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Westinghouse iGen4500DF - 3700/4500W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator With Remote Start

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Description

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In short, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

The subsequent sections will explore in detail its power characteristics, the diverse outlets it provides, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it offers.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF

The dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 3,700W and a starting wattage of 4,500W. If propane-powered, it gives 3,330 rated watts and 4,050 starting watts. 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.

Presented in our list of the 10 quietest portable generators for its low noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a quiet suburb), the inverter generator features a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism, but also a practical and straightforward electric starter (battery included). Additionally, the iGen4500DF features remote starting, offering users increased convenience (key fob included).

In terms of its run time capability, the iGen4500DF, furnished with a 3.4 gallons fuel tank, can maintain operations for up to 18 hours on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.19 gallons per hour). It also provides up to 22 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.21 GPH) of operation with propane.

The iGen4500DF 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 following 3 AC outlets:

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

Furthermore, it showcases 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Featuring a TT-30R receptacle (TT for 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, designed specifically for use with recreational vehicles.

Portability

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20 in) provides an aesthetic advantage and contributes to quieter operation compared to any ordinary, open frame product. The design follows the contemporary trends and is perfect for recreationally generating power.

Since the generator weighs 104.7 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 set of 2 wheels (⌀5.5") and its telecospic handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF

The iGen4500DF's control panel

To help you monitor the iGen4500DF's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a digital data center, giving you information on the lifetime run hours, voltage, power output, fuel level and remaining run time.

In addition to this info, the device's light indicators will illuminate to indicate if the generator is on overload, the generator is ready and its oil levels are insufficient.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF ships with supplementary accessories: oil, tool kit, funnel, battery charger, key fob and propane hose. An official running cover and a suitable storage cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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

  • With a dry weight of 104.7 pounds, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF finds itself in the expected weight range for inverter generators able to produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If weight is an important consideration for you, the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 58.4 pounds.
  • Rated at a lowest possible noise level of 52 dBA, this inverter generator positions itself amongst the most quiet of the products of similar type and power.
  • The iGen4500DF, falls within the average autonomy range compared to inverter generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of up to 18 hours at a 25% load and a full tank. 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.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel tank capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary for a complete understanding. Standing at an estimated 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, this inverter generator is somewhat average in this area compared to other devices, within the aforementioned wattage range. If you wish to get a unit of similar power, but with one of the best fuel efficiency, you could consider the Champion 200988, which has an impressively low fuel consumption of 0.16 GPH.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel inverter 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • 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 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
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,700 W3,330 W
Starting watts4,500 W4,050 W
Running amps30.8 amps27.8 amps
Peak amps37.5 amps33.8 amps
Run time @50% load15 hUnknown
Run time @25% load18 h22 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 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, propane hose, and battery
UPC850011336540

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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 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 wattage calculator.
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
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.

Can you operate this inside of a RV generator compartment? (Asked March 13, 2021)

You probably can, as long as you are mindful of all safety aspects, and keep at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides of the generator, including overhead.

can you hook up an exhaust pipe to vent to the outside? (Asked April 23, 2021)

Absolutely not! You must always operate your generator outside, where there is enough airflow and ventilation. NEVER run a generator indoors. Carbon monoxide can kill you in minutes.

I live at 5000 feet elevation and sometimes camp above 8000 feet. Do I need to purchase a high altitude jet for this device? (Asked May 06, 2021)

It's absolutely recommended. Note that in addition to the high altitude carburetor kit, you'll also need to purchase a high altitude dual fuel regulator.

With propane as the fuel source, if you turn off the generator via the panel or using the remote fob does the propane continue to flow at some rate and cause an explosion hazard? Or does the generator have a propane control valve that stops the flow when the generator is not running? Having a remote start capability for a generator running on propane would seem pointless if the generator cannot stop the gas flow when necessary. (Asked August 14, 2021)

You would have to manually open/close your propane tank valve.

what is the advantage of the parallel ports. can this offer 240 volt operation with a 2nd generator? thank you (Asked November 22, 2021)

Paralleling 2 units will increase the maximum available current, but will have no effect on voltage.

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Westinghouse iGen4500DF
6.5 Total Score
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  1. 4.25
    Price
    100
    Value
    80
    Quality
    80
    Performance
    80

    This generator works very well. We have been using it to power our camper for a year now. With air conditioner running there is plenty of power to spare. Starts easy, remote control is a big bonus. My only complaint it the noise level is not nearly as quiet as stated. Generators on this list with higher db ratings sound much quieter as we walk around the camp grounds and see what others are using.

