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Westinghouse WGen9500c - 9500/12500W Portable Generator With Remote Start

The Westinghouse WGen9500c is a powerful open frame generator with a rated wattage of 9,500 W and a starting wattage of 12,500 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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The Westinghouse WGen9500c is the newer version of the popular WGen9500. It's a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • RV travellers looking for even more independence

In the upcoming sections, you'll discover its power characteristics, the array of outlets it presents, its overall portability, and the additional features it possesses.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen9500c in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500c

With a 457 cc (13.5 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke engine, the Westinghouse WGen9500c operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 9,500W and a starting wattage of 12,500W.

With a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), the generator features a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism, but also an intuitive and practical electric starter (battery included). For additional convenience, the WGen9500c may also be remotely started (key fob included).

Featuring a 6.6 gallons fuel tank, the WGen9500c can provide power for up to 12 hours on a full tank (with fuel consumption averaging 0.55 gallons per hour).

Given the WGen9500c's high Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of less than 23%, it is advisable to avoid using it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

It also sports 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports (USB-A) with which you may charge electronics, for example mobile phones or tablets, conveniently.

For RV owners with a 50-amp service, this Westinghouse unit is RV-ready, boasting a 14-50R outlet. In addition, with its twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen9500c is designed to be transfer switch ready, allowing easy connection to your breaker box for powering your home during a blackout.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen9500c 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 WGen9500c 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 L27.2 x W26.1 x H26.5 in dimensions, the open frame structure of the Westinghouse WGen9500c guarantees stability, simplified maintenance access to components, and better air cooling than enclosed units. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 209.1 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, the lack of maneuverability can be offset with its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which allows for convenient shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen9500c

The WGen9500c's control panel

The WGen9500c's control center features a convenient meter, providing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours data to aid you with the monitoring of its status and activity.

The inclusion of a built-in fuel gauge in the generator streamlines gas level checks for quick and convenient assessments.

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

It also includes a carbon monoxide sensor. This sensor is designed to monitor the level of carbon monoxide present during the generator's operation. If the generator is positioned incorrectly and carbon monoxide levels rise to an unsafe level, the generator will automatically shut down.

Alongside the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) for quick setup, the Westinghouse WGen9500c is bundled with additional accessories: funnel, oil, key fob, battery charger and tool kit. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

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The Westinghouse WGen9500c versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500c compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • In terms of its dry weight, the Westinghouse WGen9500c stands at only 209.1 lbs, meaning that is one of the lighter devices of the 9000-10000 rated wattage category If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 187.4 pounds.
  • As this generator can emit noise as low as 74 dBA, it finds itself in the average expected noise for this kind of power. If noise emissions are important to you, one of the least noisy generators of this power range is the DuroMax XP11000iH with only 61 dBA.
  • Regarding its autonomy, the autonomy of the WGen9500c, reaching up to 12 hours at a 25% load, can be considered as low end, compared to other products of a roughly equal output. For those prioritizing autonomy, the DuroMax XP11500EH could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching up to 20 hours.
  • While run time matters, it's heavily influenced by the fuel tank's capacity. Hence, it's important to consider fuel efficiency alongside. Compared to similar devices, this generator is less fuel-efficient than most: it burns around 0.55 gallons of gasoline per hour at a 25% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.39 GPH, the DuroMax XP11000iH is a device you could look out for.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Westinghouse WGen9500c vs Westinghouse WGen9500.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500c 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
  • CO Sensor
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Remote start
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (209.1 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts9,500 W
Starting watts12,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% load12 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port (USB-A)
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight209.1 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 26.1 x 26.5 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit
UPC850011336670

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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 WGen9500c 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 homeElectric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Circular saw12003200
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total7590 W12090 W
can this be converted to lp gas (Asked October 24, 2023)

There are no official conversion kits. The unit exists in a dual fuel version, the WGen9500DFc which works with LPG out of the box.

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