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Westinghouse WGen3600v - 3600/4650W Portable Generator

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Description

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In summary, the Westinghouse WGen3600v is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen3600v in use

The Westinghouse WGen3600v

The Westinghouse WGen3600v houses a 212 cc (5.9 hp) Westinghouse 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.

Rated for 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator's starting mechanism relies on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

Featuring a 4 gallons fuel tank, the WGen3600v guarantees continuous power for up to 14 hours on a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.29 GPH).

As the WGen3600v exhibits a THD of less than 23%, which is high, it is best avoided for powering 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

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

Portability

With a size of L23.3 x W17.5 x H18.7 in, the Westinghouse WGen3600v features an open frame design, providing stability and simplified maintenance access to components, enhancing air circulation. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

At 99.5 lbs, the WGen3600v is easily managed, ensuring it can be brought along wherever you need power. In addition, it is even easier to grab and move the generator around thanks to its open frame design.

The official wheel kit (opens in a new tab) can be bought separately, if you need additional help in transporting the WGen3600v.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen3600v

The WGen3600v's control panel

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

In terms of security, the generator features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, ensuring peace of mind during its use.

Beyond the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to assist with setup, the Westinghouse WGen3600v ships with supplementary accessories: funnel, oil and tool kit. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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The Westinghouse WGen3600v versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen3600v compare to generators of similar power (between 3500 and 4500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Westinghouse WGen3600v only weighs in at 99.5 pounds, which means it's one of the lighter generators in the 3500-4500 rated wattage range. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM4600iAEFIC, with a dry weight of just 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 wish to prioritize minimal noise, the Westinghouse iGen4500DF stands out as one of the quietest options among generators of similar power, with a rating of 52 dBA.
  • Concerning its runtime, the WGen3600v provides up to 14 hours at a 25% load, indicating that it falls on the lower side compared to other generators of its power range. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Firman W03661OF, boasting with up to 25 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. This generator is somewhat less fuel-efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.29 GPH at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.16 GPH, the Champion 200988 is a device you could look out for.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 3500-4500W generators, the Westinghouse WGen3600v 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
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (99.5 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (68 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Westinghouse WGen3600v and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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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 tankSteel, 4 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight99.5 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, and tool kit
UPC855464003599

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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 WGen3600v 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 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
Can this generator power 3 concessions stands and a speaker at the same time? (Asked April 03, 2021)

It is unfortunately not feasible to answer the question without more specifics about the appliances of the concession stands. We recommend starting with the estimation of the running and starting watts of your appliances.

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    Another great generator from Westinghouse, very affordable and will power your necessities and RV as well. Has both TT-30R and L5-30R receptacles and a regular 5-15R too. Look forward to putting it to use in the future, very happy with my purchase.

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