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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Description

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In a nutshell, the WEN GN5600 is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • 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

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

WEN GN5600 is equipped with a 224 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120V, boasting a running wattage of 4,500W alongside a starting wattage of 5,600W.

Its starting mechanism relies on a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism.

The fuel capacity of 4.36 gallons allows the GN5600 to operate for around 12.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.35 GPH).

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

With dimensions of L22.8 x W23.6 x H23 in, the standard open frame design of the WEN GN5600 provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. The design is ideal for rough 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 103.6 lbs. However, the lack of maneuverability can be offset with its wheel kit and its folding handle, which allows for convenient shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the WEN GN5600

The GN5600's control panel

The control panel of the GN5600 is equipped with a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data, aiding in monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicator will illuminate to indicate if the oil level is too low.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator comes with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), providing peace of mind during use.

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the WEN GN5600 also includes several accessories: tool kit and funnel. An official storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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).

  • When it comes to weight, the WEN GN5600 tips the scales at just 103.6 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 4000 to 5000 rated wattage range. if you wish to prioritize weight, the WEN 56477i is one of the top contenders in its power category, weighing only 72.7 pounds.
  • With a run time of around 12.5 hours at 50% load, the GN5600 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the NorthStar c5500 shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 15.1 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 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 you're placing a high priority on fuel consumption, the WEN DF480iX, with a low fuel consumption rate of 0.27 GPH, could be an option to consider.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (103.6 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

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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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