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Westinghouse WGen3600c - 3600/4650W Portable Generator

The Westinghouse WGen3600c is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 3,600 W and a starting wattage of 4,650 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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The Westinghouse WGen3600c is the newer version of the WGen3600. It's a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen3600c in use

The Westinghouse WGen3600c

The Westinghouse WGen3600c houses a 212 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 3,600W along with a peak wattage of 4,650W.

Operating with a noise level of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music), the generator starts up via a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the WGen3600c can operate for up to 14 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.29 GPH).

Since the WGen3600c has a high THD (<23%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle

Equipped with a TT-30R receptacle (TT representing 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, ensuring compatibility with recreational vehicles.

Portability

With dimensions of L23.3 x W22.8 x H21.3 in, the standard open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen3600c provides stability and easy maintenance access to components, as well as good air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

Despite its weight of 106.1 lbs, the generator is considered 'portable,' signifying its capability to be moved, albeit its heaviness may hinder easy transport. 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.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen3600c

The WGen3600c's control panel

With its built-in fuel gauge, the generator provides quick and convenient gas level checks.

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

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Westinghouse WGen3600c, the following accessories are also included: funnel, oil and tool kit. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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The Westinghouse WGen3600c versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen3600c compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • At 106.1 lbs in dry weight, the Westinghouse WGen3600c fits well within the typical weight bracket for generators producing 3500 to 4500 rated watts. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 58.4 pounds.
  • Among the generators of a comparable running wattage, this generator with a lowest noise of 68 dBA can be judged as noisy. If you are concerned with noise, check out the Westinghouse iGen4500DF, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, with a noise rating of just 52 dBA.
  • The WGen3600c's autonomy is somewhat low end compared to devices of its power range, as it reaches only up to 14 hours at 25% load on a full tank. If runtime is a priority for you, the Firman W03661OF stands out as one of the generators with the longest run time in its power range, providing up to 25 hours of continuous use.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. In fact, this generator is not one of the most fuel-efficient options in the aforementioned wattage range: its estimated gasoline consumption at 25% load is around 0.29 GPH. If you're placing a high priority on fuel consumption, the Champion 200988, with a low fuel consumption rate of 0.16 GPH, could be an option to consider.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Westinghouse WGen3600c is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (106.1 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts3,600 W
Starting watts4,650 W
Running amps30 amps
Peak amps38.8 amps
Run time @50% load10.5 h
Run time @25% load14 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight106.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.3 x 22.8 x 21.3 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and wheel kit
UPC850011336892

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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 WGen3600c 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 sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Vacuum cleaner10751175
Radio100100
Total2867 W3867 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Electric grill16501650
Total2840 W3430 W
For workTable saw18004500
Bug zapper8080
Total1880 W4580 W

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