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Westinghouse WGen5300DF - 5300/6600W Dual Fuel Generator With Remote Start

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5,300 W and a starting wattage of 6,600 W. (Read full specs)

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  • $844.44 - May 7, 2024
  • $668.26 - May 4, 2024
  • $753.44 - April 12, 2024
  • $789.10 - December 18, 2023
  • $173.81 - November 11, 2023
  • $1,597.13 - November 2, 2023
  • $1,581.54 - October 2, 2023
  • $1,582.37 - September 22, 2023
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Since: June 5, 2023
  • Highest Price: $1,597.13 - September 22, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $173.81 - November 11, 2023

Description

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In short, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF is a compact portable generator adequately designed for:

  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

In the forthcoming sections, you'll delve into its power characteristics, the various outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the additional features it boasts.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen5300DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 5,300W and a peak wattage of 6,600W. When propane-powered, it has 4,800 rated watts and 5,900 peak watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 68 dBA (less noisy than background music), this generator can be started thanks to a classic hand-operated recoil starting mechanism, but also to a no-fuss and convenient electric starter (battery included). Additionally, the WGen5300DF features remote starting, offering users increased convenience (key fob included).

In terms of its run time capability, the WGen5300DF, furnished with a 4.7 gallons fuel tank, can maintain operations for up to 14.5 hours on a full tank of gasoline (with fuel consumption averaging 0.43 gallons per hour). It also provides around 9 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.52 GPH) of operation with propane.

As the WGen5300DF has a high THD (<23%), it is not recommended to use it to power sensitive electronic devices.

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 meaning 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, ready to power your recreational vehicle with ease. In addition, since it boasts a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen5300DF is engineered to be transfer switch ready, ensuring easy integration with your breaker box to provide backup power to your home during outages.

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

At L23.4 x W20.6 x H19.5 in, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While weighing 135.6 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. 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 WGen5300DF

The WGen5300DF's control panel

A built-in fuel gauge allows for a quick, easy and convenient check of the fuel level of the generator.

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.

While the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Westinghouse WGen5300DF, the following accessories are also included: battery charger, tool kit, key fob, oil, propane hose and funnel. An official running cover is also available, as a separate purchase.

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).

  • With a dry weight of 135.6 pounds, the Westinghouse WGen5300DF finds itself in the expected weight range for dual fuel generators able to produce between 4500 and 5500 rated watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the WEN DF5600X, weighing just 113 pounds.
  • At just 68 dBA rated noise level, this generator is positioned as one of the quieter choices among devices delivering similar type and power. If noise is a concern for you, you could consider the DuroMax XP7000iH, which is one of the least noisy generators in its power range, rated at 62 dBA.
  • Compared to dual fuel devices of similar power, the WGen5300DF stands out with one of the higher run times, lasting around 11 hours at 50% load. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the WEN DF5600X, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 12.5 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, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.43 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the more fuel-efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range. If minimizing fuel usage is one of your key priorities, the WEN DF5600X is one of the most efficient devices with similar power output, with a gasoline consumption of only 0.35 gallons per hour.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Remote start
  • 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
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts5,300 W4,800 W
Starting watts6,600 W5,900 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
UPC850011336847

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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 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 wattage 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
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).

What is the range of the remote start? (Asked April 14, 2024)

Up to 109 yards.

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