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Westinghouse WGen12000DFc - 12000/15000W Dual Fuel Generator

The Westinghouse WGen12000DFc is a powerful open frame dual fuel 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 WGen12000DFc is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

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 dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse WGen12000DFc 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.

With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the generator features a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the WGen12000DFc can be remotely started (key fob included).

As for its running time, the WGen12000DFc, along with its 10.5 gallons fuel capacity, can run for around 11 hours at 50% load with a full tank filled with gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.95 GPH). If propane is used, it can operate for around 7 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH).

Sensitive electronics can be safely plugged in the AC outlets, as the WGen12000DFc produces a clean sine wave, with a <5% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD).

Outlets

The control panel features the following 7 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

While this Westinghouse generator is not RV Ready, its L5-30R receptacle can be used for a simple RV connection with an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. Besides, as the WGen12000DFc 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.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

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The ST Switch outlet

The WGen12000DFc 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 WGen12000DFc 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 dimensions of L34 x W31 x H35 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen12000DFc offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 352 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Nevertheless, thanks to its wheel kit and its folding handle (a decent solution to its lack of maneuverability), the generator can be easily moved, once placed the ground.

A lift hook, which is on the top of the frame, serves as an extra safety feature for the transport, unloading and loading of the device.

Features

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The WGen12000DFc's control panel

The WGen12000DFc's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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.

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 WGen12000DFc also is packed along with the following accessories: key fob, propane hose, oil, tool kit, funnel and battery charger.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen12000DFc 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.

The Westinghouse WGen12000DFc versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen12000DFc compare to generators of similar power (between 10000 and 14000 W).

  • With its weight of 352 lbs, the Westinghouse WGen12000DFc is one of the heavier generators in the 10000-14000 rated wattage category. 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.
  • With a lowest possible noise of 74 dBA, this generator places itself amongst the more quiet of the products delivering 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.
  • The WGen12000DFc provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 11 hours at 50% load. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Powerhorse 13000ES, reaching around 15 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.95 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the A-iPower SUA13000EFI, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.78 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 10000-14000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen12000DFc is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it would most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • CO Sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Remote start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Clean sine wave
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • Quiet for its power (74 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No recoil back-up
  • 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
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts12000 W10800 W
Starting watts15000 W13500 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 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
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, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Warranty3 years
UPC850011336922

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 WGen12000DFc 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Clothes dryer54006750
Hair dryer18001900
Slow cooker270270
Total9587 W11062 W
For workElectric welder90009000
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total9580 W9580 W

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