 3, 2023
  • $386.19 - October 30, 2023
  • $386.96 - October 29, 2023
  • $387.74 - October 25, 2023
  • $388.52 - October 24, 2023
  • $389.30 - October 21, 2023
Data source: walmart.com
Since: July 14, 2023
  • Highest Price: $416.44 - July 14, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $383.88 - November 10, 2023

Description

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In summary, the WEN GN5600 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and 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

The WEN GN5600's core is the 224 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 4,500W and a peak wattage of 5,600W.

This generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the GN5600 can operate for around 12.5 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.35 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 4.36 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 4 AC outlets:

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

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready.

Portability

The dimensions of the WEN GN5600, which are L22.8 x W23.6 x H23 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 103.6 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN GN5600

The GN5600's control panel

The GN5600's control center features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if its oil levels are insufficient.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the WEN GN5600 also comes with several accessories, including: tool kit and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The WEN GN5600 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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

The WEN GN5600 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN GN5600 compare to generators of similar power (between 4000 and 5000 W).

  • As for its weight, the WEN GN5600 weighs only 103.6 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 4000-5000 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the WEN 56477i, with a dry weight of only 72.7 lbs.
  • The GN5600 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12.5 hours at 50% load. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the NorthStar c5500, reaching around 15.1 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.35 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the WEN 56477i, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.27 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4000-5000W generators, the WEN GN5600 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
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (103.6 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

Do you own the WEN GN5600 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts4,500 W
Starting watts5,600 W
Running amps37.5 amps
Peak amps46.7 amps
Run time @50% load12.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
Weight103.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)22.8 x 23.6 x 23 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedFunnel, tool kit, and wheel kit
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 GN5600 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 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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