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Westinghouse WGen5300DF - 5300/6600W Dual Fuel Generator

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5300 W and a starting wattage of 6600 W.

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF is a compact portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • 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, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF

The dual-fuel technology of the Westinghouse WGen5300DF allows for an output of 120/240V and provides superb power and versatility. If gasoline-powered, the device provides a running wattage of 5300W and a starting wattage of 6600W. If propane-powered, it gives 4800 rated watts and 5900 starting watts.

At a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than a normal conversation), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the WGen5300DF may also be remotely started (key fob included).

The WGen5300DF, with a fuel capacity of 4.7 gallons, reaches a run time of up to 14.5 hours utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.43 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of around 9 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.52 GPH) with propane.

The powering of sensitive electronic devices with the WGen5300DF is not recommended due to its relatively high THD (<23%).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 4 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (TT-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready. In addition, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen5300DF is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen5300DF is what Westinghouse calls Smart Switch Ready. This means that it features a special outlet that allows for an automatic transfer of power in case of a power outage.

To benefit from this feature, you'll need the Westinghouse ST Switch (opens in a new tab), which is not included with the generator.

Simply put, the ST Switch is a cost-effective and versatile portable automatic transfer switch, which can be installed quickly and easily, without an electrician.

Plug the ST Switch into one of your household 120V outlets, plug your appliances to the ST Switch, and connect the WGen5300DF to the ST Switch via the special outlet and a 120V cord. The generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out, and automatically turn off when the power returns.

Portability

With its dimensions of L23.4 x W20.6 x H19.5 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen5300DF offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Even though this device may be technically portable (as in movable), manipulation and transportation without special equipment can be a challenge, as it weighs 135.6 pounds. The additional purchase of an official wheel kit (opens in a new tab) can therefore be a good idea, if you wish to improve the generator's mobility.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen5300DF

The WGen5300DF's control panel

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

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

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF's package also includes these accessories: battery charger, oil, funnel, key fob, propane hose and tool kit.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen5300DF compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • At a weight of 135.6 pounds, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF places in the expected weight range of the dual fuel generators in the 4500-5500 rated wattage range. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM6000iED, weighing just 117.9 pounds.
  • Since this generator is rated for a lowest possible noise of 68 dBA, it can be considered as one of the more quiet of the products generating similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Genmax GM6000iED, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 63 dBA.
  • The WGen5300DF provides a higher run time than similarly powerful dual fuel devices, reaching around 11 hours at 50% load. 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 Pulsar G65BN, with around 11.5 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.43 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.
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Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W dual fuel generators, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF 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
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • Quiet for its power (68 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (135.6 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 GasolinePropane
Running watts5300 W4800 W
Starting watts6600 W5900 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps40/20 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)55/27.5 amps49.2/24.6 amps
Run time @50% load11 h9 h
Run time @25% load14.5 hUnknown
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 centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 4.7 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight135.6 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)23.4 x 20.6 x 19.5 in
Noise (lower limit)68 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, propane hose, and battery
Warranty3 years
UPC850011336847

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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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, several sources report that they are in many cases manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Electric range21002100
Total4217 W5692 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total4235 W4655 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drill600900
Bug zapper8080
Total3880 W6580 W
I bought this generator not realizing it had no data center. Can I add an hour meter at least? And is a bit meter necessary? (Asked September 20, 2020)

You can easily add a vibration-activated hour meter (opens in a new tab). Unsure what a "bit meter" is.

Thanks for answering my question about the hour meter, I would like to know if the V F T data center is necessary to maintain the 5300DF. (Asked September 21, 2020)

Many generators do not include any sort of data center, so it shouldn't be a problem. Make sure to stick to the maintenance schedule that is detailed in your owner's manual. You can also refer to our maintenance guide.

Is it true that the Wgen5300df generator only puts out 2400watts max in the 120v outlets? (Asked October 23, 2020)

This is not something specific to the WGen5300DF. Any 5-20R outlet will only give a maximum of 2400 watts. These outlets are 120V 20A, and 120x20=2400. The TT-30R outlet will give 3600 (120x30).

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