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Westinghouse WGen3600cv - 3600/4650W Portable Generator

The Westinghouse WGen3600cv is a compact 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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  • $332.38 - May 18, 2024
  • $333.61 - May 17, 2024
  • $335.46 - May 13, 2024
  • $341.66 - May 2, 2024
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Since: February 29, 2024
  • Highest Price: $369.00 - February 29, 2024
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Description

Zoom on the Westinghouse WGen3600cv

The Westinghouse WGen3600cv is the newer version of the WGen3600v. It's a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen3600cv in use

The Westinghouse WGen3600cv

Westinghouse WGen3600cv is equipped with a 212 cc (5.9 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke engine, running on gasoline and providing 120V, boasting a running wattage of 3,600W alongside a starting wattage of 4,650W.

The generator is rated for a noise of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office). Its starting mechanism is based on a manual recoil starter system.

Thanks to its 4 gallons fuel tank, the WGen3600cv can run continuously for up to 14 hours on a full tank (with an average fuel consumption of approximately 0.29 GPH).

The quite high THD (<23%) of the WGen3600cv makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 4 AC outlets:

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

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT as in 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready.

Portability

With dimensions of L23.3 x W17.5 x H18.7 in, the traditional open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen3600cv ensures stability while allowing easy maintenance access to components and promoting effective air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Since the generator weighs 100.6 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). Opting for the official wheel kit (opens in a new tab) as an additional purchase can greatly enhance the generator's mobility.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen3600cv

The WGen3600cv's control panel

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

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

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.

Apart from the typical documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), which lets you start it right away, the Westinghouse WGen3600cv also is packed along with the following accessories: funnel, oil and tool kit. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Product Video

The Westinghouse WGen3600cv versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen3600cv compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 100.6 lbs, the Westinghouse WGen3600cv belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. Weight-conscious users may find the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 58.4 pounds.
  • When comparing it to devices with a similar running wattage, this generator's lowest noise level of 68 dBA puts it alongside the noisier units. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Westinghouse iGen4500DF with only 52 dBA.
  • Regarding its runtime, the WGen3600cv operates for up to 14 hours at a 25% load, positioning it at the lower spectrum among comparable products. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Firman W03661OF, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting up to 25 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator doesn't excel in fuel efficiency when compared to others of its kind: it consumes approximately 0.29 GPH at a 25% load. 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.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Westinghouse WGen3600cv 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 (100.6 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 Westinghouse 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
Weight100.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.3 x 17.5 x 18.7 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, and tool kit
UPC850011336731

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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 WGen3600cv 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
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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