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Westinghouse WGen12000DF - 12000/15000W Dual Fuel Generator With Remote Start

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Description

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To sum up, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF is a powerful portable generator tailored for:

  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen12000DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen12000DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 12,000W and a peak wattage of 15,000W. When propane-powered, it has 10,800 rated watts and 13,500 peak watts.

Rated for 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the generator's starting mechanism relies on a straightforward and intuitive electric starter (battery included). Moreover, to offer you even more convenience, the WGen12000DF can also be remotely started (key fob included).

The WGen12000DF, with a fuel capacity of 10.5 gallons, reaches a run time of around 11 hours at 50% load utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.95 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 7 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH) with propane.

Featuring a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), the WGen12000DF delivers a clean sine wave, guaranteeing the safety of your sensitive electronics plugged into its AC outlets.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it offers 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports designed for hassle-free charging of various electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, ensuring uninterrupted usage.

This Westinghouse generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen12000DF is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen12000DF is what Westinghouse calls Smart Switch Ready. This means that it features a special outlet that allows for an automatic transfer of power in case of a power outage.

To benefit from this feature, you'll need the Westinghouse ST Switch (opens in a new tab), which is not included with the generator.

Simply put, the ST Switch is a cost-effective and versatile portable automatic transfer switch, which can be installed quickly and easily, without an electrician.

Plug the ST Switch into one of your household 120V outlets, plug your appliances to the ST Switch, and connect the WGen12000DF to the ST Switch via the special outlet and a 120V cord. The generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out, and automatically turn off when the power returns.

Portability

With its L34 x W31 x H35 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 352 pounds. Nevertheless, the restricted maneuverability is counteracted by its wheel kit and its folding handle, enabling easy shifting once the generator is set in place.

In addition, the device is equipped with a lift hook on the top of its frame, which provides extra safety during the loading, unloading and transport of the generator.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF

The WGen12000DF's control panel

The WGen12000DF's control center features a convenient meter, showing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours metrics to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

In addition to the traditional documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to help you get started promptly, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF also includes several accessories: tool kit, key fob, funnel, propane hose, battery charger and oil.

Product Videos

The Westinghouse WGen12000DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • As its dry weight is 352 pounds, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF is one of the heavier of the dual fuel products which can generate 10000 to 14000 running watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Pulsar PG13000BRCO, with a dry weight of just 231 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 74 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products of similar type and power. If you'd like a less noisy alternative, the DuroMax XP16000iH is a strong contender. It boasts a noise rating of 67 dBA, placing it among the quietest generators in its power category.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of around 11 hours at 50% load, the WGen12000DF benefits from a higher run time than many dual fuel generators of a similar output. Concerning the run times, one of the several devices with a comparable output, offering the highest autonomy, is the DuroMax XP15000HX, which is able to run for around 12 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. Among devices of similar power, this generator has one of the best fuel efficiency, with consumption rates of around 0.95 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 10000-14000W dual fuel generators, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • 4 different AC outlet types
  • Remote start
  • Clean sine wave
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • Quiet for its power (74 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No recoil back-up
  • On the heavy side (352 lbs)

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine713 cc Westinghouse V-Twin
Starting systemElectric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts12,000 W10,800 W
Starting watts15,000 W13,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps90/45 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps112.5/56.3 amps
Run time @50% load11 h7 h
Run time @25% load16 h10 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 10.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight352 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)34 x 31 x 35 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 5%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC853544008304

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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, they are in many cases manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Westinghouse WGen12000DF 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 wattage calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Satelite receiver250250
Total9592 W11092 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total9580 W9580 W
Does the WGEN12000DF generator have a backup recoil starter? Does the above model utilize an oil filter and what is the part number? (Asked August 06, 2020)

The V-Twin engine of the WGen12000DF does not have a backup recoil starter. The unit does utilize an oil filter, part number 180738.

Are the household receptacles (5-20R) the only receptacles with GFCI Protection? If the neutral is changed from bonded to floating, will the household receptacle's GFCI still function properly? (Asked October 16, 2020)

Correct. Only the two 5-20R duplexes are with GFCI protection. Removing the bonded neutral may not allow proper operation of the GFCI receptacles.

How many kilowatts does the Westinghouse 15,000 generator have? (Asked April 27, 2021)

On gasoline, the generator can deliver up to 12k running watts and 15k starting watts.

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  1. 4.65
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    Quality
    100
    Performance
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    Saved me from 5 days no power, this is a fantastic generator. It didn’t skip a beat I ran my whole house no problem

    + PROS:
    • Key fob, electric start, easy to move, comes with wheel kit,
    - CONS:
    • Oil drain isn't in the best spot.
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  2. 0.5
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    Being an off the grid rancher for many years, I have owned many generators(Champion, Cummins/Onan, Generac and WGen9500DF-all with very minor problems). I purchased a Westinghouse WGen12000DF generator in 2020. It lasted 244 hours before it died. Their customer service department had me changing almost every part on the generator until they finally conceded that the generator was defective. It then took them two moths to replace it. The replacement WGen12000DF lasted 202 hours before it died. Now they have me changing parts again(which is not working). I have asked for a refund of the purchase price or I will take legal action. Do not purchase the Westinghouse WGen12000DF.

    + PROS:
    • None
    - CONS:
    • Everything
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  3. 3.9
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    Quality
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    Short version, tech support sucks, but I was able to get the generator to perform to specs, no thanks to them.
    I was on the verge of returning the generator. Generator 5/5. Tech support 0/5 on both the first and second one I received.

    + PROS:
    • The specs are great, starts every time.
    - CONS:
    • Wen it actually works, it is a powerhouse
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  4. 4.25
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    I bought the wgen 12000df it has Plenty of power to run my house and then some. The generator works like a charm. It starts with no issues. The push button start works as it should and so does the key fob. I do wish it had a backup recoil start. I like the trickle charger that it comes with.

    + PROS:
    • Push button start
    • Key FOB
    • Comes with wheels
    • Dual Fuel
    • GFI outlet
    - CONS:
    • No recoil start
    • No power monitor
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  5. 1.15
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    Purchased new July 2020. 15000/12000 watt capacity perfect size, fit & finish very good. Generator would start, speed up & then stop. Would not run. Returned to Westinghouse for refund.

    Generator would not run. Westinghouse tech support was AWFUL !

    + PROS:
    • Fit & Finish
    • Capacity
    - CONS:
    • Generator would not run.
    • Tech support terrible (overwhelmed with calls).
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