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WEN GN875i Spec Review

The WEN GN875i is a powerful open frame inverter generator with a rated wattage of 7000 W and a starting wattage of 8750 W.

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Description

Keep your family safe during power outages and natural disasters with the WEN 8,750-Watt RV and Transfer-Switch Ready Inverter Generator. The onboard inverter provides clean energy, free of voltage spikes and drops. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the WEN GN875i

In summary, the WEN GN875i is a powerful portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

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 GN875i's engine, 420 cc OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 7000W and reaches a peak wattage of 8750W.

This inverter generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 4.2 gallons, the GN875i can operate for around 6.7 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.63 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the GN875i generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <1.5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this WEN generator is RV Ready. In addition, since the GN875i 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

With its dimensions of L26.8 x W26.4 x H23.2 in, the conventional, open frame design of the WEN GN875i offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Since the generator weighs 136.7 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). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the WEN GN875i

The GN875i's control panel

The GN875i and its control panel include a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if the generator is overloaded, the oil level is too low and the generator is ready.

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

As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, 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 GN875i also comes with several accessories, including: 2 altitude kits and tool kit.

Emissions

The WEN GN875i 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The WEN GN875i versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN GN875i compare to generators of similar power (between 6500 and 7500 W).

  • Weight-wise, the WEN GN875i has only 136.7 lbs, which renders it one of the lighter generators which produce 6500 to 7500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of just 133 pounds.
  • The GN875i's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only around 6.7 hours at 50% load on a full tank. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Generac XC6500, reaching around 14 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This inverter generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.63 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 50% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI is a device you should look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: WEN GN875i vs Champion 100520.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 6500-7500W generators, the WEN GN875i is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Electric start
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (136.7 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:
  • No remote start
  • No parallel ports
  • Relatively low run time

Do you own the WEN GN875i and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts7000 W
Starting watts8750 W
Running amps (@120/240V)58.3/29.2 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)72.9/36.5 amps
Run time @50% load6.7 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank4.2 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight136.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)26.8 x 26.4 x 23.2 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THD< 1.5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedTool kit, 2 altitude kits, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty2 years

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 GN875i 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 homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Clothes iron12701270
Radio100100
Total5587 W7062 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Rice cooker650650
Total5580 W6000 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Reciprocating saw730960
Bug zapper8080
Total4210 W8710 W

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