    + PROS:
    • Good power. Easy to start and remote control
    - CONS:
    • Sounds louder than other brands of the same size
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  2. 1.75
    Price
    70
    Value
    50
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    10

    Bought this the first one came damaged ordered a second one . It would not start call Westinghouse support center they immediately told me it is a caliber problem send it back . I like the feature that is has but. I am not willing to give it a third time ordering this

    + PROS:
    • Nice features
    - CONS:
    • Poorly made would not start the company knew immediately what was wrong with it . They have had issues with this model .
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  3. 4.65
    Price
    90
    Value
    100
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    90

    I have or have owned a 20kw Kohler whole home, Yamaha 2400i, Champion 4500df and Duromax xp4500ih.
    The Westinghouse igen in my opinion is the best value for features received.
    It has electric start (Yamaha doesn’t)
    Independent ignition & fuel select (the Champion doesn’t) and full service drawings parts lists & schematics (the Duromax doesn’t)
    It has all the features important to properly use the product and the security of a complete parts list in the event repairs are needed.
    The gasoline capacity allows it it run all evening & thru the night and still running strong in mid morning. Some of the others can’t make it thru the night.
    It’s as quiet as as I’ve heard any brand.
    The only things I had to add was a quick connect on the propane and a drain hose to drain the oil. If those two items has been included originally I’d say it was the perfect mid sized inverter generator.
    We’ve had a couple multiple day outages so I’ve had a chance to see how well it functions firsthand, I’m pleased with my purchase.
    I use it as a backup to my Kohler 20kw when I want to economize on fuel.

    + PROS:
    • Price
    • Features
    • Fuel economy
    - CONS:
    • No oil drain tube
    • No propane quick connect
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  4. 3.9
    Price
    100
    Value
    70
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    80

    I found the propane starting issue was a missing paper seal on the propane hose. Mine would not run or start well until I figured out the seal issue

    + PROS:
    • Good price.
    - CONS:
    • Quality was a bit sketchy. Seems they are manufacturing them too quickly. Quality control is lacking. Nothing bad, but the main cover didn't fit well and there was a rattle from the pull starter while running.
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  5. 3.4
    Price
    80
    Value
    80
    Quality
    20
    Performance
    90

    My first try at this generator was a dismal failure. Would not start on propane or gasoline. On line support had me jump through several unproductive hoops that only served to increase my frustration. I won’t bore with all the details. I ended my saga with the first one by loading into my subcompact car and taking it back.
    One of the online “support” suggestions was because the oil level was near the top line the oil too full and that was why it wouldn’t start. For some silly reason I thought if I went ahead and complied with this obvious bs, we could get to actually addressing the problem. I will only say the oil change/drain on this generator could be designed better. When I explained previous attempts to start this generator the 3rd support person suggested I take it back where I bought it. While not addressing the problem this should have been the 1st thing recommended.

    After getting a refund I looked around and compared features of various generators. This model stood head and shoulders above the others. It had all the features my wife “suggested” when we discussed a generator. My 2nd try at this generator worked perfectly. We have close to 10 hours on the generator no problems so far.

    + PROS:
    • Difficult to find another generator offering all these features at this price
    • Extremely quiet
    • operates sensitive electronics. Has low THD
    • Dual fuel runs well on easy to store propane
    - CONS:
    • Quality control issues.
    • A crap shoot to get one that works
    • A real crap shoot to get support that is knowledgeable
    • Changing oil can be a messy nightmare
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  6. 4.75
    Price
    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    90
    Performance
    90

    This is a fantastic generator fully loaded with all the features and with enough stable power to handle virtually all 120V loads. It starts very easily on Propane with a push of the start button or remote, could not be simpler. It’s amazingly quiet, quieter than my 1700 watt 70cc enclosed inverter generator it’s replacing! I tested it up to about 27 amps of resistive load on propane and it handled it well with very little voltage drop (3V) and without skipping a beat as the load was applied. Excellent run times, I have it connected to two 40 pound tanks and it runs forever, actually have not run out yet. It’s well built, panels are fairly thick, and design is great.
    Only issue I had is it arrived with a cracked side panel and a dent in the shipping box. I tried calling the day of delivery, but the call kept dropping and I could not get through. The next business day I called again and got right through, the agent was very helpful and sent out a replacement side panel. I called again to check status and she was able to expedite it. I received it in about a week and a half after the first call, they also included some extra screws.
    One last thing they could improve is the oil drain, they have an extender so the oil drains out the provided hole, but it’s hard to get a tool on it and the extender will try to unscrew rather than the plug screw. I’d like to see a hose on it like some brands have, because if you spill oil it’s near impossible to get out of the frame or other holes – then it slowly leaks out over the next few days.
    I do recommend this generator!

    + PROS:
    • Very competitive price for features and power output.
    • Has all the features including dual fuel, automatic choke, and remote start. Top inverter output at 4500 watts peak, 3700 watts rated.
    • Fuel efficient, very quiet, small size & weight, easy to wheel around.
    • Good support most times.
    - CONS:
    • Can take on damage in shipping.
    • Sometimes the support line drops calls.
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  7. 2
    Price
    80
    Value
    20
    Quality
    20
    Performance
    40

    Horrible. It’s never really worked right. First I had to put in an altitude kit. Then it still wouldn’t run on propane, so I had to get new regulator. Worked for awhile, but never would start right on propane. It would run rough, especially with any kind of load. Finally would run at all. I think I may have gotten a unit someone returned with about 30 hour s on it.

    It’s been in the shop now 2 1/2 months. Shop says Westinghouse is non-responsive to getting warranty parts. Called Westinghouse, you have to call them because they don’t seem to respond to email. The last guy was a little chippy telling me that I had to respond to an email they never sent to get approval to send it to the shop. I got a little upset. But the next day they did send an email acknowledging it was at the shop and that they had called the shop .

    + PROS:
    • When it was warm and running well it was good.
    - CONS:
    • Never started right on propane.
    • Ran rough under load.
    • Quit running.
    • Service/support hasn't been very good.
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