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Westinghouse iGen4500DFc - 3700/4500W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc 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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The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc is the newer version of the extremely popular iGen4500DF. It's a quiet and compact portable inverter generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • 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 sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc in use

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Westinghouse iGen4500DFc 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, as it is parallel capable (parallel kit (opens in a new tab) not included), this power can be increased when linked to another similar or compatible unit.

Enjoying a noise rating of 52 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a refrigerator), this inverter generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the iGen4500DFc may also be remotely started (key fob included).

Regarding its running time, the iGen4500DFc, with a 3.4 gallons fuel capacity can operate for up to 18 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.19 GPH). When using propane, it can run 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 iGen4500DFc produces a clean sine wave, with a <3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 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 (USB-A) allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

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

Portability

As the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc is an inverter generator, its encased design (L24.5 x W17.5 x H20 in) offers more aesthetics than a conventional, open frame product. This type of design is the most modern and convenient way to recreationally generate power.

Since the generator weighs 105.8 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, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its set of 2 wheels (⌀5.5") and its telecospic handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc

The iGen4500DFc's control panel

A digital data center, one of the features of the iGen4500DFc's control panel, gives you information on the lifetime run hours, voltage, remaining run time, power output and fuel level, and thus, is helpful for the monitoring of its activity and status.

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

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.

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc also is packed along with the following accessories: propane hose, battery charger, tool kit, oil, key fob and funnel. A storage cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

Emissions

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc 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 and thus, may be used in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc compare to inverter generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • As its weight is 105.8 pounds, the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc falls in the expected weight range of the inverters in the 3500-4500 rated wattage category. In terms of weight, one of the champions in their power range is the WEN GN400i, standing at just 66.1 lbs.
  • 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.
  • As the iGen4500DFc offers up to 18 hours run time on a full tank at a 25% load, it falls within the average autonomy range among the inverter generators of a similar power. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Firman W03661OF, boasting with up to 25 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 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 Champion 200988, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.16 GPH, may be the right generator for you.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel inverter generators, the Westinghouse iGen4500DFc 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
  • CO Sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Parallel capable
  • Dual Fuel
  • Inverter
  • Quiet for its power (52 dBA)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (105.8 lbs)
  • Decent run time
  • Decent fuel efficiency
WEAKNESSES:

The Westinghouse iGen4500DFc doesn't have any notably low specs.

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterYes
PortableYes
Parallel capableYes, cable not included
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine224 cc 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 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 (USB-A)
Data centerPower output, fuel level, lifetime run hours, remaining run time and voltage
IndicatorsLow oil, overload and output ready
Fuel tank3.4 gal
Fuel gaugeDigital
Misc
Weight105.8 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, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, and battery
Warranty3 years
UPC850011336854

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 iGen4500DFc 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 sizer.
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
Is this WESTINGHOUSE IGEN4500DFC dual fuel (propane/gasoline) able to run NPG by just using an NPG hose or additional modifications are required? Could you be specific in the modifications if required please? (Asked January 17, 2022)

We unfortunately do not know what NPG is. If you meant LPG, the unit will run on LPG out of the box. The unit was not designed to run on NG (natural gas). Any modification to the fuel system would void your warranty and could put you in violation of local emission laws.

Does this have GFCI outlets? (Asked August 03, 2022)

iGen4500DFc does not feature GFCI outlets.

Does this have pull start capability if the battery is dead? (Asked August 26, 2022)

The battery is not required for pull start. Note that, without the battery, you may need to set the choke by hand, and that the choke is located behind the engine service cover.

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