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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 few words, the WEN GN6000 is a compact portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

With a 272 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, the WEN GN6000 operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 5,000W and a starting wattage of 6,000W.

Featuring a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator utilizes a manual recoil starter system for ignition.

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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle allowing you to easily charge your batteries.

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready. In addition, since the GN6000 bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

Measuring L23.2 x W16.9 x H17.2 in, the classic open frame build of the WEN GN6000 delivers stability and easy maintenance access to components, facilitating air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Despite its weight of 119 lbs, the generator is still considered 'portable,' meaning it is movable, although its heftiness may restrict portability in certain environments or require additional considerations for transportation and setup. Nevertheless, the restricted maneuverability is counteracted by its wheel kit and its folding handle, enabling easy shifting once the generator is set in place.

Features

Panel of the WEN GN6000

The GN6000's control panel

To help you monitor the GN6000's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

In addition to the standard documentation and the user manual for prompt setup, WEN has also included accessory] in the packaging of the GN6000.

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. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Champion 201238 is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 101.4 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 68 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the Honda EU7000iS, whose lowest noise levels reach just 52 dBA.
  • The GN6000's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 7.5 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If extended autonomy is what matters most to you, the NorthStar c5500 could be an excellent choice, offering one of the longest run times among units in its power category, reaching around 15.1 hours.
  • While run time is vital, it hinges on the fuel capacity. To grasp the full picture, we must also factor in fuel efficiency. This generator is one of the more fuel-efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.45 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the WEN GN5602X, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.35 GPH.

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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