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Westinghouse WGen5300cv - 5300/6600W Portable Generator

The Westinghouse WGen5300cv is a compact open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,300 W and a starting wattage of 6,600 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $529.00 - December 9, 2023
  • $599.00 - November 20, 2023
  • $570.82 - November 19, 2023
  • $515.15 - November 17, 2023
  • $542.27 - November 16, 2023
  • $599.00 - November 16, 2023
  • $515.15 - November 15, 2023
  • $542.27 - November 10, 2023
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Since: September 13, 2023
  • Highest Price: $599.00 - November 16, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $449.00 - September 13, 2023

Description

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The Westinghouse WGen5300cv is the newer version of the WGen5300v. It's a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

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 WGen5300cv in use

The Westinghouse WGen5300cv

Westinghouse WGen5300cv runs on gasoline, powered by a 274 cc OHV 4-stroke engine, delivering 120/240V, boasting a running wattage of 5,300W alongside a starting wattage of 6,600W.

With a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), the generator features a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

The WGen5300cv's fuel tank, boasting 4.7 gallons, allows it to operate for up to 14.5 hours with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.32 GPH).

The WGen5300cv 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 (TT-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

With its TT-30R receptacle (TT standing for 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, perfectly suited for powering recreational vehicles. In addition, as it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen5300cv is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

At L23.2 x W20.1 x H19.1 in, the traditional open frame structure of the Westinghouse WGen5300cv ensures stability while facilitating convenient maintenance access to components and promoting air cooling. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Though weighing 133.6 lbs, the generator remains classified as 'portable,' indicating its capability to be moved, though its weight could pose transport challenges. 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 WGen5300cv

The WGen5300cv's control panel

To help you monitor the WGen5300cv's status and activity, its control panel is equipped with a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

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 standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Westinghouse WGen5300cv features extra accessories: tool kit, oil and funnel. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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The Westinghouse WGen5300cv versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen5300cv compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Westinghouse WGen5300cv stands at only 133.6 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 4500-5500 rated wattage category If weight is an important consideration for you, the Champion 201238 stands out as one of the top contenders in this power category, with a dry weight of 101.4 pounds.
  • Because this generator emits noise as low as 68 dBA, it can be considered to have a pretty average expected noise rating for a device of its power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU7000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • As for its runtime, the WGen5300cv runs for up to 14.5 hours at a 25% load, placing it towards the low end among comparable products. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the DuroMax XP5500EH, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting up to 19 hours.
  • Run time is crucial, but it heavily relies on the fuel tank's capacity. Thus, considering fuel efficiency alongside is essential. Compared to similar devices, this generator is less fuel-efficient than most: it burns around 0.32 gallons of gasoline per hour at a 25% load. If gasoline efficiency is at the top of your list, you may want to have a look at the DuroMax XP7000iH, which has great fuel efficiency, with a gas consumption of only 0.19 gallons per hour.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Westinghouse WGen5300cv 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
  • Lightweight for its kind (133.6 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • 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
FuelGasoline
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5,300 W
Starting watts6,600 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)55/27.5 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% load14.5 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (TT-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank4.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight133.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.2 x 20.1 x 19.1 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
UPC850011336700

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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 WGen5300cv 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Security system180180
Total4230 W5330 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Blender400850
Pair of small speakers4545
Total4235 W4825 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Paint sprayer600600
Bug zapper8080
Total3880 W6580 W

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