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Westinghouse WGen9500 Spec Review

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The Westinghouse WGen9500 is a powerful open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 9500 W and a starting wattage of 12500 W.

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Description

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In summary, the Westinghouse WGen9500 is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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 WGen9500 in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500

The Westinghouse WGen9500's build contains a gasoline-fueled 457 cc (13.5 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke engine. With a 120/240V output, it gives a running wattage of 9500W and also a peak wattage of 12500W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the WGen9500 can be remotely started (key fob included).

With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the WGen9500 may run for up to 17.5 hours with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.38 GPH).

Since the WGen9500 has a somewhat high THD (<23%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

In addition, it provides 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports allowing you to conveniently charge electronics such as mobile phones and tablets.

Because the WGen9500 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

With its dimensions of L27.2 x W26.5 x H26 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen9500 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

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 220 lbs. Never less, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of a wheel kit (⌀10") and a folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

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The WGen9500's control panel

The control panel of the WGen9500 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.

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 a user manual to get you promptly started, the Westinghouse WGen9500 also comes with some accessories: tool kit, oil, funnel, battery charger and key fob are included.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen9500 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The Westinghouse WGen9500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500 compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • As far as its dry weight is concerned, the Westinghouse WGen9500 weighs just 220 pounds and thus, it is one of the lighter 9000 to 10000 rated wattage generators. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of only 196 lbs.
  • Since the generator's noise is rated at 73 dBA, it has the roughly average expected noise for a device of similar power. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the A-iPower SUA12000ED, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 69 dBA.
  • With a run time of up to 17.5 hours at 25% load, the WGen9500 has one of the higher run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator, with an estimated fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, is one of the more fuel efficient generators, for the previously mentioned wattage range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500 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
  • Remote start
  • Lightweight for its kind (220 lbs)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (73 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Westinghouse WGen9500 doesn't have any notably low specs.
  • Do you own the Westinghouse WGen9500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

    Let us know and write your own review.

    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterNo
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyNo
    FuelGasoline
    Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
    Running watts9500 W
    Starting watts12500 W
    Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
    Peaks amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps
    Run time @50% load12 h
    Run time @25% load17.5 h

    Features

    GFCI outletsYes
    Covered outletsYes
    Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
    AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
    1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
    1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
    DC outlets2x 5V USB port
    Data centerVFT
    IndicatorsNo
    Fuel tankSteel, 6.6 gal
    Fuel gaugeYes

    Misc

    Weight220 lbs
    Dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 26.5 x 26 in
    Noise (lower limit)73 dBA
    THD< 23%
    EmissionsCARB, EPA
    SecurityLow oil and overload protection
    Spark arrestorYes
    NeutralBonded to frame
    Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob and battery charger
    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 WGen9500 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

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