Zoom on the Westinghouse iGen4500DF
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
- 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 buffs looking to enhance their experience
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 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 increased if linked to a second compatible unit.
The inverter generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism and also a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). It is rated for a noise of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator). For additional convenience, the iGen4500DF may also be remotely started (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 22 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.21 GPH).
Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the iGen4500DF produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).
The control panel includes the following 3 AC outlets:
In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.
This Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, as it features a TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').
The Westinghouse iGen4500DF's characteristic encased inverter generator design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20 in), provides an esthetical advantage over any ordinary, open frame product. The generator has a contemporary design, convenient for recreationally generating power.
As the generator's weight is 104.7 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (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.
The control panel of the iGen4500DF includes a digital data center, which assists you in monitoring its status and activity, as it provides information on the fuel level, remaining run time, power output, lifetime run hours and voltage.
In addition to this info, the light indicators show you if its oil levels are insufficient, the generator is overloaded and the generator is ready.
As for its security measures, the device features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, letting you use it with a peace of mind.
Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF also comes with some accessories: oil, funnel, propane hose, key fob, battery charger and tool kit are included. A storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.
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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.
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).
- Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 104.7 lbs, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN GN400i, weighing just 66.1 pounds.
- 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 power.
- The iGen4500DF, falls within the average autonomy range compared to generators of a roughly same power, with a run time of up to 18 hours at a 25% load and a full tank. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the Champion 200914, which is able to run for up to 22 hours.
- Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This inverter generator has an estimated fuel consumption of roughly 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at a 25% load, rendering it somewhat average compared to devices of a similar output. 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.
Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:
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
- In the expected price range
- Several accessories included
- RV Ready
- Remote start
- Parallel capable
- Dual Fuel
- Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
- Decent weight (104.7 lbs)
- Decent run time
- Decent fuel efficiency
The Westinghouse iGen4500DF doesn't have any notably low specs.
Features and Specifications
|Parallel capable||Yes, cable not included|
|Fuel||Dual Fuel (gasoline/propane)|
|Engine||224 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke|
|Starting system||Recoil, Electric, Remote|
|Voltage||AC: 120V 60 Hz, DC: 5V|
|Running watts||3700 W||3330 W|
|Starting watts||4500 W||4050 W|
|Running amps||30.8 amps||27.8 amps|
|Peak amps||37.5 amps||33.8 amps|
|Run time @50% load||15 h||Unknown|
|Run time @25% load||18 h||22 h|
|Automatic Voltage Regulation||Inverter|
|AC outlets|| |
|DC outlets||2x 5V USB port|
|Data center||Power output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and voltage|
|Indicators||Low oil, overload and output ready|
|Fuel tank||Steel, 3.4 gal|
|Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)||24.5 x 17.5 x 20 in|
|Noise (lower limit)||52 dBA|
|Security||Low oil and overload protection|
|Accessories included||Oil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, and battery|
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.
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.
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?
|Item||Running Watts||Starting Watts|
|At home||Dish washer||1500||3000|
|Refrigerator (energy star)||192||1192|
|Total||2947 W||4447 W|
|For camping||RV AC (11,000 BTU)||1010||1600|
|Total||2940 W||3530 W|
|Total||2910 W||4010 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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