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Westinghouse WGen12000DF Spec Review

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The Westinghouse WGen12000DF is a powerful open frame dual fuel portable generator with a rated wattage of 12000 W and a starting wattage of 15000 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution

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

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The Westinghouse WGen12000DF

The dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 12000W and a starting wattage of 15000W. If propane-powered, it gives 10800 rated watts and 13500 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), the generator offers the possibility to start the device via a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the WGen12000DF may also be remotely started (key fob included).

Regarding its running time, the WGen12000DF, with a 10.5 gallons fuel capacity can operate for up to 16 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.66 GPH). When using propane, it can run for up to 10 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.47 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the WGen12000DF produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Disruption (THD).

The generator will allow you to simultaneously power various devices, for example:Note: All of these devices might not start simultaneously. Provided examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and estimated wattages. With the help of our wattage calculator you can find out if this product suits your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:

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

Additionally, it features 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

Even though this Westinghouse generator isn't quite RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle allows an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the WGen12000DF holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

The design of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L34 x W31 x H35 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

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. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

The generator comes with an additional safety feature, a lift hook on the top of its frame, which is helpful during its transport, loading and unloading.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen12000DF

The WGen12000DF's control panel

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

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

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

With the basic documentation and a user manual, letting you start the generator quickly, the Westinghouse WGen12000DF also comes with several accessories, including: key fob, oil, propane hose, tool kit, funnel and battery charger.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen12000DF 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, making it usable in forested areas.

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 generators of similar power (between 10000 and 17500 W).

  • A weight of 352 lbs makes the Westinghouse WGen12000DF one of the heavier devices in the 10000-17500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, with a dry weight of just 218 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 power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
  • As the WGen12000DF features an autonomy of 16 hours at 25% load, it has a higher run time than an average generator of its power range.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator is one of the more fuel efficient models of the aforementioned output range, as its estimated fuel consumption reaches just 0.66 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 10000-17500W 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Remote start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Clean sine wave
  • Quiet for its power (74 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the heavy side (352 lbs)

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Features and Specifications

General

InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine713 cc Westinghouse V-Twin
Starting systemElectric, Remote

Power

VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
GasolinePropane
Running watts12000 W10800 W
Starting watts15000 W13500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)100/50 amps90/45 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)125/62.5 amps112.5/56.3 amps
Run time @50% load11 hN/A
Run time @25% load16 h10 h

Features

GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
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
Dimensions (L x W x H)34 x 31 x 35 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 5%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
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 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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