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Westinghouse iGen4500 - 3700/4500W Inverter Generator With Remote Start

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  • Highest Price: $879.00 - May 17, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $849.00 - April 6, 2024

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
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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 Westinghouse iGen4500 in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500

The Westinghouse iGen4500 is powered by a 224 cc (7.3 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke engine. It delivers 120V, runs on gasoline and offers a running wattage of 3,700W as well as a peak wattage of 4,500W. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel cord (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be increased if linked to a second compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the iGen4500 can also be remotely started (key fob included).

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

The iGen4500 produces a clean sine wave: thanks to a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), your sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready.

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20 in), the Westinghouse iGen4500, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 104.7 lbs. Nevertheless, thanks to its set of 2 wheels (⌀5.5") and its telecospic handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500

The iGen4500's control panel

One of the many iGen4500's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the fuel level, power output, voltage, lifetime run hours and remaining run time and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

In addition to this info, a light indicator shows you if the generator is overloaded.

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.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Westinghouse iGen4500 also comes with several accessories, including: oil, tool kit, key fob, funnel and battery charger. An official running cover and a suitable storage cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Westinghouse iGen4500 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

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 inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 104.7 lbs, the Westinghouse iGen4500 belongs in the expected weight range for inverters which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC, standing at just 58.4 lbs.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 52 dBA, this inverter generator qualifies as one of the most quiet of the products of similar type and power.
  • Offering up to 18 hours of running time on a full tank at 25% load, the iGen4500 is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful inverter generators. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Firman W03661OF, reaching up to 25 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 reaches an estimated fuel consumption of 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, making it average, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If you wish to acquire one of the most gasoline efficient products of this power range, the Champion 200988, with a fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W inverter 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
  • Parallel capable
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (104.7 lbs)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:

The Westinghouse iGen4500 doesn't have any notably low specs.

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine224 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts3,700 W
Starting watts4,500 W
Running amps30.8 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps
Run time @50% load15 h
Run time @25% load18 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationInverter
AC outlets
  • 1x 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 gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight104.7 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)24.5 x 17.5 x 20 in
Noise (lower limit)52 dBA
THD< 3%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, and battery
UPC855464003902

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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. Portable generators – the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse – used to be manufactured by Westpro Power Systems, which was bought in 2016 by Midwest Equipment. 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, 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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Security system180180
Total2947 W4447 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Radio100100
Total2940 W3530 W
For workGrinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Drain cleaner250250
Total2910 W4010 W
Changing oil for first time. What is the oil capacity of the igen4500? The key fob does not work. Do I need to program it? If so please tell me how. (Asked October 03, 2019)

The oil capacity is about 21 fl.oz. The key fob needs to be paired. To pair your remote to your iGen4500 press and hold the start button for 10 seconds the button will flash. At that point you can press either button on your remote and you have completed the pairing process.

Is a high altitude jet kit available for the unit? We need to use it at 8000 ft above sea level. (Asked June 08, 2020)

There is one, that is recommended up to 7000 ft. Its part number is 140573. Check this PDF file (opens in a new tab) to learn more about it.

Where can I find a replacement battery for the Westinghouse iGen4500? (Asked August 30, 2021)

Battery part number is 511019. It can be bought through Westinghouse Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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  1. 5
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    Very solid and well built generator, Westinghouse has addressed the choke cable issue, which wasn’t that big of a deal to begin with considering the price you pay for such an outstanding generator. I had purchased the high altitude kit for this and installed the jet myself without any problems, if you are willing to do it, it isn’t very difficult. The thing runs flawlessly, it’s quiet and has great features. Highly recommend this generator to anyone looking for this size and you won’t be disappointed.

    + PROS:
    • Cost
    • Quiet
    • Maneuverability
    • Quality
    • RV ready
    • Backup
    - CONS:
    • None
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    Billy Constantine November 10, 2021 at 9:33 pm
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    what a waste of money can even think about how many hours i spent trying to start and keep this thing running

    + PROS:
    • none
    - CONS:
    • nothing but problems from day one would never ever buy again
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  3. 4.65
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    The igen4500 started without a hitch the first time. The next day It would not start until I manually adjusted the choke because one of the electric choke cables was disconnected. Once connected it starts all of the time. Too bad the factory does not apply a dab of silicone or something is not used to keep the cable in place. Runs real smooth and quiet and the smart panel comes in handy. Now I need to come with a light small clever cover or box to use the generator when it is raining.

    + PROS:
    • Value
    • Small Size vs Output
    • Easy to start
    • Fuel Efficient
    - CONS:
    • Had to connect electric choke cable
    • Oil draining is messy.
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  4. 4.9
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    I have one and it is superb!

    + PROS:
    • Quality
    - CONS:
    • None
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  5. 0.9
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    I have had nothing but problems with this generator. I bought it to use with my RV. Fron the beginning, the run-time readout didn’t wotk and it kept tripping offline under light load.

    I finally took it in for warranty repairs and found out that inly the parts are civered under warranty, but, the labor is the big expense. The repair shop was not avke yo get the run- time indicator working after replacing parts and many hours of labor. They suggested that i “just look in the tank” to see how much fuel is left.

    I am now on an RV trip and can’t get the generator started.

    Spend the extra miney and buy a reliable generator. Don’t get stuck with a piece of junk that won’t start when you need it!

    + PROS:
    • Cheap
    - CONS:
    • POS. Not reliable.
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