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Westinghouse WGen3600DFv - 3600/4650W Dual Fuel Generator

The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 3,600 W and a starting wattage of 4,650 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • 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, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv in use

The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv

The dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv allows for an output of 120V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 3,600W and a starting wattage of 4,650W. If propane-powered, it gives 3,240 rated watts and 4,180 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than an office), the generator is started via a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 4 gallons, the WGen3600DFv can operate for up to 14 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.29 GPH), or for up to 16.5 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.28 GPH) using propane.

The WGen3600DFv is unsuitable for the powering of sensitive electronic devices due to its high THD (<23%).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

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

This Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer').

Portability

The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv has the following dimensions: L23.3 x W17.5 x H18.7 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 104 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). Thus, you may also want to consider purchasing its official wheel kit (opens in a new tab).

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv

The WGen3600DFv's control panel

The WGen3600DFv's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

With the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), letting you start the generator quickly, the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv also comes with several accessories, including: funnel, propane hose, tool kit and oil. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

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The Westinghouse WGen3600DFv versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • With a dry weight of 104 pounds, the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv finds itself in the expected weight range for dual fuel generators able to produce between 3500 and 4500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the WEN DF402iX, with a dry weight of just 66.1 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its type and power category, as it is rated at 68 dBA. For those who are looking for a less noisy device, we suggest the Westinghouse iGen4500DF. With just 52 dBA, it is one of the most quiet devices in this power range.
  • As far as autonomy is concerned, providing up to 14 hours of runtime with a full tank at a 25% load, the WGen3600DFv falls into the low end in comparison with other dual fuel devices of a comparable power output. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Firman WH03662OF, with up to 25 hours.
  • 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. Compared to its peers, this generator is not exactly fuel efficient, compared to similarly powerful devices, with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.29 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Champion 200988, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.16 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Westinghouse WGen3600DFv vs Westinghouse WGen3600DF.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W dual fuel generators, the Westinghouse WGen3600DFv 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
  • RV Ready
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (104 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (68 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts3,600 W3,240 W
Starting watts4,650 W4,180 W
Running amps30 amps27 amps
Peak amps38.8 amps34.8 amps
Run time @50% load10.5 h14 h
Run time @25% load14 h16.5 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 centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight104 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
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, and propane hose
UPC850011336557

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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 WGen3600DFv 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 homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Freezer8101750
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total2857 W3857 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
RV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
Slow cooker270270
Radio100100
Total2860 W3450 W
For workTable saw18004500
Bug zapper8080
Total1880 W4580 W

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