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

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • 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 information.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF delivers 120V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 3700W and a peak wattage of 4500W. When propane-powered, it has 3330 rated watts and 4050 peak watts. Additionally, as the generator is parallel capable (parallel kit not included), it can be linked to a second unit for more power.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the iGen4500DF can be remotely started (key fob included).

With a fuel capacity of 3.4 gallons, the iGen4500DF can operate for up to 18 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.19 GPH), or for up to 14 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.34 GPH) using propane.

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).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 3 AC outlets:

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

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

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

Portability

Thanks to its closed inverter generator design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20.5 in), the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, is more esthetical than a typical, open frame generator. The featured design follows the latest trends and is ideal for easy and recreational use.

The iGen4500DF's dry weight of 98 lbs lets you use its power anywhere needed. Moreover, a wheel kit (⌀5.5") allows you to effortlessly displace it once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500DF

The iGen4500DF's control panel

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, power output, voltage, remaining run time and lifetime run hours.

In addition to this info, when the generator is ready, the generator is overloaded and the oil level is too low, you will be informed by the featured light indicators.

The inverter generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

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.

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: oil, propane hose, tool kit, key fob, funnel 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 and thus, may be used 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. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 52 dBA, this inverter generator places itself as one of the quietest of the products delivering similar power.
  • Since the iGen4500DF boasts with a run time of up to 18 hours at 25% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most generators of a comparable output.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.19 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this inverter generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category. 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 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.
  • Do you own the Westinghouse iGen4500DF and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

    Let us know and write your own review.

    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.

    Questions & Answers

    QI can't find a parallel kit made for the igen4500DF? (Asked October 13, 2019)

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

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