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Westinghouse iGen4500DF Spec Review

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a quiet and compact dual fuel 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 summary, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF is a quiet and compact portable inverter generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Camping and tailgating hobbyists looking for a portable power source

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 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 3700W and a starting wattage of 4500W. If propane-powered, it gives 3330 rated watts and 4050 starting watts. Moreover, since it is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), its power may be doubled if linked to a second compatible unit.

At a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than rainfall), this inverter generator can be started via a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use 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 18 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.26 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 features the following 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, as it features a 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.

The iGen4500DF's dry weight of 98 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, its set of 2 wheels (⌀5.5") and its telecospic handle will allow you to effortlessly shift it once it's 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 a digital data center, which provides information on the fuel level, lifetime run hours, power output, voltage and remaining run time and is one of the features of its control panel.

In addition to this info, some light indicators allow you to instantly see if the generator is overloaded, its oil levels are insufficient and the generator is ready.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF also is packed along with the following accessories: battery charger, funnel, tool kit, key fob, oil and propane hose. A storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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.

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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 for its weight, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF weighs only 98 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage category. 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.
  • Since this inverter generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, it can be considered as one of the most quiet of the products generating similar power.
  • Given that the iGen4500DF reaches an autonomy of up to 18 hours with a full tank and at 25% load, it is placed within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Champion 200954, with up to 22 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 further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the Westinghouse iGen4200, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.14 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

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)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • 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
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
Peak amps37.5 amps33.8 amps
Run time @50% load15 hUnknown
Run time @25% load18 h18 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
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.

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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, 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Washing machine9001650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2947 W3947 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Blender400850
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2945 W3535 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.

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Westinghouse iGen4500DF
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  1. 2
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    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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  2. 4.75
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    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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