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WEN GN6000 - 5000/6000W Portable Generator

The WEN GN6000 is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,000 W and a starting wattage of 6,000 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

From emergency backup to recreational power, the WEN 6000-Watt RV-Ready Portable Generator has you covered. Our packed panel includes two standard 120V 20A household outlets (5-20R), one 120V 30A RV receptacle (TT-30R), one 120V/240V four-prong outlet (L14-30R), and one 12V DC outlet. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the WEN GN6000

In a nutshell, the WEN GN6000 is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

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

The WEN GN6000's design includes a gasoline-fueled 272 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 5,000W and also a peak wattage of 6,000W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons, the GN6000 may run for around 7.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.45 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it has 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the GN6000 is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

With its dimensions of L23.2 x W16.9 x H17.2 in, the conventional, open frame design of the WEN GN6000 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding 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 119 pounds. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the WEN GN6000

The GN6000's control panel

The GN6000'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.

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.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, WEN also included a tool kit in the GN6000's packaging.

Emissions

The WEN GN6000 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The WEN GN6000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN GN6000 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • As for its weight, the WEN GN6000 weighs only 119 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 4500-5500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Champion 201238, standing at just 101.4 lbs.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 68 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Honda EU7000iS. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As for its autonomy, the GN6000, with an autonomy of around 7.5 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the NorthStar c5500, as it provides 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, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.45 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.35 GPH, the WEN GN5602X is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the WEN GN6000 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
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (119 lbs)
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine272 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5,000 W
Starting watts6,000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Run time @50% load7.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank3.4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight119 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 16.9 x 17.2 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit and wheel kit
UPC044459060000

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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 GN6000 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total3992 W4992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Total3990 W4580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total3280 W5980 W
Is this an electric start or pull start only? (Asked July 20, 2020)

This unit is pull start only.

Will this run a 15,000 BTU air conditioner (Asked November 17, 2020)

It should not be a problem, but it's always better to check the data plate of your appliance to know its actual power needs.

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