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WEN GN9500 - 7500/9500W Portable Generator With Remote Start

The WEN GN9500 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 7,500 W and a starting wattage of 9,500 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,166.49 - January 26, 2024
  • $1,108.81 - January 6, 2024
  • $1,127.10 - September 15, 2023
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Since: September 15, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,166.49 - January 26, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $1,108.81 - January 6, 2024

Description

Remember when you kept the lights on? Keep your family safe during power outages and natural disasters with the WEN 9500-Watt Transfer-Switch-Ready Portable Generator. With 9500 starting watts and 7500 running watts, this powerful EPA III and CARB compliant 420cc generator acts as the perfect portable alternative to hefty and expensive standby units. Run your lights, TV, refrigerator, sump pump, heating, air conditioning, microwaves, power tools, and other essentials with ease. Electric start provides quick ignition while the included remote turns your generator on and off from over 160 feet away. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the WEN GN9500

In summary, the WEN GN9500 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

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 GN9500 in use

The WEN GN9500

The WEN GN9500's design includes a gasoline-fueled 420 cc (10 hp) OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 7,500W and also a peak wattage of 9,500W.

With a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), the generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the GN9500 may also be remotely started (key fob included).

The GN9500 can operate for around 7.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.8 GPH), due to its fuel capacity of 6 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 6 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 10A (cigarette lighter style) receptacle with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This WEN generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, because the GN9500 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The WEN GN9500 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L27.3 x W20.8 x H22.2 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 194 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. 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 GN9500

The GN9500's control panel

To help you monitor the GN9500's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the voltage and lifetime run hours.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the WEN GN9500 also is packed along with the following accessories: tool kit and key fob.

Emissions

The WEN GN9500 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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The WEN GN9500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the WEN GN9500 compare to generators of similar power (between 7000 and 8000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 194 lbs, the WEN GN9500 belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 7000 to 8000 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Sportsman GEN85KIDF, with a dry weight of only 133 lbs.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 72 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Champion 201175, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 61 dBA.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing around 7.5 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 50% load, the GN9500 falls into the low end in comparison with other devices of a comparable power output. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Predator 9000, reaching around 13 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.8 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.55 GPH, the Pulsar PG10000B16 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 7000-8000W generators, the WEN GN9500 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
  • Remote start
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (194 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (72 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the WEN GN9500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts7,500 W
Starting watts9,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)62.5/31.3 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
Run time @50% load7.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 10A (cigarette lighter style)
Data centerLifetime run hours and voltage
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight194 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.3 x 20.8 x 22.2 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDUnknown
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedTool kit, key fob, battery, and wheel kit
UPC044459950004

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 GN9500 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 generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Satelite receiver250250
Total5992 W7492 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Radiant heater13001300
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total5995 W6585 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total4880 W9380 W
Where is the WEN GN9500 engine made ? (Asked February 12, 2021)

The engine is manufactured in China.

Is this an inverter generator? Does it give clean power, safe for electronics? (Asked August 30, 2023)

The GN9500 is not an inverter generator.

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