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Westinghouse WGen5300v Spec Review

The Westinghouse WGen5300v is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 5300 W and a starting wattage of 6600 W.

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  • $429.00 - September 23, 2020
  • $491.61 - August 25, 2020
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Since: August 25, 2020
  • Highest Price: $491.61 - August 25, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $429.00 - September 23, 2020

Description

Zoom on the Westinghouse WGen5300v

In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen5300v is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen5300v in use

The Westinghouse WGen5300v

The Westinghouse WGen5300v's design includes a gasoline-fueled 274 cc OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 5300W and also a peak wattage of 6600W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the WGen5300v can operate for up to 20 hours (fuel consumption around 0.24 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 4.7 gallons.

The quite high THD (<23%) of the WGen5300v 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

This Westinghouse generator is RV Ready, thanks to its TT-30R receptacle (TT stands for 'Travel Trailer'). In addition, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen5300v is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

The Westinghouse WGen5300v has the following dimensions: L27 x W21.7 x H19.7 in. In combination with its conventional, open frame design, they provide support and allow the generator to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Since the generator weighs 107 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). 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 WGen5300v

The WGen5300v's control panel

The control panel of the WGen5300v includes a convenient meter showing you 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.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

Besides the classic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, the Westinghouse WGen5300v also comes with some accessories: oil, tool kit and funnel are included.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen5300v is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this generator is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Moreover, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The Westinghouse WGen5300v versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen5300v compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Regarding its weight, the Westinghouse WGen5300v only weighs in at 107 pounds, which means it's one of the lightest generators in the 4500-5500 rated wattage range.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 73 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the Honda EU7000iS with only 52 dBA.
  • The WGen5300v provides one of the highest run time among similarly powerful devices, reaching up to 20 hours at 25% load.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.24 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the most fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Westinghouse WGen5300v 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 (107 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the noisy side (73 dBA)

Do you own the Westinghouse WGen5300v and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyYes
FuelGasoline
Engine274 cc OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5300 W
Starting watts6600 W
Running amps (@120/240V)44.2/22.1 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)55/27.5 amps
Run time @50% load13.5 h
Run time @25% load20 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
Weight107 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27 x 21.7 x 19.7 in
Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
THD< 23%
EmissionsCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel and tool kit
Warranty3 years

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.

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 – which are the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse. 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 WGen5300v 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 homeDish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Security system180180
Total4230 W5730 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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