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Westinghouse iGen4500DF Spec Review

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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 who wish to upgrade their experience to another level
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go

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 parameters.

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.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a conversation at home), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). The iGen4500DF can also be remotely started, offering further convenience. (key fob included).

As for its running time, the iGen4500DF, along with its 3.4 gallons fuel capacity, can run for up to 18 hours with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.19 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for up to 14 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.34 GPH).

Delicate electronics can be plugged in an AC outlets safely, as the iGen4500DF generates a clean sine wave, reaching a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: Not all of these items may be able to start at the same time. These examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and on wattage estimates. Use our wattage calculator to find out if this product will be suitable for your needs.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

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

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready.

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 modern design aims to provide an ideal power solution to recreational users.

As the iGen4500DF's weight is only 98 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Additionally, it can be easily moved with the help of a wheel kit (⌀5.5"), once it is on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF

The iGen4500DF's control panel

Monitoring of the iGen4500DF's status and activity is made possible by an illuminated data center, which provides information on the power output, lifetime run hours, voltage, fuel level and remaining run time and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, the device’s light indicators will display if the oil level is too low, the generator is on overload and the generator is ready.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the inverter generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and a user manual, which lets you start it right away, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, propane hose, key fob, battery charger, oil and tool kit.

Emissions

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF 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, making it usable in forested areas.

Product Video

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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 weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Energizer eZV4500, weighing just 78 pounds.
  • With a lowest noise rating of 52 dBA, the inverter generator is one of the more quiet of the generators of similar power.
  • As the iGen4500DF features an autonomy of 18 hours at 25% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range.
  • 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. This inverter generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse iGen4200, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.14 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic 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.
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    • Lowest Price: $999.97 - April 27, 2019

    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

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
    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 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
    IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
    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, battery charger and propane hose
    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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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