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Westinghouse WGen9500DF Spec Review

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 summary, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful portable generator especially useful for:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

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 WGen9500DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF

With its dual-fuel technology, the powerful and versatile Westinghouse WGen9500DF provides an output of 120/240V. While gasoline-powered, it gives a running wattage of 9500W along with a peak wattage of 12500W. While propane-powered, it provides 8500 rated watts and 11200 starting watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 73 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a shower), this generator can be started thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). To add further convenience, the WGen9500DF can be remotely started (key fob included).

The WGen9500DF, with a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, reaches a run time of up to 17.5 hours utilizing gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.38 GPH). Alternatively, it can reach a run time of up to 11 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.43 GPH) with propane.

Since the WGen9500DF 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

Because the WGen9500DF 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.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen9500DF 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 WGen9500DF 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 dimensions of L27.2 x W26.5 x H26 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 220 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). However, its challenging mobility is solved by its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which will ease its displacement, once it is on the floor.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF

The WGen9500DF's control panel

The control panel of the WGen9500DF includes a convenient meter showing you voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, helpful for the monitoring of its status and activity.

Thanks to a built-in fuel gauge, the generator allows you to quickly, conveniently and easily check the gas level at a glance.

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.

Along the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), useful for starting the generator right away, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF's package also includes these accessories: propane hose, battery charger, funnel, tool kit, oil and key fob.

Emissions

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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, 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).

  • As for its weight, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF weighs only 220 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 9000-10000 rated wattage category. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the Rainier R12000DF with only 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 you’d prefer a less noisy device, one of the most quiet devices, which share the same power range with this one, is the A-iPower SUA12000ED, whose lowest noise levels reach just 69 dBA.
  • Since the WGen9500DF boasts with a run time of up to 17.5 hours at 25% load, it can be safely judged as one of the devices with the highest run time among those of a comparable output.
  • 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. At an estimated fuel consumption of 0.38 GPH (gallon per hour) at 25% load, this generator is one of the most fuel efficient units within its wattage category.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Westinghouse WGen9500DF vs DuroMax XP12000EH.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Remote start
  • Dual Fuel
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • 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.

Do you own the Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
 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 outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight220 lbs
Approx. 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, propane hose and battery
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 (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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeDish washer15003000
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
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
Electric fry pan15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Pressure washer (1 hp)12003600
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total7590 W12090 W
Is it safe to charge/run delicate equipment such as TV, computers, cell phones? (Asked June 15, 2020)

THD should be under 5% to safely run devices that contain sensitive electronics. This unit's THD is <23%, and thus, too high.

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  1. 5
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    WGen9500DF (Dual Fuel)

    This is an outstanding generator. First, it was difficult to find it in stock at any of the big-box stores over the course of a couple months, let alone Amazon or other smaller vendors. Most of the reviews I read were overwhelmingly positive, and clearly this is an extremely popular generator. Now that I have tested and proven it – – I understand why.

    I ordered it mid-April and it arrived first week of June. The generator was in its original cardboard packaging secured by two typical plastic straps and was without any damage or perforations. Upon opening and visual inspection, the contents were present and securely packaged as described by Westinghouse (oil, tool kit, propane hose/regulator, remote FOB, etc.). The manufacturing and serial number information states “Made in Vietnam”.

    I hired a local, reputable electric company to install a 50-amp generator receptacle outlet, circuit, and interlock kit on my main breaker panel (required by city code) the day after the generator’s arrival. I prepped the genny prior to the install by following the Owner’s Manual instructions and had no problems (feet, wheels, battery, or oil). It did need just a bit more oil (maybe 3-4 oz.) to top off the oil fill-line. I selected propane for its first fuel, ran it for 5 minutes and then switched to gas. Both were flawless. My wife is able to easily move it as well. I was now ready for the electricians to install the designated outdoor receptacle/circuits/breaker and interlock kit the following day.

    Fantastic! Even my electricians were impressed with the features and performance of this generator. It powered my 3.5 ton central A/C and a few other nominal circuits. However, the A/C is not my primary intent, as that was only to see if it could…and it did. I have a portable A/C & heater that I will plug if needed, rather than using central A/C. I also researched each of my circuits to ascertain their wattage usage in order to designate the circuits I would power on for the generator. I printed that spec-sheet and it is affixed to the inside breaker panel for reference when using the generator power. With proper maintenance, I expect to get many years of reliable service from this beast. My previous generator was a 6500-watt electric start which I gave to a friend, and it is still performing well after 12 years. I am very pleased with this WGen9500DF and highly recommend it. Best wishes!

    + PROS:
    • Outstanding Performance and Power. Generous features with great quality.
    - CONS:
    • What's not to like?
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    FANTASTIC GENERATOR. ALL PRO’S

    + PROS:
    • FANTASTIC GENERATOR FOR THE PRICE
    - CONS:
    • NONE THAT I CAN TELL
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