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Westinghouse WGen9500DF Spec Review

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The Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful open frame dual fuel 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 a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food van owners and people participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance parameters.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF

Thanks to its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF delivers 120/240V and offers power and versatility. When gasoline-powered, it benefits from a running wattage of 9500W and a peak wattage of 12500W. When propane-powered, it has 8500 rated watts and 11200 peak watts.

At a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a convenient and easy-to-use electric starter (battery included). The WGen9500DF can also be remotely started, offering further convenience. (key fob included).

With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the WGen9500DF can operate for up to 17.5 hours using gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.38 GPH), or for up to 11 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.43 GPH) using propane.

Since the WGen9500DF has a somewhat high THD (<23%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

The following are examples of possible devices which the generator will allow you to power simultaneously:Note: All of these devices might not start simultaneously. Provided examples are based on a maximum load of 75 % and estimated wattages. With the help of our wattage calculator you can find out if this product suits your requirements.

Outlets

The control panel includes 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 with which charging of electronics like mobile phones and tablets is made convenient.

As it features a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen9500DF is transfer switch ready: in case of a power outage, you will be easily able to connect it to a breaker box and power your household.

Portability

The dimensions of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, which are L27.2 x W26.5 x H26 in, and its typical, open frame design provides stability and enables the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

As the generator's weight is 220 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by a wheel kit (⌀10") and a folding handle, with which you can conveniently displace it, once it's on the ground.

Features

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The WGen9500DF's control panel

The WGen9500DF and its control panel include a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours. This feature comes handy when monitoring its status and activity.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

While the standard documentation and a user manual, helpful for starting the device promptly, come with the Westinghouse WGen9500DF, the following accessories are also included: key fob, tool kit, oil, battery charger, propane hose and funnel.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • In terms of its dry weigh, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF stands at only 220 lbs, meaning that is one of the one of the lighter devices of the 9000-10000 rated wattage category If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Rainier R12000DF, with a dry weight of just 196 pounds.
  • As its lowest possible noise is rated at 73 dBA, this generator qualifies as one of the more quiet of the products 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.
  • Thanks to an impressive running time of 17.5 hours at 25% load, the WGen9500DF benefits from one of the highest run time of generators of a similar output.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is a rather fuel efficient one within its wattage category.

Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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
  • Several accessories included
  • Remote start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Lightweight for its kind (220 lbs)
  • Quiet for its power (73 dBA)
  • High run time
  • Fuel efficient
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Westinghouse WGen9500DF doesn't have any notably low specs.
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    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterNo
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyNo
    FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
    Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
    GasolinePropane
    Running watts9500 W8500 W
    Starting watts12500 W11200 W
    Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps70.8/35.4 amps
    Peaks amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps93.3/46.7 amps
    Run time @50% load12 hN/A
    Run time @25% load17.5 h11 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, battery charger and propane hose
    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 WGen9500DF 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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