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Westinghouse iGen4500 Spec Review

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The Westinghouse iGen4500 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator with a rated wattage of 3700 W and a starting wattage of 4500 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Westinghouse iGen4500 is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating buffs looking to enhance their experience

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

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse iGen4500 in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500

The Westinghouse iGen4500's build contains a gasoline-fueled 224 cc (7.3 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120V output, it gives a running wattage of 3700W and also a peak wattage of 4500W.

The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb). To add further convenience, the iGen4500 can be remotely started (key fob included).

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons, the iGen4500 can operate for up to 18 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.19 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the iGen4500 produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: The examples above are based on a maximum load of 75% and estimated wattages. The devices also may not be able to start at the same time. For a more accurate estimation, use our wattage calculator.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

This Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Westinghouse iGen4500's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20.5 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

With a dry weight of 98 lbs, the iGen4500 can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Moreover, once it’s on the ground, a wheel kit (⌀5.5") and a telecospic handle will allow you to displace it without effort.

Features

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The iGen4500's control panel

To help you monitor the iGen4500's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with an illuminated data center, giving you information on the voltage, lifetime run hours, remaining run time, fuel level and power output.

In addition to this info, a light indicator serves to show you when the generator is on overload.

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

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Westinghouse iGen4500 also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, battery charger, oil, tool kit and key fob.

Emissions

The Westinghouse iGen4500 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, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

Product Videos

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The Westinghouse iGen4500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse iGen4500 compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Westinghouse iGen4500 weighs just 98 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 3500 to 4500 rated wattage generators. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Energizer eZV4500, with a dry weight of just 78 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 52 dBA, this inverter generator is one of the quieter devices of similar power.
  • With a run time of 18 hours at 25% load, the iGen4500 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.14 GPH, the Westinghouse iGen4200 is a device you should look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Westinghouse iGen4500 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
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (98 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Westinghouse iGen4500 doesn't have any notably low specs.
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    • Highest Price: $949.00 - April 27, 2019
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    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterYes
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyYes
    FuelGasoline
    Engine224 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
    Running watts3700 W
    Starting watts4500 W
    Running amps30.8 amps
    Peaks amps37.5 amps
    Run time @50% load15 h
    Run time @25% load18 h

    Features

    GFCI outletsNo
    Covered outletsYes
    Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
    AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
    1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
    DC outlets2x 5V USB port
    Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and voltage
    IndicatorsOverload
    Fuel tankSteel, 3.4 gal
    Fuel gaugeYes

    Misc

    Weight98 lbs
    Dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 17.5 x 20.5 in
    Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
    THD< 3%
    EmissionsCARB, EPA
    SecurityLow oil and overload protection
    Spark arrestorYes
    NeutralFloating
    Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob and battery charger
    Warranty3 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.

    About Westinghouse

    The US based Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment is a legacy subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, founded in 1886. While the company has been acquired and merged into the American CBS, the Westinghouse name remains as the brand name for many of their electrical solutions, which stretch across the scale from power plants to portable generators – which are the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse. Lawn equipment, such as trimmers and blowers, is also sold under the Westinghouse brand name. All of their products are designed in the US. However, several sources report that they are in many cases manufactured in China.

    Warranty Information

    The Westinghouse iGen4500 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 Westinghouse generators, please consult Westinghouse's warranty policies. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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