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Westinghouse WGen5300DFv - 5300/6500W Dual Fuel Generator

The Westinghouse WGen5300DFv is a compact open frame dual fuel generator with a rated wattage of 5,300 W and a starting wattage of 6,500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv is a compact portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures

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 WGen5300DFv in use

The Westinghouse WGen5300DFv

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv 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 6,500W. When propane-powered, it has 4,800 rated watts and 5,800 peak watts.

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

The running time of the WGen5300DFv, with its 4.7 gallons fuel capacity, can reach around 11 hours at 50% load on a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.43 GPH). With propane, it can reach around 9 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.52 GPH).

The quite high THD (<23%) of the WGen5300DFv makes it unsuitable for powering sensitive electronic devices.

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

Thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'), this Westinghouse generator is RV Ready. In addition, because the WGen5300DFv is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Portability

The dimensions of the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv, which are L23.2 x W20.1 x H19.1 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 134.5 lbs. Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv

The WGen5300DFv's control panel

The control panel of the WGen5300DFv includes a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

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

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), giving you a peace of mind during use.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv also comes with some accessories: funnel, propane hose, oil and tool kit are included. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen5300DFv is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. It can therefore be sold and purchased in all 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor and thus, may be used in forested areas.

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The Westinghouse WGen5300DFv versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 134.5 lbs, the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv belongs in the expected weight range for dual fuel devices which can produce between 4500 and 5500 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above-mentioned power range is the Genmax GM6000iED, with a dry weight of just 117.9 pounds.
  • At a lowest noise rating of 68 dBA, this generator is one of the quieter devices of similar type and 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.
  • Since the WGen5300DFv boasts with a run time of around 11 hours at 50% load, it can be safely judged as a device of a higher run time than most dual fuel generators of a comparable output. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Pulsar G65BN, boasting 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. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.43 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.
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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 WGen5300DFv 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • RV Ready
  • Quiet for its power (68 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (134.5 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts5,300 W4,800 W
Starting watts6,500 W5,800 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps40/20 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps48.3/24.2 amps
Run time @50% load11 h9 h
Run time @25% loadUnknownUnknown
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
Weight134.5 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
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, propane hose, and wheel kit
UPC850011336496

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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 WGen5300DFv 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
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3780 W6480 W
Do you need to get a propane regulator or is it built in. (Asked August 11, 2020)

The regulator is included.

when will this model with electric starter become available. (Asked August 11, 2020)

You may look at the WGen5300DF, which has an electric starter, but is not just an alternate version of this unit. It lacks a data center, but has slightly higher starting watts, and an ST Switch outlet.

Is there a natural gas conversion kit available for this model? (Asked August 28, 2020)

There is no official conversion kit.

How are the circuit breakers reset on the WGen5300DFv (Asked August 29, 2021)

The unit is fitted with push-type circuit breakers. To reset them, simply push them in.

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  1. 5
    Price
    100
    Value
    100
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    Bought this for our Adventures with our little 20′ R-Pod Camper trailer, 3 trips with it so far, relaxing on property we have off the Grid, Great not getting bothered with stupid Cell calls. We can peacefully plan and work on building the cabin now, away from all the Bullshit, Just the wife and I. No Issues at all, Have ran it on both Gas and Propane.

    + PROS:
    • easy pull start, 30A RV Ready for our Travel Trailer. able to provide power for heated drinking water hose, and power tools, use gasoline or propane, Transfer Switch ready.
    - CONS:
    • None I can think of already does what I needed it for and exceeded my expectation by being Transfer Switch ready.
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  2. 2.25
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    10

    Im getting kickback when I haven’t had the generator more than 4 months.

    + PROS:
    • Ummmm I'm thinking...
    - CONS:
    • Ive never been great with numbers but from what ive gathered as far as what it should do vs what it really does is quite different. I get 2 hours per gallon on 50 percent load. I haven't had the generator for 3 months and I'm getting kickback. Ive been very good about oil changes, etc...from the start (I had a feeling buying this westinghouse generator was a mistake) it sounded like it ran rough...used too much gas...i guess i should have gone with my gut feeling. Anyway, there ya have it. My very own first review...i recently sent in a request for help. Lets see how they do as far as customer service.
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  3. 4.15
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    Quality
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    Performance
    60

    There would be no cons except it runs rough on gas unless you cut back on the choke. Propane running has no problem. If I can find a carb adjustment this work out great.

    + PROS:
    • 5000 + wattage
    - CONS:
    • rough running on gas only.
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