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Westinghouse iGen4500DF Spec Review

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a quiet and compact dual fuel 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 iGen4500DF is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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 Westinghouse iGen4500DF in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Westinghouse iGen4500DF provides an output of 120V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 3700W along with a peak wattage of 4500W. While propane-powered, it provides 3330 rated watts and 4050 starting watts. In addition, the device is parallel capable (parallel kit not included) and thus, can be linked to a similar or compatible unit for added power.

With a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), the inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the iGen4500DF may also be remotely started (key fob included).

The running time of the iGen4500DF, with its 3.4 gallons fuel capacity, can reach up to 18 hours on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.19 GPH). With propane, it can reach up to 14 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.34 GPH).

The iGen4500DF generates a clean sine wave: providing <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD), delicate electronics can be plugged in its AC outlets safely.

Outlets

The control panel provides 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 allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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

Portability

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF'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 iGen4500DF can easily follow you wherever your power needs are. Additionally, it can be easily moved with the help of its wheel kit (⌀5.5"), once it is on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF

The iGen4500DF's control panel

One of the many iGen4500DF's features is the data center, included in its control panel, which conveniently provides information on the lifetime run hours, voltage, power output, fuel level and remaining run time and thus, helps you monitor its activity and status.

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

The fuel level of the inverter generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its 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 an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, key fob, propane hose, oil, tool kit and battery charger.

Emissions

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Westinghouse iGen4500DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF 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 WEN GN400i, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, this inverter generator places itself amongst the most quiet of the products delivering similar power.
  • The iGen4500DF provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful devices, reaching up to 18 hours at 25% load.
  • 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.14 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Lightweight for its kind (98 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF doesn't have any notably low specs.

Do you own the Westinghouse iGen4500DF and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts3700 W3330 W
Starting watts4500 W4050 W
Running amps30.8 amps27.8 amps
Peaks amps37.5 amps33.8 amps
Run time @50% load15 hN/A
Run time @25% load18 h14 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
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tankSteel, 3.4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight98 lbs
Approx. 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, battery charger, propane hose and battery
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 iGen4500DF 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeElectric fry pan15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Security system180180
Total2947 W3947 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
I can't find a parallel kit made for the igen4500DF? (Asked October 13, 2019)

Westinghouse are still waiting for them. They are expected first quarter 2020.

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